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Old 08-20-2019, 07:08 AM   #21
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Day 3:
Although a little less enthusiastic, tackled the starter replacement. An hour later we were on the road.

Daytime high temps over 100 degrees...started the generator and of course the front AC failed to work. Started the rear AC and continued our trek...

Drove several hours with 1 fill-up...gulp $4.29 a gallon for regular! We stopped in Dunnigan CA at the Happy Days RV park, big shady trees, well kept grass and a warm reception, very nice. Setup camp and walked to the nearby Dennys for dinner.

Strangely enough the front AC works on shore power...yes the original Automatic Transfer Switch died in transit and defaulted to Shore Power only...1 more item for the list.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:18 AM   #22
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Day 4:
Packed up and headed south again. We planned to stop below Stockton but in light of our “heated” situation, elected to push on toward Fresno CA and my dads homestead.

Made a stop to pick up a Transfer Switch

Hit pothole on freeway onramp, jolt popped 10 amp fuse for the gauges...lost them all.

Arrived at pops, when attempting to back into their driveway, idle jumped to 1500 rpm. Opened doghouse cover & removed air cleaner assembly. The retaining clip for the throttle cable had popped off. Reattached,will test in the morning.

Re-Routed some of the hoses and wiring that was changed over the last 4 years.

All part of the journey home!
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Old 08-22-2019, 04:25 PM   #23
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* Installed replacement Automatic Transfer Switch
* Replaced Gauges 10 amp fuse all gauges operational
* Rerouted Power wire within fuse box for Cigarette Lighter
* Repaired Stovetop Exhaust Fan, reattached control cable
* 8 yo Steer Tires replaced with Toyo M 143
* Replaced original 3 way Refrigerator with 7.5 cu ft household frig.
* Installed Microwave in pantry
* Purchased Dometic Brisk Air II, Air conditioner and air distribution box. Fired up generator and turned on rear AC...we have cold air!

Heading home in 2 days, lots to do!
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:43 AM   #24
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Strangely enough Pop’s next door neighbor is selling his 1992 Mazda Miata...hey that car can be flat-towed, is lightweight and best of all...with the “friends & family discount” is dirt-cheap! A quick inspection, test drive and a deal is made...now to get it setup to flat-tow. Ordered Roadmaster base plates, tow bar, safety cables and light kit. I checked out the Airstream hitch receiver and it appears a previous owner had beefed up the mounting and welded in additional support.

PS...the convertible is just plain fun to drive.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:07 AM   #25
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Sounds like you're on a good roll!

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Planning on doing a driveshaft disconnect?
According to Mazda they won't officially condone flat 4 towing, looks like some people have no problems and some people burn up gears, combination luck and what your tranny layout happens to be?
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:43 PM   #26
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I hadn’t considered a driveshaft disconnect...something to ponder
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:13 AM   #27
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Flat tow parts installed, by the afternoon we packed, said goodbye to the family and hit the road. Drove 250 miles to Newberry Springs and called it a day.

Next morning we’re headed east to Holbrook AZ... front air popped breaker after 1 hour. Generator shut off after 2 hours. Engine backfired, sputtered going up steep hill at 2500 rpm. Had to shift to lower gear, also sputtered at 2500 rpm. Rough idle at stop sign/light, 500 rpm. Engine: fuel filter? Fuel pump? Vacuam Leak @ carb? Plug wires?

Exhausted, pulled in for the night...
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:05 AM   #28
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Did it do ok on flat ground? Maybe the electric aux fuel pump?
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:03 AM   #29
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Allow cooler airflow to the breakers and / or relocate ac breaker away from the main 30amp
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Old 08-24-2019, 04:55 PM   #30
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A backfire says “ignition problem” to me. The maiden voyage of our 310 was made difficult with similar symptoms caused by a failing ignition coil.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:36 AM   #31
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Did it do ok on flat ground? Maybe the electric aux fuel pump?


No issue on flat ground...only up hills under load.
Does not have electric aux fuel pump, seller recently replaced block mounted fuel pump.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:37 AM   #32
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Allow cooler airflow to the breakers and / or relocate ac breaker away from the main 30amp

Thanks Peter, For now I swapped the 20 amp breaker in the panel with a spare breaker from the fly-away kit.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:40 AM   #33
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A backfire says “ignition problem” to me. The maiden voyage of our 310 was made difficult with similar symptoms caused by a failing ignition coil.


Having looked for obvious failures (inspect cap, rotor, rotor button, wires, vacuum hoses and plug wires), the coil could be a culprit...
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:47 AM   #34
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Pvc breather filter keeps popping out into air cleaner. While installing air cleaner, I snapped the nozzle off...had to wrap with electrical tape to secure. Traveled 300 miles before I remembered seeing a spare in one of the bays...quickly found the breather assembly and repaired the air cleaner.

Felt engine surging while going up some small hills between Santa Rosa NM and Abilene TX. The search continues...

Ck engine for loose/missing vacuam hose clamps, etc...
Ck Disributor Cap & Rotor for burns, carbon tracking
Ck plug wires secure
Replaced fuel filter at frame rail

Checked engine, no signs of vacuum leak, dripping fuel etc...Checked accelerator pump on carb, performed as it should. Blocked 1 port on carb with hose and screw. Checked for power at carb bimetal thermostat for choke...NO Power...connected to distributor...Rerouted wire to ignition switch source.

Checked generator oil...the new cap doesn’t have a dipstick...Found original oil cap for generator in the fly-away kit, measured and found 1 quart low. Topped off and fired up generator, ran 5 hours flawlessly...

Swapped 20 amp breaker in fuse box with spare from the fly-away kit. Notice an arcing burnt spot on back wall of fuse box at breaker location.

Pulled into campground and noticed generator was surging. Will look into this...
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Next morning we’re headed east to Holbrook AZ... front air popped breaker after 1 hour. Generator shut off after 2 hours. Engine backfired, sputtered going up steep hill at 2500 rpm. Had to shift to lower gear, also sputtered at 2500 rpm. Rough idle at stop sign/light, 500 rpm. Engine: fuel filter? Fuel pump? Vacuam Leak @ carb? Plug wires?

Exhausted, pulled in for the night...
If your coach doesn't have the auxillary electric pusher pump installed you should add one. I'm not sure exactly when Airstream started adding the electric pumps but my 84 310 had the pump installed and we never experience fuel flow issues on grades.

The pump should be a Carter P4070.

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Old 08-26-2019, 02:18 PM   #36
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Thanks Brad!
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Thanks Brad!
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If you do add the pump it should be mounted just in front of the gas tank. The P4070 is a pusher pump so it works better being close to the tank.

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Roger that!
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:34 AM   #39
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Home at last!

Generator ran the entire day with no further issues.
Front AC did not pop the breaker.
Fairly tame landscape across Louisiana, no issues with fuel/carb...
A new issue though...intermittent fan belt squeal noise started in the last 90 miles.

Just happy to be home!
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Nice job! I'm totally impressed how much you were able to accomplish on the drive back home. Good luck with the rest now that you're back home, hopefully you won't run into too many surprises.

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