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Old 03-25-2004, 11:59 AM   #1
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What am I going to do?

Well it finally happened.
I have completed the last of the required work on the Minuet.

Replaced:
Water pump
toilet
copper plumbing with PEX
kitchen faucet
kitchen counter top
fold down table
carpet
upholstery
blinds
curtains
univolt
battery
axle (complete with brakes and bearings)
shocks
mounting hardware

Repaired:
Heater (R&R cleaning and gaskets)
fresh water holding tank
hot water heater
belly pan
All cabinets and seating
dump valves

Installed:
Rock Guard (sunglasses)

Now what am I going to do??????
Janet says go traveling, I was wondering can you do that?
I thought a trailer was just good for testing my repair ability.
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Old 03-25-2004, 12:02 PM   #2
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I understand - sounds to me like its time to start looking for another one......

However, this time, try not to find one in such good condition

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Old 03-25-2004, 12:04 PM   #3
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I'll tell ya what ya can do. come on over to my house and start on mine!!

hey, free courtesy parking! and its woodsy...moreso than many campgrounds I've been to!
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Old 03-25-2004, 12:15 PM   #4
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Interesting you should say that, it started me thinking about how much has really been done on it.
This Minuet was known as the Idaho Minuet on the forum, it was at American Way RV for 2 years. It was considered as being in great shape. Amazing what you can find that needs repair or upgrading when you really look.
I guess that would be a word to the wise when buying.
"Look twice, pay once" or maybe "Think twice, pay once".
Or maybe you could look at it like at lease it keeps your skills sharp.
No regrets though. Janet and I have had a great time rebuilding it.
Now we need to pencil in the time to use it.
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:20 PM   #5
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Quote:
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I'll tell ya what ya can do. come on over to my house and start on mine!!

hey, free courtesy parking! and its woodsy...moreso than many campgrounds I've been to!
hahah That was my Idea too. I even have a Drain clean out in my yard so he could have full hook up.
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:24 PM   #6
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Here's an idea... take some pictures and post them here!
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:49 PM   #7
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Oh no... the "F" word... (finished!)

Never use that word! It is appropriate to say "I've caught up for now", but using the "F" word GUARANTEES six more weeks of winter, and the demise of TONS more stuff on your trailer!

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Old 03-25-2004, 01:52 PM   #8
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umm... are you busy tonight?

Gary - I was thinking that maybe sage green might be a better carpet color........
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:54 PM   #9
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I have been told that the reason I never get anything finished is because every time I do we end up selling it and buying something else that needs a bunch of work. Our first house comes to mind.

Hence the fact that most of my projects get to 98% and then stall for a while. Once I have a few in that state I can finish the oldest. Since I am never "done" there is no urge or desire to sell !

My advice it to first go brake something non critical and then enjoy it for a while. If it all works something is bound to break anyhow, this way you get to choose what you are willing to RV without
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:55 PM   #10
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Re: umm... are you busy tonight?

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Gary - I was thinking that maybe sage green might be a better carpet color........
Gary... how could you pass up a proposition like THAT????

Janet... please keep those kinds of things to yourself... GET A ROOM!!! (as my kids would say... )

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Old 03-25-2004, 02:50 PM   #11
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Gee.....

I always wondered where that Argosy went... I'm glad it's "one of the family." I looked hard at that one... just couldn't find the money for it though. I was trying to tell my wife that "it needed nothing."

Gary, could you post a separate post on how to R&R the furnace, and where you got the gaskets? I've pulled my cabinetry apart, and am about to start rebuilding them from scratch. This AFTER I finished all of my upholstry, and then decided I couldn't stand that 70's brown anymore! Since I've got it all apart, I figured, I've gone this far......
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Old 03-25-2004, 03:11 PM   #12
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The 70's brown would be nice if it were lighter but run what you brung in this instance.

The furnace is actually pretty easy to R & R.

Ours had a Suburban NT16S model installed. The parts are available from any Suburban repair facility. There are a few on the web which will sell you parts.

To remove the heater:
1.) Turn the thermostat down all the way.
2.) go under the trailer and turn off the gas.
3.) on the outside vent for the furnace remove the screw located in the middle of the top round outlet of the furnance vent.
4.) remove the front cover of the furnace
5.) locate the screws which secure the furnace to the floor and remove them. (mine had 2 screws)
6.) slide the furnace forward a little and disconnect the power plug on the right side.
7.) disconnect the gas line locted on the right side.
8.) slide the furnace to the right and disconnect the two outlet air hoses. (they slide out of their slots once unscrewed)

With these steps completed the furnace should slide out.
Just reverse the steps to install.

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Old 03-25-2004, 03:53 PM   #13
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Gary, I'm guessing that is the same Minuet that was discussed on THIS thread some time ago. It sure looked great in the photos (no longer available). Who woulda thunk it needed that much work?
Gotta agree with Moe in that it's definitely time for you and Janet to post some pics we can all drool over.

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Old 03-25-2004, 05:45 PM   #14
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ask and you shall recieve

Ok rog..... here you go - I figured out how to mount photos. They are at the forum photos site
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