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Old 06-15-2003, 08:15 PM   #1
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Adventures of Brett and Edie Part I

This severe case of Aluminitus begins with Brett submitting the bid on a 1978 Argosy 28' motorhome on ebay (1978 28 C on my site). The motorhome is in Washington State and they live in Tampa, FL. (aka 'thenewkid64')

Edie flew out last week and on Friday (while the Forums was down) I received the initial report (from Edie via Brett).
Gen Set - working!
Fridge - working!
Roof air (Armstrong) - working!
Drives fine according to Edie.
A little dirtier than the photos but exterior still in good shape.

Rear sleeping area has both the booth cushions AND a custom mattress for the entire space.

Brett flew out Friday and Edie is driving the MH to the airport to pick him up. They were scheduled to begin the drive back to Tampa today (Sunday 6/15).

Edie did find out more background information. The family that donated the unit for the charity auction is well respected in the community. The owner (no longer able to use it) actually cried when he delivered the unit for auction. It just breaks your hear to hear that but this unit is going to GREAT hands and it will be well taken care of! How many of us would cry if we had to give up our units? Count me in that group! What a testament to Argosy and Airstream that a 25 year old motor home brings up such emotion!

They are planning on going through Texas and then I-10 through my home town of Tallahassee. He is going to call me when he is close so we can meet him off the highway and see their new baby!

To quote Brett "It's all about the vista views!"
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Old 06-16-2003, 04:32 PM   #2
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Well done Guys...

Hi Edie & Brett...
Good 4 U, sure wish Mark an Myself were able 2do the trip with U, it sounded great...hope all works out 4 U both, Mark is not too good at the moment, he got attacked in our local town by some asians, and they stole his mobile fone, wallet, watch an his trainers...then gave him a good kicking, he had 2go 2the hospital...luckily the police have got it taped off the "street cameras"...How low can U get, picking on a disabled Lad...
The police say they may do time 4it, I said give me ten minutes with each of them...however....
all the best...Chris 'n Mark.....
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Here's the latest... Monday 6:18 pm et

Brett had to bypass the heater core.

They made it to Idaho and the transmission started to go. They lost 3rd then 2nd. They still have 1st and reverse. Brett changed out the modulator and is taking it for a test drive as I write this!
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Here's the latest, the regulator didn't work and they are now seeking a transission shop. They are requesing FrankR's assistance. We already have been told to "Visit Idaho, the people are great." I guess Brett will find out if the transmission places are great also!

For those tracking on a map, they are near Malta, Idaho.
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Old 06-17-2003, 12:43 AM   #5
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I'm so sad to hear that! I've been Brett & Edie's contact out on this end. Helped them arrange stuff out here and had a nice dinner and visit with them the night Brett got into town. Wouldn't have guessed the tranny was the thing that would give them trouble. Edie was driving it all over Vancouver while she was prepping it to go. Nice big rig, I was pretty impressed with it. Well, I guess that's just part of the big adventure of getting it home! Can't wait to hear the next report. Wish them luck from us when you hear from them!
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Fred, I am camping at 10k' outside of Silverton Colorado. Maybe I can see them if I drive a little higher.
Talking about driving a little higher, never would have made it up those 10600 passes, without the secondary electric fuel pump in the rear. She started to choke hard when I remembered my switch. From then on it was easy, except the loose brake line on the way down.
Wish Brett and Edie all the best from us.
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hope all works out for Brett and Edie, quite an adventure!!
Peter--switch what switch??
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Old 06-17-2003, 05:58 PM   #8
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Fred, I am camping at 10k' outside of Silverton Colorado.
That is not too bad with a big old MH. I remember barely making it in 2nd gear and watching the black smoke pour out of the exhaust with a 70's 350 pickup, empty.

Brett's trip doesn't sound like much more fun than he had last time. I'll be crossing my fingers for him.

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Tuesday 6/17 6:20 p.m.

The transmission was fixed today. All it needed was a $50 governer.

They are currently at a mountain summit (7,000 ft) near Salt Lake City. The Camping World in Salt Lake did not have the rear air bags they needed. They stockedp on some supplies and continued on.

They did have some engine hestitation. Brett swapped the fuel filter...nope. Cleaned the carb with some spray....nope. Changed the air filter....bingo! Engine running cool (new radiator).

Brett gave a big thanks for FrankR for the help. They also passed along thanks to Stephanie for the hospitality and assistance!

Heading towards Denver!

PETER: I did mention to him your switch and the electric pump. Brett said he has an electric fuel pump but that his fuel tank is in the front under the sofa.
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Old 06-17-2003, 06:34 PM   #10
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Cool Forget the Basher.....

A good name for this MH is "Rocky"! Just when you think it's down for the count, it comes back fighting!

"Wildly popular, widely appealing, redemptive "Cinderella" tale about working-class boxer yearning for success. Still provides great satisfaction for drama lovers seeking gritty character portraits, and sports lovers desiring uplifting adrenaline rush. "
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Have no idea who Brett and Edie are but man am I pulling for them!! What an ordeal, good to know they are back on the road.

If they are heading thru Texas and need any help have them look me up!

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(OK, newsflash, Brett is newkid??, thought he already had a MH?)
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Brett (aka Moderator "thenewkid64") does have a 1976 Argosy 26' MH. They were never really happy with the floorplan. He won this 1978 28' unit with rear bedroom on ebay. Problem was that the unit was in Washington State and he lived in Tampa, FL.

Pretty brave folks taking a new-to-them 25 year old MH across country like that!
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:59 AM   #13
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Unhappy Ah schucks!

Sorry guys! Somehow I missed this thread...would have loved to hook-up with Brett & Edie here in Denver! Bummer...

Safe travels for the remainder of your trip home ~

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PETER: I did mention to him your switch and the electric pump. Brett said he has an electric fuel pump but that his fuel tank is in the front under the sofa.
I don't think it matters where the fuel tank is, the amount of fuel needed to make it up those hills is the problem.
I would have been toast without the secondary electric fuel pump.
The Jacobs electronic ignition is truly awesome for mountain driving.
Alan, the switch is for the electric fuel pump I mounted at the rear.
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