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Old 04-23-2020, 02:48 PM   #1
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Starting the grand adventure- Just purchased 1982 310

Hi All
I've been following this forum for a few months, since I decided the RV I was going to buy was a classic Airstream. The amount of expertise in this forum is amazing!
My coach was delivered Monday after weeks of waiting. Shipping during the quarantine has been unreliable, who would have thought?
For the most part she seems to be in great shape for her age. I've been working through the owners and service manuals, as well as this forum, to learn as much as I can. But I'll admit the learning curve feels steep. I've seen enough failed restorations that I want to learn as much as I can before I "fix" anything that I'll regret.
I would welcome any and ALL advice for a new owner. I'm going to start with a complete fluids change and a thorough cleaning. Looking into solar options.
While I'm working on those I need new rear tires and I've heard that I should be looking to get 16in rims instead of 16.5in as the 16s are easier to find than the OEM rubber. I know it will cost a small fortune but I thought I'd replace all 6 (rubber and rims) if I can be reasonably sure I'll be happy with them long term. Its hard to trust old tires. What combination do you guys wish you had gotten? What newbie mistakes should I avoid? Any other suggestions of wheel and tire combinations? Is there a good thread on this already? Currently running 10 lug rusty steel rims (See images).

(also new front bumper fiberglass and side strip rubber?)
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Old 04-23-2020, 05:36 PM   #2
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Welcome!

This group is amazing and their knowledge is invaluable!
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Old 04-23-2020, 05:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You will be using the search engine a lot!

You should have 19.5 rims, I'm running for the second set, Goodyear G647 RSS 8R19.5 F/12PR tires. They have a wider tread than the standard 8R19.5, and have been a great tire for me.
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:34 PM   #4
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welcome aboard the nuthouse! The 310 is a nice choice for a Classic, given the absence of the Tag axle. As you probably already found out, we have several massive threads on what we have done to these rigs and dealing with many of the issues you will eventually run in to.

I am curious about the Roof AC situation on your rig. Looks like they were removed. Did someone replace them with a duct system or are they completely gone?
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:45 PM   #5
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Welcome! If I may suggest, don't do too much at one time. Get it road worthy and use it! You will get a feel for what needs to be done or what you want done over time. Yes, new tires are the first thing to do unless it won't be driven for awhile! Make sure you check the DOT number for the manufacture date on any new tire before it is installed. You want new tires, not ones that have been sitting in a back room for years.
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Old 04-23-2020, 06:51 PM   #6
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...and I'm jealous since I so want a 31' over my 28'.
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Old 04-24-2020, 07:53 AM   #7
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It may be tedious but I would start reading the Classic motorhome forum from the very beginning. It’s an amazing read and you’ll learn so much. Or even go back to the very beginning and read all the posts for the 310 model. It will give you a really good baseline of knowledge about these beasts.
Like others have said, think safety and road worthy before any mods or additions. Fluids, belts, tires, front end (ball joints, suspension, steering gear and all related) don’t forget the rear end pumpkin fluid. Do a good grease job. After parts have been replaced on the front end, seek out a good truck alignment shop. Replace coolant hoses and if it’s a gasser see how your temps are running. Many of us have had our radiators recorded or boiled out.
Check to be sure your air suspension compressor and air bags, front and rear, are in good shape.

Have a good sense of humor and plenty of adult beverages available at all times, you’ll need it.
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Old 04-24-2020, 10:13 AM   #8
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Have a good sense of humor and plenty of adult beverages available at all times, you’ll need it.
Adult beverages only if you're an adult, I sometimes wonder about the owners of these rigs.....
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:16 PM   #9
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Welcome! One more thing to check while you are doing your baseline stuff is airbags, particularly the rear air bags. They need to pump up and hold air for safe cruising.
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:16 PM   #10
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All,
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Any other good tire advice?
@cmadmaxman- Are these tires readily available? (Goodyear G647 RSS 8R19.5 F/12PR)
@PeterH-Airstreamer- the ac was one of the reasons I had to wait for shipping. Apparently it was too tall to fit on a standard trailer so we had the genius idea to just put it inside. Cut my shipping cost by half. I'm planning to put it back on today while I figure out what to replace it with. Would rather a low profile more efficient model but not top priority.
@mayco- "from the beginning" I won't have any time left to drive the thing, ��. Seriously though, I have started reading through.
"Fluids, belts, tires, front end (ball joints, suspension, steering gear and all related) don’t forget the rear end pumpkin fluid. Do a good grease job. After parts have been replaced on the front end, seek out a good truck alignment shop. Replace coolant hoses and if it’s a gasser see how your temps are running. Many of us have had our radiators recorded or boiled out.
Check to be sure your air suspension compressor and air bags, front and rear, are in good shape." Very good advice!
@Waipio Rim- Air bags seem to be working. Ill have to get under there to see what state they are in.
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:51 PM   #11
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Investigating the radiator status is a very good idea, these trucks run HOT ! Get it running right, You’re going to have a ton of fun.
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Old 04-24-2020, 03:40 PM   #12
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Congrats! I'm green with envy. She looks like a sweetie pie. I agree with the previous advice. Get it road worthy and use it. The rest will follow. Your hours of labor should be interspersed with weekends or weeks of pure pleasure to make the physical effort and financial costs easier to tolerate. From the looks of the few pics you gave us, she looks like a pretty good unit and a great place to start!
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:35 PM   #13
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Here is one of several threads on tires:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...res-51426.html
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Old 04-24-2020, 09:41 PM   #14
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Thanks for posting pictures of your gem. So interested to follow your progress, keep us posted. She’s a beaut.
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Old 04-24-2020, 10:10 PM   #15
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Congrats on the 310 and welcome to the insanity. You will find lots of help around here.

For tires I got a deal last year from Simple tire for $250 ea. for 8 Goodyear G647's in 8R19.5 for my 345. They are showing $383 now but they have sales if you keep an eye on them. I have them on both coaches and haven't had any problems. I also like that they are mud and snow rated which has come in handy over the years. Good Luck
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Old 04-27-2020, 05:41 PM   #16
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Here is the site for the Goodyear tires we are talking about. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-28-2020, 10:13 AM   #17
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I want to echo everyone else and wish you all the best on your new grand adventure. We've owned two 345's over the last 23 years and they both have provided a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure. Not to say there aren't moments when you question your sanity, but those have been rare in our case. There are some true DIY geniuses on this forum, and we have taken many excellent ideas learned here and incorporated them into the AS motorhome we have today. Just reading many of the full on reno threads has been a masterclass in how to do things right. As far as the Goodyears, we've been running them for a few years now, and they are excellent tires. Durable, nice ride, good value.
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Old 04-30-2020, 04:48 PM   #18
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We bought an 81 28 motor coach last year, replaced airbags, tires, most of plumbing, swapped all lights to LED, and much more... what we learned is there was way more right with her than wrong..Amazing Quality!
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