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Old 05-06-2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
i am the new and proud owner of a 1973 Argosy 24
so far the trailer seems to be in quite good shape.
since i am thinking of owning the trailer for a while i have already ordered new axles from inland rv. The current ones are at the 0 degree level and on the curb side the front tire is rubbing against the inside wheel well.
I will let you know how it works to exchange them, should be no problem.
they should be delivered in 2 weeks

the original suburban heater will need to be replaced at some point, i think it is the one with the recall.

but for right now i have two questions.
first, as we where cleaning the inside we discovered that there was water in the water tank, for how long ,nobody knows. How would i go about cleaning the tank without dismantling the entire front seating area????
Visually the tank looks good, no discolorations etc.....

second i need a new door lock, the original one has been broken in and i would like to replace this, is there anyone out there that has a spare one....


I got an idea to custom fabricate sunglasses - fiberglass frame with plexi or Lexan shades, i think i will start this before going on the road, to protect the curved glass


by the way it is a pleasure to read through the many posts , keep going


Michael
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums - and I congratulate you on the purchase of a highly cool trailer
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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Michael,
Welcome to the fray. I can't answer the question about the door lock, but sanitizing the potable water tank and lines is quite easy. Just do a Google search for "sanitize rv water tank" and you will find lots of information. Basically you make a dilute bleach solution, put that in the tank, and fill the rest of the way with water. Let the faucets run until you smell the bleach. Then close the faucets and let the bleach solution sit in the lines. The time you let the bleach solution stand in the lines depends on the concentration of the solution. Then drain the tank and fill with fresh water and let water run trough the system. You may have to drain and refill the potable water tank more than once to get rid of the bleach smell / taste.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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Welcome!!

Wow! tire hitting the wheel well!! that seems disproportionate to the angle of only 0. I hope there is nothing else wrong.
There are many tank flushing/sanitizing posts here. Look in the plumbing section.
check the exterior section. many people have added a dead bolt to their doors. I have one on mine and it is a godsend.
I had sunglasses installed on mine. Airstream dealer did it. Having seen it I could have done it myself, but did not have time. They are still available at your dealer.

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Old 05-06-2009, 01:39 PM   #5
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Vintage Style Doorlock with a longer backset

We are in the process of buying a doorlock for a '68 Avion. The Bargman L-200 has the correct dimensions for our door opening but the backset is too short. I discovered that custom machine work is done by Inland RV Center and Vintage Trailer Supply to their doorlocks so that they will fit certain Vintage Campers with this problem. I hope this saves you some time and frustration.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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I tried the bleach and not having any luck cleaning the tank. Now we are thinking replacement. My '73 22ft is in the paint shop with new bearings brakes etc. Wimbleton white with navy blue. Can bearly wait to join step son with his new reno on a '75 28ft Argosy. If you see us on the road in Southern Ontario or Michigan this summer give us a wave. Planning a long haul to east coast and Florida this fall. This is fun!
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:28 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. You will find a wealth of information here to help resote you new family member.

Our 1st airstream was an Argosy 20ft. We have since moved up to a 31ft Sovereign.

Many place have parts for your coach, Inland, out of doors mart and vintage trailer supply. Most of them will take time to answer your questions and help you.

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:36 PM   #8
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Welcome!!

Wow! tire hitting the wheel well!! that seems disproportionate to the angle of only 0. I hope there is nothing else wrong.
There are many tank flushing/sanitizing posts here. Look in the plumbing section.
check the exterior section. many people have added a dead bolt to their doors. I have one on mine and it is a godsend.
I had sunglasses installed on mine. Airstream dealer did it. Having seen it I could have done it myself, but did not have time. They are still available at your dealer.

Good luck!

Thanks for the advice on the bleach, i will definitely give it a try.
could you elaborate on the " disproportionate" maybe i am overlooking something before i install the new set of axles
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:08 AM   #9
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You might check to see that the tire sizes are correct for your Argosy. It could be that someone tried to gain a little clearance when the axles started drooping by increasing tire size. Otherwise, is the axle mounting area sound or is there rust enough to allow the axle to shift? :-(
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Thanks for the advice on the bleach, i will definitely give it a try.
could you elaborate on the " disproportionate" maybe i am overlooking something before i install the new set of axles
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You might check to see that the tire sizes are correct for your Argosy. It could be that someone tried to gain a little clearance when the axles started drooping by increasing tire size. Otherwise, is the axle mounting area sound or is there rust enough to allow the axle to shift? :-(
What Argy20 said. My axle arms are in fact pointing slightly upward and the tires have oodles of clearance.
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How or where is your door lock broken? I took my lock out of my '77 Argosy and brought it to a locksmith. He un-seized (if that's a word) it and made me 4 keys. Now it's working like new. In less than 10 minutes! And I thought I was going to have to replace it. This locksmith was amazing and his price was beyond reasonable. Maybe you just need a new tumbler? I was lucky and he was able to fix it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:27 AM   #12
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How or where is your door lock broken? I took my lock out of my '77 Argosy and brought it to a locksmith. He un-seized (if that's a word) it and made me 4 keys. Now it's working like new. In less than 10 minutes! And I thought I was going to have to replace it. This locksmith was amazing and his price was beyond reasonable. Maybe you just need a new tumbler? I was lucky and he was able to fix it.
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I am afraid its not that easy, parts of the faceplate is missing and broken of
so i will have to replace the entire system.
I wonder if there are suggestions from members here that would not cost an arm and a leg......
i am currently looking at a Trimark Style Lock
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