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Old 12-02-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Argosy screens

Hiya,

I just took possesion of a 20 foot '78 Argosy. It has been greatly modified from original, and has no screens on any of the windows. The window frames do appear to be original, but it's not apparent to me how screens fit on the windows. All I have been able to imagine is that I can unscrew the inner frame, lay out some screen fabric, and replace the frame. does that make sense to anyone, or can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks for your time.
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:45 AM   #2
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That's it...

From the inside, you should see a screw in frame. This is what the screen fits into (with a new rubber spline). I can't remember off the top of my head (trailer is elsewhere) if the spline faces towards the inside of the trailer or outside.
Any screen material will do.
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:37 PM   #3
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Thank you!!! Anyone know where I can get the rubber spline?
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:43 PM   #4
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Thank you!!! Anyone know where I can get the rubber spline?
Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardway to name a few. Make sure you measure the width of the opening, it comes in more then one size. Also, buy a spline tool. They only cost a couple of bucks, but are well worth it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:13 PM   #5
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Hiya,

I just took possesion of a 20 foot '78 Argosy. It has been greatly modified from original, and has no screens on any of the windows. The window frames do appear to be original, but it's not apparent to me how screens fit on the windows. All I have been able to imagine is that I can unscrew the inner frame, lay out some screen fabric, and replace the frame. does that make sense to anyone, or can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks for your time.
misterbee,
You may want to put the screening in with the frames attached to the trailer...they are curved not flat like a house screen. My first attempt to replace my screen with the frame off the trailer was not a pretty sight. It came out better for me to leave the frame attached...

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My Argo is shivering in the driveway right now. I'll head out there in the morning and take some photos if others don't turn up by then...
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Howdy again misterbee -- It seems the screen material is the only missing part. Right? The detail picture below is the square-cornered front window; this should make insertion of the rubber spline quite apparent. The other is one of the rounded side windows. (Click within the picture to get an enlargement.) Does this do it for you? Other pics or further description is possible ... let me know.

I think you'd want to install this without removing the frame.
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Thanks!

Thanks for the images, that really clears things up for me....
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Thanks Aaron. I am am just getting ready to do my screens. I am going to use insect screen with super small holes. Were you able to use the old inserts?
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Welcome to the forums and greetings to another Argosy owner. I replaced all the screens in my Minuet after i took possession of it. Its a rather easy job, just time consuming.
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Thanks Aaron. I am am just getting ready to do my screens. I am going to use insect screen with super small holes. Were you able to use the old inserts?
Most of my spline was reusable. If yours isn't take a scrap to the store when you go to match it up. Biggest problem with the old stuff is that it will stretch and be brittle or rotten. The stuff is realtively cheap.

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Hi, I'm refurbshing a '77 Ambassador. It has white fiberglass (I think) bug screens and I need to replace the mesh. It seems I can have any color I want as long as it is black or charcoal! Does anyone know where I could get a white insect mesh?
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Anyone else that has done this and can help?

Was the bug screen in the 1976 Argosy made of metal or fiberglass? It appears to be an aluminum-like colour.

Are the Big Box Store replacements commonly fiberglass these days?

Anyone know the size of the spline tool required?

Iíve always had trouble replacing window screens. Maybe the mostly rounded corners here will make it easier?

WHAT ABOUT THAT CLOTH MATERIAL AROUND THE LEVERS THAT KEEPS THE BUGS OIUT?

Where can we get that? Airstream have it?

Allied question: what about the rubber gasket around the window glass - is this a commonly available molding or do we have to get it from Airstream?

Thanks for your help.


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Hiya,

I just took possesion of a 20 foot '78 Argosy. It has been greatly modified from original, and has no screens on any of the windows. The window frames do appear to be original, but it's not apparent to me how screens fit on the windows. All I have been able to imagine is that I can unscrew the inner frame, lay out some screen fabric, and replace the frame. does that make sense to anyone, or can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks for your time.
All you need is fiberglass screen material, new rubber and a screen roller.
I wirebrushed, sanded and repainted mine as well. I used pretty stainless steel screws around my newly painted frames and it looks awesome.
Do not use aluminum screen. It does not conform to the curved shape of the screen frames.
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