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Forum: Classic Motorhomes 12-05-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,798
Posted By chriscraw
Brad..thankfully the "massive battery box...

Brad..thankfully the "massive battery box failure" was, up to a point repaired. Unable to find a "replacement" exacerbated by the loss of the slides, the old steel box and aluminum front panel were...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 11-30-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,798
Posted By chriscraw
Hi Airstream Forum Members, I've recently...

Hi Airstream Forum Members,
I've recently decided to sell my 1991 350LE and posted the ad on "Airstream Classified". In an attempt to find my coach a good and deserving home, I'm also working with a...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 11-17-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 118
Posted By chriscraw
1991 Airstream 350 35 - Texas

Title: 1991 Airstream 350 35 - Texas
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

1991 Airstream Classic 350LE Motorhome, Manufacture Number 11321
A genuine legacy, very original 1991...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 08-11-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Rewiring the box

Nick...so much to thank you for in so little time as I'm about to head up to New Mexico and finish the battery box recovery project. This trip, I'm indeed fortunate to have a visit from Peter Hausman...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 08-09-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 1,411
Views: 249,969
Posted By chriscraw
Battery Isolator

bob,
Peter Hausman suggested I contact you to get some idea where the "infamous" battery isolator is located on my 350LE.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=186932
Elsewhere in the...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 08-08-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Nick..thanks for getting back to me. I'm heading...

Nick..thanks for getting back to me. I'm heading back to the Airstream on August 19 so anytime by then for some guidance as to the location of the "infamous" "4 block heavy duty breaker" will be...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 07-29-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
I can't see the notorious "four block heavy duty"...

I can't see the notorious "four block heavy duty" thermal breaker located on the frame rail behind the battery tray as it may have ended up on the road with the rest of the bok. A photo would be...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 07-29-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Draw slide replacement

I used the following slide which I purchased from Amazon
TCH Hardware 22” Heavy Duty 250 lb Drawer Slides - 2-1/4" x 3/4" Wide Steel Full Extension Over Travel

Construction was serious but the...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-27-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By chriscraw
Ice Maker water connection

Bob.My thinking as well. I also doubted that the water connection somehow ran under wall and through the chassis particularly as I have had a close look and can see no outlet for the copper pipe...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-27-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By chriscraw
Ice Maker water feed

Thanks bob..good to know your always there for us "novices". To answer your question, the original ice maker was indeed located between the two barrel chairs on the right side. i believe the stand...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-26-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Almost there!

Just got back from a weeks R&R on the 350LE. While there in New Mexico, I fitted the rebuilt battery box which was recovered from the smashed item (see below). Also managed to rewire the batteries...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-26-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By chriscraw
Icemaker water supply

I have a 350LE which originally was equipped with a Dometic ice maker. As this unit was non-operational, I removed it and capped-off the water supply line. This worked fine until I winterized and...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 01-06-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,021
Views: 141,739
Posted By chriscraw
Maybe Just too Fancy?

Peter..I noted your plan to fashion the sleeping area of your Excella on a "gaucho Pullman sleeper". Given the PO's previous taste in upholstery, you may want to consider something more along these...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 11-05-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
Best Wishes

Wayne,
We wish you all the best for a speedy recovery and echo Brad's advice. Stay the course and see how things work out for you, your family and the 270 of course. Although I'm the contented owner...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-02-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
1998?

Sure looks great but..1998?
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-30-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
I noted your reference to maybe one of the...

I noted your reference to maybe one of the Excella hatch covers might be useful in my battery drawer rebuild. Looking at the video confirms my understanding that at least on the Excella chassis, the...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-28-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
Drawer Fabrication

Thanks "Magnet18" for your suggestion re drawer fabrication. You're correct in suggesting fabrication if I'm unable to source a replacement which I hope may materialize.
I agree with your comment...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-28-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
Airstream parts

As from the attached photo you can see that I'm in dire need of a replacement battery box for my 350E. The remaining lock gave way and allowed the drawer to extend and deposit itself on the road,...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 09-16-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Correction noted

Nick..thanks for your correction. This now aligns with my understanding of the original "after-battery" connections. As the vehicle is about to be winterized, I'll wait until the replacement battery...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-13-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
My suggestion is to write and open description of...

My suggestion is to write and open description of the vehicle and as many details, as you feel comfortable with (avoiding address/location etc) and post it on this Forum. You would be surprised by...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 09-13-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Nick..thanks so much for your reply and attached...

Nick..thanks so much for your reply and attached wiring diagram. I'm back in Austin and although your 250 diagram looks similar, I need to compare it to the diagram in my manual which is with the...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 09-11-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,670
Posted By chriscraw
Battery Drawer rebuild 350 1991 350LE

Following a catastrophic loss of the original battery drawer, I'm faced with building a replacement. The chap that is constructing the new box seems up to the task particularly as it appears that the...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-11-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,581
Posted By chriscraw
Rodent control

Interesting to note your use of electronic repellers as I had heard that they are largely ineffective?
Also, steel wool to plug holes and furnace openings work great until it rusts so, either...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-10-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,581
Posted By chriscraw
Critter prevention 350LE

As I work on plugging the various entry pathways od some of the most athletic mice in existence who are gradually stripping my 350LE of any and all pink insulation, I've reverted to the age-old...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-09-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
Catastrophic Battery box loss!

This may not be the correct thread to continue this drama but, as Peter H as "warmed the plate" here's the aftermath. I'll repost shoulda Forum Member offer guidance.
A resounding thump and crash on...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 09-01-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
Peter...sorry that the Denver Deal was too good...

Peter...sorry that the Denver Deal was too good to be true (as it seems, most of them are). I'm off back up to Santa Fe to move the 350LE down a few thousand feet for the winter. It will now reside...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 06-19-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By chriscraw
The sound of success!

Success it is to hear the sound of water once again gurgling down the drain!
Based on your collective comments and knowing that some sort of penetrating liquid would be difficult to apply, I once...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 06-18-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By chriscraw
Still trying but seized

Thanks to both Forum Members for thoughts and questions. Based on your replies, there was indeed a machined screw slot on top of the drain plus (underneath the pop-up cap just presses on to the...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 06-14-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By chriscraw
Gold Plated shower drain plugged

My 1991 Airstream 350LE is fitted with gold-plated bathroom fittings which I assume came as part of the "LE" or "Luxury Edition" package and may have been also installed in Airstream travel trailers...
Forum: On The Road... 04-06-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,009
Posted By chriscraw
Almost Ready

The 350LE is now fueled and provisioned. We depart early Thursday morning and plan to tie-up for the night north of Fort Stockton on rt 84 and early next morning, head-off for Sant Fe via Vaughn. The...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-29-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
A Little Pricey?

I seem to think this vehicle has been advertised before. Still, you've got to give this seller all the credit in the world for being a bit cheeky!
https://www.ebay.com/i/202263220246
Forum: On The Road... 03-28-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,009
Posted By chriscraw
Thanks for the Campendium website/app hook-up.. ...

Thanks for the Campendium website/app hook-up..
chris
Forum: On The Road... 03-27-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,009
Posted By chriscraw
Austin to Santa Fe/Summer in Taos

I am now finalizing my travel plans to take the Airstream 350LE from Austin to Santa Fe leaving Austin bright and early April 12. In an earlier post, I was able to read that 285 should be avoided due...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-26-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
Thanks for your patience

Note to Mehes and Tony...Thanks for your succinct explanation of how this valve should be positioned. I now understand its function and operation. Much appreciated
Note to Nick...
There has been no...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-25-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
Water heater

Thanks for the clarification..makes more sense. Right now as seen in the pic, the valve lever is in the vertical position...is this the normal pistion to supply cold water to the water heater?
Then,...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-25-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
Water Heater

Thanks, Howie..of course, you are correct but how should the by-pass valve be used. Right now, it's vertical as per above pic....when would it be "in-line"?
As for the heater plate...if I ever can...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-25-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
You are correct

Sorry for the faux par but my excuse is that I've replaced old PB with new PEX...got confused..BTW..1/2 inch Sharkbite fittings will work on the PB
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-25-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
Will do

nick..no replies as yet..will keep you in the loop.
Seems I really got onto the wrong track with the valve question..see below
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-25-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
Now comfortable/water heater

Tony and "mehes"..thanks for your respective confirmations. Now that you've confirmed that the valve is related to the engine/water heater process, I can happily move the valve to open as needed.
I...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-24-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By chriscraw
What’s this for?

On my 1991 350LE, I recently replaced the by-pass valves under the rear buffet seat (caused by poor winterizing:angel:.
I noticed this valve attached to the water heater and seem to recall that...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-05-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By chriscraw
Step switch sensor

Here are a couple of pics of my step switch install which works well despite a badly fitting screen door. Hope this helps.
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-03-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2,317
Views: 318,170
Posted By chriscraw
350LE Cab lights

Hi guys...sorry to barge in but can't find a thread that deals with this issue.
on my 350LE these adjustable "cab-lights" are not working. I suspect the bulbs are blown but can see no way to access...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-03-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3,082
Views: 501,881
Posted By chriscraw
..." 22 MPG due to the extensive use of aluminum...

..." 22 MPG due to the extensive use of aluminum in the monocoupe design.." really..who l would have thought that adding a few gallons of paint to dull the aluminum would sufficiently reduce the drag...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 03-03-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,586
Posted By chriscraw
Enjoy the limitations

Howard...I agree wholeheartedly with your comment.
To reflect the "on the go" engineering limitations inherent in my vintage Airstream motorhome, I've learned to sit back and simply enjoy the...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-26-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella Lights

Brad....isn't finding that lost campground site after dark the exact use for which the AS roof-mounted spotlight was intended?
From the comfort of my cab, I was able to spotlight a 200-degree arc...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-21-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella Lights

Brad..mmm..you are correct of course but I'll just have to wait and see after a night drive trial. I'll be a'smelling and a'sniffing. As my night vision is a real hazard, only plan very limited night...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-20-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella lights (cont)

Brad..as the original lights on my 350LE were Hella sealed beam halogen, I have assumed that the current draw on the replacement "bulb halogen" would be more or less the same. In fact the chap at...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-18-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella Lights

Bob..planning for a night drive early in March so will see how they shine then. Not really expecting the full treatment from more expensive solutions but certainly seems to be much better than the...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-16-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella Lights

Bob..here's the pic..sorry if its "upside-down" but have never been able to figure-out a way to avoid this, even posting an upside-down image does not seem to work.
Grill needs to still have the...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-15-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By chriscraw
Hella Lights

Bob..will do once the rain stops
Best
chris
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