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Old 07-23-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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What trip interruption problems have you encountered with your vintage MoHo?

OK I already admitted I WAS too chicken to drive my good condition 77 Argosy 28 more than hundred miles from home. I'm feeling a little more confident now thanks to the many AF responses. However that Boy Scout in me wants to be prepared. In another vehicle with a 454 I had two blown head gasket leaks within a year of each other, hence my chicken heartedness.

What kind of on-the-road mechanical issues have you had with your vintage MoHo? I know I need tools, jack and stands, hoses, fan belts, fuel filter, fuel pump, Good Sam/AAA-RV (I have both!), survival gear, a toad and a baby's arm holding an apple. What else?
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:43 AM   #2
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Belts tops my list of must carry items. A few years ago on a trip from Kentucky to Atlanta I lost all 3 v-belts just after getting out of the Cumberland mountains. Not a pleasant experience. Next on the list would be hoses. For Argosies and early Classics the radiator hoses are no longer available and the generic replacements are probably not stocked at any of your typical parts houses.

Next up would be a power steering pressure hose. Again for the Argosies and early Classic's the PS hose is no longer available.

I think the important thing is to find out what items are NOT available from a typical parts house. Once you know what those parts are you should do your best to try and stock them as spares for your trips.

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Old 07-25-2016, 09:00 PM   #3
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Everything Brad pointed out plus one more thing......a sacrificial virgin for the Airstream Gods. I use to pack two myself, but have recently found out that one of my virgins gave it away for a "I love you so much" from the boyfriend. Still to this day his parents come around forlornly looking for their son....."Sorry, haven't seen him lately I say" The last virgin is now pissed at her sister as she now has to wear a chastity belt and allowed no contact with boys.

So I'm down to one; unless I pop for the reconstruction surgery, but the wife hates going under the knife and a 59 year old virgin probably won't appease the Gods.

Get your virgins young and don't buy them cell phones.

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Old 07-25-2016, 09:21 PM   #4
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Pack your magic wand, cell phone, and no limit credit card. With a good tool box and a set of walking shoes, you have a chance. Pat

PS - tow strap. Moving the rig a short distance is often required.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:58 PM   #5
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Coach AC will not function in blazing heat; it keeps tripping a breaker. It is fine until approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit with sun on it.
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:16 AM   #6
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Tony,

Since your 31' needs two virgins and the odds of ever finding a second one are pretty slim, why don't you ship your remaining virgin down to me. One virgin for a 20' Argosy should be just about right......
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starter died at a gas station and we sat for 8 hours till i got a new one and MY own employee who was a Bens mechanic came and had to drop the exhaust to get it out and back in! the part was like 35.00! LOL
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:24 PM   #8
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The one must have tool for travel in an RV is a credit card with lots of room in the credit line and low interest rate! A well stocked tool box and knowing how your RV works is a really good idea also! A sense of adventure and the ability to roll with the unexpected when combined with the first 2 requirements will ensure that you can travel anywhere.
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Tony,

Since your 31' needs two virgins and the odds of ever finding a second one are pretty slim, why don't you ship your remaining virgin down to me. One virgin for a 20' Argosy should be just about right......
Not a problem Brad, I'll trade you for that other PITA Argosy thats just taking up space in your garage and time away from your own coach. One word of caution, she is high maintenance and knows how to fight back; a talisman of sorts against Airstream Gods.

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Old 07-26-2016, 07:38 PM   #10
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First year with Dali heading out to Sturgis, SD from Michigan had no issues getting there - but heading back, starter went out and was stranded until a buddy heading home bought a new started and installed. May it back safely.

Second year out - blew a tire and limped to rest area. Had a trucking company come out to look at and limped to their shop (about 5 miles away). I guess my models distracted the mechanics, because I completely lost a wheel (flew off in the middle of no-where) and ripped the aluminum behind the wheel well! Luckily it didn't take out my tanks. Turns out they put the WRONG SIZED BEARING in and had some play. It completely sheared the nut off and off came the wheel! They denied all responsibility and said my axle was bent (which was fine and I ended up buying a wheel and axle from Bkahler!) Lesson here - don't have your hot models distract the mechanics.
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I to lost some belts recently, and I'm still trying to recover (financially and mentally)
I also had a blowout and since have bought a large bottle jack and HUGE torque wrench and socket to fit the lugs. torque wrench is a 1" drive and I also have a extension for the wrench so that it can reach into the rear dual wheels
I'm glad you've asked this question / post. looks like once I can afford it I'll have to buy a starter and some hoses
I'd like to here more about bkahler's belt story
I wish I had the confidence to just jump in the motorhome and drive till the sun sets... But I just don't😏
This weekend I'm driving from Rockford Illinois to Rock cut state park (only 8 miles)
On August 12th I'm hoping to drive it (if I feel confidant enough) from Rockford Illinois to Illinois beach state park (WBCCI northern Illinois unit's rally) 160 mile round trip...
Maybe🙄
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:43 PM   #12
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You don't want to hear my trip interruption story. Nothing a buddy with a borrowed tractor and low bed trailer for the 800 mile recovery trip; plus a 502 crate motor and lots of backyard wrenching couldn't fix!
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You don't want to hear my trip interruption story. Nothing a buddy with a borrowed tractor and low bed trailer for the 800 mile recovery trip; plus a 502 crate motor and lots of backyard wrenching couldn't fix!
That maybe true, but now you have the very fastest 310 on the planet.... If fact I'd hazard a quess at the fastest Airstream motorhome, period....except for the Utube guy driving around with a 502 Airstream Classic chassis; for now he has the fastest P30 chassis, until he puts the body back on.

Very glad that what happened, happened to a guy like you Chiefair, as it may have inspired many to contemplate the same conversion should the unthinkable, but inevitable happen.

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...a 502 crate motor and lots of backyard wrenching couldn't fix!
Supposedly we can get up to 800 reliable horsepower and gobs of torque out of a big block. Hmmm. Eventual engine demise suddenly not feeling terminal.
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