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Old 01-19-2007, 11:59 PM   #29
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Hello tn2 ,seems like you need to get to your rig and look it over and go to a tire shop that can fit up the new rubber ,and then go to where you feel that your going to get taken care of . you don't need any RV place to put on tires
just one that can do it ,its not special cause its a motor home in regaurds to
the tires (Im sure you know that ) but get over to it quick .
Happy youve finally got it out of AP junction


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Old 01-20-2007, 09:31 AM   #30
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If I were there that is exactly what I would do as far as the tires go. I just felt that I had to do something to get the MH moved from PO....Dillons was the closest one....and they offered to go pick it up....so I feel I owe Dillons some piece of the work....but I agree it doesn't sound like Dillons is really the place to go for major service. I would think they should be able to do all the fuild changes....maybe the tune up. I'm hoping that the air bags can just be aired up and capped off some way.
Another couple days I will be deep in the mist of MH repair.

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Old 01-20-2007, 09:52 AM   #31
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The bottom line is that even if you overpay for the service you'll know, if you check behind them, that the work was done. Do check from top to bottom the work they say they have done. Take the work order and a pen and check each item. It's not like you'll be able to go back if you find something they missed later.
My coach had a MD state inspection 3 months before I bought it. I wondered how they missed the front air bags being competely shredded? Just like aircraft annual inspections you can pay for paperwork or actual mechanical inspection and repair.
When you check it out take your flashlight and borrow a creeper to check the work below. Lots of oil changers forget to lube the drive shaft and suspension.
The rear air bags should be fused from the main panel to the compressor. The leveler switches should be lubed with spray lube too. Don't be tempted to drive it far or fast without the bags inflated. Most truck repair shops can do the rear bags as they are pretty common American Carrier parts.
Remember to drive slow and keep that radio turned off until you get used to all the noises as you drive, sound tells you a lot about what's going on before anything bad happens.
Check the rear pumpking to see if the check/fill bolt has been off during the inspection... all the normal tell tale stuff....
Hope the journey is smoother than the purchase and that you are pleased with it when you see it.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:09 AM   #32
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I live beteen Interstate 44 and Old Route 66 in Oklahoma if you decide to drive and need a resting place. I am about 10 miles north of Interstate 40 if that's the road you're taking. Whenever you decide to take your Argosy home, remember there is an Argosy owner on your way. PM me if you need any help around central Oklahoma. Oh, by the way, I decided to skip a flight to MN to see my husband because of the huge storm moving in here last night. NOTHING SO FAR........AND I'M DEPRESSED
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:57 PM   #33
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No Snow in Oklahoma

Hurrah for no snow in Oklahoma.... Thanks for the weather report. Actually I have been watching that weather over there as well. I lived a couple years in Tulsa and know that those ice storms can be bad. Thanks also for the rest offer but I'm coming up through Texas via Dallas and Texarkana on Hwy 30.....don't connect up with 40 until Little Rock. I'm sure by the time I get to that part of the country I will need a rest....I only hope the weather doesn't get bad.
Have a great day...and Hey....winter can't last forever
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #34
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Hey Glen

I know this has nothing to do with airstreams but you mention annuals on airplanes....do you fly or connected with aviation in some way...just wondering....I used to do those annuals you speak of.....the good kind....not the paperwork kind.

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Old 01-20-2007, 09:18 PM   #35
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Charles, indeed I've had a little aviation experience. I had my 15 months of fame back in the late 80's as an aviation photographer. I worked as an editorial shooter for the commercial aviation publications of the day. If you go back to 88-89 you'll see my work on any number of magazine covers.
I graduated to the sales and brokerage side a bit later and landed in Florida. I managed to get all my time, 1500 hrs and a multi ticket without flying a "hobby" hour.
I keep trying to get back in the saddle but time and money don't come together at the same time it seems. Somebody else always paid the way back then.
I can't even find much time to shoot anymore, even though I just bought a new 4x5 a few months ago.... but that'll change here soon.
Hope the trip this week goes smooth. Go slow, you'll get there.
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:17 PM   #36
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Well I'm all packed....ready to head out tomorrow morning bright and early. Have to take my wife to a doctors appointment first then its on to Nasville to catch my flight. Get this.....I have to fly to Charolette NC ( thats on the east coast) to catch a flight to PHX. That was the cheapest one way ticket on US Air. Think one way from Tennessee to PHX was $126 dollars. By the time everything is fixed on the MH $126 dollars will be one of the cheap items of this trip. I'm always interested in what things cost....and like reading what others of you pay for your MH upkeep....so I'll let you know later what some of the expenses are.

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Old 01-21-2007, 06:22 PM   #37
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I wanted to add.... I retired about two years ago from the FAA so anytime you want to talk aviation I'm all ears. I'm a life long reader of Flying Magazine (and others) so I bet I've seen your work.

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Old 01-27-2007, 05:55 AM   #38
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Charles, it's Saturday and we've not heard from you.... I'm taking this as a positive. Figure you'd be on the road with no computer and making your way home. If you got stuck down there we'd have heard from you somehow I bet.
Let us know how the oddesy has unfolded..... when you arrive home.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #39
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It's late Monday night.... wonder where Charles is tonight???
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:11 PM   #40
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Hi to all you nice people....YES.... I finally made it home...What a trip that was. One thing I know for sure....there is a GOD and He took care of me!
That motor home was next thing to being a total loss.... I'm not kidding. Don't know what I really expected in a 29 year old vehicle but all I can say is the PO Greatly misrepresented that MH. When I first saw it ...in the shop in PHX I had to recall to myself that grown men don't cry over that sort of thing. So I don't keep you guessing any longer.... The MH run like a top all the way home....not one problem....well I take that back....one windshield wiper fell apart (of course it was brand new...put on by Dillon's) But due to my good luck I never needed the wipers at all. The new tires turned out to be one of the cheaper things....six tires for just a little more than $1000. Actually all I had done was complete fluid change on all fluids....lub and filters changed....tune up...plugs etc. By the time I finally escape from Dillon's I plunked over $5000. Seems like every task Dillon's did cost 500. There's signs all over saying $112 per hour and 10 hour minimum. I didn't push it on the way home.....drove about 60 all the way....took 3 1/2 days to drive the 1647 miles. I would average about 500 miles per day.
I have started work on restoring the old gal already....she is in such bad shape....I will try to put some pics on line. Sure hope you people are going to help me fix this thing up....LOL.... one thing I need right away is two panes of glass. The big glass at the rear end is broken and one of the little curved sky lite windows is broken. Any one have experience with replacing and where to buy them. It's good to be home....now the labor of love starts.
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Old 01-30-2007, 06:27 PM   #41
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Congrats on making it home

Andy at Inland RV can probably tell you if the glass is available or not. Have fun and keep posting pics. Bet you got a few thumbs up on your way home
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Old 01-30-2007, 06:54 PM   #42
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Charles,
Measure the overall length of the Vista View (roof window) they are still available from Airstream thru any Airstream dealer. However expect to pay about $250 for one. Dunno about the back window. Any possibility it is flat glass and can be done by a competent glass shop? They may be available thru Airstream. My dealer is Out of Doors Mart in Colfax, NC. Ben and Paul work parts and are great to deal with.

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