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Old 07-22-2016, 04:58 PM   #29
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I'm planning on buying a 1977 Argosy 24' MH and plan to drive from TX to Northern Indiana next week - if all goes well. The MH has been totally rebuilt - you can find it on Craigslist Dallas - and seriously modified by the owner to beef up dependability and performance - as a road warrior rather than a glamper. What do you guys think of it?
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:27 PM   #30
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our first trip in the 1982 280 we had was 1000+ miles. Good shake down to see what needed fixing, sooner than later. Nxt was a three week run from Georgia to Pennsylvania, through the Blue Ridge mountains, and back down via the coast. Awesome.
We had some heat issues, as it was 95 degrees most of the trip and it got hot inside. The front a/c was a joke. Had to run the genset to power the roof air, but it never got real cool upfront. In spite of that and an alternator failure, it was a memorable trip.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #31
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I'm planning on buying a 1977 Argosy 24' MH and plan to drive from TX to Northern Indiana next week - if all goes well. The MH has been totally rebuilt - you can find it on Craigslist Dallas - and seriously modified by the owner to beef up dependability and performance - as a road warrior rather than a glamper. What do you guys think of it?
Welcome to the forum!

Have you inspected this almost-40-years-old MH, or had someone else do that?

Could you post a link for the CL listing?

Expecting to drive it home 800 miles or so, right off the bat, it seems to me, is putting a lot of eggs in one basket. Depends on a lot of things to line up well.

Are you experienced with RVs and mechanically inclined?

Good luck!

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Old 07-22-2016, 06:06 PM   #32
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These older AS MH: do they have air brakes? Because that adds a lot of complications and worry.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:45 PM   #33
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These older AS MH: do they have air brakes? Because that adds a lot of complications and worry.
The older motorhomes are all built on the Chevy P30 chassis and are set up with hydroboost brakes. Front disc and rear drum.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:36 PM   #35
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What kind and size wheels do you have?
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I think the solution is not to worry about if it will breakdown. It would be better to do as many things you can think of to minimize the chance of breakdown. In other words preparation. In addition make a plan of what you you will do if it happens to breakdown. In other words what sort of alternate transportation or housing would be available if you needed it, etc. That way you can take off to anywhere knowing you have all the bases covered.

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An interesting thread would be "Most likely causes of road breakdowns for the classic motorhomes"

1) I'd have to lead off with clogged fuel filter.

2) We also have engine heat that causes starter issues and non-starts at gas stations! (I have the heat shield but I have not installed it yet.)
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:29 PM   #38
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My second trip involved the whole family and a ten hour trip to Tennessee. A long long long ten hours while I drove with a falsely confident face for the family.

With five kids (now grown) I couldn't identify more. Thanks all! Incrementally longer trips it shall be.

I agree, another post of the most common problem areas in a vintage Moho would be great!
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