Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-31-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
New Member
1975 Argosy 24
1975 24' Argosy 24
Decatur , Georgia
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 2
75 Argosy 24 Inside Lights

We have just purchased and are in the process of restoring a 1975 Argosy 24. We cannot get the inside lights to work. Do they run off a battery?
Also cannot get the pump to work. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

rusty47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
Rivet Master
mandolindave's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,164
Images: 4
Do you have a volt meter

Yes the inside lights were originally powered by the battery. Many of the components of that vintage trailer are most likely about ready to break down. I would start with a new battery ( after all safety issues were addressed of course, ie brakes, tires, bearings) Although I would bet that you don't have the original battery. The old battery chargers are notorius for boiling batts if you leave them on too long. There is a section on electrical sytems under forums. If you get lost, just ask for help.

mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2008, 01:20 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
75 Argosy 24 Inside Lights

Greetings Rusty47!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

Basically, all systems operate on 12-volt DC in your coach, including: furnace blower motor, range hood vent motor, interior lights, bathroom vent fan motor, interior vent fan motors, and water pump. If you do not have a fully charged battery or a working power converter that is plugged into 120-volt AC, none of the above would be operable.

Most of the time, the power converter (Univolt) is located in the cabinet under the front soafa very near the battery compartment. There is a 12-volt fuse panel mounted on the power converter (assuming original Univolt or similar replacement), and this power converter is then plugged into a standard 120-volt AC outlet. The 120-volt AC distribution panel is often found in one of the closets/cabinets in the rear street-side corner -- sometimes, you will find that a previous owner may have switched off the circuit to the power converter.

If your coach has the original PAR (Peters and Russell) water pump, and it isn't currently pumping water but does run; it is rebuildable and will likely outlast several of the new replacement pumps. You may have to go to a Marine shop to find a rebuilding kit as Airstream was one of the few RV companies to utilize the PAR product -- it is most often found in the boating industry. My '78 Minuet still has its original PAR pump, and it is currently awaiting a rebuild kit to return it to full functionality.

Good luck with your coach!

Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1972 Argosy tail lights - free to good home bobfowler All Argosy Trailers 8 05-06-2008 06:24 PM
Will Adding a Front Rock Guard Set Make Our Argosy too Dark inside? AndyPenny All Argosy Trailers 5 03-27-2008 07:00 AM
Clearance Lights For 76 Argosy Gkiesel Lights - Interior & Exterior 3 04-23-2007 03:55 PM
1975 Argosy Need wiring diagram to repair directional lights, etc. Rt66Argosy Member Introductions 2 09-27-2006 09:51 AM
paint inside argosy? fixbymark All Argosy Trailers 6 06-22-2006 08:18 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.