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Old 06-21-2014, 06:36 PM   #715
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Sergei,
I am a long time admirer of your renovation and set-up and I wish for you there were royalties collected for each thread view. I would have gladly paid a subscription to yours over time....I'm sure there are many others out there as well that gained tremendously from your experience. Maybe something for the administrators of the forum to consider.

If I remember correctly from your thread, the diesel system used by the Argosy runs off the tanks in the Sprinter. Is that correct? I'm sure somewhere along the way another Mini owner has posed this to you, but do you know if the Sprinter bed/ramp system dimensions support a Mini Clubman's additional length (I own a 2009 Clubman S)? I seem to recall reading you had some modifications spec'd to support the standard Mini Cooper length. Lastly, h
ave you considered pricing for the 3 separately?

I guess I was surprised the Sprinter only had 16K on it so far. All those gas station conversations must have slowed you down
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:44 PM   #716
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Sergei,
I am a long time admirer of your renovation and set-up and I wish for you there were royalties collected for each thread view. I would have gladly paid a subscription to yours over time....I'm sure there are many others out there as well that gained tremendously from your experience. Maybe something for the administrators of the forum to consider.

If I remember correctly from your thread, the diesel system used by the Argosy runs off the tanks in the Sprinter. Is that correct? I'm sure somewhere along the way another Mini owner has posed this to you, but do you know if the Sprinter bed/ramp system dimensions support a Mini Clubman's additional length (I own a 2009 Clubman S)? I seem to recall reading you had some modifications spec'd to support the standard Mini Cooper length. Lastly, h
ave you considered pricing for the 3 separately?

I guess I was surprised the Sprinter only had 16K on it so far. All those gas station conversations must have slowed you down
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Clubman has only 3" longer wheelbase (2nd gen cooper hardtop vs 2nd gen clubman - 1st gen I am not sure). Might not be an issue unless you have the car lowered or have the JCW Aero.

I remember the trailer has it's own diesel tank.
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:31 PM   #717
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Jim, many thanks for so many kind words. It is good to know how people appreciate my re-think of the way an Airstream can be.

Yes, the truck and trailer can be had separately. See my link to the classifieds below.

The Argosy has its own marine style diesel tank. Go to post # 105 on page 8 of my long re-build thread for details:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...e-18448-8.html

The Clubman seems to be slightly bigger than my MINI: wheelbase- 97" compared to 100"; thread 57.7" to 58", overall length 143" to 155" so 12" longer; 2557 pounds to 2723 so 166 pounds more.

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The deck was built specifically for my MINI so whether the Clubman will fit is uncertain. It would for sure if the deck mounted power plant were removed. The Sprinter is available with or without the generator.

If you want a generator you can easily mount the smaller, lighter HONDA or YAMAHA models either on the deck or possibly in a possum belly compartment.

The fulcrum point, where the vehicle passes from the ramp to the deck, would need to be checked too. THis would probably not be a problem with only 3" difference in the wheelbase.

The Mercedes has only around 15, 600 MILES. I was driving it this week and it runs like new, of course. I had it polished and detailed and it looked like it had just rolled out of the showroom, shiny Jet Black
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Old 06-22-2014, 03:40 PM   #718
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Jim, others interested:

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Old 07-01-2014, 11:07 PM   #719
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Sergei,
Thank you for a wonderful inspiration. You have captured the essence of what is in my head for the design of the trailer. The re-imagined equipment and design is remarkable. I sincerely wish I had 87k in the AS fund because I would write you a check. I have read and understand that knowing the quality of a restored or rebuilt trailer is key to getting a great dream or a great headache. With your easy to follow 'soup to nuts' thread it is easy to see the high quality put into every step.

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Old 07-02-2014, 05:26 PM   #720
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Hey Jay, thank you for all the nice words. Appreciate them.

You don't need 87K. How about 47 for the cool trailer

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Do you have some way to pull it?
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:17 PM   #721
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Hey Jay, thank you for all the nice words. Appreciate them.

You don't need 87K. How about 47 for the cool trailer

Do you have some way to pull it?
Yeah i saw the separate sales, I actually arrived at your thread from the classifieds, but liked the whole shebang. Regardless i am finishing up a navy career, planning a future career, and caring for my Mom which wasn't part of the financial plan. I am just day dreaming. For me it would be unwise to start the 'Stream Dream until after I re-establish my emergency fund. I really love your ideas and documenting the experience is a lesson learned for all of us.

P.S. I forgot to add that until recently I had a F150 that was to serve as the first TV. I figure just like the evaporated emergency fund, there is a different path i have to follow to get to where I wanna be. I added in the first thing to fail by having a plan. lol!!!
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:00 PM   #722
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You were able to find Marmoleum flooring that was wide enough to be seamless? We are getting ready to demo our Airstream and this is what I am hoping to do for flooring but I can only find 76" wide Marmoleum.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:36 PM   #723
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Perfect New Owners

Last week, an adventurous 73 year old Vermont couple read my classified ad here on the Forum, called immediately and left for Ontario the following morning.

When they saw the rig they fell in love with it, stayed the weekend with me in Toronto (waiting for their American bankerís and insurerís offices to open on Monday morning), transferred the funds, got an Ontario transfer permit and are driving home with the unit right now.

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(They will source their own Mini in America).

I have blessedly found Perfect New Owners. Heath and Mary Boyer of Windham, Vermont had once bought, gutted and remade an ocean going vessel, then sailed the seas with it a ten year long project. They therefore had a special appreciation for what had been done with the Argosy.




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Old 09-11-2014, 03:38 PM   #724
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Very happy for all!
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:39 PM   #725
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Mods, will you please turn that nice shot of Heath and Mary right side up. Don't know why; some photos are posting upside down lately....

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Vermont, you say?! Make sure to hook them up with the NewEngland Unit of wbcci , and maybe one day, I'll get to see this magnificent rig in-person at a rally.
New England Unit

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Not to this couple; I couldn't dream of having met such perfect New Owners......
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Oh I am so glad someone is going to love and appreciate that rig! And in New England to boot! .
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