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Old 04-02-2007, 08:51 PM   #29
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Just new to AS.
We had a '75 13 foot Boler for three years. They are an all fiberglass egg. The Argosy is like moving into Trump tower for us. The fact we will have heat, a refrigerator, bathroom with shower, hot water and an A/C unit ...pinch me.

I couldn't even stand up straight in the Boler. I'm brining it to a "checker" later this week. It has several issues, mainly leaky plumbing and some seals need replacing above as 'water is a dripping.

Overall, everything works, it just hopefully needs some tightning here and there and sealant....etc. My main concern is simply getting it water tight, after that it's all gravey baby !

I can't wait to take it out. We've been sitting in it at night with cocktails discussing where and when to go.


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Old 04-02-2007, 09:07 PM   #30
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Clink Here's to you! Hope we get to see you at a rally someday. When you can pop up some pictures of your new baby. Isn't it just the most fun to be dreaming of streaming.


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Old 07-03-2007, 11:52 PM   #31
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Being new to this, I decided to run the fridge on propane untill I listened to a 30 minute tirade from my local propane dealer on "folks that will blow themselves up for a cold beer"

Granted he's well known for his 30 minute tirades from "Those Liberals in Washington spying on his computer" to "idiots who dont use thier blinker"
So dont take offense to this if you do run the fridge

IMHO of all the reasons to blow myself up, I suppose a cold beer in July would be at the top of the list. But I digress.

What I found works so far in my 4 Cu ft. Dometic, is a tuperware container that fills half of my freezer. I fill it up 3/4 with water and freeze it overnight before taking off.
2 of them if its an all day trip.
It keeps things pretty cold, and usually there is not much water in the containers. We refreeze them overnight when stopping.

This worked for us all the way from the Gulf coast of Texas to Central Colorado in may (plenty warm) and so far the mayonase hasnt killed us yet.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:16 AM   #32
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Travel with fridge on

We have always traveled with the fridge on and never experienced a problem. Our refrigerator is relatively new with electronic ignition.

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Old 07-04-2007, 08:09 AM   #33
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I may be stupid, but have always travelled with the fridge on.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:15 AM   #34
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I travel with my fridge on. I have a lot of food. I full time. I used to turn it off when fuelsing since I had a gas engine. Now I do not worry about it in the diesel truck lanes. No fumes.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:18 AM   #35
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We always travel with our fridge on propane. No problems to date.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:33 AM   #36
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I have not travelled with my refer on. Some friends I travel with do and others are totally against it. We don't full time and we typically pick up food for the day during our travels. It gives us a short break, generally in airconditioned comfort, and we get a wider variety of foods. I realize this is impractical for full timers. I have never read anything "official" that indicated thou shalt not......

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Old 07-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #37
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I always travel with the fridge on and I seldom have to worry about turning it off to refuel the diesel - due to the range of the GMC (---over 400 miles which, for me, is all I want to drive in one day. I quit the marathons many years ago!) I did have problems with the pilot getting blown out until I cut a furnace filter to fit (---the one with the plastic ribs) - which nicely wedges into the frame just behind the access door. Never had another blow out. Subsequently, and most recently, I had the Dometic recall performed and this included, as part and parcel thereof, a full aluminum baffle that pretty well eliminates the blow out problem. I tested it on a trip just last week, without the filter in place, and it functioned flawlessly! Generally, and when I can, I try to refuel without the trailer in tow. This is mainly because, from experience, I've found that too many stations that offer diesel at the automobile islands aren't really set up to handle a 54' rig - and, all too often, they have driveways that are almost impossible to navigate without dragging - a definite Airstream "no-no!" As for the truck islands, if they do have a small diameter nozzle available, they will usually do their level best to keep its location a secret!

If you drive a gasser, and you need to refuel with the trailer in tow, I think that it is only prudent and responsible to shut the fridge down before pulling alongside the gas island. You may be as much as 25' from the fridge when refueling - but that young lady across the island at the next set of pumps behind you may be as close as 5' from your pilot light. That said, beware of becoming a victim yourself due to someone else's negligence! Speak up or hold off refueling until the questionable trailer or motorhome next to you has left - and that applies to the motorhome generator too! Pass this on to those you love!

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Old 07-04-2007, 07:27 PM   #38
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Fridge on

We always have the fridge on but we fill up at a diesel island too. We might operate differently if we were burning "jet fuel".
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:15 AM   #39
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We travel with the thing on, but turn it off for fueling. With the new fridge, it's all pretty easy because we just turn a knob. (But we still liked our old fridge, even though it was a royal pain to light it back up.)

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Old 07-05-2007, 08:51 AM   #40
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Since the Eurovans fuel fill is on the opposite side of the fridge in the AS, I don't worry to much about this.

One thing that I make sure of is that I get a pump at the end so there are no other vehicles fillling on the fridge side of the AS. I alos like filling when there is a slight breeze as well.

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