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Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 07-04-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,338
Posted By Mike S
If remove the inner and outer bearings you will...

If remove the inner and outer bearings you will see a number stamped on the bearing. My '78 Argosy has bearings by Timken inner - L68149, outer L44649. You can buy these on line or at boat or trailer...
Forum: Trailer Values 07-03-2011, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,324
Posted By Mike S
I have a '78 Argosy 24T. These are great...

I have a '78 Argosy 24T. These are great trailers, but one of the downsides is that they have usually been pestered by previous owners. I suggest a few things to do when looking at the trailer...
...
Forum: All Argosy Trailers 10-29-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By Mike S
In my Argy 24 this switch controls the water pump.

In my Argy 24 this switch controls the water pump.
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 10-29-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,667
Posted By Mike S
I bought and installed the Barker and it works...

I bought and installed the Barker and it works fine. I did not get the cover in the box.Maybe I need one...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-29-2010, 01:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,973
Posted By Mike S
I have some experience with Deka AGM Golf Cart...

I have some experience with Deka AGM Golf Cart Batteries. I installed two banks in my Argosy twin - under the bunks. I installed a maxi-fuse next to each battery and ran the power back to the rear...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 10-29-2010, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 957
Posted By Mike S
Thanks, Andy and Mike. I'll get after it next...

Thanks, Andy and Mike. I'll get after it next week. Does the '78 Argosy have 10" or 12" brakes -- I have not disassembled it yet, and it is in storage at another location. Thanks again.
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 10-27-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 957
Posted By Mike S
Brake seizure

Towing my '78 Argosy to storage yesterday I had a brake seize on one wheel and lost the tire amidst a cloud of smoke. The trailer is in storage now, but what a PITA!

Question - What is the likely...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-25-2010, 04:32 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 53,729
Posted By Mike S
I have owned two Ford diesel trucks - 1986 6.9L...

I have owned two Ford diesel trucks - 1986 6.9L and my current 2001 7.3L PS. No problems at all.

I heard so many horror stories about the 6.0L trucks that I searched out a low mileage 7.3L. Nice...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 10-25-2010, 04:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,528
Posted By Mike S
Marine wire is designed to extreme condition...

Marine wire is designed to extreme condition specs. The copper stranding is tin plated for corrosions protection and the insulation and outer cover is designed to resist the king of crud that it will...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 10-25-2010, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,780
Posted By Mike S
The problem is clearance between the tire and the...

The problem is clearance between the tire and the outer interior of the wheel well. I had a set of Toyota Landcruiser rims (15" - 6X5.5) with 3.5" backspacing and they would not work. The ZERO figure...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 10-24-2010, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,780
Posted By Mike S
Arrie I bought a set of 5 new modular 6 X...

Arrie

I bought a set of 5 new modular 6 X 5.5 chrome trailer wheels with caps for my '78 Argosy a month ago from these folks...

15 inch Chrome Modular Wheel...
Forum: Refrigerators 09-15-2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,748
Posted By Mike S
I have built twin battery banks into my Argosy...

I have built twin battery banks into my Argosy (each with two 6V AGM golf cart batteries) and have just taken delivery on a Novacool DC 'marine' fridge. This fridge has a Danfoss compressor. I chose...
Forum: Refrigerators 09-15-2010, 03:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 782
Posted By Mike S
Removing the Dometic R66

I am replacing the old - factory installed - Dometic in my '77 Argosy and replacing with a Novacool 6.8 cf DC fridge.

I am having a tough time getting it out without destroying the cabinetry. It...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-05-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,473
Posted By Mike S
I take my lessons from the days when I worked on...

I take my lessons from the days when I worked on boats at sea. In boats you minimize points of potential problems - especially with flammable products like propane... that why so many boaters choose...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-05-2010, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By Mike S
Well, I think the Airstream specifies zero...

Well, I think the Airstream specifies zero offset. I am fit checking the wheels before I start moving tires around ;-)

Thanks.
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-05-2010, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By Mike S
Andy - from my long experience with Landcruisers,...

Andy - from my long experience with Landcruisers, I am certain that they are rated above 2600 lbs. I will double check the Landcruiser manual, though, and thanks.
Forum: Refrigerators 08-05-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,709
Posted By Mike S
I agree on the Dometic - mine is coming out and...

I agree on the Dometic - mine is coming out and going in the trash - unless some one wants it. It 'works' but not all that well. I looked at the Norcold, but just ordered a 6.8 CF Novacool DC marine...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-05-2010, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,473
Posted By Mike S
It is questionable whether you should run gas...

It is questionable whether you should run gas while towing. Sane thing to do is close the valves. If you have a three way, you can probably maintain a chill in 12V mode, but the Dometic three way...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-05-2010, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 775
Posted By Mike S
Correct specifications for '78 wheels

I have factory wheels on my '78 Argosy. They are looking pretty mangy.

I also have a set of five 15" X 7 (3.5" back space) stock chrome spoke, 6 X 5.5", heavy duty steel wheels from a Landcruiser...
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 01-21-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,667
Posted By Mike S
24 foot Argosy

24 foot Argosy
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 01-21-2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,667
Posted By Mike S
Barker 3500 HiPower jack

The factory (?) elec jack on my Argosy has failed. I am considering replacement with the Barker 3500 HiPower (2-1/4" shaft).

ANy input on this jack?

Is their a better one?

Thanks
Forum: Doors & Locks 11-01-2009, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,428
Posted By Mike S
Andy The latch on my '77 Argosy...

Andy

The latch on my '77 Argosy (non-original, I believe) has broken again. The striker has broken. I cannot get into the trailer without removing the door. Is there a workable quality...
Forum: Refrigerators 05-21-2009, 09:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,915
Posted By Mike S
Could this dilemma be solved with a Norcold AC/DC...

Could this dilemma be solved with a Norcold AC/DC fridge/freezer? I use one and it draws less than 3 amps running on 12V. I am planning on installing a 7 CF model (
DE-0061/EV-0061) in my Argosy...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-25-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,362
Posted By Mike S
I installed a Xantrex XADC 60 in my Argosy this...

I installed a Xantrex XADC 60 in my Argosy this Summer, which has two 190 AH 6V GC batteries. They charge quite quickly from the Honda 2000i. I attached the 12V to the factory fuse/distribution...
Forum: Awnings 11-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,182
Posted By Mike S
Awnings that fit the hardware I have (A&E 9XXX)...

Awnings that fit the hardware I have (A&E 9XXX) is no longer available from the manufacturer. I located a resource through Toscano RV in Los Banos, CA that can make a new awing using my material....
Forum: Awnings 11-18-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,182
Posted By Mike S
Awning repair in Northern CA?

Had some very high winds that tore the fabric off of my awning. I have some excellent material, but need someone in California who can make and fit the new awning to the A&E Systems hardware.

Any...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-12-2008, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,335
Posted By Mike S
Yes, and they do not have anything in the Catalog...

Yes, and they do not have anything in the Catalog od local store that answers the problem.

I COULD just make something up that would work using a wire bus, standard multi-position blade fuse...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-12-2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,335
Posted By Mike S
Fuse/12V Distribution Panel

I have replaced the battery in my Argosy with a pair of 6V golf cart batteries, replaced the converter with a 60 amp Xantrex converter/charger, and run new power cables. The original (glass fuse)...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 09-02-2008, 11:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,610
Posted By Mike S
I usually stay out for weeks at a time. I do have...

I usually stay out for weeks at a time. I do have a Hinda generator, but feel that more is better, especially since I plan on a 120 AC/12 DC Norcold fridge/freezer that will provide proper cooling...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-30-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 951
Posted By Mike S
Correct spare wheel?

Andy said this in a related thread:

"The correct wheels are 15 inch, zero offset 6 holes on a 5 1/2 bolt center."

I ordered a wheel for my '77 Argosy to use as a spare. I measured it and found...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 08-27-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,610
Posted By Mike S
Wahoonc - the reason I moved the batteries...

Wahoonc - the reason I moved the batteries forward is to minimum flex and loading at the rear of the trailer (each of the four 6V batts weighs 60 lbs.) and because there is no good place to put them...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 08-26-2008, 10:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,610
Posted By Mike S
I am re-doing the electrical on my 24' Argosy....

I am re-doing the electrical on my 24' Argosy. Here is the preliminary wiring diagram for the battery banks. I am using a Xantrex 60 Amp converter/charger and 6V 189 AH Deka AGM batteries. Using 4...
Forum: All Argosy Trailers 08-26-2008, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,553
Posted By Mike S
I bought a, Argosy 24 twin with dinette in May. I...

I bought a, Argosy 24 twin with dinette in May. I have been making some repairs and upgrades, but it is basically a solid trailer. I find the twin beds and front dinette works well for my purposes.
...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 08-24-2008, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,953
Posted By Mike S
I agree that CPES - Clear Penetrating Epoxy...

I agree that CPES - Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer - would be the deal for preserving the marine plywood in your Airstream. Bedding it in a marine sealer like Sikaflex would also help to keep...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 08-22-2008, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,361
Posted By Mike S
Argosy - rear tail light valence removal?

The valence around the rear lights on my 77 Argosy are developing s couple small cracks. I want to remove it for repair and reinforcment before it is toast. I can't see any obvious attachment points....
Forum: Refrigerators 08-22-2008, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mike S
Thanks, all. I think that I will go in this...

Thanks, all. I think that I will go in this direction.

Wkerfoot, did you have any issues with the height of this unit? It would be ideal if it fit flat against the wall...

Mike
Forum: All Argosy Trailers 08-21-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,536
Posted By Mike S
Busy - new rock shield, spare tire carrier, batteries...

Making some progress on the Argosy.

Had the rock guard 'sunglasses' installed today.

Also bought an Airstream spare tire carrier for the spare I am setting up. Will order wheel and tire...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-21-2008, 11:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mike S
This is the model hat I am considering... ...

This is the model hat I am considering...

Norcold AC DC Fridge (https://www.thetford.com/HOME/Products/NorcoldRefrigeratorsHome/DE0061EV0061/tabid/197/Default.aspx)

Has a separate freezer...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 08-20-2008, 10:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,031
Posted By Mike S
Purple, Yellow, Pink...

I am doing some battery and converter/charger replacement work, Installing battery monitoring, and will replace the original 12V fuse panel in my '77 Argosy with a BLUE SEA SYSTEMS Maxi Fuse and...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-20-2008, 09:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mike S
Thanks. I see no downside to this idea as long as...

Thanks. I see no downside to this idea as long as I have the generator.

I often go for extended periods off grid, so need to have enough electrical power (gas of the generator). I would be able to...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-20-2008, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Mike S
Andy -- sent you an e-mail. Thanks. Mike

Andy -- sent you an e-mail. Thanks. Mike
Forum: Refrigerators 08-19-2008, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By Mike S
120V AC/12V DC Norcold

The factory installed Dometic in my '77 Argosy works OK, but I have three problems...

1. It is slow to cool when operating on propane.

2. I have to leave the gas on when driving. I drive long...
Forum: Rock Guards, Segment & Window Protectors 08-19-2008, 11:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,441
Posted By Mike S
Line-X or Rhinoliner protection

I am considering applying Line-X or Rhinoliner (1/4" thick, perhaps) on the front of my Argosy to protect the aluminum from rock damage. I am also fittinga new rock guard this week.

Has anyone...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-19-2008, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Mike S
This is a 1977 Argosy 24T with tandem axles and...

This is a 1977 Argosy 24T with tandem axles and steel wheels. I prefer steel wheels to alloy. Of course I can buy a 'similar' wheel, but I would prefer that all the wheels on the pavement be the...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-18-2008, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Mike S
Source for spare wheel - '77 Argosy

Need a spare to carry this Fall, would like it to the the same the factory ones - easy to get? Where?

Thanks.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 08-17-2008, 11:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By Mike S
Thanks, I am looking into a 55 amp...

Thanks,

I am looking into a 55 amp converter/3 stage charger to replace the Univolt. Getting the AGMs next week, too.

Thanks again.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 08-17-2008, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By Mike S
Seeking answers - AGM and wiring

I need more battery power. The Standard battery location on my Argosy limits me to a Grp. 24 or maybe Grp 27 battery, so I think my answer is a pair of AGM batts under the bunk, behind the bulkhead...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 07-16-2008, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,819
Posted By Mike S
I am thinking fo replacing my Argosy cabinets...

I am thinking fo replacing my Argosy cabinets with one I would make from Sitka spruce frames and styles, with 3/8" Baltic Birch ply wood. I have studied the current AS cabinets and they are not only...
Forum: Refrigerators 07-16-2008, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,780
Posted By Mike S
Thanks. I called Norcold support and got the...

Thanks. I called Norcold support and got the skinny on the 12V usage. I have an emerging idea about a solar system, but I would like to get the basics done inside first. The big reason for the AS is...
Forum: Refrigerators 07-16-2008, 10:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,780
Posted By Mike S
Thanks, I guess I need to look at a unit and...

Thanks, I guess I need to look at a unit and consult my tape measure. I boondock in some remote paces in Montana and the NW for weeks at a time, and felt that a bigger fridge would save some trips to...
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