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Old 08-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #99
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Off Color Plastic

Wash (scrub) that cruddy plastic with HOT water and some TSP (tri sodium phosphate)... Let it dry.
Wipe everything down with naptha on a clean, lint-free COTTON rag...Let it dry, too.

Tape off everything that you DON'T want painted, and then shoot everything else with a GOOD QUALITY spray paint.

We used Duplicolor "Truck,Van & SUV" paint with excellent results. They happened to have an off white that was really close to the original color of the ABS plastic... It even has held up in the sink, and we use the heck out of it!

By the way... The MH is Lookin' GOOD! Keep on it, and let's all us Argosy-ites
meet up sometime and camp.

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Old 10-01-2013, 11:06 AM   #100
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A little update since it has been a while...
I have slowly been working away on the Argosy because I have been spending most of my time on my boat while the weather is nice. I have managed to fix up some of the electrical between the 12v coach and engine harnesses, installed an Intellipower (9200 series I think) inverter (its so quiet!), and finished up the plumbing work. All I have left for plumbing is to mount the two freshwater tanks but I am having a little dilemma. I was given these two older 18 gallon holding tanks but the plastic fittings that are used to screw the water lines into are cracking and leaking. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to repair or replace these? I do not want to purchase new tanks if I dont have to because these are already fitted for the rear bed that I am building.

This is not related to the plumbing but I had been trying to figure out why it was never charging the batteries so I tore apart the existing 12v electric work that someone had done to her and replaced it with what I thought was a simple system. I tested a bunch of other stuff and could not get any charge to the motor battery. I was trying to figure out how to replace the alternator regulator when I realized that there was no belt going to the alternator. Since I saw several different belt sizes on Rockauto I decided to just go to the local store and fit the belts in the parking lot. The closest parts store that was open on a Sunday was just about a half hour away, the drive went great and I turned plenty of heads in the Argosy. Put the new belt on in the parking lot (its the 46 inch one just incase you are wondering) and drove home, and the alternator was working! It all went great till I started backing up my 300' single width drive that is all up hill. The Argosy just clonked out and I couldnt get it started for a few minutes. When I did get it running again it only lasted a few seconds. I let it sit overnight and worked on it yesterday. Turns out that the electronics in the brand new distributor that I put it had fried. I took all the old electronics out of my old distributor and swapped parts. Fired right up! Lesson learned: don't buy the cheap crap on ebay, buy the right parts! I foresee another distributor in the near future.

Hopefully this week I can finish the frame for the rear bed as I tore the old one out. Making this one out of solid oak. I will try to post some pictures soon.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:28 AM   #101
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Picked up a used Wedgewood Vision stove over the weekend and installed it. All went well however I do have one cracked igniter.

One of these days I will have to post some pictures of the interior. I've be slowly chugging away on the rear bed frame and its looking nice.

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Old 04-09-2014, 07:18 PM   #102
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I got some more work done in the Argosy in the past few days. I ended up cutting the old mufflers off and replaced them with new Thrush welded mufflers. It sounds nice and throaty but quiet on the inside. I also replaced one of the rear wheel cylinders that was leaking badly. Lastly, i pulled out the old twin shaft radio and put in a newer hd radio. I don't know what was worse, trying to cut the dash or figuring out the nest of wires!

Here's the link to the YouTube video of the new mufflers...
https://youtu.be/f9Lq-RCcH58

Also check out the Argosy on my neighbors lift. It was a major help with the exhaust work.


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Old 08-27-2014, 04:40 AM   #103
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Last night I start work on replacing my rear roof vent with a fantastic vent my father had gave me. All I can say is man was that tiring work! It was such a pain in the butt trying to scrap off the sealant that was on top of the vent lip and also get off the sealant from between the lip and the roof. After several hours I finally managed to break it free! Tonight I will be cleaning up the roof a little and then making the opening large enough to fit the new vent. Hopefully it will be in tonight!
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:45 AM   #104
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When i replaced my vent fans i did the front one first and thought, that wasnt too bad. The rear one took TWICE as long. It was tucked up so close to a rib that it caused all kinds of hassle.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:34 AM   #105
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My new project - Argosy 24'

Mike, I just found your exhaust video. That's one ridiculously mean sounding motorhome!
Man, wish my neighbor had a lift like that as well.. Geez, livin large man.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:57 AM   #106
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Well, guess who just busted his radiator! It didnt take much, AC condenser leaned against it and a small stream started. Luckily I have a spare!
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:26 AM   #107
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Sometimes you make your own luck Matt!
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:27 PM   #108
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Well, guess who just busted his radiator! It didnt take much, AC condenser leaned against it and a small stream started. Luckily I have a spare!
How did you manage to have a spare on hand?!
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:06 AM   #109
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I purchased and scrapped a 1981 Southwind built on a P30. I pretty much sold everything out of it, including the 454 but kept a hand ful of parts that I wanted/needed.

My problem is that the spare radiator went in for test and failed miserably so I either need a rebuild or something that will fit. Any suggestions?
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I'm sure you're aware that replacement radiators are not readily available (probably not at all). I would have your local radiator shop re-core your original radiator with the best cross flow core you can buy.

I got lucky in that the radiator that was in my Argosy had been re-cored at some point in the past and it checked out good when I took it in for evaluation.
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I will probably pull the radiator out of mine and have it checked. It was working very well up until Wednesday. Unfortuantely I need to have it ready for Labor Day so I might be stuck paying the big bucks!
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Matt, if you go for the quick fix you might end up having to pull it again down the road when you least want to do so. Spend the money now and be done with it!

Yep, that's easy for me to say, it's not my money
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