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Old 07-03-2008, 01:15 PM   #29
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Okay, I've got a little more wheel info. They're American Racing Outlaw II 15" rims with 225/75 Hercules Water Shedder D-range tires. I don't think I can go wrong at dealer cost, I'll pick those up tonight.

Lastly, I know I need a 2-5/16 ball, what about tongue height?
Those will look great on your Argosy.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:45 PM   #30
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Glad to see you take the plunge. I don't think you will be sorry. I doubt you will have much trouble figuring out how to operate the trailer so enjoy.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:50 PM   #31
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That's a fine looking unit, and you can already see the immense outpouring of expertise in the group to help you get it ready for the road.

Wishing you many happy miles ahead.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:53 PM   #32
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I have those wheels on my Argosy - they look great... (just don't keep doing turns just to see the trailer wheels when you turn! Don't know WHO did that after they bought theirs.... hmmmm...). Just make sure they're the right bolt pattern.. I believe 6 x 5.5" is the bolt pattern. You will also need longer lug BOLTS.... not nuts. OR, you can have the dealer change them out for studs and nuts.

Also, it's a good idea to pull the drums and check the brakes... mine had two broken shoe springs when I bought mine. Repacking of the bearings would be good too.

I'm sure it's exciting ... have fun on the trip!
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:57 PM   #33
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congrats, and thats a good lookin trailer.
have fun, be safe driving, and keep us posted!
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:20 PM   #34
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Thanks all! How about a good campground recommendation for the ride home...somewhere along I-81 in VA or PA?
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:34 PM   #35
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By a strange coincidence, I just browbeat several forums members into contributing some suggested campgrounds in the area you will be traveling...
Here's a link to them:http://www.airforums.com/reviews/showcat.php?cat=5
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:50 PM   #36
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What's The Word?

Duff,
What's the words? Did you get the new wheels and tires? Did you get it home safe? Is it what you expected? Inquiring minds want to know. How about some pictures too.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:10 PM   #37
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Well I'm sorry to keep you waiting, but the trailer made it home safely. We (I took my 8 yr old son with me) left CT on Friday at 9 a.m. and arrived in VA at 6 p.m. It was a long drive so I didn't hesitate a bit when the sellers insisted that we spend the night. They were very nice people...they took us out to their friend's 4th of July barbecue and then over to the local fireworks show. The party goers were anxious to meet "the crazy people that came all the way from CT to buy a trailer"! It was all in good fun. Then we settled in for our first night in the Argosy (I promised my son that we'd sleep in the trailer that night) in their driveway. The next morning they made us a nice hot breakfast, then we swapped out the trailer wheels, took care of the paper work and hit the road by noon. We drove straight home, albeit at a slower pace with the Argosy in tow, and didn't get home until just after midnight. Suprisingly enough it wasn't until about the 18th hour on the road that I really started to question my sanity.

The trailer was as expected so I'm happy about that. A/C works, refrigerator works, lights and fans work. No dents to speak of. Windows are intact. I haven't tried anything gas yet. I know a copper fitting is broken under the sink so I haven't put water to it.

Things that I plan on fixing/repairing: replace the replacement carpet (probably with a Pergo or similar), buy window dressings (because there aren't any), replace those little furry things in the window slots (they're all bunched up and make it hard to open the windows), and reupholster the couch. It's got an old smell to it so I'm hoping that getting rid of the carpet will take care of that.

I'll post pictures soon.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:26 PM   #38
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Duff,
I am glad to hear that everything went smoothly and you are happy with it. Now comes the really fun part. Hopefully your repairs will be small and your improvements go off without a hitch.

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Surprisingly enough it wasn't until about the 18th hour on the road that I really started to question my sanity.


Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. There was a thread a ways back where a person was traveling from Washington State to southern Pennsylvania to pick up a trailer. So he they have both you and me beat.

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The trailer was as expected so I'm happy about that. A/C works, refrigerator works, lights and fans work. No dents to speak of. Windows are intact. I haven't tried anything gas yet. I know a copper fitting is broken under the sink so I haven't put water to it.


Sounds like you got a cream puff. She should be easy to get into traveling trim.

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Things that I plan on fixing/repairing: replace the replacement carpet (probably with a Pergo or similar), buy window dressings (because there aren't any), replace those little furry things in the window slots (they're all bunched up and make it hard to open the windows), and reupholster the couch. It's got an old smell to it so I'm hoping that getting rid of the carpet will take care of that.
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I'll post pictures soon.
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Take it slow, steady, and easy. You don't want to get burnt out doing all the upgrades. Can't wait for the pictures.

It was also nice that you had an accommodating previous owner. Just like your son, I made my wife "camp" out with me in the driveway the first night we brought each of ours home. She humored me and went along with it. It also goes a long way towards getting to know your trailer and what you need in it to camp. Better to discover you need something while camping in the driveway. That way you can run into the house and get it. Instead of being 100 mile from home and realize you don't have some necessity.

PS. I saw you commented on BOATDOC's Argosy restoration. Isn't that some restoration??? If you can find it you really have to read his other posts where he documents the restoration. It is a piece of artwork.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #39
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Glad to hear you made it back safe and sound. Sounds like you got a great trailer and made some new friends in the transaction. What could be better than that? Can't wait to see pictures!
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:27 PM   #40
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Duff...glad to hear you made it home safe and sound with the new baby and had your "maiden voyage" already with your son. Very cool. You know the sellers are good folks when they had you stay over, took you out and included you in their life, and eve made ou breakfast! ... That's a great way to get a new treasure...and begine a new adventure... Congrats!
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