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Old 07-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #15
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You might try a 'plumber's friend' (toilet plunger) on the dent if you can get up high enough to pull on it well. Talk to a body shop about the vacuum pullers they use. While the trailer may have been sitting on well drained pavement, don't overlook the vents for the plumbing. If the gaskets are bad, they leak copious amounts of rain water which can rust appliances and rot floors. It just means you have to look for problems in the areas below the places the vents pierce the roof.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:39 PM   #16
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You might try a 'plumber's friend' (toilet plunger) on the dent if you can get up high enough to pull on it well. Talk to a body shop about the vacuum pullers they use. While the trailer may have been sitting on well drained pavement, don't overlook the vents for the plumbing. If the gaskets are bad, they leak copious amounts of rain water which can rust appliances and rot floors. It just means you have to look for problems in the areas below the places the vents pierce the roof.
It's a pretty deep dent, looks to be at least four inches deep into the steel, and it does encompass the outer edge of one of the forward running lights. This is concerning because 1) that seems to be a pretty huge dent and 2) I'm worried it effected the seal around the lights, causing a leak. Can a dent that deep be "plunged," or would it require hammering it out from the inside? As long as it isn't causing any structural issues, it doesn't need to be dealt with right away, especially if it's going to be something I need to outsource.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #17
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If you can seal the light up and there are no other leaks, why worry until you can take it by someone who can tell you how to deal with it? As long as it doesn't leak, it is cosmetic. I note you don't say it shows in the interior and the interior end cap would be bulging if the dent was 4 inches deep. The walls are 1.5 inches thick.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:07 AM   #18
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First - you got it for free.

Second - it's an Airstream/Argosy - they measure length including the TONGUE - others measure length excluding it - your 26' is actually a 23' by SOB (some other brand) standards

Third - it's an ARGOSY - the end cap is steel, you fix dents in that end cap just like a car dent. (Aluminum is fussier and usually requires replacement) Whack out the big dinguses and Bondo the small stuff. Paint hides a multitude of flaws.

Now about the mouse poo and pee.... the shadow will fall over the luckiest heads.... bu-haaa-haaa! When you take down the inner skin to attack the ding you'll probably find something that looks like an ant farm only mouse sized. What is behind one panel will be behind every panel. Even if the frame is good and the floor requires only minor repair... you got (had) meeses in the walls, you'll want to remove inside panels, throw out old insulation, wash inside of outside skins, wash both sides of inside skins, re-insulate and re-install. The smell stays til the last carcass is gone. Drop the belly pan too, to paraphrase what they say about Prego -"s**t's in there"

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Old 07-17-2014, 03:50 PM   #19
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Congratulations on your treasure!! Get it home(safely), clean it up(I used 409 with scent), and then evaluate. See what works and what doesn't. First thing to check is interior electrical-lights to see by. Then check for water leaks-I use an oil less air compressor set at about 50# to test for leaks-if air leaks, water will leak AND it won't flood your trailer if you do have a leak. Then start on big stuff, A/C, stove, fridge, water heater. Remember, have water in the water heater to test otherwise damage can occur whether it is electric or gas.

I have a '75 and I put in a new toilet and gas/electric water heater just because and then went from there. New pex, new faucets(with 1/4 turn shut offs everywhere.
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:19 PM   #20
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This is Deja Vu. My wife and I bought (no family gift)a 1977 Argosy 26T that has lived in AZ for at least the last 17 years. We are slowly putting it right but it is slow. New A/C unit and I replaced the 7.00 X 15 tires with new ones. The old ones had a DOT date of 1979 so I thought it was about time for new ones. Went through a local Firestone dealer who ordered me BlueStreak ST-627s. 7.00 X 15 8 plys. 6 plys are really hard to find. I am now hip deep in plumbing and seal rehab. For the forum - when I pulled the bad copper water line from the front tank to the water heater, it was 5/8" copper pipe. Who uses 5/8" COPPER? I have had to order special connectors to do the repairs. Also, anybody use PEX to replumb? I am redoing the lines with 1/2 inch PEX and all PEX connectors. Next item is new flooring. We'll see what happens there.

I would also recommend a careful study of the trailer and all the openings (storage, water heater access, etc) before you start pulling the pan and any interior stuff. There will likely be indications of leaks and you will have an idea what you will have to check to ensure you get the right areas repaired. Good luck with your and post pictures.
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Thanks for the advice! We are so stoked about this project. Our goal, so far, is thus:
1) Get it home SAFELY.
2) Gut interior, saving all furnishings for cleaning and reinstallation.
3) Waterproof shell, complete necessary repairs to frame and subfloor before winter.
4) Rewire and re-plumb over winter.
5) Reinstall furnishings with updated/repaired upholstery and curtains in spring.
6) Camp.

This may happen faster or slower than our projected time frame. Worst case scenario, we go camping next July in a large, painted aluminum tent.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #22
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. Worst case scenario, we go camping next July in a large, painted aluminum tent.[/QUOTE]

That has been done before! It is still fun!! Not to discourage you, but, it has taken me 3yrs to get mine in shape. Now mind you, I don't get to work on it much. Gone a lot for work and then when I come home, I have chores to do on 6 acres. It has still been fun, though and we have another we can camp in, so there is really no rush.

Keep us posted on your progress. We like pictures here on the forum.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:26 PM   #23
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Here it is: Untouched Condition

We finally got out to see the Argosy. Turns out, it's been sitting for about 23 years, and has sunk into the asphalt! Also, it has been kept under the loving shelter of a large pine, which has been considerate enough to strip some of the paint off for us. The interior was namely musty, with lots of mouse activity. However, the floor didn't seem spongy, all the hardware is intact, and the frame, though rusty, still has some of the original paint on it. My 240 lb husband jumped on the rear bumper, and there doesn't appear to be any rear end separation. The door gasket was in perfect condition, not cracked at all. My uncle bought the trailer new in 1976, and still has all the original paperwork, manuals, option information, and Argosy Owner's Identification Card. Dealer serviced (until, you know, 1996 or so, ha). So here it is!









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Thanks for the pictures. That's going to be quite a project. Hopefully the floor is sound, and except for the end cap most of the work will be cosmetic. Good Luck!
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It is! The tree dent definitely caused a leak where the front lights are, since you can see the water damage running down the curtains from that spot. We'll be going back out this week to tow it home, which will take some creativity. We'll obviously be able to further assess once we get it home.
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