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Old 05-02-2007, 07:56 PM   #43
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Where can a rock guard be purchased for the front windows? Is a rock guard easy to install? Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:19 PM   #44
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Don't know how current this is: RV Salvage Yards. Colaws is the big central U.S. salvage yard.

Otherwise your only option is working with an Airstream Dealer. They are not cheap -- but are a whole lot less than replacing that first pano window you (will) hit with a rock -- and replacement windows are all tinted -- not clear as the original Argosy windows. You must get the rockguard for pre-1994 pre-widebody Airstreams. This thread, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f358...uet-18243.html, will discuss installation except you will not have to take apart and narrow the middle window unit like Janet & her husband had to on their narrower Minuet. I followed their instructions -- it does take a bit of thinking through your individual dimensions. I'd probably change a little of the installation sequence but that's for a different day.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:23 PM   #45
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Putting in a floor using laminate is not too bad a job as long as you measure twice, cut once, and plan carefully. You really don't need to leave a lot of room at the edges as you would with a house floor, just don't snug it up too tightly. Use a good sharp saw blade - one of the 18V or 19.3V saws will handle this.

As far as to keep or not to keep, you are far enough into the job to know how it is going to look. We saved some money by looking at the local cloth store for enough upholstery cloth on sale to do the cushions. We found enough of a bolt end to do the job and in a pattern we liked. Using a local upholsterer to do what we couldn't do well, the interior of the Minuet came out well.

I spent about 6 weeks working on our '78 Minuet, then took it on a 3000 mile trip with few problems. The biggest problem was a broken front window the last day of the trip. Do get the guard. Replacing these windows is not fun and it is expensive.

Do the dents and paint really bother you that much? This is an area that is not top priority as a rule unless the dents are large and the paint is bad. Get the rig up and running, use it this summer, then worry about the paint, etc.
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Excellent advice Argonaut20. You can use these babies a long time before having to paint them. You can bondo the dents because you will be painting over everything -- usually don't need new panels. I would say unlike an aluminum colored Airstream -- except there are quite a few silver painted Airstreams due to one skin problem or another. It's much easier to have the sky be your limit with an Argosy to start with.

Denise, here's another Argo thread I've been interested in: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...bly-26795.html
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:54 AM   #47
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Thanks for the information about a rockguard. I also would like to locate some original sink covers for my sink. I see them in alot of the Argosy's but never see them for sale. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:06 AM   #48
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Thanks for the information about a rockguard. I also would like to locate some original sink covers for my sink. I see them in alot of the Argosy's but never see them for sale. Thanks!
Finally, an easy solution! Camping World, based in Bowing Green, sells sink covers, with adjustable feet to fit any RV sink. Some are made from vinyl cutting board material, so you can use it to cut food up. I had the factory sink covers for our Argosy, I was underwhelmed and bought the ones from CW. In fact, we have a pair of them for our Overlander now.
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Denise -- One minor point. Note that the gasket on the water fill door is dried out and will allow rainwater coming down the front of the Argo to enter the water tank. Keep your eyes open for some squishy closed cell foam to put on there with contact cement. The old 1/2" backpacker sleeping mats are closed cell (meaning they aren't porous and won't absorb or pass water thru). Cruise the hardware store, but most of their gasket replacement material doesn't have enough give. I don't tend to drink from the tank but it's nice to keep as clean as possible.

You'll definitely want to winterize in Kentucky. Install a simple bypass valve like this.

overlander64 replied in this thread yesterday. He's got some nice Argosy brochure pics in his photo gallery: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...c=3178&userid=
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:34 AM   #50
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Great advice on the water tank. I was looking on ebay and I noticed two Argosy trailers. One is described as a 1977 19 foot minuet. I thought these started at 20' It has a buy it now or best offer. There is also a 1979 Argosy Minuet painted silver on ebay. Just wondering if someone would take a look online and see what they think about the description and condition of both these trailers and what they look to be worth? Thanks!!!
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I can't do eBay with my time this morning. eBay pictures are very thin on information and descriptions can't be trusted (even from well intentioned but ill informed owners -- and you can't tell the sharks online...). I wouldn't buy off eBay unless I or somebody I trust could inspect it.

6 meter = 20', 6.7 meter = 22', 7.3 meter = 24'. Realize that a Minuet is only 7' wide -- easy to tow but quite small inside.

I suspect calling it a 17' Minuet comes from somebody not experienced in measuring . The 20' Minuet is 20' from bumper to ball. By not counting 3' for A-frame length they might be measuring the main shell and coming up with 17'.
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My previous trailer was a '78 Argosy. We found ours on Ebay too. It was a dirty disgusting mess. The previous owners had even been using it up until a year or two prior to our purchasing it.

Be glad you only found what you did and not what i found in the dry blackwater tank...

It is a 30+ year old trailer, i figure you are going to have a big cleaning job on your hands when buying something of that nature second hand.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:50 AM   #53
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I have this crazy addiction for looking for all the airstreams I can find- on land or on the internet. I am amazed at the work people do. A lot of these trailers have a personality all thier own. I also like seeing what other people have done as far as refurbish, restore, or remodeling thier trailer. Gives me some good ideas on what I'd like to do for my trailer.
Check out the VAP podcast. Tim, Rob, and Colin do a great show. Each week there is a different topic, some you may enjoy listening to now or later down the road. I download the podcasts, put them on my ipod or a blank cd, and listen to them while driving. A couple of episodes may be of some interest to you:

Trailer 101:-Robs March Rally Report
-Listeners question: Laminate flooring vs. Vinyl
-Laminate flooring installation tips
-Converters and Inverters
-Trailer power systems explained
-Trailer water systems explained
-Robin Williams has black tank trouble in his new RV movie
-Flush your tank with the Hydroflush
-LP gas systems explained
-Travel with LP Fridge on or off?
-Auto switching LP regulators
- OPD Overfill Protection Device explained
-Your feedback

Episode 1: Join Host Tim Shephard and Airstream restoration professional Colin Hyde and Airstream enthusiast Rob Baker talk about how to purchase a vintage trailer, how to search for hidden damage, how to winterize your trailer, and much more!

And a few others were on eBay trailering, bringing it home, and here's the description on episode 12:
-What is the Vintage Airstream Club
-The VAC historianís job: Airstream history not club history
-Preservation, Restoration, Refurbishment, and Modernization
-Most renovations are refurbishments
-Listeners question: What is the best way to maintain value, keep it original or change it?
-Take time to learn the trailers design, layout, and usage
-Colinís restoration update
-Robís run in with Dicky Riegel, Group President of Thor
-Listener question: How is Robís trailer being polished?
-Fighting the polish: Filiform Corrosion
-Request for DIY restoration comments and questions
-A polished Argosy?
-Robís Sovereign somewhere between a restoration and refurbishment
-Period appliances restored offer boondocking benefits
-Restore or refurbish with trailer use in mind
-Your feedback

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:56 AM   #54
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Hi I am the sameway. I keep looking at all these airstreams to try and get ideas. If we are out driving and I see one I about break my neck to look. Where do I go to look for this VAP podcast? Sorry I am new and have not heard of this. Thanks!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:04 AM   #55
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Another question about the Argosy. The bellypan on my Argosy has a few tiny holes plus one part feels a little loose other than that it looks good. How can I take care of the holes and tighten up any loose things going on?? My Argosy is also missing several rivets. I have thought about buying a rivet gun. What is the best to buy? Also the entrance door to the Argosy is difficult to close sometimes. I really have to slam it at times. What could be the problem?
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The Vap podcast can be found a few different ways

The first is the one I do- subscribe through iTunes. iTunes is free software from Apple. You don't need an iPod to listen to the shows. You can listen to them on your computer or burn them onto a cd. I have a subscription. Everytime there is a new show, it is automatically downloaded for me. iTunes is good for finding other RV related podcasts, but none of them are like The Vintage Airstream podcast.


The second, go to theVap website: theVAP - The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home there is a blog and show notes the complete and give a little more information about the shows or a particular subject.

Another way: on the front page of theVap website-
Episode 43: The Spring Polishing Show Episode 43: The Spring Polishing Show Use one of the following buttons to subscribe so you never miss a show!


Or you can download it directly by using the following button.

Direct Download



(I am not so good at using cut/copy/paste, but I think you will get the idea).




There are also other people in the forum who listen to the shows on a regular basis, any of us would be happy to help. Podcasts are like a whole new world. Can you tell by my excitement?




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