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Old 05-11-2018, 12:28 PM   #1
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Alignment and torque settings for '86 310 Classic

Hi everyone,
I've just joined and have an 86 Classic 310 Motorhome in UK.
Not too many over here so am looking for the alignment settings (Camber, Caster and toe to ensure she runs straight and true).

Also setting the ride height (ride height and where is that measured from)
Also the torque settings for the front and rear wheels would also be useful.

There are a number of US RV's over here (usually more modern) so want to make sure I start off correctly !!

Any info would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-11-2018, 12:58 PM   #2
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There are actually more over in Europe than you would think....

Next weekend is the second European motorhome get together in Germany.

The alignment procedure is attached, but if you have issues, LAS Motorhomes is a Airstream motorhome specialist and based just south of Northampton, and not that far from you.

P-Chassis-AlignmentProcess.pdf
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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https://www.gmcmi.com/wp-content/upl...sis-Manual.pdf

Check the classic sticky for the detailed garage manuals.

For later trucks, but may be useful

http://www.deserttruckservice.com/pd...ssis.guide.pdf
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:08 PM   #4
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Hi everyone,
I've just joined and have an 86 Classic 310 Motorhome in UK.


cheers
Just to be sure, not that it makes no mever mind; do you have a 310, or a 300, as your avatar states 300.

Keyair, has a whole sticky thread on these rigs and specs for alignment. Just make sure they follow the motorhome specs for the P30 chassis, not the Bread box or Step van P30 specs.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Airstreamers and Argosy owners.

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PS Worthing Sussex born myself.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:47 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for such quick replies, I'll have read of all the content before getting the alignment set.

Tony, when I joined I couldn't see the choice of a 310 for Avatar but that's definitely what I have, queen bed East west in rear, currently with Gear Vendor o/d solar panels (very eco!) and a few other things.

I may re-look at the years as I think it's an 86 but a bit like me it's of indeterminate age!

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Old 05-12-2018, 10:52 AM   #6
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Last year of production on the 310 was ................'84???????? I think. Is that right fellas?
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:53 AM   #7
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Larry - where did you get the van from?
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:54 AM   #8
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According to Fred, '84 was indeed the last year for the 310:

http://www.viewrvs.com/motorhome/air...tream-1984.php

http://www.viewrvs.com/motorhome/air...tream-1985.php
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:31 PM   #9
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I need to get the Vin off and identify it exactly but for now Iíve put it down as an 84.
Boom: - I bought it from HK ďChuckĒ Berry who had it for 8 years I think. He concentrated on the mechanical side so interior leaves a bit to be desired which is what Iím working on at moment.
He is / was an electrical engineer and weíve got some pretty funky inverters (110v and 240v) in there as well as 440amps of batteries.

Bought it last year and just getting into the reno

I have put a picture in the profile but it hasnít appeared yet! Not sure Iíve done it correctly so will have another try

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Old 05-12-2018, 02:35 PM   #10
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I think he was known here as Chuckles

Motorhome may be 10034 which makes it a 83!
Learning as I go along here!
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:45 PM   #11
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If it has slide out drawers in the outside compartments then it's an 83 or 84. The first year for the 310 was 82. The "doghouse" or motor cover in the 84s was angled around the top edge, the 82 and 83s had a flat top and sides, no angle on the top edge.
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I know that van. Interior aside, I think you will find it was very well maintained with many mechanical/electrical upgrades.
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Funny that Brits call them vans; Americans, motorhomes, and I call them coaches. I guess that's to remind of my Grandfather who owned King of the Road coaches in Worthing Sussex; bought the business off his father before WWII, and kept it until the late 70's.
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I know that van. Interior aside, I think you will find it was very well maintained with many mechanical/electrical upgrades.


Thanks appreciate that. Yes I thought same, the upgrades that were there were ones I wanted and I can now have some fun with the interior!
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If it has slide out drawers in the outside compartments then it's an 83 or 84. The first year for the 310 was 82. The "doghouse" or motor cover in the 84s was angled around the top edge, the 82 and 83s had a flat top and sides, no angle on the top edge.


Thanks has slide outs and a flat top so I think that makes it an 83 for sure. Thanks!
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Hey,
Concerning your alignment specs. We basically have a P 30 chassis, with some mods. The air bag suspension in the rear. The steering gear is like a step van. If you go with .25 camber left and right, .08 in inches in toe, and 4 to 4.5 degrees of caster, you'll be fine. Tell your tech what kind of roads you will be on mainly . Hwy vs country roads. He may want to give a little more caster on the ditch side, that will give your coach an inclination to drift to the center of the road. Won't affect tire wear, and on a flat road, you'll hardly notice it. AA .25 degree more on the ditch side should do the trick.
Make sure all your steering components are in excellent shape. Replace the steering dampener if it's not almost new. We're top heavy, skinny tires, and long wheel based. Everything is exaggerated. Sloppy steering will be life threatening in a MH. DJ
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:36 PM   #17
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Hey,

Concerning your alignment specs. We basically have a P 30 chassis, with some mods. The air bag suspension in the rear. The steering gear is like a step van. If you go with .25 camber left and right, .08 in inches in toe, and 4 to 4.5 degrees of caster, you'll be fine. Tell your tech what kind of roads you will be on mainly . Hwy vs country roads. He may want to give a little more caster on the ditch side, that will give your coach an inclination to drift to the center of the road. Won't affect tire wear, and on a flat road, you'll hardly notice it. AA .25 degree more on the ditch side should do the trick.

Make sure all your steering components are in excellent shape. Replace the steering dampener if it's not almost new. We're top heavy, skinny tires, and long wheel based. Everything is exaggerated. Sloppy steering will be life threatening in a MH. DJ


Dave jay, apologies for not replying sooner but Iíve now had the alignment done and set as suggested. Looks much better and drives a whole lot better, altho in UK our ditch side is opposite to your ditch side!!
So that, much appreciated.

I think someone told me that there are between 12-15 Classic mohoís in whole UK

So arrived at Silverstone Classic race meeting today and lo and behold, a 270 and another 310 in same queue!!

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