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Old 10-10-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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I am the proud owner of a 22 foot 75 Argosy.I have really enjoy the forum.The trailer seemed ok when I looked at it but after siting at at home for a couple of days I noticed a funky smell.As i started to dig a little deeper I found rot around the front under the windows and in the back under the inverter.I actually started to feel sick after being in the trailer for any period of time.I had always planed on a rebuild but had hoped to enjoy it this fall .Little bummed I had to B&B the Adams river sockey run.Needless to say my rebuild plans have been accelerated.I've got her stripped out so that just the section of kitchen cabinates remain.Why is demo always the funnist part.Right now I'm formulate a plan on how to proceed.Thank godness for this sight.Every time I open it I get a question answered or a new idea.I would like to get it to a point I can use it to do a few overnight stays at the local ski hill.Thats were I'm at so far,still glad I got her though.A man can never have to many projects.

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Old 10-10-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Congratulations on your new baby, and good luck with your project.

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Old 10-10-2010, 04:33 PM   #3
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Welcome Argosy2,

Water damage discovery is a bummer. Airstream/Argosy trailer seams eventually leak and you're not alone when it comes to dealing with this problem. Sealing should be part of any on going maintenance plan.

Here's wishing you success and good luck.

Keep us posted on your progress.


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Hi Argosy2, Welcome!

I started at the top and worked down. I'm still working. I replaced the air conditioner, power vents, resealed the sewer vents, installed new gaskets on the windows and door, sealed seams, and fixed leaks. I replaced the running and clearance lights, rewired the 7-way system, and installed a new breakaway switch. Then I fixed the frame and installed new wood floor where needed.

I removed and replaced the original copper gas lines and replaced the gas shut offs. As a part of my early work I repacked the wheel bearings, installed new grease seals, checked and set up the brakes, and installed new tires.

Now I'm working on the bathroom and kitchen areas with a new water heater, new furnace, new sink, new gas range, new plumbing, new cabinets, and new countertops. I haven't pulled the refrigerator yet but that's in my plan. The refrigerator either works like new or it gets replaced.

My final phase will be to install new laminate flooring, new blinds and drapes, a new sofa, and a new pedestal bed.

I expect to finish this trailer and go broke on the same day.

Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
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