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Old 05-14-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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I DID IT! My 1975 Argosy 28'

I just got it to it's new home. I agreed to return the wheels/tires to the owner as part of the purchase. I want to put my own on it. He had some after market white ones. Pic shows it needs new axles. Andy, HELP!
Outside and inside worse than I wanted to tackle, but O WELL, too late, it's all mine. Now the fun begins.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:13 AM   #2
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Congratulations!
If think its a given that there is always more to do than we want to, or bargained for.
What reno jobs/work are on the horizon?
Some interior pics would be good to see so we all know what you have let yourself in for
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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Congrats on your argosy 28' purchase. About a year ago I got a '74 28' argosy and am very happy with it. The length is just right for wife and three kids. It had bunk beds so we've got room for everyone to sleep plus 1.

I went with alloy wheels and am very happy with them. If you have the airstream wheel covers with the brown centers they were original, or you could find them if you desired. I enjoy the 28' size and the relatively low weight of the argosy 28', best of both worlds.

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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"let the fun begin" is right! Congratulations! Love your pics.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Thanks to all the replies. I think I am a little overwhelmed right now, so, I am making my "to do" list of what I need to repair-replace exterior wise, to make it leak proof. There is a little floor replacement at the door. Door is sprung. Then I need to replace some missing 1" aluminum belt rail and 1 1/2" rear lower aluminum belt rail. Seal up belt rails and re-rivet all around. I think bad axles caused a lot of rivets to shear. New axles, drums, backing plates, wheels, tires on the to do list also. Interior to come later, but it is a mess. It looks more like a center double bed rear bath model. The curb side interior center has cabinet but dont know if original or not. Will take interior pics and post soon. Also, no goucho, just a very dirty couch and carpet.(gag) I need the Argosy name that goes on the outside rear, below the bath window. Anybody now where I can find one?
PS Those ugly dirty front window curtains in the pics are trashed already.
Oh, and how do you like the non-matching propane tanks? OMG My wife can not believe I brought this home.LOL I just LOVE the wrap around front windows. My wife still thinks I have "slipped out of reality".
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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Congrats on your new Argosy. You definitely have your work cut out for you!
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I think our wives would get on really well.
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I think our wives would get on really well.
My wife feels sorry for your wife, bless their hearts for putting up with us.LOL
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It's worse than I thought. No AC electicity, No DC Power supply, plumbing patched with fresh water hose, no living room furniture, one single bed frame, other bed was a couple of old doors. I had to ditch old outdoor carpet(nasty) couch(nastier) folding couch for single bed(Nastiest). Black tank the PO left POO in it. Spent several days filling and draining black tank. Valve frozen open, but now it is working. Gray water is flowing. Connected street water and MAJOR leak behind toilet, pipe to shower.What did I get into!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:29 PM   #10
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Have you located the breaker panel? Maybe the breakers are turned off. You won't have any DC until you get the AC. Unless there is a good battery in the trailer.
What kind of shape is the shore power cable in?
Did you plug it in to a GFI circuit? Maybe the breaker tripped at the source.
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That pipe to the shower is a pain... it's the last bit of copper left in my Argosy... luckily the actual crack in the copper was where it's exposed inside the cabinet, and swelled most of the part that was left. So far the jury-rigged joint is holding, but if the bathroom walls ever have to come out I'll replace that with pex like the rest of the trailer.
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Have you located the breaker panel? Maybe the breakers are turned off. You won't have any DC until you get the AC. Unless there is a good battery in the trailer.
What kind of shape is the shore power cable in?
Did you plug it in to a GFI circuit? Maybe the breaker tripped at the source.
The PO had cut off the 30 amp plug from the shore power cable, wired with twist locks a small extension cord. I did not even try it. Got a Camco 30 amp 3 prong plug and installed it. All AC plugs now working. I will test polarity on all plugs before proceeding. I have a new PD9260 and new fuse block to install for the DC power. Also got a new deep cycle battery.I am very familiar with electical wiring in trailers so this part should go smoothly.
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That pipe to the shower is a pain... it's the last bit of copper left in my Argosy... luckily the actual crack in the copper was where it's exposed inside the cabinet, and swelled most of the part that was left. So far the jury-rigged joint is holding, but if the bathroom walls ever have to come out I'll replace that with pex like the rest of the trailer.
Did you replace all the copper, right up to the faucers, or use the old copper and attach to it. I am going to get into plumbing soon.
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It's worse than I thought. No AC electicity, No DC Power supply, plumbing patched with fresh water hose, no living room furniture, one single bed frame, other bed was a couple of old doors. I had to ditch old outdoor carpet(nasty) couch(nastier) folding couch for single bed(Nastiest). Black tank the PO left POO in it. Spent several days filling and draining black tank. Valve frozen open, but now it is working. Gray water is flowing. Connected street water and MAJOR leak behind toilet, pipe to shower.What did I get into!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds very familar!

It appears youve got a handle on the electric. The hose patches clamped at each end just need to be monitored once you get pressure to be sure they don't leak. The holding tank issue is one I faced as well, PO lived in it with all plumbing set to flow and as expected valves were stuck and tanks needed to be cleaned. I used a service to pressure wash the tanks back to as new. They are a big investment so better to get all of that crap out of there.

My copper under the bath that was accessible from under the coach needed soldering for leaks.

Your definitely hitting on of the worst times, realizing just how much is wrong but thankfully ca all be remedied if you take each series of tasks individually and don't get overhwhelmed.

Oh, and save your coach/bed foam! It should clean up nicely and save you a bunch of money.
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