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Old 06-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #15
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Charles, I'm glad to hear your first trip was problem free!

On your dash AC, did you just flip the switch and it started running or had you left the switch on and all of a sudden you started getting cool air?

Makes me wonder if your expansion valve might have had a plug that finally cleared out or possibly a loose connection for the clutch. It will be interesting to see how long it stays working.

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It's my understanding, and limited experience, that the blower never shuts off and is always on low. That's what I experienced. At first it was just blowing hot air, but after about two hours running I felt some colder air on my leg and turned the fan up to high.

We spent most of the day cleaning and pulling out all the old moth eaten curtains. I'm saving them to use as patterns to create new, but we still haven't decided if we are going to restore this Argosy as it was in 1977 or update it.

Like everyone else, I like the orange fabric, but it just has too many worn spots and moth/mouse holes.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #16
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Spent the weekend checking things out, cleaning things up, and putting in new floors.

The good news is the subfloor is in good shape. No significant rot so far. The 120v AC electric system is in working order. The water pump works and is fairly new and I can't find any leaks in the plumbing.

The bad news is the roof a/c doesn't blow cold, the oven is rusted on the inside, and the refrigerator doesn't get cold on AC (plugged in).

The kids were not too impressed with the condition of Ronald Lee. They have no vision. To remedy this I needed to jump in with a big impact project so we pulled out the carpet and started installing hardwood floors. Pictures attached.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:43 PM   #17
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That's quite a job to have removed all of that and put down new floors in such short time. You seem like you've done this before?!?

Congrats on the "party-wagon" floor plan. Mine is the same.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #18
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I forgot to mention that when we returned home the first night I could not go up my driveway because the rear end was going to bottom out. I knew this could be a problem, but I had convinced myself it would be fine. We parked on the street the first night until I could remedy the problem.

My solution was to jack up the rear end using helper airbags and create more height of the rear end. Before installing the air bags, and to make sure this solution will work, I placed bottle jacks between the axle and frame on each side of the coach in the rear. I added about 2 to 3 inches in height on each side which resulted in about 8 inches of lift at the rear of the coach which was more than enough to get up the driveway.

I ordered airlift company rear airbags and a compressor kit from amazon. I wasn't sure which kit to order because the kits are different for the C30 and P30 chassis, and I'm not exactly sure which one I have. I ordered both and will return the one that doesn't fit. I'll take some pictures of the install which I hope to get to this week.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:12 PM   #19
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I forgot to mention that when we returned home the first night I could not go up my driveway because the rear end was going to bottom out. I knew this could be a problem, but I had convinced myself it would be fine. We parked on the street the first night until I could remedy the problem.
I had a similar issue with my 345 and my driveway in Mississippi. I used a pretty low-tech solution. I cut 2x10 boards to lay across the low spot between the road and the driveway. That kept the rear axle high enough to get me up the driveway.
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I had a similar issue with my 345 and my driveway in Mississippi. I used a pretty low-tech solution. I cut 2x10 boards to lay across the low spot between the road and the driveway. That kept the rear axle high enough to get me up the driveway.
My Mississippi driveway is just too darn steep. I thought about putting some boards under the rear, but there isn't so much a low spot as there is a steep rise. The rear end bottoms out before the rear wheels get to the crease.

The airbags are under $300 on amazon w/ free shipping, it it looks like a pretty easy install. I could leave it there and be happy, but what fun would that be. I went ahead and ordered a compressor and tank system to control the bags from inside the coach. That install may be a bit more challenging, but I'll get the side benefit of having an on-board air system for airing up bike tires, jeep tires, etc.
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Some pictures of my makeshift lift. You can see the existing leaf springs and gas shocks in the pictures. The airbags I'm installing go just outside of where the bottle jacks are - on top of the leaf springs. Do I need to remove the gas shocks? I'm going to leave them and see what happens unless someone says different, but it seems like the airbags will take their place.

I also include a picture if my dogs enjoying the cover to the front gaucho. We are going to try and salvage the original orange corduroy. My wife has removed the covers and is patching the bad spots with extra fabric from other areas in the coach. The dogs love it!
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My advice...

Leave the shocks. The shocks are dampers. They go beyond support, they prevent bouncing. Airbags might do this to some degree, but not what shocks can do.
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We love our orange interior (fabric and carpet). Our Argosy has a nice warm feel inside.
We just bought our 77 28' Argosy motor home. I'm wondering if you have any idea where we can get some of that wonderful, original orange corduroy upholstery fabric?
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We just bought our 77 28' Argosy motor home. I'm wondering if you have any idea where we can get some of that wonderful, original orange corduroy upholstery fabric?
There is a resurgence of interest in some of the upholstery fabrics and colors of the 1970s. You might try your nearest full-line fabric store to see if they have any upholstery fabric catalogs. Another possibility would be to contact Arlene and Henry Fowler of Fowler RV Interiors in Symsonia, Kentucky . . . they specialize in Airstream and Argosy interiors and had a number of fabric/color samples representing 1970s era fabrics and colors that last time that I visited one of their displays.

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Well I ordered the wrong parts so I didn't get my airbags installed. I have the correct (I Think!) parts ordered and they will be here Tuesday.

We have made pretty good progress salvaging the orange corduroy. The gaucho covers zip off and remove from the cushions. You have to cut the threads holding the buttons in place, but easy work.

There is a large piece of the orange fabric behind the cushions on both gauchos in our coach that is attached to the wall and serves as a pad/barrier when the bed is folded out. We are using that as extra/replacement fabric to patch a couple of bad spots on the covers, and will replace it with something else.
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I got the rear airbags installed and working. I haven't completed the front or plumbed the air lines, compressor and tank yet. It took much longer to install the airbags than I expected. My coach has gas/air shock mounted to the axle right where the airbag support mounts. This created much more work trying to figure out how to get everything in place. I probably installed and uninstalled the first one 5 times before I got it right, learning a little more each time.

I will get some pictures up of the airbags and of the coach with them fully inflated/deflated. I get about 5 - 6 inches of lift at the rear of the coach when fully inflated.
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Looking forward to those pictures!
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Update!

It's been a while and I've been busy. I got the rear air bags, compressor, and tank installed a bad working. I get about 3 1/2 inches of lift in the rear which is enough to get up the driveway. I took a nice long cruise yesterday and the ride is noticeably different as you adjust the air bags. I'm not sure what the sweet spot is.
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