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Old 10-12-2012, 07:35 PM   #757
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Brad, I like the step. Mine is a single and powered via engine manifold vacuum. I'll be interested in your installation and how you like it!
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #758
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Brad, I like the step. Mine is a single and powered via engine manifold vacuum. I'll be interested in your installation and how you like it!
Dean, I couldn't argue with the price, $358 delivered.

Your vacuum step is the same as what we have on our 310. Just so happens I bought two of these steps, one for the Argosy and one for the 310

I'm heading to Pasco Washington for two weeks but when I get back I will be attempting the install probably on the 310 first and then the Argosy. The Argosy needs a lot of fabrication work done in the step area to make it fit.

Stay tuned...

Brad
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:30 PM   #759
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Sorry we missed you, it would have been one of the the few mo/hos I could pass!
We had a few codes that we could not stop from returning about the re-gen on the exhaust emissions system. This started in north florida on Labor day weekend so we felt like it would just mean driving US-1 Instead of 95 because we had a top speed of 48mph when the 8miles of code free was up. Every 8 miles the the motor would go into a safe mode and restricted power then after about 20 miles it would restricke even more. We drove like this to Maine were we used a EFI Live system and re rote the hole system including the fuel level turbo boost etc.
The trip back was amazing after suffering the hole way up... We would pull the big hills 7+% in 90deg heat at over 75mph towing a trailer and never down shifting out of 6th. I bought the banks exhaust brake system but never needed it even in the Blue Ridge. I love this thing even with some growing pains :-)
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:19 AM   #760
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Dean, I couldn't argue with the price, $358 delivered.

Your vacuum step is the same as what we have on our 310. Just so happens I bought two of these steps, one for the Argosy and one for the 310

I'm heading to Pasco Washington for two weeks but when I get back I will be attempting the install probably on the 310 first and then the Argosy. The Argosy needs a lot of fabrication work done in the step area to make it fit.

Stay tuned...

Brad
My 360 came with a Kwikee that had been bent, folded, spindled, and mutilated. (a term those of you that remember Hollerith cards)

The main problem was incorrect wiring. There are safety features that must be correctly implement. First, is a "normally open" magnetic switch normally open with the magnet present or not (door open or closed)? Kwikee called for one that is opposite from the lable on the package. Airstream got it backwards and reversed the wires on the Kwikee between the motor and contrlol box, with wire nuts hanging down into the mud and salt, to make it go up when it should go down and visa verse. That also disabled the safety features that retract the step if you try to drive away with the step down.

The hardest part of my installation was getting at the bolt heads under the plastic step bucket. If AS had used captive bolt plates it would have been a no brainer. I used grade 8 cadmium plated bolts and large fender washers. If I were doing it again I would use 2 inch by 1/4 steel straps with the bolts tack welded. If you ever have to work on or replace it, you could just remove the nuts from the bottom and drop the step.

They work perfectly and quietly. I had great luck with PPL and saved over $1000 ordering from them and doing it myself. A local shop wanted $650 to order me one and I would have to drive 100 miles to pick it up.

Feel free to contact me if you need any help.

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:37 AM   #761
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The hardest part of my installation was getting at the bolt heads under the plastic step bucket. If AS had used captive bolt plates it would have been a no brainer. I used grade 8 cadmium plated bolts and large fender washers. If I were doing it again I would use 2 inch by 1/4 steel straps with the bolts tack welded. If you ever have to work on or replace it, you could just remove the nuts from the bottom and drop the step.


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On my model they did tack weld, naturally one broke and I had to rip apart the step well too. I had to replace motor due to the motor they used wasn't waterproof, the pot metal expanded and the shaft couldn't move, replace with a car window motor, and added silicone sealant to the exterior for an attempt to seal out weather. Too bad it is located right behind the splash zone of the front wheel.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:15 PM   #762
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Can't get away without replacing this

After many attempts, I've finally narrowed my 12V problem. Isolator. Broke down this evening and purchased one. Let's see if I can get it installed before returning to work next week.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:18 PM   #763
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After many attempts, I've finally narrowed my 12V problem. Isolator. Broke down this evening and purchased one. Let's see if I can get it installed before returning to work next week.
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Looks good Derek!
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:38 PM   #764
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Lifestyle Bean Bag Footstools are only $25-$30 and perfect for indoors or out! We bought two for our 30' flying cloud. They wipe clean with a damp rag if you get them dirty outdoors.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:31 PM   #765
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mirrors!

Photos of one of my old mirrors, complete with black spots in the convex part that made them pretty much useless, and the mirrors that Bkahler sent. The bottom 1" or so of the arm is a machined aluminum spacer that he turned and included in the package. He warned me that getting the old arms off would involve an "unusual" amount of torque, and that turned out to be an understatement. I bought a propane torch to soften things up and it all worked out. Painting the new mirrors is on my "to do" list when we go back to Montreal to continue our travels next spring.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:12 PM   #766
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Photos of one of my old mirrors, complete with black spots in the convex part that made them pretty much useless, and the mirrors that Bkahler sent. The bottom 1" or so of the arm is a machined aluminum spacer that he turned and included in the package. He warned me that getting the old arms off would involve an "unusual" amount of torque, and that turned out to be an understatement. I bought a propane torch to soften things up and it all worked out. Painting the new mirrors is on my "to do" list when we go back to Montreal to continue our travels next spring.
Cool! Glad the spacers worked out ok and that you're happy with the installation.

Do you eventually plan on hooking up the wiring?

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Do you eventually plan on hooking up the wiring?

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Probably not, I'm the only one who drives and the mirrors don't need to move. They really will make driving a lot safer, thanks.
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Do you eventually plan on hooking up the wiring?

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Probably not, I'm the only one who drives and the mirrors don't need to move. They really will make driving a lot safer, thanks.[/QUOTE]

I am glad they worked out for you.

Take care!

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:36 AM   #769
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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a new (display model from a closed down RV store) Suburban NT-20SE furnace for the Argosy. Got it for a whopping $40 + $17 shipping. It was missing the control board. I solved the control board problem by buying a new Dinosaur igniter control board for $84. So the new furnace only cost me $140. I that's a pretty good deal

At the same time I bought the furnace I also bought a new 3-burner Maytag range/oven combo.

Last night I bought a new Inteli-Power 45 DC converter and then this morning I picked up a nice new Atwood 6-gallon dual gas/electric hot water heater

As far as major appliances go for the Argosy I'm only in need of a new fridge. I have my sights on a Norcold 641. Maybe in a month or two...

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a new (display model from a closed down RV store) Suburban NT-20SE furnace for the Argosy. Got it for a whopping $40 + $17 shipping. It was missing the control board. I solved the control board problem by buying a new Dinosaur igniter control board for $84. So the new furnace only cost me $140. I that's a pretty good deal

At the same time I bought the furnace I also bought a new 3-burner Maytag range/oven combo.

Last night I bought a new Inteli-Power 45 DC converter and then this morning I picked up a nice new Atwood 6-gallon dual gas/electric hot water heater

As far as major appliances go for the Argosy I'm only in need of a new fridge. I have my sights on a Norcold 641. Maybe in a month or two...

Brad
Good going, Brad! Before I retired (and had some money), that's exactly the sort of thing I did to Bess.
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