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Old 04-27-2015, 10:38 PM   #127
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Will definitely be without the motorhome...just heard there is an issue with the seats. Looks like I have provoked the Airstream Gods and they have responded with at least a six week delay whilst some different seats are made....oh joy
NOOOOOooooooo. Yeah, saw that coming......

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:03 AM   #128
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I really don't want to provoke the Airstream Gods, but the shop called today to say they hope to have everything buttoned up and have her/him/it (we haven't decide gender yet) back on the road early next week. It wont be 100% done as we are still waiting on the aluminum trims/close-outs for the Vista View windows to be custom made, and they haven't even started the paint and body, but at least we can start doing some shake down trips, even if it is using some drapery etc. Can't wait....but actually I will have to, as I am working in Portugal next week, not flying back until Friday and then heading straight to Chilly Man....with or without our Argosy.

Martin, Did you go with FlexSteel Seats? We are looking to replace ours but Majors RV here on the Cape said they don't think that FlexSteel will fit...
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:59 AM   #129
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I looked at Flexsteel, and also those from Shop4seats, and other vendors like Discount RV Furniture but the issue is the length of the seat. If you look at a typical RV seat the 'base' is 24" long



However the original seats are 22" but still have a 19" sitting length because the back is narrower.

So standard RV seats fit, but need to be mounted a couple of inches further back and so cause issues if you turn them through 180degrees (not sure about the larger Argosy but the dog house on the 20ft is sloped to allow the seat to turn past it). We also have made the steering wheel demountable to help. The one aspect that has 'bitten us' was very unexpected. We are using higher seat mounts because the seats we chose have thinner seating area, but they are too thin even a 10" mount is too low. I am still hopeful that when I can see the situation there is a simpler solution than getting custom seats but the Airstream shop are saying that's what they think.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:22 PM   #130
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Martin,

Just saw this thread for the first time. Wow I'm really impressed with rebuild you're performing. I've got a 20' Argosy that I've been tinkering with for several years now but has mostly been languishing due to other projects going on.

Looking at what you've done to your's makes me want to jump back into my rebuild and get it finished.

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Seat problem solved, so they are now mounted and ready to go in.



Can fully carpeted. New dash AC installation now complete, dash media system fully installed, all internal systems (power, propane, heat, water, etc) all fully working. Still some small finishing to be done on the dash itself but the radiator and cooling are back in, flushed and running. The guys seem very close to having our Argosy back in the road.
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:44 PM   #132
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EXCITING!!! So the plan is to get it on the road for a short period, bring it back to the shop for punch list items and then paint?
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #133
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Seat problem solved, so they are now mounted and ready to go in.



Can fully carpeted. New dash AC installation now complete, dash media system fully installed, all internal systems (power, propane, heat, water, etc) all fully working. Still some small finishing to be done on the dash itself but the radiator and cooling are back in, flushed and running. The guys seem very close to having our Argosy back in the road.
Martin,

One of the dilemmas I've had with my 20' Argosy is the bathroom wall is right behind the drivers seat and the standard RV seats don't fit properly. The seat back hits the bathroom wall well before a comfortable seat placement can be achieved.

Could you post a few pictures of your seats now that they are installed in the coach?

Also what type/brand of seat pedestals did you use?

Thanks!

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That's the plan Mayco.

Had hoped to start the shake down at last weeks NEU WBCCI Rally (Chilly Man) but missed that date. But we tend to camp every weekend from now on through the summer (we are only 40miles or so from the Cape so there are plenty of local campgrounds) so already have sites booked for the next two weekends; if the Argosy is ready we will take it, if not we camp in our converted box trailer. There are some more WBCCI Rally's and the end of May, and in June, so we may even wait for 'body and paint' until the end of the season - at the moment 'looking pretty' seems low on the priority list.
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Martin,

One of the dilemmas I've had with my 20' Argosy is the bathroom wall is right behind the drivers seat and the standard RV seats don't fit properly. The seat back hits the bathroom wall well before a comfortable seat placement can be achieved.

Could you post a few pictures of your seats now that they are installed in the coach?

Also what type/brand of seat pedestals did you use?

Thanks!

Brad
Massive apologies Brad, I totally missed your post and just saw it whilst reading back to give an update.

The pedestals that we have installed are from Shop4seats, but they are identical to two shorter sets we got from Factory RV Surplus - I wish I had Factory RV Surplus first as they were about 1/3 the price the the first guys.

I will send a photo as soon as I can get over to the shop, but we do have an advantage that the kitchen is immediately behind the drivers seat and has been built with a corner shelf to allow the driver seat to swivel to two positions, approx 160degrees has it angled towards the back of the 'bus' and allows the seat to be used as general seating, approx 200degrees has the seat facing the worktop on the end of the corner shelf so the worktop becomes a desk surface.

Our bathroom is behind the entrance door which is right behind the passenger seat on the '75, but even then we ended up using second row seats from a MPV to get the desired clearance.

Hope this helps.
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So are you road ready, Martin? Jamfest this weekend? 😄
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Well, we have been camping this weekend just not in the Argosy.



But seriously, it is very very close. I called in the shop earlier today (we were camping nearby) and there are four items left on the 'snag list'....two seemed trivial (for example install the pole on the closet), one I helped along by dropping off the seat belts, but the last is a little ominous - 'repair the accelerator pedal'......I guess I will give the guys a call tomorrow to find out what that means!

The current plan? We have a reservation at the same local site next weekend, and it will hopefully be the shake down for the newly named 'Bella'. If we know we will have 'her' back on the road then we will try and sign up for the Region 1 Gathering, fingers crossed.
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Great! Unfortunately, we're going to miss region 1 for some family stuff....

Good luck! Can't wait to see Bella and you guys on the road!!!
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but the last is a little ominous - 'repair the accelerator pedal'......I guess I will give the guys a call tomorrow to find out what that means!
Repairing the accelerator pedal shouldn't be to bad. It should just be a cable assembly that runs from the firewall to a bracket on the intake manifold. The only real problem might be finding the correct replacement cable. I don't know if GM carries the correct cable anymore.

From my scavenging through junk yards a few years back looking for various bits and pieces for my Argosy engine install the throttle cables from Chevy pickup trucks of the era might be a good alternative.

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Mill Supply list quite a few cable assemblies for Step Vans (https://www.millsupply.com/search.ph...1&cs=1+260+261) so hopefully it is just one of those.
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