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Old 07-10-2017, 11:00 PM   #29
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:05 PM   #30
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I took a few pictures to get me through till next week lol.

The passenger windshield has cracks the total are is over exclave dinner plate basically. Sadly my Airstream is 100x worse so I'm going to try to utilize this windsheild? I think it can be filled? And I'm going to attemp pulling the window myself? It's a preliminary thought but up here in Canada $2300 per side for brand new is swaying me; it's worth a try I figure
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:06 PM   #31
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From the outside it doesn't look to bad. You should be able to salvage a fair amount of parts from it.

I can think of one thing I need, an access cover possibly from the left side front area. I've circled what I'm looking for in the picture below.

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Old 07-11-2017, 04:48 PM   #32
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I'm not sure the sixes of the doors but I will soon. They are different then my 280 diesel I know that.

This body was painted at some point not long ago and has a nice shine!. Being an argosy it has bubbles in the paint in a few places which on a car would signify rust, not sure how it looks so rough on aluminum? It's quite deceiving, but the whole chassis is shot complete rust through everywhere.

Not sure is this the same p30 chassis as a 82 airstream? I slide underneath 75% of this dragging myself in the gravel. I was confused with the rear set up. Is it only designed to run on bags? The leafs were only half and off them I seen bags to the crossmember between the rails? It was tight maybe I saw wrong. One thing for sure the axle is against the frame.

Because of this when it's been lifted for towing looks like structural damage with frame/ hitch area, all I remember is extreme tot and mangled metal in far rear.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:38 PM   #33
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I'm not sure the sixes of the doors but I will soon. They are different then my 280 diesel I know that.
Thanks. The length I'm looking for is a minimum 49-3/4" and maybe up to 51" or 52".

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This body was painted at some point not long ago and has a nice shine!. Being an argosy it has bubbles in the paint in a few places which on a car would signify rust, not sure how it looks so rough on aluminum? It's quite deceiving, but the whole chassis is shot complete rust through everywhere.
It's not rust but I'm pretty sure it's corrosion of some sort. Some sort of oxidization of the metal.

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Not sure is this the same p30 chassis as a 82 airstream? I slide underneath 75% of this dragging myself in the gravel. I was confused with the rear set up. Is it only designed to run on bags? The leafs were only half and off them I seen bags to the crossmember between the rails? It was tight maybe I saw wrong. One thing for sure the axle is against the frame.
Yep, only air bags hold the rear up. From what I understand the conversion from leaf spring to air bag suspension was done by Airstream. The rear 6" or so of the leaf spring is cut off so it only pivots on the front eye bolt and then the air bags hold the frame up to the proper height. There is an air leveling switch that is supposed to maintain the correct height. When working properly the ride is very smooth. If the air is to low the cut off ends of the leaf spring will bang against the bottom of the frame which also means your back end is really low and the ride becomes very rough.

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Because of this when it's been lifted for towing looks like structural damage with frame/ hitch area, all I remember is extreme tot and mangled metal in far rear.
Lifting from the front with the air bags down could very easily damage the back like you're describing.

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Old 07-12-2017, 02:07 PM   #34
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I can see quite a few parts I want on that thing...
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:09 PM   #35
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So I just got delivery of the argosy today. I was a bit of a nightmare. The tow was 250 miles one direction, it came on a drop down flatbed semi trailer. They loaded up the night before without issue but when they arrived I noticed something peculiar right away. They used ratchet boomers from the rims to the trailer. Long story short it took 3 of us working like dogs to roll the motorhome off the trailer onto the pad. 4 hrs to unload. Then crumpled a tie rod on drivers side which ended up breaking. The tires kept going pigeon toed was a complete nightmare and of course my pitch bar 4.5feet long was at my friends jouse 1 hr away. Cand believe a tow company would be so stupid to bugger up the front end this bad. They also torqued on the rims to straighten the tires but ended up bendeing front end where tires are not plumb anymore.

I'm pretty exhausted working in the heat so I'm signing off for the day and on the weekend I can do a better inventory of what's what.

One thing I can tell you brad is there are no big compartments on this coach 3 small ones approx 24". The gas tank is center on drivers side and the passenger side has a duel propane tank( it's damn big 6' tanks and 2 of them. Looks like they modified the bottom with steel panels and they are pop riveted. Which is one question I have. Is there suppose to be ANY POP rivets besides the belt line trim?? .

Oh I never mentioned they put the motor on propane girl it appears to run on both?? Of course this is not running unit anymore.
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One thing I can tell you brad is there are no big compartments on this coach 3 small ones approx 24"......
Both the longer (33") and shorter (24") compartment door are still available from Airstream Supply if there is not one on Swillv8 new Argosy.

http://airstreamsupply.com/argosy-mo...%20door&page=2
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Both the longer (33") and shorter (24") compartment door are still available from Airstream Supply if there is not one on Swillv8 new Argosy.

http://airstreamsupply.com/argosy-mo...%20door&page=2
Unfortunately the one I need is 49-3/4" long

I suppose I could buy a 33" and a 24" and use them with my good 36" door cut down to 28" to come up with a combination that would probably work. What I really hope is that Ernie can straighten the one I have. He wasn't overly optimistic about it but I can hope for the best.

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