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Old 08-18-2005, 07:54 AM   #1
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You Fix-You Camp-You Fix Some More

Went camping in our newly finished 1978 Argosy, rained all night, rained the next morning, got cooler so turned off the air conditioner, stopped raining, got hot, turned the air conditioner back on, no fan-just compressor, turned off air conditioner, turned back on, no fan-no compressor, sweated for a while, packed up to head back to city to get new air conditioner (which we knew we needed after 28 years). Folks at Camping World quoted us $700.++ for just the new pan for a Coleman. This did not include the unit itself. Called Inland RV for advise and they were so nice. Said "get a Carrier, we install them all the time on classic airstreams". Called Camping World, they won't install a Carrier. Called the RV man who installed our trailer brake (Prodigy). He's in a small Oklahoma town not far from our house. He tells us he installs Carrier in Airstreams all the time. Take the trailer to him. Leave it for a new AC unit, new electric jack (my husband is by this time tired of jacking this thing up and down), and two new stabilizers that we have just noticed are gone from the street side of the trailer. PO must have forgot they were down and knocked them off. Now notice all the running light lenses are gone from the front of the trailer. I decide I've cleaned this old trailer a little too well with Balgrn's Marine Wash. I must have cleaned off the grime holding those things on. Fortunately I have all new lights for the whole trailer at home in boxes in the garage. After leaving the trailer we head down South about 100 miles to pick up our new boat that suffered $1300.00 damage on our previous (and first) outing in the Argosy. Get the boat but by this time have lost our beautiful campsite at the lake and none other are available. We are home now, looking at the boat, waiting to get the trailer back and both wondering ""what's wrong with this picture?" We still love our little Argosy. We miss him and can't wait to try again. As they say with any RV. You camp-you come home and fix-you camp again. Judy and Bob
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:59 AM   #2
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Such beautiful pictures.If camping was too easy it wouldn't be as much fun..lol
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:02 AM   #3
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Yup...it is the biggest set of tinker toys I have ever had.
It rains....I fix the rain leaks...it rains and no leaks....I camp... I come home...It Rains....It leaks...I fix leaks...I water test and it doesn't leak...I take it camping...I come home....it rains..it leaks...I fix leaks...I water test and it doesn't leak...I go camping....I come home....ad mauseum....
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:05 AM   #4
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Hey David, so far mine doesn't leak. Oops, maybe I should not have said that. There's always next time.
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:26 AM   #5
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I was not aware mine leaked either until I went on an excursion to Midland TX for a seminar and took the trailer. It rained, and then it rained some more. Then by happenstance, I needed something from under one of the bunks. and when I retreived it, it was wet. Thus began the search for why. As I examined the interior of the trailer perimeter, I found that under the goucho was wet, under the rear twins was wet, street side and curbside forward of the wheelwell was wet. Forward of the door to the corner curbside was wet.
So, out came the Parrbond. I have been chasing leaks ever since.
Do a search on floor rot or leaks and you will find that eventually, all trailers leak. Finding leaks and mitigating the damage that leaks can do is much less expensive than floor replacements.
---just my 2 cents---
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:31 AM   #6
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Thanks. I have had the couches out and the water pump out and been under rust hunting, so far nothing. I must admit that I don't really want to look closely. I force myself to inspect. I'll "get her done" a little at a time. Gee, I thought I had the Parrbond market cornered. I must have half the world's supply in my garage, along with Vulkem and several other products for sealing. Hope this new A/C doesn't leak. HUM?
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:50 AM   #7
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Who says you can't get something too clean! That Por Marine Clean is very efficient!

I'll bet you can't wait to see what else you get to fix?

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