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Old 09-09-2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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Also, anybody know if I need to winterize the plumbing in SOCAL? It might hit freezing once or twice a year for a few hours. Winterizing would be a PITA since we are just as likely to use the trailer during the winter as any other time.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:27 PM   #16
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The biggy that has been missed so far is if your Argosy's Dura Torque axles have not been replaced, there is a good chance they are shot. Bad axles will cause a lot of damage as there is not enough buffer for road shock which will be transferred directly to the trailer. When, and if, you replace your axles you could go for a Never-lube or EZ lube option which, unless you actually like pulling hubs, makes life a little easier.
They have not been replaced but seem to work fine, the trailer rides level and seems to take bumps OK. But good to know about the modern hub options, thanks.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:38 PM   #17
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They have not been replaced but seem to work fine, the trailer rides level and seems to take bumps OK. But good to know about the modern hub options, thanks.
I don't want to sound like Mr. Airstream know it all. But "seems fine" and knowing the axles are fine can be quite different things. There are some simple and definitive ways to check if the axles are still OK. They have been discussed ad nauseum and rather than dig that up again you can do a search if you are interested.
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Also, anybody know if I need to winterize the plumbing in SOCAL? It might hit freezing once or twice a year for a few hours. Winterizing would be a PITA since we are just as likely to use the trailer during the winter as any other time.
The water lines freezing is a function of time and temperature. 31F will freeeze a line in 24 hours or so 25F will freeze a line in a few hours. If possible you may be able to get away with running your furnace or having a portable heater for the occassional cold night. Is the furnace original? Has it been checked out?
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:55 PM   #19
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The water lines freezing is a function of time and temperature. 31F will freeeze a line in 24 hours or so 25F will freeze a line in a few hours. If possible you may be able to get away with running your furnace or having a portable heater for the occassional cold night. Is the furnace original? Has it been checked out?

It doesn't get much below 30 in the wee hours so I guess I can get away with that.

The trailer is stored off-site, so using a heater is not an option. The OEM furnace is installed, but my dad got tired of fixing it so he put in a catalytic space heater to take the edge off cold mornings.
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I don't want to sound like Mr. Airstream know it all. But "seems fine" and knowing the axles are fine can be quite different things. There are some simple and definitive ways to check if the axles are still OK. They have been discussed ad nauseum and rather than dig that up again you can do a search if you are interested.

I'll read up on it.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:56 PM   #21
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They have not been replaced but seem to work fine, the trailer rides level and seems to take bumps OK. But good to know about the modern hub options, thanks.
I just put new axles under my '75, you can read about it here.

The more or less definitive test is to lift the trailer by jacking up on the frame or the mounting flange (never the axle itself) and observe how far the axle moves as you take the weight off it. When it was originally built, the axle's "starting angle" was 22.5 degrees down from horizontal. If the axles stays at 0 degrees when you unweight it, or only drops to 5 degrees or so, it's time to look at new ones. If you still have good motion, things may still be working as designed.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:08 PM   #22
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The OEM furnace is installed, but my dad got tired of fixing it so he put in a catalytic space heater to take the edge off cold mornings.
A catalytic has advantages and disadvatages. Advantages: no moving parts, simple. Disadvantages: heats objects not spaces, ventilation necessary to avoid croaking.

You will probably find you will not find anyone to work on the old furnace and parts are difficult if not impossible to find. It is not rocket science to replace and as with axles lots of stuff in the anals of the forums if you do a search.

If you are anything like me, you will try to resurrect the old dinosaur but end up replacing it anyway.
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A catalytic has advantages and disadvatages. Advantages: no moving parts, simple. Disadvantages: heats objects not spaces, ventilation necessary to avoid croaking.
Or mission radius is about 2 days from San Diego, so all I really need is warm-up on cold mornings.

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You will probably find you will not find anyone to work on the old furnace and parts are difficult if not impossible to find. It is not rocket science to replace and as with axles lots of stuff in the anals of the forums if you do a search.

If you are anything like me, you will try to resurrect the old dinosaur but end up replacing it anyway.
That's probably what I would have done, except my dad already went down that road, so I'll learn from his experience. I can always replace it with a modern unit if I need that much heat (unlikely).
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What's a good chemical to clean the plastic sink and tub? I tried a dish-detergent solution but there are still stains. I was hesitant to step up to comet...

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They have both fixtures and bulbs that fit in Factory Fixtures such as 1156 bulbs. I replaced all my outside lights and most of my inside lights. I figure I spent about $200. It was well worth the money. One ticket in Florida for a burned out bulb is $118.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:32 AM   #26
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On the topic of the yellowed sink & bathroom stuff:

here's the thread for how to whiten up yellowed plastics.

And the recipe for Retr0Bright.
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