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Old 07-01-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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water tank for grabs and fridge vent question

We just brought our new 1974 Argosy 24 home via 2500 miles through the south (most of the old electrical, plumbing and gas don't work. Including the A/C )

I'm replacing the front gaucho with a dinette, which includes swapping out the original water tank with two half size ones to go under each seat. This means I have the original water tank in what looks like great condition if anyone needs one!

We're starting by gutting the inside to clean up the wiring and mold and putting most of the original cabinets back in. The fridge was a dorm fridge, so I'm headed out to buy a new one this week. We use a lot of fridge space, so I'm looking at a large 6.3 cu.ft. I'd like to vent it straight out the access door like most new motorhomes so I can have the fridge up against the wall. (rather than 4" offset because of the roof vent). Does anyone see a problem with that?

Thanks for the great forum - I've been following it for months in preparation. We're excited for our new project!

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Re: Venting the fridge out the side: This will compromise the performance of the fridge AND require you to cut a new hole in the skin, since the fridge compartment door on a 24' Argosy is just the small lower door. One thing I'm considering for my '76 (which currently has a dorm fridge) is a Dometic Tundra 12v Danfoss-compressor fridge that doesn't need all the venting. They cost about the same as a 2-way unit of the same size, but if you boondock a lot you'll need to add battery capacity and solar or a generator, so it's not a perfect solution either. Another advantage of the Tundra is improved performance in hot weather compared to an absorption fridge.

Design the dinette carefully. One of the frustrations we have in our '75 (which is a 24' Argosy with a front dinette) is that it's inconvenient to get in/out of the street-side seat of the dinette because the galley cabinets are in the way. If you're skinny gymnasts or have small kids you can seat on that side you can get around that, but I was specifically looking for a trailer with a gaucho and folding table for the next one. The dinette is nice when we're sitting down to dinner inside the trailer, and at all other times we'd prefer a couch.

More food for thought on your dinette design... we have exactly the same water tank in the '75 with dinette as the '76 with gaucho. That leaves room for storage under each dinette seat, but it does compromise the legroom under the table. If you wanted to seat 4 at the dinette, it would also be useful to have a kid or two for sitting close to the front window.


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Old 07-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for your input! I will continue the fridge research this week.
I built a mock up of the dinette and had to adjust measurements for me to be able to fit by the kitchen counter. I've seen the dinette with the water tank in front (or a wheel well like in one of the newer bambis) and it seems a bit impractical for us longer-legged folks. I'll have to find a different cupboard to keep the dog food in i guess...
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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Just another dinette opinion but I couldn't stand the fight of getting in the seat at the table in our previous 2 trailers so I made sure our new one didn't have the table in the way. we set up the table when we want or need one but otherwise its out of the way which is more often how we use inside the trailer.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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If the water tank is front curved I would be glad to take it off your hands. My Safari would be greatfull too. Msg me.
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