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Old 06-14-2020, 04:35 PM   #21
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curious about what 70/80/90 refers to.

also, could someone compare the difference between the 345le and 350le ? And how does the 325 compare with the others ?



1970's, 80's, 90's , with other words old technology combined with a speed limit of 55mph
The 350 is the early 90's continuation of the 345. Same everything, a little fancier inside with leather furniture, corian counter tops, keyless entry, auto-lockable compartments etc.The main thing they upgraded starting in 1991 is the factory EFI and the 4 Speed 4l80e transmission, both a very! desired upgrade.
The 325 is the same except it does not have a dinette, which I personally would miss, having the tag axle anyway. I would try to find an early 90's 300 before going with a 325.
There is a 325, 345 and maybe the 350 still for sale in Austin, just down the road from you. The 325 and 350, I have seen in person and even have worked on them. The 345 is reasonably priced, but it seems it needs a lot of work.
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Old 06-14-2020, 06:02 PM   #22
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If I can speak for Peter, these are drivetrains that weíre built from the 70ís through the 90ís. Most were built pre Ď91, and were engineered to run at 55 mph. The fortunate few with fuel injection and overdrive transmissions that started in Ď91 are able to keep up with modern traffic without taxing the drivetrain. The viewrvs.com website has photos and maybe even floor plans of the different models.
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Old 06-16-2020, 06:04 PM   #23
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Thanks! Interesting, I didn't know about the 55mph limit on pre 1991, what happens above 55? It gets noisy? Fuel consumption goes to the roof?
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:13 PM   #24
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New here! Thinking of a 345

Itís not a limit per se, just geared low. Our Ď84 310 runs close to 3000 rpm at 55 mph. When it was built, that was the national speed limit. It will go faster, but I donít want to replace the engine so I just stay off the interstate highways as much as possible.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:33 AM   #25
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Good morning with a quick update on the search...
So I'm still looking, there are a few in the US but being in Canada in those COVID times means I can't count on being allowed to cross the border and back for a while...
That being said, there is a quite nice 345 in Canada. It's a bit far but it looks promising. I understand the speed consideration of the 345 and extras of the 350 but they are quite rare as I see...
So those of you with a 345, do you always keep it at 55? Would you really go faster if you had the 4 speed gearbox?
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Old 07-07-2020, 10:44 AM   #26
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So I never listen... well I sometimes listen but often selectively...
you can guess what's coming next I suppose right?

I have put a deposit on a 1988 345. It is in Canada (however Canada is quite wide, just like the US so it doesn't mean it's any close to me) and the previous owner has done all the ''sorting'' necessary. The list is quite extensive, with all the bills to attest of the work. The only two known issues are the engine AC is not working, and the door has a drip when it rains...

So now I have to figure out how to go get it 3000 miles away...

There were no newer ones in Canada, and the complexity and cost of bringing something in from the US this year, thanks to COVID, far outweigh the cost of either doing a gearbox swap for a more modern unit or installing an overdrive to the existing gearbox if it is good, you will likely see this discussion coming up later on the forum...

I was looking for a complete unit that had everything in it, not something fully remodeled and I wanted both the dinette and the two swivel chairs and small table to be installed so we can all eat inside the coach and this one fits the bill!

Thanks for the help so far, I will surely be asking lots of questions in the future, and may be posting about a 3000 miles trip in this 345 if I can't find shipping for a reasonable price.
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:28 PM   #27
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So now I have to figure out how to go get it 3000 miles away...
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Congrats, David. I bet you are excited!!
Now get ready for the long long lists of stuff people want you to check and take with you on the trip.
Here is mine:
a mini high torque starter and the tools to replace it (A medium size metric wrench tool set will do)


Distance has never kept me from getting serious about buying one of these, however my foolish thinking of doing it sight unseen has gotten me into almost trouble several times.
It has to be transported all wheel off the ground and that is expensive. The 1000 mile trip getting my 350 from Florida to Austin was around 3200.-, but the seller and I split the cost.
I could never have gotten it home for $1600.- (my part of the transport), If I would have tried to drive it.
But if you have good documentation of the maintenance done, good tires and good fuel line rubber, give it a whirl. One thing is for certain, you will know the rig very well once you arrive home!
Please keep us posted and you may want to get some phone numbers from the big guns on the forum, just in case.
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Old 07-07-2020, 01:32 PM   #28
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mini high torque starter? I suppose you have gotten stranded with a dead starter in the past
I'll have to look into when it was done and if it was on the list of things the PO already addressed.
So go ahead! send the list over!
However, I should maybe start a new thread with ''got a 345 and prepping to go get it!''
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Old 07-07-2020, 03:43 PM   #29
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mini high torque starter? I suppose you have gotten stranded with a dead starter in the past


No, not stranded, because I had a spare on board The original big starters get heat soaked from the exhaust, which causes intermittent problems.


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I'll have to look into when it was done and if it was on the list of things the PO already addressed.
So go ahead! send the list over!
However, I should maybe start a new thread with ''got a 345 and prepping to go get it!''

good idea! Here is a short list of problems I found after it was delivered to Austin (found more since, like a pinhole in the trans cooler line)
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ml#post2368226
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:55 AM   #30
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Damage to my 345

My beloved 345 got to close to a pole and received damage to the body and broke the curved glass. This is a prestine coach. 1988 with 20 thousand miles. Does anybody know of a professional shop in the New Mexico area that I can trust the repair to.
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My beloved 345 got to close to a pole and received damage to the body and broke the curved glass. This is a prestine coach. 1988 with 20 thousand miles. Does anybody know of a professional shop in the New Mexico area that I can trust the repair to.
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I believe the rears are the same as the trailers, so you might have luck searching or posting in the general repair section where more people will see it
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:36 AM   #32
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My beloved 345 got to close to a pole and received damage to the body and broke the curved glass. This is a prestine coach. 1988 with 20 thousand miles. Does anybody know of a professional shop in the New Mexico area that I can trust the repair to.
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https://www.airforums.com/forums/f156/rear-glass-for-345-needed-214824.html#post2414861

Your rear glass is the same as a trailer front glass
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Your rear glass is the same as a trailer front glass
Opposite side though....front drivers side is rear passenger side.

Only the tinted glass is available though not the early clear glass.
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