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Old 06-15-2008, 05:44 AM   #15
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I will do a page here and there at work, since my scanner is there right now. Give me a week or so. I should be able to attach it here when done. otherwise pm me your email addy and I'll send it over.

just looked at my schedule. give me two weeks.

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Old 06-15-2008, 07:37 AM   #16
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I found my manuals through the links mentioned above. Doesn't sound like you need convincing but the owner's manual and service manual are priceless. Especially the service manual. It's good to hear others volunteering their copies. It's the closest you'll likely get to a blue print for your trailer. Good luck!


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Old 06-16-2008, 05:04 PM   #17
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Skip, if not a problem, I would like a copy also.
I'll send a pm with my email address over the next few days.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:59 PM   #18
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I started scanning the owner's manual today at work. I set up the parameters and when ever I was near my computer I would turn pages and press "ok". I decided to stop fter 20 pages to see how it all looked. it looked like sh ... ummm crap. I was going for small size and it really sacrificed quality. I'll start again tomorrow at a higher quality. unfortunately that means it will be a large file. hopefully not too large. sorry for the failed attempt. I'll get it though.

I'm camping this weekend so no scanning.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:53 PM   #19
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Thanks for doing that I appreciate it! That will help big time!
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:37 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by thatismytruc View Post
My mistake that was only a thread of scanned weights of trailers from the manual. I'd be happy to scan in my manual, but I do not have anywhere to host it online. The manual I have is a 1973 Argosy since a 1972 does not seem to be available.
I've not forgotten about the manual, I just can't get it to scan well. The pages are not legible at all.

I am giving up. It could be the equipment or the oprerator, but either way I can't get it to work. Sorry.
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:14 PM   #21
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I have a H/P scanner with an auto document feeder and scanning a manual is still a nightmare of work and hassle.
I am now working on a 375 page manual.

I scan into compressed tif format as I have had trouble with PDF-Adobe.
I still have to insert only one page at a time then remove it and turn it over. I also have to manually configure the format choice and the page number (file title) onto each individual file (photo) which I save to a folder on hard drive.
I feed one page at a time into the auto doc feed, even tho it will take a stack.
It takes about 33 seconds scan time per page side. Then I remove and turn over that page.
If I had to raise the lid and position on glass and then lasso the area to be scanned it would take an inordinate amount of time. I would not put up with that.
I remove the binder comb from the manuals and scan the pages separated. Oh and after I complete the whole thing I must go back and rotate every page either clockwise or counter-c'wise. Since they scan portrait and the manuals are set up landscape orientation.
I scan to Greyscale quality as it seems to work best for me.
I save the whole thing on hard drive and also burn a couple of CDs or DVDs if size requires.

Regards to paper copies;
I did this once too. I made mistake of using regular office paper (20#). this is too light for decent use. The comb holes tear way too easy and the paper just doesn't hold up to finger oil, grime and turning much.
I would never again use less than 24# and preferably 28# or 30-32# if you can find it.
A 500 count ream of 28# is about $10 dollars.
Use glossy 67# card stock for front and rear covers and ideally heat-laminate both in heaviest laminate envelope. And do not use the comb bind, use a coil bind instead. Like a spiral notebook cept the coil is plastic not metal usually. This way you can turn the pages all the way back behind the manual. Just a better hinge system anyway. Not as prone to tear out like the rectangular comb punches.
If you do this at a Kinkos it adds up quick. But they are necessary for the punching and binding in my case. Use a commercial copier that automatically does double sided and keep your eyes on quality as it goes.
If you let them do it all check every page as they won't. They certainly won't do one by one feeds I wouldn't think.
I used the office copier (with permission..sorta).
As I said this whole process is a PITA. I would never ask anyone to send me a copy gratis. I figure at least $20 dollars for a digital and at least $40 for a paper. Plus shipping.

BTW the owners manuals are generally glue bound and must be scanned on the glass, a real PITA squared.

And I find that a boxed set of Bob Wills and Asleep at the Wheel and Hank Thompson playing randomly and continuously and the rum tonics/with orange twists being delivered really help get thru this monotonous process.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:00 PM   #22
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thanks. opened the book and laid it flat on the glass. each page. I did not .tif. I did pdf. As it was it interfered with my work time. (scanner at work) I just cannot do as you suggest. thanks though for the info.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:41 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Isadora View Post
We got a manual with our 76 Argosy, I could copy it for someone for the cost of the ink, paper and postage.
I`d like to take you up on your offer for a copy?

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