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Old 11-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #15
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If the AC unit on your Argosy is an original Armstrong, you should try to repair it first (if it needs it.)

Everyone I've talked to who has replaced an Armstrong has wished they had the original unit back. The old noisemaker on my '75 does a great job of cooling the trailer. So far I've tested it up to a humid 105.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:54 PM   #16
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Sorry for the long delay on replies.... Lots going on at work and also at home with the Argosy.

- Got her moved inside my garage. Thank God it cleared the garage door by an inch or so. (Note: My "garage" is a 1500 s/f metal building with 10' eaves and a 10x12 overhead door in the front. I use a forklift to move the Camper [or anything else] around.) Garage has power, heat, is dry, has a painted floor, and lots of light.

- Vacuumed real good.. bye bye mouse poo!

- Removed what was left of the center bed. Double my a%%. No way in HE11~ More like Twin by the numbers.

- Center bed will be rebuilt and replaced with something made in the present century for sleeping on. Front bed will be recovered and left as a convertible couch.

- Removed the abominations installed by the previous owner (LPG gas heater and 6" hole in camper side for exhaust).

- Upgraded the original copper plumbing system with a sawzall and high speed air saw. Split it into 20 or so pieces and took a picture of it. (Yes this means I removed that lousy pile of copper nasties... complete with 4 current splits, 10 pieces of hose, and more bad solder joints then a blind soldering shop). Will be installing PEX to replace it.

- Gave the evil eye to all the ABS/PVC. It's days are numbered.

- Spent some time getting familiar with the floor. So far I have some of the required rot around the door and a small spot in front of the shower. I'm debating how much of the shower area really needs to be worked on. From what I can see around the Univolt the sub floor is in good shape. It looks like the shower wall has allowed leakage at one time or another. I see some caulk and the damage is localized to under the front wall of the shower. I'm very tempted to cut out the rot and screw in a patch support and patch. I know that's a hack, but seriously I don't plan to stand under the bed that will be over that spot.

- Belly pan is next up, I need to pull down from the axle back so I can re-attach it and rework the plumbing.

- Trying to resist the urge to rip the whole bathroom out..... It will be much easier if I don't pull the whole thing out and only focus on the plumbing issues.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:59 PM   #17
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Here are the "after cleanup" pics....
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:09 PM   #18
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And here are the two spots where the floor has rot. What is the simplest way to deal with these?

I plan to install a laminate finish floor throughout the camper.
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bump, any thoughts on the floor? Work got real busy so the Argosy has been on dust bunny catching duty for 6 weeks.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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Bump Back...

Hi Brian,

Looking at the picture you posted with all that copper pipe, I'm glad that this task was done before I purchased our '76 Argosy.

Regarding the floor, we've replaced the rear 4x8 piece of plywood, rear bedroom, and a piece on the side where the battery is...relatively easy when it comes right down to it, just a little heavy persuasion.

We plan to put a marnoleum product down when ready. Due to all of the good responses on the forum.

Good Luck and look forward to an updated progress report.

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