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Old 03-21-2011, 01:09 PM   #673
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Hi Ho,

Like my diesel powered hydronic heating, I am very pleased with the split air system.

The LG is very sophisticated and far superior to the RV type packages.

I'm in Montgomery, Alabama under a very hot sun - not as hot as it will feel in July I grant you - but the trailer is a perfectly comfortable 72F inside. The blower is silently running in the CHAOS logic mode, which imitates a natural breeze. (The plant can be run in 5 different settings)

I can hear the RV a/c plants surrounding me; they can not hear mine. Folks just see the compressor fan blades almost silently turning and wonder what it is.

I passed through Brandon enroute Vicksburg to Meridian about 2 weeks ago and could have showed you the set up then. Too bad.

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Old 03-21-2011, 03:10 PM   #674
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Nice

It sounds great. Good luck with the toilet though we are having a terrible time finding a replacement for out argosy. Nothing seems to fit with the way the molding is in the bathroom. Good luck though sounds like fun
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:43 PM   #675
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When I was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the 7 days March 24/30, I met Chuck Lacey, the Director of Emergency Services at the large regional hospital there, when he and his family were my neighbors at Tannehill State Park.

I wrote Charles yesterday after hearing about the monster tornado that struck Tuscaloosa last night and was relieved this morning to hear from him.

The New York Times says that 200 people were killed in the South last night. The deadly, direct hit that Tuscaloosa took can be seen in the videos below.

The second video on the Atlantic Monthly site seems to have been shot on McFarland Avenue, a street that I Mini motored daily. Two malls, University and the particularly nice and successful Midtown Village (were I often went to Starbuck’s ) seem to have been largely destroyed. The damage will be in the billions.

Charles’ hospital is also on McFarland. The twister passed right by, damaging but not destroying the building. The hospital is the large 5 or 6 story brown brick structure across from the green highway system signs on the demolished street.

Tornado Town: Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Ford Vox - National - The Atlantic

Anyone of the videos on the local paper’s site will give you some idea of the immense destructive force of a thing like this. The latest figures from Tuscaloosa today are 32 dead and over 700 injured. Sad and shocking.

TuscaloosaNews.com | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL

It was in Tuscaloosa that I encountered the first National Weather Service warnings of my 165 day trip. They can be scary when you are a traveler without local bearings. Americans will know this but the radio you’re been listening to cuts out mid-sentence, a loud Claxon call, then a somber digitized male voice: THIS IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA. ......A DANGEROUS STORM HAS BEEN SPOTTED AT SO-AND-SO AND IS MOVING EASTWARD AT 65 MILES PER HOUR ... STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS .... IMMEDIATELY GO TO THE LOWEST PORTION OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS ....

All very hard to do in a trailer....

This is very sad to see. Of the 37 American places that I stayed at on this trip, All-American Tuscaloosa, Alabama was right up there - one of the nicest among them.


And Indy Anne, I did get to the ORIGINAL Dreamland BBQ. There’s a story there too.

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Old 05-01-2011, 12:45 AM   #676
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Sergei,

We have been following the storm stories from Alabama with deep distress. The death toll has risen since early reports. Not since April 3, 1974, have we seen such losses, but this one was so much worse.

My father is living here in Indiana with us after some surgery and illness. We watched the news about some of the same familiar places (McFarland Blvd, and in Birmingham) in your report and could not believe the destruction in populated centers in Tuscaloosa and less destruction, but more effects upon friends and relatives in our home area in the north.

Thank you for the photos from Dreamland BBQ. That was a nice mention. Can't wait to hear more stories.

Glad you are safely home.

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When I was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the 7 days March 24/30, I met Chuck Lacey, the Director of Emergency Services at the large regional hospital there, when he and his family were my neighbors at Tannehill State Park.

I wrote Charles yesterday after hearing about the monster tornado that struck Tuscaloosa last night and was relieved this morning to hear from him.

The New York Times says that 200 people were killed in the South last night. The deadly, direct hit that Tuscaloosa took can be seen in the videos below.

And Indy Anne, I did get to the ORIGINAL Dreamland BBQ. There’s a story there too.

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #677
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Perhaps I should take time for a Reality Check?

I am 69 and before I know it, if I’m lucky, I’ll be 75.
Hey, Sergei: you made it! Congratulations
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #678
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Hey, Sergei: you made it! Congratulations
Ha! And so he has.

Sergei, how has the Reality Check been?

Any chance you're going to make it back to Austin soon to help me Keep It Weird?

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Old 07-13-2012, 08:53 AM   #679
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Marc, others:

Marc asked to see some photos showing how I am installing the IKEA furniture used in my remodel.

All the pieces - bath cabinets, wardrobe and desk unit, galley, fridge box, and slide out pantry drawers – have been dry fitted and cut to the profile of the trailer.
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Once the hydronic system is completed, we will install the furniture pieces.

The weight reduction method used is very effective. I estimate that cutting the frames down this way results in cabinetry no heavier than if built with stick construction.

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The centre, tall unit is an Ikea wardrobe that comes complete with double doors that slide over each other on cool aluminum tracks.

In my redesign, slide the doors to one side and you get the wardrobe; slide them to the other and you get a road office set up (under the window).

The desk surface will slide out, carrying my iBook and printer.

I stole that idea from forum member Zeppelium

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Sergei,
could you tell me the name of the style of cabinets from Ikea you used. we are currently trying to find the right cabinets and have looked at Ikea.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #680
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Nikki, first read my post #9 here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f310...-mh-67241.html

I'm not sure of what the style was called 4 or 5 years ago. APPLAD maybe. IKEA changes their styles and names from time to time.

My advice would be to get one of the styles that are solid wood and wood veneer combinations. Though they sometimes look nice, the foil wrapped are particle board and very heavy. For the same reason avoid glass front cabinets. Very heavy.


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FYI the base part of IKEA cabinets are all the same. There are variations for sink bases and that sort of thing, but the "hidden" parts are the same from the cheapest are the same. So, take SmokelessJoe's advice about weight, and within that group pick the ones that look the best to you. The cabinet framework will work just like Sergei's, even if you pick different doors and drawer fronts.
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Nikki, also check post #26 in the same thread I mentioned above:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f310...h-67241-2.html

I don't know if my earlier advocacy of stick-built and Ikea doors in combination inspired EuroAir or not but his is the first example of this that I've seen and it's really terrific. Like he says in his post, check out his photos.


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I don't know if my earlier advocacy of stick-built and Ikea doors in combination inspired EuroAir or not but his is the first example of this that I've seen and it's really terrific. Like he says in his post, check out his photos.


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Here's the thread that seems to have all his photos. Very nice work!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ent-64377.html

The new replacement work starts appearing at this post (post #15) and carries on from there.
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Welcome to the AS forums and to the AS family. I have a '78 Argosy, 27ft which my wife and I rehabbed in '09-10. We did a mild custom inside and out. Like all vintage RVs you are constantly tweaking and repairing them (the little things). We live in WA ST so just south of Canada. Your project will give you much enjoyment and other RVers will come around and marvel your work. Good luck.
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Great thread! How has the Sprinter truck been working for you so far? Any issues with the weight of the MINI and trailer in tow?
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:34 PM   #686
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How has the Sprinter been working so far?


Any issues with weight??


As much as I still love my MINI after 143,000K I think I enjoy driving the Sprinter even more.

That’s maybe because I pretty much drive the Mini in automatic while with the truck I use both DRIVE and the gear options.

I also like sitting high up in the cab, with it’s panoramic view, and feeling the thrust of diesel.

The rig is very heavily loaded. The factory Combined Rating is 15,200 pounds and I run around 14, 500.

Before I set out on my first major 173 day tour a couple of years ago I had a PM from member Lewster, warning about transmission and turbo resonator problems with his Sprinter.

Following his advice I preemptively added an additional transmission cooler and a machined aluminum turbo resonator, to replace the plastic original from the Düsseldorf factory.

Later, while in Louisiana, I added the Scan Gauge II. All of these items where from the Sprinter Store in Oregon.

I consider the Scan Gauge a fantastic driving tool. Not only does it measure and report a wide range of engine parameters it allows you to drive to “ percentage of load”. That leads to lots of revelations, like the counter-intuitive idea that easing off on the pedal often eases your way up a hill.

On that trip there were a couple of occasions where I slowed to a crawl on mountain grades in Georgia and Alabama.

I also met fellow Argosy owner Big Ed Moeller from Walhalla, South Carolina there. He uses and recommended a power chip and gauges to monitor transmission temperature and exhaust gas temperature for heavy loads or mountain driving


This summer I added a German made power module from the Sprinter Store and a matched set of ISSPRO EV2 gauges - transmission temperature and exhaust gases - from Geno’s Garage in Cummins, Georgia, recommended by Ed.

Currently enroute to Newfoundland on what I hope will be a 3 month long journey, I’ve been running up and down the back roads of the Eastern Townships these past few days, as well as climbing the long grades on the Montreal-Sherbrooke expressway and the little truck has been performing very nicely.

As before, I drive to percentage of load but now I have the added benefit of knowing what the transmission and turbo conditions are.

No dangerous or abnormal temperatures have been encountered despite the record breaking hot weather of late and the power module seems to have added more torque and performance to the truck.

My heavy rig doesn’t do jack-rabbit getaways, that’s for sure, but I have no interest in that. I am content with the outfit building toward its road momentum and have no desire to pass other trucks that are grinding up hills either.

I have no truck experience except for this Mercedes and it still has less than 11,000 miles on it so maybe something will give way in time.

For now I remain impressed, maybe even amazed, at the quality German engineering that allows such a small engine to work so effectively, economically and quietly.


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