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Old 01-25-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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1977 Argosy 20í Minuet: Dinette model

A new journey!

I feel this is the best place to document my journey with my net inherited 1977 Argosy. She was given to me this past Sunday 1/20/19.

From the start I knew she needed two new tires. To get her home we determined one tire was good enough for the short distance from itís old home to mine. We popped the spare on the other side and she was in tow.

Just in getting her ready for the quick journey West to her new home I discovered other things that needed attention. As expected, she is 42yrs old.

#1. Upon changing the tire on the driver side I found a disconnected wire coming from the drum going into the body.

#2. The hook-up cable for lights and brakes has been either dragged or chewed by squirrels or both.

#3. I have no vehicle that the hook-up cable will plug into. 2012 Toyota Tacoma 4cyl.

#4. My grandfather was noticeably in the process of disassembling the shower for some reason. All the hardware and trimming is taken down and it appears he drilled holes into the fiberglass to cut out small pieces of the shower. For what reason I may never know until I get in the camper and start working with it.

So far thatís all Iíve noticed just in passing while trying to secure everything for its journey West.

For the most part my grandparents have fully restored everything. I know the entire floor has been replaced.
A brand new potable water pump has been installed. And the battery acts like it wants to take a charge. So we will see. This weekend will be my first chance to really dive in and look at things a lot closer.

Stay tuned as Iíll be uploading more about our journey here.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:22 PM   #2
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1/25/19 she made the short yet nerve racking journey West where she now calls home.

Weíve played with everything we can get our hands on without digging too deep. Everything seems to be in working order. The furnace kicks on and off but I have no gas yet.

The range vent works but I canít figure out what the up and down dial operates that is located just above the on/off switch.

Most of the exterior lights work. I may have to replace a few bulbs if repairing the bumper hookup doesnít do the trick.

This morning I got out there and started cleaning. I found out the hard way that Lysol leaves a sticky residue. I organized and put everything back in its place and tested out the sleeping arrangements. Itís gonna be SO much better than our tents. Haha

However, upon trying to move her from the carport to the shed, every time the electric jack would bottom out it blew a fuse. We went through the last three fuses we had just trying to move her before we decided to wrap a fuse in aluminum foil. That did the trick to get her to her new resting spot but Iím gonna have to find out why she all the sudden started blowing the fuse. She didnít do that the other three times we moved her.

I also removed the interior ceiling vent cover to free it from dirt dauber nests and with a little WD-40 sheís moving again.

Our Dometic AC/Gas fridge hasnít kicked on yet. The manual literally says just to turn the on/off button to the on position and it will start cooling. I havenít noticed it to be any cooler than it normally is. And the fridge is brand new never before used (when they replaced it 2+years ago).

Any advice, comments and questions are welcome. I can use all the knowledge I can get.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:39 PM   #3
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Dometic Gas/Electric Refrigerator Operation

Greetings Argo20!

Depending upon whether you are trying to utilize gas or electric, it will take up to four to six hours to reach normal operating temperature. While the newer gas/electric refrigerators are a bit less demanding regarding level, typically, the closer to level the refrigerator/coach is, the better the refrigerator performs.

If you are trying to operate on LP Gas, check to be sure that connections at the tanks are tight, and that both valves are open (particularly the one that the regulator arrow is pointing toward). Then, to check for good gas flow, light at least one burner on your range and observe the flame -- is it a strong blue with little yellow and minimal "hissing" or other noise? Sometimes, when on gas, it is necessary to allow the stove to run for a period of time to allow air in the pipes to escape and the LP Gas to find its normal level -- when the gas flame on the range top normalizes, it is a good time to try to start the refrigerator on Gas.

If you are trying to run the refrigerator on 120-volt AC, you can check to be sure that it is plugged into the outlet in the compartment or wired into the junction box. The box or outlet is typically visible when you open the exterior access panel for the refrigerator.

It is possible that the refrigerator may not operate on either LP Gas or 120-volt AC if 12-volt DC isn't connected if it is like many of the newer models with an electronic control board in which case the control board demands 12-volt DC in order to start refrigerator.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:14 PM   #4
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Made new curtains for her

I love the texture and style of the curtains my grandmother made. However, the green was a little dark for my taste so I made some of my own in white.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:24 AM   #5
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Took out that pesky sink

The bathroom sink was more in the way than anything else. Literally no less than 4ft away from the toilet is another sink. The kitchen sink. Iím no little woman and sitting down on that toilet next to the sink had me half way hanging off of it. Now that itís gone I can sit comfortably. The next thing to come out will be the mirror storage compartment above the toilet/sink area.

Also, there is a leak behind the shower faucet that needs to be replaced before I can reassemble the shower. I figured I will just go ahead and strip the bathroom completely to check for leaks or any soft spots.

As well, for laughs I posted a pic of my kitty inspecting the new travel trailer. He startled the man and me as we were both on the floor and then looked up at the same time to see him staring at us.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:46 PM   #6
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Havenít been on the forums in a while and just now saw this thread. Anymore progress? I also have a 1977 20í minuet.

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