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Old 09-19-2021, 06:45 AM   #1541
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The risk is that I drain all three batteries while boondocking and have no power to start the engine or generator, I assume?
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Old 09-20-2021, 07:25 AM   #1542
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Interesting switch. I wonder if it is a battery islolator as well. The way to find out is the put the switch on all and with the engine off, measure voltage of the 2 different battery banks. In your case you could measure it at the lower breaker (red cable, coach battery i would assume) and any of the upper three (green cable, with 1 red jumper, engine battery I assume)
If the voltage is ~identical, the switch is not an isolator, which would not be desired.
Edit: found it. Seems to just be a battery selector switch. Not what you want. You should already have a switch in glove compartment that temporarily connects all batteries for starting. At any other time the 2 banks should be seperated, but charged, which is the function of the isolator
https://www.amazon.com/SEACHOICE-115...a-574196786052
My Argosy had the same (style) switch installed when I bought it.

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Old 09-20-2021, 04:19 PM   #1543
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My Argosy had the same (style) switch installed when I bought it.

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Yes, but its easy accessible and your rig is protected by WD-40
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:19 AM   #1544
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Yes, but its easy accessible and your rig is protected by WD-40
If WD-40 was used to protect the Argosy it didn't work well...during the rebuild I replaced LOTS of rusted out parts!
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Old 09-25-2021, 07:08 AM   #1545
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Question. Do you flat tow that vehicle? If yes, what is your setup?
Yep!
Manual trans honda fit, blue ox tow bar and patriot 3 electric brake (but if I redid it I'd do the brake different)


Finally posting an update, did make it home last Friday, spent Saturday de-spidering and reconnecting water in the shop, Monday morning I had a pinched nerve/muscle spasm in my thoracic spine area that landed me in the ER on a morphine IV getting multiple CT scans, and the rest of the week has been a bit of a blur. Long story short I should be perfectly fine by this time next week but damn did that hurt.

Anyway, long list of motorhome projects to clean up but they'll wait until the spring I think, our time full-timing in this unit has come to and end and we're moving into something stationary with more square footage next month for at least a year while we decide what's next. The fate of the airstream is as yet undecided, not sure if we'll keep it for vacationing and 1-2 month trips, or trade for something bigger, or sell it and buy a plane...

Either way, lots of maintenance to clean up before it rolls out of the shop again
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Old 09-25-2021, 08:17 AM   #1546
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But but, your my hero! How can you give up on the airstream? This is just a post morphine hangover off the cuff comment, right?
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Old 09-25-2021, 09:00 AM   #1547
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But but, your my hero! How can you give up on the airstream? This is just a post morphine hangover off the cuff comment, right?

Nobody said giving up on it, just not full timing
3.5 years in 200sqft, I think it's time for something a bit bigger, with a real kitchen

We're thinking we'll likely take it out for a few months next summer though


In all seriousness after a 7k mechanic bill then it died at the stoplight in Nevada and the overdrive unit gave up 10 minutes after that, I was about ready to slap a for sale sign in the back window on the spot and give the keys to the first person to give me what I paid for it.

Then it powered through the next 1800 miles trouble free and camping at turkey run was a lot of fun...
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Old 09-25-2021, 05:41 PM   #1548
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Nobody said giving up on it, just not full timing
3.5 years in 200sqft, I think it's time for something a bit bigger, with a real kitchen
200 sqft is huge!

I lived in 96 sqft for around 8 years
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:06 PM   #1549
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Today I took most of the day off work and drove 550 miles, stopping at sundown at a Walmart somewhere off highway 36 in Missouri, less than 500 miles to go
36 is THE BEST. I take it from Denver to Indiana all the time. It actually runs from Rocky Mnt. Nat'l Park to somewhere in Ohio!
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:12 PM   #1550
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My Argosy had the same (style) switch installed when I bought it.

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My Argosy had one of these as well. Had the PO set it up correctly, I could have switched it to *off* when I saw the smoke and my Argosy would likely not have burned so badly (I did switch it, but there was still electricity flowing). Having an electric *complete kill* switch next to the driver's seat is a really good idea. I'm pretty sure the battery is what kept reigniting the fire (my fault for not immediately unhooking all the batteries, but I was busy putting out fires).
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:16 PM   #1551
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Yep!
Manual trans honda fit, blue ox tow bar and patriot 3 electric brake (but if I redid it I'd do the brake different)
I'm going to flat tow my Jeep CRD behind the GMC with a pretty similar set up. What would you have done differently?


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our time full-timing in this unit has come to and end and we're moving into something stationary with more square footage next month for at least a year while we decide what's next. The fate of the airstream is as yet undecided, not sure if we'll keep it for vacationing and 1-2 month trips, or trade for something bigger, or sell it and buy a plane...

Either way, lots of maintenance to clean up before it rolls out of the shop again
QUITTER! Actually, you have been my inspiration for persistence. With your experiences, I would have given up LONG before you did!

Best of luck in your new adventures!
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:42 PM   #1552
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I'm going to flat tow my Jeep CRD behind the GMC with a pretty similar set up. What would you have done differently?




QUITTER! Actually, you have been my inspiration for persistence. With your experiences, I would have given up LONG before you did!

Best of luck in your new adventures!
Thanks!

My main complaint is the blue ox system kills the battery in the toad, if I was to do it again I'd rig up an umbilical or invest the time into one of the systems that you can leave in place while you drive.
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:45 PM   #1553
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My main complaint is the blue ox system kills the battery in the toad, if I was to do it again I'd rig up an umbilical or invest the time into one of the systems that you can leave in place while you drive.
Gotcha. Thanks for the heads up. I will be sure to keep this in mind when I'm searching for my setup.
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Allllll right, I've taken a few weeks off to get settled in the new house. As many of you have probably guessed, I'm planning to sell the airstream. For a variety of reasons, it's not the right living situation for the next chapter of life for us, and I can't currently justify sitting on a toy that size, not with what our other plans are, but something tells me it won't be the last airstream I ever own...

Let me know what you think it's worth
My current thoughts are as follows:

1. If anyone wants it as it sits, for $40k it could be yours tomorrow
2. I'll pull the GVOD and send it in for overhaul, and rework the exhaust from the heads to mufflers to fix the leaks. Total investment there will probably be $1500.
I could then in good conscience list it as being a totally overhauled drivetrain all the way from the radiator to rear axle. See if I can fix the microwave. Things it "needs" would really be limited to trimming the floor and reupholstering. I'm thinking listing it in the upper 40s sounds fair? Let me know what you think. Freshly polished and painted, new engine - transmission - overdrive - fuel injection - gauges - all appliances... Hopefully it's a pretty desirable unit
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Allllll right, I've taken a few weeks off to get settled in the new house. As many of you have probably guessed, I'm planning to sell the airstream. For a variety of reasons, it's not the right living situation for the next chapter of life for us, and I can't currently justify sitting on a toy that size, not with what our other plans are, but something tells me it won't be the last airstream I ever own...

Let me know what you think it's worth
My current thoughts are as follows:

1. If anyone wants it as it sits, for $40k it could be yours tomorrow
2. I'll pull the GVOD and send it in for overhaul, and rework the exhaust from the heads to mufflers to fix the leaks. Total investment there will probably be $1500.
I could then in good conscience list it as being a totally overhauled drivetrain all the way from the radiator to rear axle. See if I can fix the microwave. Things it "needs" would really be limited to trimming the floor and reupholstering. I'm thinking listing it in the upper 40s sounds fair? Let me know what you think. Freshly polished and painted, new engine - transmission - overdrive - fuel injection - gauges - all appliances... Hopefully it's a pretty desirable unit

Rob, Glad you are ok, was starting to worry about you.
As for asking the core of the Classic Airstream owners what we think it is worth, I have to refer that answer to someone else.
As you know, I have bought and sold many Classics and also have advised buyers and sellers on both sides of the pond.

I look at your post as a for sale advertisement with a list of items that need to be fixed. The price you quoted for the urgent repairs is in my opinion way to low, unless you are looking at parts only.
Other may not agree and may not be able to do it themselves and hiring someone to work on these rigs can quickly turn into a costly disaster.
Your only chance, again in my humble opinion, to realize a sales price anywhere close to your expectations, would be to get everything taking care of and then look at what similar units in top notch condition actually sold for.
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Old 11-27-2021, 08:42 AM   #1556
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Thanks for chiming in Peter, that $1500 was my cost for parts, I do plan to fix those things all up before listing it.

I think you're right in that not having the little stuff like the floor trim done will indeed be an outsized impact on the value.... Guess I'll suck it up and get it done
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Old 11-27-2021, 08:52 AM   #1557
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I don’t think you should list that low. I have seen worse units sold for 60k. It’s a sellers market right now.

I got mine in running condition for 20k. Then put 20k into the chassis to have all the brakes, tires, fuel tank, steering, shocks, front bags and air suspension repaired/replaced.

I have probably another 10k of parts and personal labor doing other things like fixing the coach systems alone.

I have not polished it yet.

A drive away Classic with all the receipts showing what has been done, is at least 60k and probably 80k. I looked at a dealer unit that listed for 65k last year. It was nice but had a lot of original stuff still on it that would need work before it was reliable.

Considering a base AS trailer starts at 60k and is 1/4 the size. Don’t undervalue your finished rig. Please. It will set the price mark for the rest of us and I have a lot more $$ to spend on mine to get to where you are..
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