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Old 09-13-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Vintage Recall: 1978 Argosy

I was bored and looking around and ran into this.........I checked and dont have any extra vents cut in my floor.....


NHTSA Campaign Number: 78V219000
Vehicle/Equipment Make: ARGOSY
Vehicle/Eqipment Model: TRAVEL TRAILERS
Model Year: 1978
Mfg Campaign Number:
Mfg Component Desc: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE:LPG SYSTEMS
Mfg Involved in Recall: BEATRICE FOODS COMPANY
Manufacture Dates: 09-01-78
Type of Report: (V) Vehicle
Potential # of Units Affected: 5,276
Date Owner Notified by Mfg: 10-23-78
Recall Initiated By: MFR
Mfg Responsible for Recall: BEATRICE FOODS COMPANY
Report Recieved Date: 10-10-78
Record Creation Date: 10-12-79
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Defect Summary: THE REFRIGERATOR SERVICE COMPARTMENT DOOR MAY NOT BE OF SUFFICIENT SIZE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE VENTILATION FOR LIQUID PROPANE GAS IN THE EVENT OF A LEAK IN THE COMPARTMENT. THIS GAS IS HEAVIER THAN AIR AND TENDS TO POCKET BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE LOUVERS, THUS NECESSITATING AN ADDITIONAL VENT OPENING IN THE FLOOR OF THE COMPARTMENT TO DRAIN OFF ANY ACCUMULATED GAS POCKETS.
Consequence Summary:
Corrective Summary: AN ADDITIONAL VENT OPENING WILL BE INSTALLED TO DRAIN OFF ANY ACCUMULATED GAS POCKETS.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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Al, Thanks for sharing that old recall. I guess if the camper hasn't had problems in the past 31 years, we don't need to worry! haha
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:59 PM   #3
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As did another reader, I recently noticed that there was an opening in the floor under the refer, covered by grill.

This clears up why it was put there. Thanks for posting that.

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Old 09-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #4
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My 75 TW is vented in the floor as well. I guess the guys down the road at the Argosy Plant did not get the memo.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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So if I take mine to an airstream dealer, do they still have to honor this?
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I wonder if the laminate floor would void their responsibilty to modify it?
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:06 PM   #6
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Interesting question......I feel the same way, she made it 31 years, soooo...lol I thought it was interesting. More so to hear that some have the modification!
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:45 PM   #7
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Vehicle recalls only stay open for a certain amount of time. I would assume that this is also the case for RVs, but you know what happens, when you AssUMe!

Call Jackson Center tomorrow and find out. I would love to be the fly on the wall, when the service person on the other end of the line hears that it's for an Argosy, or for that fact a 31 year old Argosy.

Good luck and let us know what you find out.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:46 AM   #8
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The fact is, safety recalls last forever. However, when retro-fit parts are needed to correct a problem, they may not be available.
Remember the furnace recall of the 70's for Suburban furnaces? The recall is still relevant because it deals with a safety issue concerning the furnace. The problem now is, finding a dealer with the repair kit.
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True, Kevin, but the recall does not say that it's a safety recall, it says it's a vehicle recall. I had a vehicle recall on my Dodge, but it was only good for three years.
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:43 PM   #10
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I wonder if the recall was for the Argosy motorhome, travel trailer, or both? I'll have to go out to the '78 Argosy trailer and see if mine has a hole in the floor. (My fridge doesn't work either)
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:18 PM   #11
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We have a 1979 and I checked our fridge access door and floor below. We also have a 2.5" diameter hole cut in the floor inside the access area with a screen over it. Good to know no gas buildup will be there.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:55 PM   #12
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There is a hole in ours too. I remember seeing it when I changed the frig. out and I thought that was strange but I just feft it there. Now I know, thanks.

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