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Old 06-20-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Talking New Argosy Owner and new to the forums

Hello all,
I recently purchased a 22' Argosy a few weeks and have to say, I love it already!
I bought it sight unseen and didnt know what I had bought until I went to pick it up.
For less than $600 I got a trailer that pulled great. It will need some work but its all there and a good platform to work with. After I got it home I checked out all the systems and found that it had froze and needs water lines replaced in the bath area. The AC works great (Armstrong Furnace Co. never heard of them) , stove and oven work W/H lights easier than the new ones that I have had. Fridge works well on gas and ok on electric, The furnace lights and looks to have never been used or lit. I cant get the blower to come on so I will have to address later this year. The exterior is kind of rough, every corner has dings. I have started on the paint project in the wrong time of year! As soon as I figure out how, I will post a few pics of my dirt cheap find!,

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Old 06-20-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums! Congrats on your find. Be careful with that furnace. Toss it out -- don't want you to wake up dead.


Ice damage only in the bathroom? Freezing can break a lot of sweated joints.

Stories & pictures wanted!


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Old 06-20-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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Welcome o the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congrats on you new baby.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums, sounds like you did fine. I'm new myself only a few days ago but your post cracked me up because of the whining I've done about the heat and working my way through my coaches systems, and you've got more done than I have in 2 weeks before you made your first post.

Airforums is a super-friendly site w/ all kinds of info. If you search airstream on youtube there's vids of restorations although I haven't watched them yet.

Congrats, and great to have you on board.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:15 AM   #5
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Welcome aboard! Always good to have another Argosy on the boards. CanoeStream is right, toss the furnace, the replacement isn't a hard job and it's cheaper than a funeral.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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Here are some pics

I have totally confused myself with the photo process with the forum. I hope this works! This coach will be a 20 footer due to the damage that I have found under the layers of paint that I have attempted to remove and gave up. Some wise guy decided to use exterior house paint on the upper portion. In a way I am glad that I have found it and dont have to worry about the dings and scratches as bad. Although I would love to have a real cream puff, this one will be heavily used and enjoyed!

Thanks to all the nice and helpful comments from all .
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:31 PM   #7
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What a great find, take lots of pictures, your post worked just fine, you can start a blog and do before and after photo's as well. We LOVE pictures!

Good luck
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:26 PM   #8
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Arrow Paint, bugs, heat and plumbing

Wow! What a job that was, but the paint is almost finished and I can start on the striping, In the down times I also replaced almost all of the copper with PEX tubing. The PEX pocket crimp tool that I bought had to of been invented and tested by one heck of a gorilla , my hands hurt something terrible for a couple of days after that adventure. I found 8 different places that had froze and split, 4 patches and a good third of it had expanded to close to 5/8 od. I still have to replace the galley sink as it dribbles badly. The FW strainer screen/ filter between the holding tank and the pump had also froze and cracked the clear plastic bowl.
I also found the source of all those pesky paper wasps and Mud daubers. When I pulled the furnace I put my hand right into the paper wasp nest. I pulled it out and set it down on the floor before realizing it was still a live nest and a dozen or so wasps were just hanging out. I found that the Daubers really liked the heat chambers and blower wheel assembly. So all that had to cleaned up. What a mess!
With all that done, I have bench tested the unit and it tests out OK. So I am up in the air as to continue to use or replace as I am on a budget . The unit is a NT-16 and the serial # didnt show to be a part of the recal Info that has been in some of the posts that I have read.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:00 PM   #9
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I am still using my original furnace works well! not too high on safty though!
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:53 PM   #10
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Smile I cant just have one!

After several outings with the 73 22' coach I felt a bit cramped so I have brought another argosy home for a winter project. Needless to say i shouldn't have a problem being cramped now! This is a 30 footer that is well fitted with goodies..
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:14 PM   #11
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The safety devices on the original furnace are probably no different that that in a permanent home built even today and no different than most gas water heaters in your home. I just went through a furnace in my '69 Travel Queen truck camper; which had very little if any use. The only thing I found wrong with it was mud daubers had completely incased the main burner. Cleaned it up, checked it out: no rusty flue or signs of deterioration. Thermostat works, safety system works. But for additional safety measures I installed a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Went camping in South Dakota 3 weeks ago; it worked just fine.
I have also completely checked out the furnace in our '74 Argosy 26'. Furnace looked in good shape and works fine. I also installed safety alarms in the trailer.
When you say the blower doesn't work. You do realize that you must turn the thermostat up?

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