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Old 04-01-2014, 11:07 PM   #1
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Hello to all. Just completed the purchase and retrieval of my New To Me 1977 Argosy 26 foot Twin. Drove 450 miles to get it and brought it home Sunday. I will attempt to post two photos, but it will be my first try. It is in good condition with a few issues. One is a soft spot in front of the tub about 10" round. New carpet but it will be taken up to investigate. Also, there are several spots under the trailer where the rivets have let go due to rust. They are in that area as well. Is that a serious issue? All assistance will be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to meeting other Argosy owners.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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Hello to all. Just completed the purchase and retrieval of my New To Me 1977 Argosy 26 foot Twin. Drove 450 miles to get it and brought it home Sunday. I will attempt to post two photos, but it will be my first try. It is in good condition with a few issues. One is a soft spot in front of the tub about 10" round. New carpet but it will be taken up to investigate. Also, there are several spots under the trailer where the rivets have let go due to rust. They are in that area as well. Is that a serious issue? All assistance will be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to meeting other Argosy owners.

Welcome to the forums and to Argosy ownership. There is tons of info on just about anything here on the forums. Related to repairs, rallies, photo contests, etc. You are among family here.
About your floor, I would pull up the carpet for sure. I would also remove, or just open enough,a section of the belly pan where your issue is to get a better look at the floor in case the rot goes further or to see if any of the frame is rusting.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:01 AM   #3
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All soft and or rotting wood is a problem. First, find where the water is getting in or coming from. Second, get it sealed then do the repairs.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:04 AM   #4
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Congratulations on your find. Regarding the pan, I personally would recommend pulling it. According to the VAP, the rivets giving way create sag in the old pan which then pull on the banana wraps causing the outriggers to rub through in spots. Worse of course is that if it gets bad enough you could loose something at speed. Most importantly though is that by removing the pan you'll expose the frame and some plumbing and you can determine what to do to clean up, preserve and strengthen the frame members.
I found that it's a simple but time consuming job and well worth the effort.
There's a lot of information on the forum how to do this and materials to use
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:21 AM   #5
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Welcome to the AS Forums and congratulations on your "new to you"
Argosy. Lots of information and help from fellow members. Good luck with your repairs.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:23 AM   #6
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Welcome,

I had one just like it, but I traded it to another Air member. I am looking forward to seeing some insidepictures!
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #7
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Congrats, I have one just like it and it's a lot of fun.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:56 PM   #8
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Nice looking Argosy!

Now be sure to stop at Riccardo's and have a nice porterhouse to celebrate.

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Old 04-12-2014, 12:59 PM   #9
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To Dan S.;

Thanks for the reply. Did you ever pull the rear bath in your twin? I am working now to get the tub out because I need to pull a piece of flooring that was replaced but is not solid. Haven't tackled the belly pan yet. Let me know. I'm going half crazy trying to figure out how to pull the bath and toilet sections.
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:26 PM   #10
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I'm taking it in to have just the new toilet reinstalled by a RV repair shop, I'm not ripping anything else out.

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:39 PM   #11
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To all;

I am about to prove that I am a real Newbie with my 77 Argosy 26T.

Can someone define the following terms?

Banana Wrap
Tambour
POR 15

Also, what gauge aluminum do you recommend for the belly pan repairs and what vendor, 3/16" large flange aluminum rivets with backing plates?,

I also need to know what type of caulk is recommended? Do I use aluminum or steel for structural repairs once I get the pan off and see if there is any damage? Finally, I am repairing my bumper storage area and need to strengthen the area where the rivets come in that hold the pan. It is rough. I will post some photos of the bumper area. I have photos of the bath area as well if anyone can shed some light on how to pull the bath suite in the trailer.

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:56 PM   #12
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Sorry we missed you. I live 4 miles from Ricardos.

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Old 04-12-2014, 09:35 PM   #13
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I tried to pull my bath fixtures in tact , but they were so brittle that the tub broke early on so I ended up pretty much doing the demo thing on it, so I can't tell you much except to be very careful with that tub , it will break super easy.

I ended up going with at 32" x 32" shower. I mean really, who bathes in a tiny RV tub anyway?
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Banana Wrap
Tambour
POR 15

Also, what gauge aluminum do you recommend for the belly pan repairs and what vendor, 3/16" large flange aluminum rivets with backing plates?,

Bob, I used .032" 6061-T6 Aluminum for my new belly pan, secured with large flange 3/16" rivets which I purchased from Fastenal. Vintage Airstream Supply also has them. The caulk I've been using and one that seems on the A list on the forums is Trempro 635, also from Fastenal, although some good hardware stores also sell it.

POR 15 is a paint used to paint over rusted members. Look it up on a web search, I used a different product for mine, but I didn't have to do a radical repair and replace on my frame and felt comfortable using another product. I would think that for frame repairs you would want to stick with steel - less expensive and more readily available than aluminum, but I'm sure many will have other opinions.
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