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Old 12-29-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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1989 Airstream Classic 345LE motorhome

I've had this beauty for over 2 years now. Every day I try my best to at least rub my hand across the aluminum as I leave for work. Still have to pinch myself to make myself realize that I'm the proud owner of a lifelong dream, owning an Airstream.

After several pop-ups, one small box trailer, and many, many years of doing without, while life marched one, I purchased this motorhome August of 2011. I'll keep up with this thread of projects that I've have done, and in process at the current time.

Thanks, Derek
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #2
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Very nice, alway did like the way they look. What chassis does it have?

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WOW. Looks great! Congrats and enjoy.
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They're a great coach, our first coach was a 1984 34.5 airstream classic. Had several features I wish we had on our present coach, i.e., power cord and water hose on retractable reels; air chuck in right rear outside storage compartment; pull-out battery compartment; AC condensation collection pans with drain lines between inner & outer left wall dumping underneath coach; dual furnaces; floor safe; built in Blender in galley counter top; Kohler 7kw genset & remote roof mounted spotlight.

Yours is a beautiful coach don't ever let her go..
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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These old A/S coaches are things of beauties. I hope you enjoy it.

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I love these older coaches. The have so much character that is missing from the new flashy MHs

Please keep us updated on your projects. I am kind of dead in the water right now on projects because it is so cold. I have gotten inpatient and have it a Caledonia RV for them to take care of some of the projects that I want done before going top Gater Nationals this March.

How about posting some pictures over on this thread. It fits right in
Post your 1993 to 2000 class A pictures here not covered in the thread under vintage
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gonna skip to present, and fill in as time permits

The front captains chairs left little to like. Foam was falling out from below, the cloth inserts were ripped to shreds on the passenger seat, and the vinyl was beyond cleaning

Decided that since I couldn't get much done in yard with the rain we're having today, it's time to get inside of Airstream! Have had these seats taking up space for a couple of months now, due to work, never had any spare time (or daylight) to get this done. Thinking new seats are a HUGE improvement over old!
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Chevrolet P-30

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Very nice, alway did like the way they look. What chassis does it have?

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Hi Chuck,

Airstream is on a modified Chevrolet P-30 chassis. 454, 4bbl carb, with 3 speed transmission. From what I've been able to determine, Chevrolet only made chassis a certain length, Airstream then added length and a tag axle to compensate for added weight.

Hoping to get up on roof tomorrow (day off) and get last of what a previous owner applied, a gray, tar based roofing paint. Will use Eternabond on all roof seams, then apply white reflective roofing paint that I'm adding glass micro beads to. I'll post what I can.

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What a timeless beauty. I tell my friends half the fun of owning a coach is the tinkering and the zen of ownership. I'm looking forward to your posts.
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You should take a look at this thread on another airstream
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Hi Chuck,

Airstream is on a modified Chevrolet P-30 chassis. 454, 4bbl carb, with 3 speed transmission. From what I've been able to determine, Chevrolet only made chassis a certain length, Airstream then added length and a tag axle to compensate for added weight.

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If you don't already belong you may want to join the Workhorse Chevrolet chassis forum. Also, if you have problems with the tag brakes there's a lot of information on irv2. There is also a P30 chassis group in the Yahoo groups lot information there. Additionally, if you have problems with your auto park brake system there is a member here and the Yahoo group that is an expert in them. I think his user namd is oldusedbear, if you do a search for him his posts should show.

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You should take a look at this thread on another airstream
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Thanks GlennLever,

KeyAir and I are 'best' buddies on the AirForum, actually to the point of where we text each other problems on almost a daily basis, lol.

He's got a very unique 345, in that it was custom built for the original owner by replacing the dinette across from the kitchen area by building a 3-bay cupboard. As well, replaced the fairly useless barrel chairs on curbside (behind passenger captain chair) with a 2-person dinette. Quite a rare beast!

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from the beginning

So, with me having the Airstream parked in my alley driveway, I'm able to get out there and work on it when time permits (lately not a lot of time....tis the season for your hardworking St Pete mailman)

After a couple of weeks after purchase, I finally decided that I couldn't resist any longer. Just had to spend a weekend night 'camping' in my backyard. So excited it took me a bit to finally get to sleep. Best part, it started raining at some point at night. Not only do I have my dream Airstream, I've got a tin roof to listen to the rain!
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Thanks GlennLever,

KeyAir and I are 'best' buddies on the AirForum, actually to the point of where we text each other problems on almost a daily basis, lol.

He's got a very unique 345, in that it was custom built for the original owner by replacing the dinette across from the kitchen area by building a 3-bay cupboard. As well, replaced the fairly useless barrel chairs on curbside (behind passenger captain chair) with a 2-person dinette. Quite a rare beast!

Thanks, Derek
He does not post much over here, would love to folow his progress, can you post a link to over there?

I would so like to wok on mine, but.... in the next week we are supposed to get 24 inches of the white stuff and tomorrow the HIGH is supposed to be -6
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