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Old 07-21-2020, 09:37 AM   #1
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I have inherited my in law's 87 345 Classic MH and I have some questions.




What are the wall ribs made of? Aluminum, steel or wood?


Why are there pit holes in the aluminum that look like rust?


Where can I find a spare fiberglass tire cover, or should I just fabricate one?

It was not latched and got lost along the highway.


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Old 07-21-2020, 09:37 AM   #2
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The battery drawer and one or two others have rusted out in my 86 345. Are these available, or should I have a sheet metal guy fab
new ones?


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Old 07-21-2020, 09:39 AM   #3
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I had a fellow working on the 345 and it turned out that he was a complete IDIOT! He screwed up the dash wiring to the gauges and radio. Is there such a thing as a schematic for the wiring on an 86 345?


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Old 07-21-2020, 09:40 AM   #4
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I THINK this is how you folks suggested I make one thread. I hope I didn't screw it up.
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Old 07-21-2020, 11:42 AM   #5
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You'll need to re-fabricate and weld the battery tray.
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Old 07-21-2020, 01:04 PM   #6
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I THINK this is how you folks suggested I make one thread. I hope I didn't screw it up.
Yep! Lot's easier to keep track of what's happening with one thread. There are times when a second or different thread is handy but typically most keep everything related to their coach in one place.

On your coach you'll find that most exterior furnishings such as side windows, doors, lower curved aluminum panels, bumpers, etc are no longer available. Certain portions of the exterior aluminum skin can be purchased from Airstream. For example the left rear lower corner panel I was able to purchase for my 74 Argosy motorhome from the factory. It's kinda hit and miss on what's available.

On your battery drawer, you'll need to rebuild it yourself or find someone that has the tools and skills to do so.

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Old 07-21-2020, 01:20 PM   #7
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I THINK this is how you folks suggested I make one thread. I hope I didn't screw it up.

yes, perfect.Now we can subscribe to your thread, instead of having to subscribe to all the individual ones.
The dash/instrument wiring is a real can of worms. It also is a mixture of GM and Airstream. Best to tackle one thing at a time.
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Old 08-02-2020, 08:08 PM   #8
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As per requests, I have taken some photos of the Bus. More to follow.


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You have another active thread today? I thought you were aiming for one?

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f16...us-211596.html
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:32 AM   #13
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I am attempting to combine the messages from my two threads into this one so I can delete the redundant one.

To sell or finish AirBus?
I have an 87 345 that belonged to my in-laws that has not had a road trip in 15 years. I just got it back this week from getting a complete upholstery job including the captain chairs (using all original frames) and new flooring carpeting and Pergo. It came out beautiful in my opinion.

The engine needs a tune up, there are a few dents, one in the rear right corner is pretty big and there is some corrosion around rivets on one side.


All the appliances and systems seem to work fine. It runs and drives and could be camped in as it is, but needs some TLC.


Just before I sent it off for upholstery, it got some hail damage, so it has a salvage title, but the damage has since all but disappeared.



My dilemma is whether I continue and put another $5k into cosmetic and mechanical things, then use it a couple of times a year, or sell it as it is to someone who will love it and use it more often as it should? If I sell, what would be a fair asking price?


I love the old bus, and it holds great memories, but don't feel that I would use it as much as it deserves.



I fully understand that this is my decision alone, but I am looking for some unbiased advice.


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If you are not going to use something often enough to justify the cost of keeping it roadworthy. Mechanical, insurance, registration etc.

Then it may be time to sell. Expensive yard art is just that. Expensive.
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:07 PM   #15
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Asking price....

Asking price
So, my new friends, would $25,900 be a fair asking price for AirBus?

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Old 08-05-2020, 07:42 AM   #16
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So, my new friends, would $25,900 be a fair asking price for AirBus?

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If you would ask me, if I would buy Airbus for 25k, I would respectfully decline.
It has nice captain chairs and new flooring, but thats about it. According to you it hasn't run in 15 years, has wiring issues behind the dash. So it needs EVERYTHING maintenance wise and that's a very long and expensive list, which may include pulling the fuel tank. Remember you are selling a vehicle thats 35 years old and not a trailer.

The main awning is messed up, it does not have the drivers side or rear awnings, you are missing the rear tire compartment lid, the gray paint is fading and center decal is bad.

Not knowing about the engine, the trans, the generator and major things like the brake system and the Air suspension, puts this 345 in 12-15k range. Now if you are willing to dig in, make it reliable and roadworthy and spent at least 10k, you may get a premium of 25k-30K.

Just for the record, the last 1987 345 I purchased had a new transmission, a new yet uninstalled generator (5K) all new upholstery and flooring for around 15k. Yes, it needed more work, but not on the scale of yours
Please remember you asked!
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Oh, I did ask and I appreciate your comments. This is what I am looking for. I thank you.
I don't want to put an unrealistic asking price and sit on it forever. By the way, all of the upholstery is new, not just the captain chairs.
It does run and drive, but could use a tune up.

I think I will ask $19,900 and go from there.

In your opinion, should I advertise here and other forums or Craigslist?


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Oh, I did ask and I appreciate your comments. This is what I am looking for. I thank you.
I don't want to put an unrealistic asking price and sit on it forever. By the way, all of the upholstery is new, not just the captain chairs.
It does run and drive, but could use a tune up.

I think I will ask $19,900 and go from there.

In your opinion, should I advertise here and other forums or Craigslist?


JB

Most likely there is a potential buyer already lurking. FB, craigslist and here is a good start.
Disclosure sells a Classic Motorhome, don't waste people's time and money driving hundreds of miles and finding tires from 1999 .

The serious buyer will asked you about the age of the tires ( its numbers after the DOT, but only on 1 side of the tires), if its roadworthy, mileage and hours on the generator, the Air suspension, brakes and appliances.

The more straightforward info you can supply, the faster you will sell if.
Best of luck!
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Old 08-15-2020, 02:46 PM   #20
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Hey
I bought an 85 325 with 5400 on it I spent 10k.
I got 28 k in it now . In order to trust it. You re going to have to go through all of the systems.
Question. Do you really like it. Do you want to go bumming around and go camping. If not . Sell it.
If you got it for free. Them putting 15k into would be an investment.
But a lot of that depends on how the inside of the coach looks.
Dents and mechanicals are easy. It s glorified one ton dually pick up truck chassis.
Personally. If I got it for nothing. I'd spend the money on repairs.
When done with that I'd ascertain if I want to keep it.
I think you could get 20 to 25 k for it. AS motorhomes are pretty rare today. And they re very cool. So it s kinda up to you as to how time and effort you want to put in it. Dj
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