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Old 06-22-2013, 12:39 PM   #15
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Greetings DKB_SATX!

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Kevin:

A in an Argosy VIN denotes center-bath, rear-bed (as in 28A6Vxxxx for my '76 28' center-bath project.)
Thank you for that update! I have notes and catalogs for most every model of the first generation Argosy travel trailers, but none mention anything other than the "standard" VIN configuration that recognizes the rear bath with either twin or double bed configurations. I will be adding this information to my database.

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Old 06-23-2013, 06:17 AM   #16
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Mine is a twin bed but the R replaces the T/D option so that my vin reads 24R7Vxxxx.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:51 AM   #17
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What a beautiful trailer. Congratulations on your find.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:43 AM   #18
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Wow.

What a find! We always talk about how vintage airstreaming is like a time warp, but holy mackerel! Congrats on a turn-key operation, you're going to have a great time. Enjoy!
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:30 PM   #19
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Thanks, so far I haven't really had anything to talk about with the trailer except that I'm still cleaning. No "uh-oh's", no "oh crap's" and it's been wonderful! (I've had enough of rebuilding trailers thank you very much.)

We don't generally camp in the summer which will be especially true this summer since the trailer doesn't have a/c (yet) so this summer will be spent getting her up to date with all her maintenance needs. Still working on a canvas rock guard with a marine upholsterer, still trying to get an appraisal, still trying blah blah blah...lots of time put in but other than cleaning very little seems to be getting accomplished. oh well, I have all summer to get her ready for the fall camping season. and I do enjoy camping in her even in the driveway.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #20
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This weekend we drained the antifreeze and got to test the water lines. We have a leaky kitchen faucet, shower hose/line and the shower gate valve. I quick look shows lots of gunk in the kitchen faucet stems, a cracked shower hose connector and a hand tightened gate valve so those look like they'll be easy fixes. We also tested the fresh water and black tank tanks which checked out leak free. Today I'm hoping to get all those easy fixes done today so I can do another water line check. Still, we didn't get as much done as I would have hoped but I'm familiar with things being 2 steps forward and one back when it comes to trailer work.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #21
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Well being new to this .....very nice
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I just finished the test run on my repairs. the kitchen faucet simply needed new washers on the stems and it's dry now. The gate valve, which I expected to give me grief, appears resolved with graphite packing material and tightening the nut. I'll continue to check back over the next 24 hours to assure myself that all is well. the shower, now that's giving me some grief. without the hose attached the water isn't leaking anywhere. So I replaced the hose but it's leaking out the top of the hose, over the threads so I added some plumbers tape. now, it's leaking, not from the threads, but on top of the threads where there are little air holes? does that mean whatever 'checktype valve" that may have been in the faucet stem is broken? further investigation is required. if anyone understands what i'm saying please let me know your thoughts. back to work
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:54 AM   #23
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okay, here's the 'oh crap' (dang it, I was hoping not to have one of these!) I believe our black tank may be leaking. all appeared fine during the 4 hour test but the overnight test showed me an empty tank. ugh :P of course, I can't 'see' the gray water tank and haven't attempted to check it as of yet but now with the possible black tank leak i'll wait until I open the belly so I can see that tank.

on the plus side, the water heater has completed its 4 day test (since I couldn't get the drain valve to open for days it got a longer test!) and no leaks.

also, got my appraisal back today with a very healthy valuation. good ol' airstreams and so started my agreed upon value ins policy today too.

moving forward.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:38 AM   #24
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Are you looking at some kind of tank monitor when you say the BW tank is empty?
You can look down the toilet to see if it is in fact empty. Have you opened the BW dump valve to see if anything comes out? If so, how much?
You could shut the pump off and close the city water valve. Then, using 1 gallon jugs, pour 5 gallons down the toilet. Let it set for 24 hours, then open the dump valve and measure the amount you get out. Of course the obvious is to look for anything dripping or running out of the bottom of the coach.
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hooray, it turns out I was too quick on the 'oh crap'. long story short, I decided to double check my test before doing anything so drastic as dropping the belly pan and all was good. I believe that my valve was not closed all the way the first time. at some point either the valve or the handle was replaced and now it doesn't open/close smoothly or easily and so where I thought I had pushed it all the way closed I had not. whew, didn't really want to go there!

thanks for the advice twinkie, I did do a measured test by gal jugs and no, I have no tank monitor but adding dye to the water allowed me to see the water through the toilet. also, I figured if it did leak I would be able to trace the leak from the color if needed.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:03 PM   #26
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hooray, it turns out I was too quick on the 'oh crap'. long story short, I decided to double check my test before doing anything so drastic as dropping the belly pan and all was good. I believe that my valve was not closed all the way the first time. at some point either the valve or the handle was replaced and now it doesn't open/close smoothly or easily and so where I thought I had pushed it all the way closed I had not. whew, didn't really want to go there!
It isn't uncommon for the gate valves to become sticky particularly during a period of extended storage. It is a condition that needs to be addressed as the rubber seal can be torn or abraded if it is sticking requiring the rebuilding of the valve. A long-time Airstreamer advised me to mix very hot water (2 parts water 1 part soap) with a quality grease-cutting dish soap (Dawn, Palmolive, etc.) and then using an old fashioned cotton dish mop on a flexible metal handle thoroughly scrub the inside of the dump valve(s). Once cleaned, the idea is that the soap will provide some lubricant to the rubber seals. This is one of those beginning of season "chores" for me . . . unpleasant but necessary.

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oh thanks for that tip! (I think haha)
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:10 AM   #28
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Very cool find, congratulations! I for one would enjoy seeing more photos, particularly of the rear door. I must admit, I have never seen one and have no idea if it is on the rear end or the rear aft curb side.

I just got a 20' Minuet this weekend that I have posted about that is in similar original condition and know what you mean about the "cleaning" thing!

All the best. I look forward to reading more as you move towards other projects.
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