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Old 11-08-2011, 07:03 AM   #57
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I'm facing a three mile I10 bridge so I'll keep my eyes open.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:22 AM   #58
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we found someone from California making a delivery in Florida who will bring her home on a flatbed probably on I-10 so if you see her give her a wave.
Got a tracking #, Paula? We'd love to park Bess on the overpass and welcome your dear to Arizona.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #59
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Paula, we'll be in Quartzsite or Ajo Arizona...just a short hop to western AZ IH 10...can offer lots of advice worth little, but I DO know how to stand around and say "HMMMM"!
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:29 PM   #60
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She may be picked up in Hollywood, FL tomorrow

I will let you know of the progress. Hopefully she will be on her way. I will post progress as I know of it.

I am greatly relieved to find out that the 15 digit VIN on the title should not be a problem registering in California. They required a 17 digit VIN starting in 1983. Actually the motor has a 17 digit VIN but the Florida title does not.....it is missing the first 2......that was making it hard to get a report on NADA and getting insurance.....I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of the issues we will encounter......

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement.....

PS: Does this look like a center bath Argosy to you?

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #61
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Good to hear you got the transportation issue resolved. I know all about finding something special (at least to me), negotiating, and paying more than you really wanted to. The one thing that really impressed me was how spacious the interior seemed with all the big windows.

A little advice from the members and some DIY can save you bunches of money.

Good luck with it.

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Old 11-08-2011, 10:38 PM   #62
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I almost walked away

I flew to Florida and hired a mechanic to inspect the motor parts of the MH and was almost overwhelmed by the things that needed to be fixed just to drive her to California which was our original plan...... (new tires, brakes, radiator, exhaust leak, holes in the mufflers, no smog, dark transmission fluid, differential needing service---what is a differential anyway? The difference between the asking price and the offer? to name a few of the things) so I made an offer to the seller that was not accepted and I spent the next day at a local FL flea market trying to let go of the whole idea.

But I kept thinking about how huge and spacious it felt inside without any walls except for the rear bath and it was only 24 feet long and I went on the web trying to find others like it---even on Fred's Vintage Airstream and nada......(and I made some phone calls home to people I trust who gave me information, encouragement and discouragement)....so before catching my plane home I texted the seller another offer, we agreed, I went to his place of business and signed the paperwork and gave him a miniscule amount of money to hold it (all I had in my wallet because I wasn't planning on buying it at that point)......there were and are lots of obstacles and a very big leap of faith on my part......I am hoping things fall into place and am doing my best to make that happen.

Thanks for the support.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:42 PM   #63
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Maybe we can meet up sometime out that way.....

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Paula, we'll be in Quartzsite or Ajo Arizona...just a short hop to western AZ IH 10...can offer lots of advice worth little, but I DO know how to stand around and say "HMMMM"!
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Always wanted to go to Quartzsite.....and if you see a 24' Airstream MH on a flatbed flying across I-10, give her a wave and please take a picture and post here for us. Thanks, p
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:30 AM   #64
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Me too Paula..
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:11 PM   #65
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Except the part about the intense smell, of course....
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:23 PM   #66
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She is on a flatbed

I have been told she is on a flatbed......will post pics when I receive them. paula
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Except the part about the intense smell, of course....
Huh?
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:21 PM   #68
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Sorry..."intense smell" from the song quoted by Keyair
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:51 PM   #69
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Photo of MH on flatbed

I received a text message with a photo showing the MH on the flatbed hopefully on her way to California.....not sure how to transfer the text message to my computer to be able to post on line here so you guys know what to look for....

By the way, I was told I need to have the air suspension system checked when I get the brakes and tires changed....what do I need to know about the air suspension system and who can check that? A regular tire place? Thanks, paula
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #70
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I'd first try a search within the Classic section concerning the Airbags. I used to have all sorts of links for replacement airbags, then 'puter took a jump off the edge, so having to start all over again.
Sure there's TONS out there on the forum. Use the 'Advanced Search' feature, scroll down to motorhome section, and search away from there. It's very possible the rig has sat for so long, air has seeped out of system, and no longer than it was run to get onto flatbed (or was it even started?) the engine just needed to run, in order to start the 12V airpump.
I'd say, start with the airpump, make sure it's working, and go from there. From what I remember, airbags aren't too terribly expensive, around $150 each, it's going to be the labor that's gonna hurt.
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