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Old 12-13-2005, 07:04 AM   #1
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Antenna holes

I removed the TV and radio antennas off my 1979 Argosy, which left 2 holes in my coach. The antenna hole is on top and is about 1 ½” surrounded by several rivet holes. The radio hole is on the side and is about 1” with 3 small bolt holes around it. Being new to all this I was not sure what kind of antenna or antennas I would need in the future. It will be at least another month or so before I will have the coach to a useable condition. I would like to use it awhile before I decide what I want as far as TV/radio stuff. I don’t even know what is available or offered on a new TT? I would like to use the coach for about 6-8 months before I decide what I want. My question is: what would be a temporary fix to these holes? I presently have the holes covered with duct tape to keep the rain/weather out. Will the duct tape be OK for a while? One friend suggested spraying that foam stuff into the holes to fill the void and then use Sikaflex caulk to seal it? He said this would be easy to undo if I later wanted to go back through these openings. Do I have any other options?
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:30 AM   #2
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High class duct tape

The solid aluminum duct tape works well for atleast several years. I have used it when I want to seal a leak or on the road for temp. repairs. Leaves no residual like the cloth stuff and does not deteriorate in the sun.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:31 AM   #3
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The proper fix would be to seal that spot with a small square of aluminum by riveting it to the main top skin. Use Vulkum or Sikaflex to seal it from water leaks.
Just my thought..Remember, time has a way of getting away from you...
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I would use the Aluminum tape, not regular duct tape. The regular tape deteriorates in sunlight and is a mess to clean off. I use the Aluminum tape for patching a variety of things on a temporary basis. It does not look too bad on an AS either. I would not go the foam route that stuff is a pain to get off.

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OK, I think I have some of the metal tape, I will change that out. It will still look a little odd on my white argosy thought, but thats fine. Thanks for your help folks.
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:08 AM   #6
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The proper fix would be to seal that spot with a small square of aluminum by riveting it to the main top skin. Use Vulkum or Sikaflex to seal it from water leaks.
Just my thought..Remember, time has a way of getting away from you...
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Yes, I actually had the flashing in my hand with the rivet tool and thought, "I may want these holes for a radio or TV later". Thats when I turn to you fellows for a good temp fix.
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:00 PM   #7
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Drain Valve

Looks like I am going to have to replace the Black water drain valve. It appears to be stuck closed. I think I may hate this job! I been reading some post here. Do the black rubber 4 inch and 3 inch slip on couplins with a clamp on each end work well on drain line?
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:25 AM   #8
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Looks like I found this too late, check out what I did tho. Had to make a new piece...

http://www.balrgn.com/Airstream/Leak/leak.htm

There are 8 screws that hold the valve together, you may be able to get to them.

I removed the entire header piping to the dump valves. Wound up replacing the interior parts of the valve. But I saved the valve body. Did not have to cut it out and replace. I'd only go with a flex as a LAST resort. Hate to have that stuff leaking out....
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Did you use screws or pop-rivets to install the antenna cover?
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Old 12-17-2005, 07:16 AM   #10
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Used 1/8" Pop rivets. Same holes that were there, transfered them into a piece of 1/8" aluminum we cut to the same shape. Filled the void with spray foam. It holds the handle on the inside steady and in the same position.

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You gotta love those PO's who take off the antennas and don't patch the holes.
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You gotta love those PO's who take off the antennas and don't patch the holes.
Wasn't the PO's fault, now way to tell that. The original cast aluminum piece turned into a sponge like material. Must have been slightly different compound than the aluminum skin, causing a dis-similar material issue. I did not find that was the leak path until I bead blasted it and noticed how porous it was.
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Do the side windows on the argosy just slide off after you open them or how do they come off?
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Re-read 53FlyingCloud's post!

If they have an Eiffel tower and Venetian canals in Vegas, you sure can get creative if you'd like. A former contributor to these forums had an interesting idea (see post 3): http://www.airforums.com/forum...dish-4048.html
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