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Old 02-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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New TT!

Just picked up a 1975 24' Argosy last weekend... On the way back from picking it up in Longwood, FL we stopped at Sawmill for a 'shakedown night'... With the exception of the hot water heater not working, she did great!

I really need someone to help me thru all these systems though... Posted that need on another thread.

Going back to Sawmill this weekend for Mardi Gras - hope to see some of you there!

There's a beautiful (but HUGE) Excella for sale there...
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have a '74 Argosy 26'. Glad to be of help in any way I can.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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Hey TG Twinkie - thanks for the ping. I think it'll be alot easier to go through these things "first hand" rather than here online - are you in Nebraska or here?

My hot water heater pilot lights (though there appears to be a small leak at the fitting for the pilot), and I can get the heater running, but it shuts off after a minute or two. There's an audible 'click' as it shuts off - like the thermostat thinks it's hot enough or something. I think I have water in the heater (the hot water tap works), but as in all of these older units I don't know if a bypass has been put in or there's some other issue...
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So, an Argosy 24' trailer? Or an Argosy 24' moho like the one pictured in your avatar?

In any event welcome to the Argosy party.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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Hey TG Twinkie - thanks for the ping. I think it'll be alot easier to go through these things "first hand" rather than here online - are you in Nebraska or here?

My hot water heater pilot lights (though there appears to be a small leak at the fitting for the pilot), and I can get the heater running, but it shuts off after a minute or two. There's an audible 'click' as it shuts off - like the thermostat thinks it's hot enough or something. I think I have water in the heater (the hot water tap works), but as in all of these older units I don't know if a bypass has been put in or there's some other issue...
The water heater pilot wouldn't be controlled by the water-temp thermostat, but by a thermistor that needs to be heated by the flame from the pilot or it'll shut off gas to the pilot as a safety (I'm assuming you have an old-school water heater like mine, no electrical connections, since you refer to both "older" and "pilot light." Does the pilot stay lit when the main burner shuts off? Where do you have the temperature set? And what brand of water heater is it?
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DKB: Trailer. Gonna change that Avatar...

I'm at work right now so I can't tell you the brand, but here's a description of what's happening: I can get the pilot lit with a lighter (turn the dial to 'pilot' and be patient), then I turn the dial to 'on' and WHOOSH - the burner is running! But it only stays on for a minute or two and shuts off. Usually the pilot goes out too...
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Pull the handle on the overpressure valve and make sure water comes out of the tank, this is the best way to make sure the water heater isn't bypassed.
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What color is the flame while the main burner is running, and is it a fairly constant whooshing sound or does it sputter some? When it flames out, is the outer door open, closed, or doesn't matter?
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Thanks folks - I'll get back to ya when I'm at the camper...
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