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Old 09-02-2020, 04:23 PM   #1761
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Iíve needed to tweek my door several times in order to get the fit and latch function working better. Iíve always done it with the door in place on the rig but I sure like your jig there Brad. Good thinking. Clamps are our friend , never have too many clamps!
If the door was on the motorhome I probably wouldn't have removed it to try and fix the bends. Getting the door off can be a royal pain in the......

I'd like to take credit for the jig but I found several instances on Airforums where people had used similar methods although each seem to come up with their own methods of actually applying the bending force. In my case I used whatever implements I had laying around

Unfortunately you saw pretty much the extent of my pipe clamps. It would have been nice to have a few more on hand.


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Old 09-11-2020, 04:40 PM   #1762
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I finally did the finally install of the generator exhaust system. The hold up was me not getting the mounting hardware painted. The brackets sat on the work bench for ever before I figured it's time.


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Now it's back to working on finishing up the entry door.

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Old 09-11-2020, 06:15 PM   #1763
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Exhaust looks great Brad. I wasn’t able to get mine tucked up that far and out of sight. I compared pictures of the old exhaust and the new install and they looked the same but it seems low to me. I’ve traveled with it and haven’t run into any clearance problems but it would look much better if I were able to get it up further like your install there.
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Old 09-12-2020, 06:05 AM   #1764
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I fiddled around for days playing with angles and lengths trying to get everything tucked up tight. The bends are taken care of with separate fittings because the stainless pipe I used is thicker than typical exhaust pipe. Once I had everything aligned I marked the connections and took the whole system to my local fab shop where they welded the joints.

I'm quite happy with the results. I may cut a little more off the tail pipe so it doesn't stick out quite as far past the bumper but I'm going to wait to decide that. It's easy to cut but harder to put back

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Old 09-12-2020, 01:21 PM   #1765
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Hi Brad. Have you run your generator for any period of time while parked with the exhaust pipe located where you have it? I can't run my generator for even 5 min with it not filling the inside with exhaust fumes and setting off the co2 detector. I'm sure you hate people giving you suggestions after the fact just as much as I do...rolling my eyes at myself right now...but here goes! LOL. I would locate the exhaust in a position that allowed me to connect a "gen-turi" to the exhaust when needed/parked to route the exhaust up above the roof.


They actually work and my home made one does the job well. Just wish I didn't have to mount it to the awning arms when I use it.
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:57 AM   #1766
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Morning Dean,

I certainly don't mind suggestions. In fact I love copying other people's work!

That's an interesting observation about your exhaust fumes. On my old 310 the generator exhaust was routed a little farther around towards the side of the coach by maybe a foot or so but I don't recall ever noticing exhaust fumes inside the coach.

The tip that I have on the exhaust is decorative only and I wanted it to point down. Hmm, now that I mention that the exhaust on the 310 didn't angle downward. I'll have to run a test one of these days by leaving the generator running for a while and then see how the inside smells.

I could easily add a gen-turi setup if need be by removing the tip and fabricating some removable support braces.

Thanks for the heads up!

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Old 09-13-2020, 07:00 AM   #1767
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Thanks for the updates . . . inspiring work!

If we ever want to "motorize" our FC20, your model is what we would hope to find.

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Old 10-17-2020, 05:44 AM   #1768
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Yesterday was a day were I was rendering large scrap items into smaller scrap items so they would fit in my truck for a trip to the local dump. The Argosy was parked just a few feet away and I heard what I thought were the electric steps cycling. I turned around and sure enough the steps were extended!

I have disconnect switches on both batteries with trickle chargers connected to each battery to keep them topped off. However, earlier in the day I had closed the switches and started the 454 and the generator to let them run for a while.

I hadn't gotten around to opening the disconnect switches yet so when I heard the steps extend out it reminded me that I hadn't opened those switches yet.

What had me baffled though was why did the steps extend? After thinking about it for a few minutes I went over and banged on the door near where the closed switch is located and the steps retracted!

I came to the conclusion that the sun had been beating down on the coach all day and the sun had just recently dropped below the tree line placing the Argosy in the shade. My guess is the shell shifted just enough from the temperature change to pull the door away from the switch just enough for the steps to cycle.

When I was installing the steps I had had to place a 1/8" thick plate on the edge of the door to act as an actuator because the door wouldn't activate the switch when closed. I guess I need to make the plate just a little thicker

I'm also happy to report the 454 and the generator both fired right up, no hesitation even after sitting for a couple of months.



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........ I turned around and sure enough the steps were extended!
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I bet that spooked you. Every once in a while I walk by the 350 and here some pop, some piece of metal expanding/contracting, usually related to temperature changes. The most puzzling is the Air suspension system. It will hold pressure for days, both the tank and the airbag side and then there is a change in humidity or temperature causing the pressure to drop.
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I bet that spooked you. Every once in a while I walk by the 350 and here some pop, some piece of metal expanding/contracting, usually related to temperature changes. The most puzzling is the Air suspension system. It will hold pressure for days, both the tank and the airbag side and then there is a change in humidity or temperature causing the pressure to drop.
The Argosy might have been trying to tell me to hurry up and finish the rebuild

Considering your's is 35 feet longer than mine I would expect a lot more popping and creaking going on!
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