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Old 07-26-2014, 11:37 AM   #29
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1978 Argosy 24
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After a few adventures in my life I am finally looking at beginning work on this Argosy. I've had it covered with a huge tarp for a few months but wind and the rooftop antenna have shredded it in places. The antenna will be coming off before I re-cover. As far as I can tell there have been no leaks but a closer inspection is needed.
We plugged it in today and checked lights and the a/c unit, all of which work, but it did pop the 20 amp breaker after a few minutes. I'm getting a fresh deep cycle battery shortly. The plan there is to run a drop with a 30 amp breaker off the house box and get it close to the Argosy so extension cords aren't needed. Midsummer here, it will take some a/c to get much done out there!
There is one soft spot near the only entry door, possibly because the door does not seal to the body rain got in for some time before I got the trailer. It's likely the door was caught by the wind and bounced off the body, which would flattehn out the curve some.
My go-to guy is out of town but I'm ready to start doing what I can to get this thing going.
What seems simplest to me is to take it all out to the walls, ditch the carpet, get the floor solid and finished, and proceed from there.
BUT there is roof stuff to do as well. Repair damage from a fallen branch just over the bathroom. Replace/reseal the vents and around the a/c unit. Re-caulk a lot and then begin prep for paint.
So- keep the water out first, then pull out the interior. I like the layout so a lot of that will be saved to put back in.
Wondering about the gas-elecric refrig. Wondering if electric water heater, furnace, and oven/stove is feasible.
Considering rooftop solar panels. Thinking about a big generator to run all the electric stuff.

Looks like a big project! This will be home in a couple of years. I want to do it right!

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