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Old 09-15-2016, 02:53 PM   #15
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Mine is a '75. Since the motorhome was converted to a diesel, a separate gas tank for the generator was put between the door and the generator and filled through what used to be the fresh water port.
Hold up fellas, is nobody asking what kind of diesel power train is in this rig? It must be the only diesel Argosy out there that I've ever heard of.

When and who did the conversion????

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:09 PM   #16
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Hold up fellas, is nobody asking what kind of diesel power train is in this rig? It must be the only diesel Argosy out there that I've ever heard of.

When and who did the conversion????

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Diesel smiesel......when one shows up with a Chrysler turbine engine then that would be unusual.

No two of these early MH are the same so different is normal.
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Took me a bit to figure out why I hadn't see this thread until today, it's not in the motorhome section!

I knew about this Argosy being available as early as May but didn't realize it had been purchased.

Lengthening the generator box on this Argosy would be an interesting challenge. As long as the new box incorporated a drop out floor you could theoretically put as big a generator as you would have room for. The side access is just for service. The real trick would be to make sure the parts that need to be accessed on a routine basis are accessible through the smaller opening. Peanut's opening is about 8-1/2" wider than this one and inside the enclosure it's about 31-1/2" wide.

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Old 09-15-2016, 07:11 PM   #18
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Diesel smiesel......when one shows up with a Chrysler turbine engine then that would be unusual.

No two of these early MH are the same so different is normal.
Don't be "diesel smieselling" me mate; coming from the fella getting 7mpg (when it works ), not 15 mpg (diesels always work). Drive Bella around the old country at 99+ P per litre and we'll see how fast a diesel conversion is in the works.

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But Tony, Bella has both 'longer legs' (since the GV install) and the little small block 350 so 12/13mpg is expected (I was getting 10/11mpg before the GV).

Diesel and 'gas' is about the same in the UK at $1.45 per litre, but LPG is 70c er litre, so a 'bolt on' LPG conversion giving the same mpg for half the cost is the true no-brainer
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PS I can then also converter my little i2000 EU generator to propane as well!
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:17 PM   #21
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Here is a picture of the Onan 4k generator that I had installed in my 1977 Argosy MH.

The Onan shop cut out the steel floor in order the get it in there. They did a great job of putting it all back together. It now has four bolts that hold the floor in so that it could be easily removed in the future.
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Mirobbi,

Will the 4K fit?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f534...or-157311.html
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:41 AM   #23
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Still haven't mastered the threads on the site. I'm going to answer several of the questions in this reply.

1. This Argosy, "The Egg," was converted from the Chevy 350 to the Cummins Diesel around 2002. The story I got was that a relative of the then owner worked for Cummins, and the two of them came up with the plan to install the Cummins 5.9 L 12 valve Diesel. Cummins did the install. Engine cover had to be modified to accommodate the turbo. The transmission was also replaced with an Allison 518 with overdrive. Overdrive is achieved by a switch on the gear shift level that I turn "on" accelerating thru 45 mph and "off" when decelerating thru 45. Found an automatic system called Compushift Mini, developed by a company in Torrance, CA that allows you to set the mph for the shift into Snd out of overdrive. Costs about $350 plus installation. I plan on getting that installed later this year when I'm out there.
2. Current box for the generator is about 20" long. That accommodated the Onan CampPower with 2800 watts. The 4Kw needs 30", which is a huge difference. Looks like it's possible but will require much cutting and welding. Replacing the bad CampPower with a like unit would mean I couldn't run both AC and microwave at the same time due to lack of power. Replacement CampPower is about the same price as a 4 KW. Interim solution is to mount a 4 KW Champion with wireless remote start ($400) on a tray attached to the rear hitch. It could be run while driving to power the AC. AC receptacle is on the left rear of the Argosy and very close to where the generator would be. Do agree that carbon monoxide detector will be installed if I great interim route.

I do appreciate all your comments and suggestions.
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I have a 1974-24 argosy that I put a 1990 BT5.9 in, good power and mileage. I used the 47RH trans. Also solved heating problems with the 454.
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My diesel is a 91, but I didn't do the install. I have the Allisaon A518 transmission with overdrive. Right now there is a manual switch to select overdrive, but I found a company in California that has an automatic system, Compushift Mini, that allows you to set the speed at which the transmission shifts into and out of overdrive. I plan to put that in this coming year. We just drove from Texas to San Diego and back for Thanksgiving and got 13-15 mpg on the trip. Much better than the 8 -10 mpg of the 454, although mine had the 350 from the factory.

I'd love to see a photo of your install (and will post one of mine). I'm planning to redo the engine cover as the current one weighs 50-60 pounds. It also makes getting into the passenger seat tight as the portion above the turbo comes all the way up to the top of the cover. What is your cover made from?

Would also like your direct email if you don't mind. I'm still not comfortable with all the postings on the site and have trouble finding things I posted earlier.

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Mike, I used the original cover had raise it one inch. By turning the turbo over it cleared the dog house by about one inch. moved the rad. ahead about thee inches.
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