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Old 05-27-2014, 11:52 PM   #15
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Thout removing itWell Everyone,

I should have checked this forum before buying my Argosy, especially the inspection checklist. Got new tires to replace the 15" Load Range C on the trailer. When the tire shop checked the DOT codes on the tires, they were from 1979. New A/C unit installed but I knew about that up front.

Was prepping trailer for visit by grandkids as a bunkhouse. Have at least one broken water pipe right at the insection access panel for the fridge (which is brand new). Is there any way to fix the pipe without pulling t? I don't see any way to get it out.

Any assistance greatly appreciated.

Last question. Would like to replace carpeting with vinyl flooring or pergo type flooring. Anyone had good or bad exerience with these types of flooring?

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Old 05-28-2014, 09:12 AM   #16
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The pipes.....

I have bought two Airstreams and returned them to service in the past 14 months or so, one I did a lot of work to, the other a little, but on both of them I replaced all fresh water plumbing with PEX.

It seems like a big project and it kind of is, but it can go quick, quicker probably than repairing badly freeze damaged copper.

Now I am going to say something that a lot of people will take issue with. You don't have to fix everything right all at one time. You can do things in pieces enjoying your trailer in between.

Leaking pipes, safe electrical, safe towing, safe gas, and and major structure issues must be dealt with however.

We turned this trailer in less than 14 work days from start of work to functional and off to New Mexico.

In this 14 days it got all freshwater plumbing, this took probably two days including taking apart for access as needed and going back together.

I didn't have to take too much apart.

On this quick and dirty build I ignored some bad floor in the back of the trailer, and a little bit of bad floor in the front left corner.

It is my intent to do the trailer "right" some time in the future, but what I have done will work for a few years.

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IMO, the condition of your Arosy and the trailer pictured are comparable.

The flooring is peel and stick, quick, easy, cheap, and DONE.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:31 AM   #17
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To me the floor looks pretty good where it counts, why do you want to pull the tub?
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #18
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Has that always been a southern Arizona trailer? If so, I doubt you have any significant frame rot apart from MAYBE where there were persistent plumbing leaks.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:03 PM   #19
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To all;
Thanks for your responses. To the best of my knowledge, the trailer has been in AZ at least 18 years, maybe up to 22. After that, not sure. I found one leak and it will be an easy fix with PEX and I have the access I need. Next problem is the shocks. I have 3 leaking out of 4. Anybody have a part number so I can order some? These are so old the numbers no longer show. Finally, What type of peel and stick flooring did you use? I will be adding a sheet of HardiBacker board in the bath area for stiffness. Did not see any rot when I drilled a hole in the floor and used a mirror and light to check it out. I do need replacement lenses for the lights in the trailer, (kitchen, overheads and bath) and I have 2 switches next to the entry inside the trailer. One turns on the white outside light next to the door. The other does not seem to do anything but does glow red when I turn it on. Thanks to all.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:41 AM   #20
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I dont have the part numbers for rhe shocks, but it is my understanding that they are commonly available.

You might check the Inland RV website.

We bought the parquet stick on at Lowe's, I don't know, we spent about $100 for the whole trailer and seems to have worked out pretty well.

Are you native to the Sierra Vista area ? I lived there for many years and still have family and friends there.
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Vintage trailer supply has the lenses and led4rv has the LEDs for interior or outside.
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A quick fix for floors that are damaged but still pretty solid is one of the epoxies that penetrates before it sets. VTS carries one brand but there may be other brands carried by local hardware stores.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:36 PM   #24
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To all;

Thanks for the info and suggestions to this point. We have the safe tow, new A/C and most of the plumbing done now. I do want to replace the flooring in the unit and would like to use a vinyl plank type of flooring if that can be done in an RV. I have most of the plumbing problems fixed, just waiting for some 5/8" to 1/2" copper reducers. Who uses 5/8" copper anyway? I still need to redo the shocks and check the actual operation of the range, oven, furnace and water heater as I have not tried them myself. Any suggestions for those operations other than far away from the house and several fire extinguishers handy?

Anyone have a part number for the shocks? I will need to replace all 4. 3 leaking, one making puddles.

My wife would like to redo the curtains on the front wrap around window. Does anyone have a good modification to suggest for that? Let me know and thanks. We're getting excited about pulling it somewhere!!!
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[QUOTE=bobbyg52;1484757]To all;

Anyone have a part number for the shocks? I will need to replace all 4. 3 leaking, one making puddles.

Go to Inlandrv.com, then to "chassis, frame, running gear", part number 12416. I'm sure other have them as well, but take note, the shocks are specific to Airstream and some Vintage Kin, they are made to be mounted near horizontal. Don't try to substitute a shock other than the ones specifically designed to be mounted horizontally.
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If your shocks are leaking, then your axles may be next. The rubber torsion axles are only good for about 20 years, and the shocks are purpose-built for the airstream-argosy line.

Vintage trailer supply has the window slide T's.
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