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Old 12-07-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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Got my Argosy home!!!

I went for it!! We left home in NC this morning early and headed for Tenn. It was a COLD 18*. We got there about 10am after stopping for McGriddles and coffee. We had to help the seller empty all his stuff out (remember, he was using the coach for storage). The old tires had about 10psi each. I pumped them up to 30psi and recharged my air comp which I took with me on the back of my truck. We got ready to hook up and the WD hitch would not allow the bars to go in because the small pins inside were stuck from rust. We decided to pull without the WD hitch. We hooked up the wire connector. I only had taillights on both sides. I had one brake light on the left and one turn signal worked on the left. I didn’t know if the brakes were working or not. It 2pm and here we go, no WD, half the lights not working and not sure about brakes. I got 10 miles down the road and decided to pull over and check everything out. The left rear hub was too hot to touch. I had too much brake, it was sticking! I tried to back up and work the brake loose. I jacked the tire up and I could turn it forward by hand but it was tight. It would rotate backward fine. I decided to unhook the wire connector. Now I got 50 miles to go, NO Brakes, NO WD hitch, half the lights don’t work, 2 mountain ranges to cross and one very steep hill to go down! NO PROBLEM!! That little coach is wonderful! It towed fine, I didn’t need brakes or WD. We stopped a couple more times and checked everything out. The left rear hub was still hot but not as hot as it was. What a great little pulling coach, we are HAPPY!! I had to run my wife out of it tonight, she it ready to start work. Thanks for all your help with getting it here.
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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Here are a couple pics.
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:23 PM   #3
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With the weather forcast I'm glad you went today and not tomorrow. It was 22 in High Point this a.m. when I left the Oak Hollow camp ground.
I desided to cancel tomorrow and head home to Sumter, where I'm writing from now.
Hope to see the early before photos of the inside before you run the mice out....
Looks nice from the outside....from a distance.
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:37 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Glad you made it back safely...a very lucky break

Mtnman I think you had some lucky stars and a guardian angel or two watching over you without brakes, without wd, without lights. Those pix definitely need the disclaimer, do not try this without heavenly assistance.
Its a beauty, you'll have fun fixing and camping in it for sure!
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:47 PM   #5
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Congrats!!!! If you get half the enjoyment out of your coach that I have gotten out of mine in the few months that I have had it you will be lucky indeed.
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:56 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great adventure! Glad you all are home safely. Enjoy the project!
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:07 PM   #7
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Congrats!

Glad you made it! It'll be like making firewood -- warms you twice. You'll have dreams as you're rehabbing and live those dreams in using it. Value both types because there will be a lot of rehabbing dreaming. They're worth it though...!
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:21 PM   #8
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Hi, mtnman,

You're in no danger of becoming the poster child for safe trailerin', but it's great that you got it home in one piece. I hope that you enjoy the next few phases as much as the adventure involved in obtaining it.

Does it have the plastic crest to the right of the entry door that says, "Another product from the liesure world of Airstream?"

They really meant that!

That trailer was intended to be towable, affordable, and comfortable, and they are all these to this day.

Enjoy your Argosy. It will be as good to you as you are to it. I've had a '75 28 since 1992, and it's required very little in the way of repairs and has held up remarkably well. These trailers are tough!

I hope that you'll be as happy with yours as I have been with mine.

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Old 12-07-2005, 08:35 PM   #9
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Hi mtnman,
Glad to have you in the neighborhood. I am below Morganton towards Shelby. If I can be of any assistance, please gimme a shout,
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:06 PM   #10
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Hi mtnman,
Glad to have you in the neighborhood. I am below Morganton towards Shelby. If I can be of any assistance, please gimme a shout,
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Hello Kev,
I know where Vale, NC is. I lived most of my life in Hickory, NC before moving to the mountains 5 years ago. Glad to know someone else close by!
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:39 PM   #11
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You know you gotta share more pictures. Take a look at this, it might help figure out the umbilical b/w the trailer and truck. Your brake issues and light issues are almost certainly cable issues, at least in part. Sounds like a faulty brake on the one wheel, tho. And the lights have their own issues.

Well, I've lost the link to the Airstream Corp website that has the breakout for the umbilical cable. And, of course a search on their site reveals nothing. I'll find it tomorrow and try to forward it.

Did I mention more pictures?

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Old 12-07-2005, 11:09 PM   #12
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You know you gotta share more pictures. Take a look at this, it might help figure out the umbilical b/w the trailer and truck. Your brake issues and light issues are almost certainly cable issues, at least in part. Sounds like a faulty brake on the one wheel, tho. And the lights have their own issues.

Well, I've lost the link to the Airstream Corp website that has the breakout for the umbilical cable. And, of course a search on their site reveals nothing. I'll find it tomorrow and try to forward it.

Did I mention more pictures?

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Jim and all,

Here is the link to the Airstream FAQ page: http://www.airstream.com/product_lin...#trailerweight

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This is the one I was looking for. It shows how to wire the umbilical. Thanks for the link, Bill.

http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p...lug1966-81.pdf
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Old 12-08-2005, 09:11 AM   #14
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Welcome Aragosy owner. Always glad to see someone else who appreciates thes great coaches. We pulled ours home from El Paso to Chandler, Oklahoma, (750miles) with just the regular hitch and no trailer brakes. To tell you the truth, we didn't know the brakes had gone out until we noticed the read-out on the controller was off about Dallas, Texas. This Argosy pulled like a dream. Took it to the RV man and got it fixed right away, but towed it all Summer without the equalizing hitch or sway bar. Got those this Fall for safety, but had no problems without them. Hope you love yours as much as we love ours. Welcome
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