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Old 06-25-2011, 10:42 PM   #15
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First cooked meal in the Argosy! We just had sandwiches for lunch. I thought before we got here that we'd be inside in the daytime and out in the less-hot night, but it was very breezy in the daytime so it was pleasant in the shade. This evening the wind died, so we love our ancient Armstrong all the more!
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Glad everything is going well!! Happy camping!
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #17
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Mostly done with our shakedown cruise

So, we're home... I still want to do some cleaning before I leave the Argosy in its storage spot, but it's murderously hot outside so I'm procrastinating. Tire temps ran 15-18 deg above ambient, and hub temps were always lower than the tire temps. So far the Argosy is even better than I'd hoped!

We started our day with this "healthy" breakfast of chorizo and eggs and good strong coffee, and had a sweaty walk around the campground with the dogs before we set about working through the departure checklist. No tank troubles or other real mishaps, though I need to do some work on the galley exhaust fan flap. I may replace the fan altogether in the process, what it lacks in its ability to move air it makes up for in excessive noise and vibration.

Well, I guess I'm really an Airstreamer now, I've towed, parked, set up, cooked in it, slept in it, packed up, dumped tanks, hitched up and come home. Woohoo!
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Glad your shakedown trip went well. How was the park? AC work okay?
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Glad your shakedown trip went well. How was the park? AC work okay?
The park was pretty nice. Our campground was "Lakeview" and indeed every site in the campground had a good view of the lake, and in the daytime there was a nice breeze blowing from the direction of the lake that made it tolerable outdoors.

The AC worked quite well. It has a bit of a machine-oil smell, but it's a 36-year-old machine so I can't kvetch too much about that. It brought the interior temperature down to comfortable levels pretty quickly (in a part-shade site with the awning extended to the west) and set at about the 50% mark in its warm-to-cold arc on the temperature setting, it was cycling the compressor on and off by the late afternoon hours. The condensate drain is still clear and directing the water out its tube below the galley, as it did when I first inspected the Argosy in early April.

Of course now I have a list of things we should have taken with us, and things I want to buy.
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