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Old 09-28-2020, 07:39 AM   #101
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Hmm, second time in a week that I've been called a hoarder! Is it that obvious?
I wouldn't say hoarder... Valued curator of antique motorhome parts and accessories
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Old 09-30-2020, 12:28 PM   #102
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So meanwhile I have progressed on the list. I was wondering why it was so loud on the driver side... that explains it!
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So this should be a better repair. It is just past the bend at the end of the down pipe. The spring flange will allow for slight misalignments and is likely more durable than regular flex joints and it will allow for taking apart as well (those nice spring flanges are not cheap however)
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Old 10-03-2020, 12:56 PM   #103
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David: I was very happy te see this post. Iím also a new 345 owner. I bought a 1984 345 on eBay in late May. The MH was located in Memphis, TN where I picked it up on Monday. As I write, we are driving her along Highway 40 towards her final destination in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reading the thread made me smile multiple times. We were indeed vary naive (or foolish) to pick up a 35 years old lady and attempt to drive her for 2,000+ miles. More about that below.

The vehicle has an interesting history. It was owned by the Dometic corporation and used as a demo vehicle. I have the original driving logs that show where the vehicle has been. Very cool. Of course the vehicle is decked out with Dometic technology: fridge, ice cube maker, microwave, air conditioners, forced air heating system, central air heating system (yes, 2 different heating systems), 7kW generator, etc

Between May and now I had the vehicle thoroughly inspected (specifically mechanically) and replaced some critical parts like all new tires, brakes, steering, front airbags, batteries, and alternator.

Here are some of the things that went wrong:

1. First thing to fail was the starter solinoid. It came loose and was just hanging in the engine compartment. Luckily it didnít hit the fan. A mechanic showed us how to buy pass it with a piece of electrical wire. So weíre good.

2. Then the brakes became soft. We discovered there was no oil left because of a small leak in the master cylinder. Once we refilled it, everything went back to normal. Weíre now checking braking fluid every morning before leaving and topping it up as needed, along with topping up engine oil. I noticed the engine is drinking a lot of oil, about 1 quart per 250-300 miles.

3. This morning we had a flat crank battery, so we jump started it with the house batteries. This is a bit concerning because both alternator and battery are new. Donít know what could be causing this. Iím doing this trip with 2 friends. One was handling the jumper cables, one was turning the ignition switch, while I was shortcutting the solinoid.

4. The engine was running very smoothly. Mostly at 3000 rpm, between 55 and 60 mph, and 200-210 water degree temperature. We had a few scares while climbing highway 40 to 7000 ft around Flagstaff, with temperature climbing above 220 but turning off cabin AC helped with that.

5. On the house side, we were not able to use water. There were multiple leaks, so I think all plumbing will have to be redone.

6. Only the back AC was working, and strangely enough, only when the generator was on. It would not run on shore power. Donít know why that was the case.

7. Talking about the generator, we left it on one night and we were awoken at 2a by our carbon monoxide alarm. Ouch. Good thing I brought one, since the airstream only had a smoke alarm.

8. At one point, all headlights went out while the long beam lights were on. Turning off the long beams solved the issue ... pfew.

9. I think we overinflated the back tires. Goodyear inflated them to 95 psi and the front tires to 75 psi. The tires have a max psi spec of 110. Airstreamís original manual specifies 65 psi in the back which feels awfully low. The ride in the back is pretty rough so maybe 95 is too much. Our original small tube TV pretty much disintegrated

Thatís about it. Super happy with the purchase though. She looks very cool, painted in original Airstream paint colors.

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Old 10-03-2020, 02:48 PM   #104
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6. Only the back AC was working, and strangely enough, only when the generator was on. It would not run on shore power. Donít know why that was the case.

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Wow, congrats on your purchase and the great adventure you and your friends are having.

In case you need the front AC, check the selector switch in the cabinet somewhere above the sink. Front AC shares power with Microwave and will not run if Microwave is selected. And when on 30 amp shore, you can only run 1 of the three at a time.

Best wishes on the remainder of your trip and check your Airbag height when you get her home.
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:01 PM   #105
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The selector switch doesnít have the knob anymore, so there is nothing to turn. Front AC is broken but it does get power together with the microwave when on shore power. Only the back AC doesnít get any power at all. Maybe the PO hot wired it so that he could use 2 fixed appliances at the same time? To be investigated.
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:08 PM   #106
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On my 310 it was wired from the factory for the rear AC to only run off the generator, it was hardwired directly to one of the two generator outputs. The other generator output was to the transfer switch.

No idea why they did it that way, seems like a lazy design to me.

A couple weekends of airstream yoga later I had installed a second 30A shore power cord running to a second breaker box, not too complicated
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:11 PM   #107
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David: I was very happy te see this post. I’m also a new 345 owner. I bought a 1984 345 on eBay in late May. The MH was located in Memphis, TN where I picked it up on Monday. As I write, we are driving her along Highway 40 towards her final destination in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reading the thread made me smile multiple times. We were indeed vary naive (or foolish) to pick up a 35 years old lady and attempt to drive her for 2,000+ miles. More about that below.
You should copy and paste this and start a new thread!!
We'd love to see more pictures and learn more about this interesting unit!

(It also helps get answers to your questions without jumbling up another thread)
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:36 PM   #108
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You should copy and paste this and start a new thread!!
We'd love to see more pictures and learn more about this interesting unit!

(It also helps get answers to your questions without jumbling up another thread)


Good idea. Iíll do that.
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:38 AM   #109
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You should copy and paste this and start a new thread!!
We'd love to see more pictures and learn more about this interesting unit!

(It also helps get answers to your questions without jumbling up another thread)
You are in for a lifetime of little adventures.I bought mine new in 1985 and As far I have heard Im the only original owner still driving the same 345 in 2020
at about 200,000miles I dropped a new crate engine in and did the trans at the same time in spring.we chugged up the rockies to 10,000 ft this summer with no issues and the temp at 220 briefly .all old 454 engines burn oil but rarely leave you walking. replace the airbags in front of they are shot makes a huge difference for cheap.also beware the brakes they are dangerous when they fail.go for new calipers and lines all around . also the mid ship bearing on the driveshaft . this goes at about 150000 miles as for the odd electtrical issues GOOD LUCK ! they are all bizarre
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Old 10-06-2020, 04:25 AM   #110
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Interesting story Marcvl! And beautiful coach! Congratulations!!
I too have generator issues but not CO related... it wonít run long enough to make CO in the cab. It starts and after a few seconds starts hunting until it stalls eventually... so Iíll be investigating further next nice day. The owners manual says a cause of hunting may be poorly adjusted points so I hope thatís the case. Iíll look for tuning instructions too.
It seems to power the rear AC but the transfer switch hasnít closed (maybe related to the unstable power).
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:09 AM   #111
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Alright! Much quieter now!!Attachment 380316
nice fix, beats tearing everything down!
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1988 345... The adventure begins!

First time I use these clamps (the stainless slip clamp on the back side). If it doesnít hold up good Iíll be able to just undo the spring flange and take the whole back end of the exhaust out to weld where the clamp is. (I didnít want to weld in place that close to the LPG tank)
I removed the down pipe from the manifold and installed new studs and gasket.
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:12 PM   #114
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Alright! The shop got the rad out and they agreed to have a 3 day delay for me to get the rad recored. The 345 will remain in their bay for that time.
I brought the rad to my AC and rad guy and he will recore with added rows to fill the tanks!
Apparently these old rads are much better than the new stuff so Iím quite happy with this!Attachment 376904

Hopefully it will be back together Saturday!
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make sure to check the alignment of the alternator belts . we all have iisues with them .now is the time
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make sure to check the alignment of the alternator belts . we all have iisues with them .now is the time

Ah... should have. I can see how much easier it would be with the rad out. Oh well. Iíll take a look soonest.
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Alright. The list shortens:
-still have some water leaking around back window
-bedroom heater runs but does not make heat
-starter definitely suffers from heat soaking. It cranks great when cold but struggles when hot
-fuel gauge
-Cruise control
-seat switches
-fog lights not working

However I think we are ready for another trip as is. We are leaving Saturday going about an hour away.
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-still have some water leaking around back window
-bedroom heater runs but does not make heat
-starter definitely suffers from heat soaking. It cranks great when cold but struggles when hot
-fuel gauge
-Cruise control
-seat switches
-fog lights not working

However I think we are ready for another trip as is. We are leaving Saturday going about an hour away.

It seems that a lot of them leak at the top of the pano windows where the frame meets the body. Easy fix with the right poly sealant (635), just make sure you clean the crack well with compressed air and chlorox to kill the mold.
Have you tried pulling the circuit board plug and clean it with a little contact spray?
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Will do. I havenít looked into it yet. Iíll bring a catalytic heater as backup in case.
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Alright. First outing that seems to work out

Found the generator hunting issue: fuel line has a leak and it sucks in air...

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