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Old 03-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #113
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bkahler, what manufacturer/model cruise control are you putting in?
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:51 AM   #114
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Absolutely amazing! You have definately got to come to Moho's in May!
Which part of the Argosy do you want me to bring along...
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The multimeter of course!
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:12 AM   #116
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bkahler, what manufacturer/model cruise control are you putting in?
Gunter,

I will be using a Rostra model 250-1223. It has a lot of nice features one of which if it detects and over speed condition it disconnects from cruise mode.

Cruise module 250-1223 is about $175 (cheapest I found is from Amazon)
Stalk 250-2032 is about $35 (Summit Racing)
Speed sensor is about $50 (haven't bought yet)

If your coach originally had cruise with a sensor in the speedometer cable then this one should be a direct replacement for it.

The cruise module is an electronic servo style instead of vacuum style. The stalk fit's over your turn signal handle and the speed sensor installs in the speedometer cable close to the transmission.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:13 AM   #117
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The multimeter of course!
That'll work as it will fit in my TR4
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #118
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First the good...

Finally got around to fabricating the aluminum handles for the cockpit slider windows. Thanks too Matt (JudgesArgosy) providing me with pictures and correct dimensions for the handles I now had something to go by.

I spent the morning on the milling machine and this is what I came up with.

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All that's left to do is round the edges a little and drill the holes where it bolts to the window pane. I've been holding off replacing the cockpit window seals until I had these handles made because the slider has to be removed to get the screw in place to hold the handle. I'm hoping next weekend to tackle the cockpit window seals.

The seals really need to be replace and you'll see why in my next post

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #119
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And now for some of the bad...

I knew for quite some time that the was a problem with the 10" wide strip of flooring that made up the trailing edge of the cockpit floor. I had hoped that I only needed to replace that 10" section of floor and then I'd be ready to reinstall the cockpit walls. Unfortunately I didn't realize just how bad it was until today.

I started by cutting the top section of the floor out with a sawzall. That job actually went better than I expected.

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I was a little worried on how I was going to remove the plywood vertical riser but that turned out to not be a problem due to the rot along the bottom of the board. I was able to pretty much just lift from one corner and it separated from the aluminum angle it was screwed to.

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I had thought the floor rot was caused by the cockpit windows not closing all the way and I was half right. The other cause for the rot was the back wall of the wheel well wasn't designed very well by Airstream and the boxed in area filled with anything and everything that was kicked up by the wheels while driving. In the first picture you can look right down into the passenger wheel well The second picture you can see where the pop rivets failed allowing dirt and mud to get in behind the aluminum where it fastened to the coach structural shell. This allowed the steel to corrode heavily. I'm going to have to do some repair work there.

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You can see on the drivers side that the wall was at least formed correctly but if you look at the second picture you'll see something that is probably the worst problem of all.

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The worst is yet to come...
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #120
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And here's the worst of it...

The next three pictures show the shell just in front of the entry door. When the factory made the motorhome they built a grid out of 1" x 2" tubing and the aluminum shell fastened to that grid work and the whole thing was then placed on the truck chassis. These four pictures show that the vertical 1" x 2" tubing was left open to collect anything the tires kicked up and the aluminum channel on top of that runs up to the entry door frame. Unfortunately Airstream did a terrible job of sealing that channel and water literally had a perfect "channel" into the floor by the door and the step well. I belive this is the primary reason the floor in the entry way was so rusted and also why the wood on the floor above the entry way was so rotted.

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The opening in the 1st picture was covered (ok, partially covered ) by the aluminum plate in the second picture. There was no real attempt made to seal the aluminum plate to the frame work. A lot less damage would have occurred if a generous amount of vulkem had been used in assembly. I wonder just how much water it took to corrode that piece of aluminum?

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Looking at the drivers side I found the same thing. The wet looking metal (darker) was caused by the leaky cockpit window seals. You can see where the water from the window runs down the main structural rib that is just behind the cockpit window, lands on that channel (ok, aquaduct ) and runs right into the flooring area of the main coach floor. That particular area is where the bathroom floor is. I shudder to think what that wood floor looks like right now.

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I had always planned on redoing the interior by replacing walls and cabinets but had hoped to not do to much to the bathroom or the floor. It looks like I absolutely have to tear out everything inside, especially the bathroom floor so I can replace any rotted flooring. I had hoped to postpone wall removal until later this year but I think what's going to happen now is I'm going to remove the entire interior, replace any flooring that needs to be replaced (probably all of it) and then figure out how to seal the front boxed area so this doesn't happen again.

To add insult to injury, I thought I had the roof leaks fixed only to find one coming from the windshield above the steering column and a second one somewhere in the back that is getting the floor wet under the left rear corner window

When it rains it pours...

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:45 PM   #121
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:47 PM   #122
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And here's the worst of it...

When it rains it pours...

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..and some times it freezes before it hits the ground...my little rear banana wrap looks like a walk in the park compared to the "open heart surgery" you have to do. Besides, I need to warm up my rivet gun/shaver anyways...look:
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:49 PM   #123
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A few points Brad...

1/ Take your PP3/ECT2000 with ya and you will have lots of friends!
2/ Love the window handles... Nice!
3/ On the floors and and leaks... better you find and fix now, before you got too far ahead... and as for ripping the walls out... well, time to get some better insulation in there!
4/ That rust... whilst a PITA looks fixable... if you are freaked out... go buy a few more British Leyland vehicles as punishment!
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #124
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Looks like a lot of work ahead for you Brad.
Heck, I'd probably be bored to death if I didn't have this thing to work on...NOT

It's definitely going to take some work to seal that area up properly but I think I can do it.

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..and some times it freezes before it hits the ground...my little rear banana wrap looks like a walk in the park compared to the "open heart surgery" you have to do. Besides, I need to warm up my rivet gun/shaver anyways...look:
Peter, did you spill some salt in your yard?
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some of the salt was 1/2 " in diameter
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