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Old 06-05-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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Deep South Texas Argosy

Greetings rv enthusiasts. My name is Jaime and I have recently purchased a 24' 1974 Argosy. I have been amazed at just how much knowledge and experience can be found within this forum. I am new to rv ownership but have always loved the airstream, argosy body style. As luck would have it one came along in the right condition for the right price. I have my work cut out for me but plan on leaving it mostly original. For now it lacks very little to make it road worthy so that is my immediate focus. I'd like to take it to South Padre Island by the end of June for a nice weekend at the beach. I'd like to thank all of you for your contributions to this forum. This is all new to me but I certainly don't feel alone now that I have found all of you. Let the adventure begin!
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:21 PM   #2
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Beautiful trailer! I'm a new Argosy owner (less than a year), and this forum is awesome. You came to the right place.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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Welcome!
More pics please its (almost) a rite of passage!
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:03 AM   #4
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Interior Pics

Thank you for the words of encouragement. As requested here are a few shots of the interior. I changed out all the window and vent screens, shampooed the carpet, and am currently washing the bedding. I need to replace the old propane hoses and purchase the tanks. I also need to get the exterior lighting working properly. I don't wan't to give the cops any reason to pull me over on the way to the beach in a couple of weeks.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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I believe you have a 26' Argosy. It looks very similar to ours.
What is the VIN #?.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:17 PM   #6
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Okay best advise make it beach ready leave the carpet in place until you get back and what ever you do don't look in the belly pan until you have had some fun with it! The more you look the more you will find!
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Small Progress

For now I plan to follow the "ignorance is bliss" method of rv ownership. With her age and owner history I can only imagine what lies beneath it all. I am happy to report that all exterior lighting has been replaced with LEDs. The rear brake light fiberglass housing was badly cracked and very brittle to the touch. The grounding plates on both lights were rusted through so I opted to remove the whole thing. I had to do some quick touch up painting as there was only bare metal behind the housing. I think it has a much cleaner look now and I am very happy with this small change. Of course the new paint makes me want to start sanding the whole thing down! I must show restraint and patience. Nothing will happen overnight.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:27 PM   #8
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Where did you get the brake/turn signal lights from? They look great!
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #9
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Thanks. I got the lights from Northern Tool. I was originally going to double up vertically but they only had one set.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:44 AM   #10
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I am about to start the paint job on our 22' Argosy and have been wondering what to do with our cracked brake housing. After seeing how yours turned out, problem solved.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:09 AM   #11
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Glad to be of service. Here is what it looks like lit up.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:40 AM   #12
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New door lock

I had to get a little creative when it came to replacing the original exterior door locking mechanism. A new KT lock runs over $400 so that was way out of my immediate price range. After scrolling through various forums I found a nice thorough description of how to replace the whole system with a new, easy to find, and much cheaper lock. Here is the before and after. Not exactly professional or award winning but it works great. My total investment was approximately $50!! Here is the link where I got the original idea. This guy is much more thorough than I am and did a hell of a job.

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/ow...k/gallery.html
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #13
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Missing Door Lock Resolved

The original locking mechanism was missing when I purchased my Argosy and the wife insisted we have some sort of security in place before we head out to South Padre Island. New KT locks run over $400 putting them way out of my immediate budget. A more budget friendly version had to be adopted. After trolling various forums I found a very detailed description on how to replace the whole system with a modern, easy to find, and much cheaper lock. My total investment was just under $50! The project took me a couple of hours to complete. Although not as nice as the model I followed it still gets the job done. After receiving the thumbs up from the wife I now have one less detail to worry about as our trip date nears.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:56 AM   #14
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Your re wiring of the tail lights looks like you Los t your back up lights.
I have the save problem with my rear light housing being pretty much toast but I will opt to include a BU light.
Good job!
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