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Old 09-08-2015, 07:08 PM   #1513
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If you have an Allison 540 your rear seal will look like this...buy two seals in case you screw up the first one installing it. You can use a piece 12" to 14" long and three inches in diameter to install...works perfect !Click image for larger version

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Old 09-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #1514
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I'm sitting at home sort of bored and looking at photos. I know winter is around the corner, but it was 106 up north today. So, I added a gallery of winter photos at the ranch...

Wintering at the Ranch | project AIRSTREAM
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:13 PM   #1515
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I'm prepping for our annual trek to Yosemite so some maintenance was in order...Click image for larger version

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Old 09-21-2015, 11:21 PM   #1516
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I completed my list so I thought it was only appropriate to head out on a shake down run, so I headed down the mountain and south on I5 to the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning...Click image for larger version

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Old 09-22-2015, 07:51 AM   #1517
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Great work Dean.

I guess an open question to all the SMEs on the forum - what do you use/how do you lift your MH to get to work underneath? Jack (bottle/trolley?) and axle stands? Heavy duty ramps?

It maybe just an artifact of me being nearly as round as I am wide (and I am pretty wide) but working underneath is a nightmare!
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:49 AM   #1518
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That's a very nice interior. There is a real feeling of spaciousness in that living area. I often think that Airstream did a better job of floorplan design with their smaller MHs than with the larger ones, and that's true of Excellas, Argosies and the Classics.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:42 AM   #1519
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Great work Dean.

I guess an open question to all the SMEs on the forum - what do you use/how do you lift your MH to get to work underneath? Jack (bottle/trolley?) and axle stands? Heavy duty ramps?

It maybe just an artifact of me being nearly as round as I am wide (and I am pretty wide) but working underneath is a nightmare!
Martin,

On my old 310 I was generally able to crawl around underneath it without raising the coach. There are a few spots that were a bit tight such as under the propane tank, etc so I just did a lot of crawling to get from point A to point B.

I have at times used the leveling jacks to raise the coach but then I always placed jack stands to support the motorhome before crawling underneath.

My Argosy is a little lower but I haven't had to crawl under it a whole lot as yet. This winter after I move it into my shop I plan on using wood timbers to raise and block it with so I can work comfortably underneath.

Since your Argosy doesn't have a leveling system I would suggest having some solid wood ramps made that you can drive onto to gain any additional space needed to crawl underneath.

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Old 09-22-2015, 10:31 AM   #1520
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There's nothing worse than squeezing underneath a vehicle.... I find myself suppressing the urge to scream and start fighting my way out!

I have a big (cheap, Chinese) trolley jack that shifts the 345 upwards in a hurry, and I spent more money on a pair of 12 ton axle stands, which I push under. I raise both sides and get it good and high, with the tires 6" off the ground, and then you can scoot around in comfort.

A few years ago we had a project that used a lot of puckboard, which is smooth and very tough and comes in 4x8 sheets. I have several large offcuts and I slide those on the ground under whatever vehicle I am working on and I slip around just fine on them. Whenever I have tried to use a creeper, sooner or later I find myself getting off it and rolling around in the dust because a creeper is just too inconvenient to use. It also wipes clean very easily.
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in 2001 I built these ramps, when I realized the radiator in the 79 models had to be removed from underneath.
Still using the same ramps now, but I added stops to keep me from driving of. Just shows you quality doesn't cost, it pays
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Thanks guys (and sorry for the distraction on your thread Dean).

At least I did get the response from you, that I got from DW.....which went along the lines that it was easier for me to get thinner than to raise Bella.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:41 PM   #1523
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My ramps are for leveling the MH but they sure make it nice to work under the coach as well. I don't believe there is a single space at the ranch that is level. I have to level the MH as best as possible via the tires before I deploy the leveling hydraulic jacks. Too much leveling with the jacks alone will bend the frame just enough to cause the door not to close properly.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:43 PM   #1524
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Thanks guys (and sorry for the distraction on your thread Dean).
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:44 PM   #1525
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Great work Dean.

I guess an open question to all the SMEs on the forum - what do you use/how do you lift your MH to get to work underneath? Jack (bottle/trolley?) and axle stands? Heavy duty ramps?

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Old 09-27-2015, 05:44 PM   #1526
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