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Old 03-11-2014, 08:42 AM   #15
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Pictures of our Wiky from Craigslist in the condition we purchased her:
1977 Rear Door Argosy-wiky-frontside
1977 Rear Door Argosy--wiky-exterior-side
1977 Rear Door Argosy--wiky-interior Kitchen
1977 Rear Door Argosy-wiky-interior Dining
1977 Rear Door Argosy - Wiky
1977 Rear Door Argosy - Wiky

She had a lot of hay stuffed into lots of corners, tight spaces inside (jammed up the vac a ton, but we have her pretty cleaned up and have started on our list.

Completed: New battery installed, power cable repair completed and functioning, all new cables and connections for propane functioning, all new water hoses, all bulbs/electrical/outlets and connections tested (some issues to be addressed). WD-40 is our friend and is seeing heavy use!!!

And we are working down our list... have added the suggested items and am grateful for the good advise and sound input!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:45 AM   #16
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Pictures of our Wiky from Craigslist in the condition we purchased her:
1977 Rear Door Argosy-wiky-frontside
1977 Rear Door Argosy--wiky-exterior-side
1977 Rear Door Argosy--wiky-interior Kitchen
1977 Rear Door Argosy-wiky-interior Dining
1977 Rear Door Argosy - Wiky
1977 Rear Door Argosy - Wiky

She had a lot of hay stuffed into lots of corners, tight spaces inside (jammed up the vac a ton, but we have her pretty cleaned up and have started on our list.

Completed: New battery installed, power cable repair completed and functioning, all new cables and connections for propane functioning, all new water hoses, all bulbs/electrical/outlets and connections tested (some issues to be addressed). WD-40 is our friend and is seeing heavy use!!!

And we are working down our list... have added the suggested items and am grateful for the good advise and sound input!
Wow, I really do like that layout. Thanks for the pic's. Looks great. Nice find. Your going to love it. I could only talk my wife into one.
Replace the converter. Address the electrical. Get new tires. Camp this summer. Take care of other miner thing as they come up. Address the bigger things like floor rot and axels in the fall. ENJOY
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:59 AM   #17
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Geo,

Just left a request with a 4 Rivet member here on site, who is in our city if they could spare some time to do an "eyes-on" inspection for us. We are not unintelligent people, but the more I read here the more I understand that we could be looking directly at something, touching it and not understand or know it is an issue. Safety first, waiting for response and sure hope they have time.

I was in thrall of the silver airstreams, when I ran across and fell hard for this painted lady. Dont tell my guy but I have still been looking at the Silver Ladies (I think we require two trailers, our 24' Painted Lady and a larger but Prim and Proper Silver Lady... this airstream fever feels like falling for my first cars at 16yrs old!

Your wife has limited allowing any stray trailers to follow you home, but we can always look!
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:43 PM   #18
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Wise to get an opinion! The inside doesn't look bad at all. Probably new foam cushions, much cleaning, a bit of plumbing, etc.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:12 AM   #19
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We have been doing intensive cleaning, to include removing all covers, pillows and washing/beaching, heavy duty vacuming (would not believe the amount of hay and debris in all the corners as clean as it looks on top-kinda love that tho, tell when she has been), even to lifting carpet squares cleaning under, unscrewed and removed all covers and compartments to get a look inside, wipe down scrub/clean, we are still getting to know each other.

THis trailer did not smell as musty as any of the others we had looked at (all the trailers we looked at were during snow/rain/weather events, some of them had leaks we never would have seen otherwise) this one, even while sitting in a field was dry inside. Lucky us! We both think the damp areas by the wheel wells is from underneath as we pulled the trailer home in a heck of a weather free for all, heavy rain, blinding snow, salt trucks ahead of us and then through/over snow packs. But we will see.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:07 PM   #20
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Wiky folks.....nice find on the trailer. I'm glad you found the trailer you wanted and the one that felt RIGHT for you.

Good luck with your renovations and keep the photos coming. That Argosy looks to be in pretty good shape, though. Welcome to the Argosy Club!
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:23 AM   #21
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Funny thing is, it is not the one I was looking for or the one I wanted, she called my name when I saw the pictures and it was love when I met her in person. My guy withheld his affection for the trailer (for a number of reasons-major one being all the work that needs to be done lol) but has been warming up and getting excited as well.

Who knew I would fall so hard for a Painted trailer... focusing on some new tires right now, crazy how well the dry rotted tires held (we were blessed/lucky), I dislike the rims, anyway maybe we can paint them as well?
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:19 AM   #22
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Funny thing is, it is not the one I was looking for or the one I wanted, she called my name when I saw the pictures and it was love when I met her in person. My guy withheld his affection for the trailer (for a number of reasons-major one being all the work that needs to be done lol) but has been warming up and getting excited as well.

Who knew I would fall so hard for a Painted trailer... focusing on some new tires right now, crazy how well the dry rotted tires held (we were blessed/lucky), I dislike the rims, anyway maybe we can paint them as well?
Before and after paint. Notice the rims were painted to match.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:03 AM   #23
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Looks really nice! On another thread I read where one couple painted the top of their Silver Airstream white (for heat and to seal) do many do that?

The way configuration of your backyard and the way the camper is parked is exactly like we have Wiky except there is a chain link fence very close on the right side along the driveway!

Looked through your gallery of all your pics... wow have you done ALOT of work on yours, amazing!
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:13 AM   #24
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Loved the story of your pick up and ride home so much that I read it out loud to my husband. We felt SO much better about our November pick up/comedy of errors after reading it! Our pick up took two separate trips and also included a trip to Advance Auto Parts. Best wishes to you.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:53 PM   #25
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Nightmare returns with dream trailer...

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Loved the story of your pick up and ride home so much that I read it out loud to my husband. We felt SO much better about our November pick up/comedy of errors after reading it! Our pick up took two separate trips and also included a trip to Advance Auto Parts. Best wishes to you.
TWO trips, yours sounds even more interesting! We might have given up and returned later, but it was 5hrs away, both had work the next day (after getting to bed past 3:30am we both called in sick *shrugs*) we would have had to wait two weeks before returning. It was Do-or-Die...

I left much of the trip out of the thread thinking no one would really care and it might bore them, like the Nice Auto Zone guy who basically gave us some stuff trying to help make the dang lights work. Or the Guy at Stucky's (or was it Lov's? We stopped EVERYWHERE) who took pity and worked on the connections, crawled on the ground trying to help us. He let us know we could park overnight and sleep in the trailer, but dont stay longer than 3days or we would be towed.

Or how about the first time I have ever seen my man (almost) give up on me, telling me "I'm done" and me being a big meanie saying, "we are not home yet, it is not done, you don't get to stop yet. You DON't GET TO TO DONE yet" or about him being so wiped out that he fell asleep in the passenger side me driving (1st time in 30yrs with someone else driving he has done that). He woke up to me white knuckling it, driving through in the snow globe winter snowfreaking wonderland, following the salt trucks so I would know where the dang road was. I hate feeling helpless or unable to do something and that trip almost defeated me.

I want to hear your story please, so cough it up... (gonna go look to see if you posted it elsewhere already!)
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:11 PM   #26
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Well we can start with the nutty PO, who understandably did not want to let go of her baby. She was 2nd owner and her children grew up camping in the airstream and there were many many excellent memories. But she took our $$ and let go eventually. Took us a couple of months to get to that point! We also paid little too much - but it was IT. I know you understand.

Most of the issued revolved around mismatch of old trailer / new truck. Once we found an insert sleeve for the hitch recepticle on Sunday afternoon, the PO was not impressed and insisted we get it welded. So 3 hours back to Arlington VA, to read more on the forums and get it welded. We went back down a couple of weeks later, and managed the hook up, etc. without the PO knowing we were in town. Much smoother in general - but trust me, we had the user manuals out! The drive home was lovely. We've had one test camping trip while our floors were being refinished this month. That was a huge success, except for waking up to empty propane tanks and a 6 degree morning at Bull Run Park! Luckily, the furnace had run most of the night and the cold was bearable enough to get underway. So, now you know -- your excursion was definitely more exciting! Here's to us newbies! Lisa
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Congrat's on your trailer Wiky. I'm so glad you started your thread because you're going to have a lot to say over time. I'll be following along with your story and look forward to seeing all your pics!
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