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Old 09-07-2006, 09:51 PM   #15
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I think it's a '74 too!

As a matter of fact, I'm sure the plate was stamped 1974 as well as having the "4" in the serial number! And there was a second plate on the front, which I was pretty sure was also 1974. But when I corrected the dealership salesman, he insisted that it was 1976! And he wrote up the sale as such too. He even joked that I would have to pay more for a '74, so I said fine, and had thought that maybe they knew something I didn't. Nonetheless, I think the factory stamp trumps the salesmen...but I'm no expert, I'm glad you are!
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:12 PM   #16
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There's no option for '74 Argosy 26

Oh yeah, that's why I thought the salesman was right, the dropdown options on my member profile has no listing for a '74 Argosy 26...
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:07 AM   #17
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Coming along...the interior design

Here's my first cut at the interior layout . The toilet will have walls around it. The dining room table is movable. The queen at the back will be a built-in (the program I'm using has standard house furniture that I'm using as stand-ins.) The bunk beds are conceptual, the actual ones will also be built ins.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:12 AM   #18
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And here's the missing picture

I'll get the hang of inserting pics yet!
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Old 09-10-2006, 11:03 PM   #19
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First work day at the staging yard

Hi all,

Work is progressing nicely. We've worked our way back through the galley and tomorrow we should have made it to the rear wall.

The inside walls are not as clean as I had hoped...in that they are full of holes from screws and rivets and not all that pretty to look at.

Maybe I'll lay "down" some decking laminate up and around the walls. Up here we call it DuraDeck. Has anyone tried this? It's slightly textured like the exisiting walls. I just wonder how to fit the inside curves under the domes inside.

Pics of our progress:
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:12 PM   #20
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Strange grey pipe

Say, does anyone know what the strange grey pipe next to the greywater (black pipe) is?
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:16 PM   #21
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Strange double screws

Say, one more question: does anyone know what these double screws all along the front window bottom are? I'm thinking a PO addition because they are phillips heads, but I don't want to take them off if they are for the vinyl interior shell.

Cheers!
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:18 PM   #22
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End of yesterday's removals

Almost empty, now for the mechanicals!

Cheers!
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Old 09-12-2006, 11:54 PM   #23
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Wow! Slow down! :>

Just kidding Chopper. Looking... ah.... good! A couple of answers to some of your questions. The grey "pipe" is actually the furnace duct that goes down to your grey tank. It keeps it from freezing up in the winter while you run your furnace.

The screws on the front side (streetside, right?) are to your non-existant curtain track on that side (it goes under that side window).

Re: 74 vs 76. Our 75 is actually titled as a 76 too (it has the wide side to side binnicle like yours), but the tag in front says it was made in 5/75 - so go figure! I too would like to take our tailight fixture off. I'm thinking of the 4" led light fixtures like on the current 25' Safari models. I really like the oval shaped ones on the CCD line, but I don't think they'll fit. I just am not sure what to use for reverse lights though (a feature that I do like). I'm thinking two white ones in the middle, I'm still working on that idea.

If you're going to so much trouble to "patch" the holes inside, you may want to consider just hanging new aluminum in there... or see steven webster's thread on "updating to CCD" on his motorhome. Alansd posted some pics of his trailer that he updated with a metal look film.

The toilet - maybe if you put the toilet facing front, and put a sink over the wheels, would that work? Take a look at the 28ft CCD toilet - I think it's a simular setup.
Keep us posted.
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:17 PM   #24
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Serial Plate

Well, I've checked the serial plate and the dealer was wrong after all. This one is plated '74 not '76.

Thanks for the answers on the grey "duct". I'm putting a new grey tank and black tank on the floor, under the queen bed, so I feel safe in taking out the old ones completely...

I'll take some pics of the rear light cover coming off for your reference...if it stops raining here and I can get my Argy into the shop space today or tomorrow.

Thanks for the read on the double screws...I'll take them out too and get the interior patched up, primed and painted.

Cheers!
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:39 PM   #25
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Revised Layout

Thanks for your input!

My latest revision is thus:

Toilet is now up front (not at the rear),
More closet space (eg: for hanging coats),

Still have the headroom problem, but that's cosy and fine.

Kitchen is getting a little squished, so I'm looking forward to mocking this up in the Argy to see how it all fits.

The bunks at the back seem to work fine, and the full size queen will be nice (the bunk is full size twins too) - note the flat screen TV in the "master bedroom" (happy wife=happy life).

I need to keep access to the tanks sandwiched between the two floors. I'm thinking to keep the queen bed platform loose so that it can be lifted up, then the drawers come out and presto, access to the tanks.

I can't think of another way to clear the wheelwell covers unless I raise the floor, especially with this "side hall" concept.

Cheers! <still raining out>
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:55 PM   #26
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Finally Indoors

Well, got the Argy into the shed today and stripped off all the nuts and bolts (from POs) from the exterior. Got the two roof vents off (parts available), the AC off (also available, it's an old Coleman), plumbing vents, old kitchen fan out, hotwater tank out, black and water tanks out, the rear Argosy light case off (whatever we call that). And also got the rub guard (is that what it's called) off the middle of the body (and see that the upper aluminum skin overlaps the bottom, so that's good), but the lower rub guard has the lower skirt overlapping the upper aluminum skin, and the seal is not that good there anymore, so I suspect a lot of water going in there. I'm going to have to research some threads on the body repair, but...

Does anyone have experience taking that lower rub strip off and just keeping it off? Shall I Valkem the seam or can I bondo it to keep the water out?

Also, can I bondo in the holes left by the BIG screws used by the owner to put the awnings in?

Finally, all those pop rivet stems that are left behind when I took off the PO attachments...can I push those stems into the body and re-pop-rivet, or can I bondo them over? Anyone have experience doing that? THANKS!

Now the body is ready to be blasted.

Bad news about the suspension needing replacement! Thanks Andy!

I'm thinking of getting the interior blasted too before the patch & prime job.

Cheers!
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:57 PM   #27
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Upper vents and AC off

Pics of the rooftop now:
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:02 PM   #28
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Rear Light Case Off

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