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Old 09-10-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Elsa's Pride

Thanks to the airforums.com classifieds, Liz and I have found the perfect trailer for our needs, a 1972 Argosy 20'. We'll be going to Bat Cave around the end of the month to pick her up and tow her home. While we haven't seen the trailer up close and personal yet, we have seen enough photos and read sufficient history (Thanks Terry!) to know that she's exactlly the rig we've wanted. We came up with a name for her this morning - Elsa's Pride, in honor of my wife's late mother. It's fitting really, Argosy meaning a flotilla of merchant ships (and this will be the second trailer in the driveway) and pride as in "pride of lions" goes well with our 11 cats!

We're now in the planning phase for the final fix ups - replace the carpet with Pergo, and Liz has been shopping for fabric for new curtains and the gaucho cushions. My job is to research paint for the exterior. We plan on having the upper half shot in a medium cream and the lower half shot in a dark burgandy. I no longer have access to a spray booth (and I really don't want to paint it myself anyway), so in the spring, we'll be farming out the job to a local shop that regularly handles box truck sized vehicles.

I wish we could get away sooner to pick up the trailer, the suspense is killing me...
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:50 PM   #2
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Gee, I was hoping you'd stick with "Old Rivets", you know it's bad luck to change the name of a ship...
How about "Old Ironends"?...
Seriously, good luck with your new trailer, I hope you have as much fun with it as we did.
BTW, wasn't Elsa the Female lion that was chronicled in "Born Free"?
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:04 PM   #3
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Congratulations Liz and Bob. I like the Argosy's and the fact that it's "legal" to paint them, as well as their size is great for towing and floor plans are very functional. Look forward to PICTURES!

I'm also a sucker for vintage. Heck, everything in my life is vintage, although when I tell Donna that includes her I need to be saying it just as the door is closing and I'm on the locking side. But there's just something endearing about the Argosy, and maybe it's because they don't make that model anymore, that appeals strongly to me. I keep thinking of one done in colors to match the Safari.......

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Old 09-10-2007, 11:23 PM   #4
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Congratulations on Elsa's Pride...that's great...you'ge gonna have a blast with it...

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Old 09-11-2007, 06:15 AM   #5
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Look forward to PICTURES!

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Here's a teaser picture, taken by fellow forums member TomW at a forums rally:
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:18 AM   #6
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Also, this trailer is one of the reasons Argosy trailers were considered a test bed for Airstream products. It has rimless front and rear windows, with no frames. This feature was not seen on another production Airstream until sometime in the 80's. I have also not seen another Argosy with these type of windows since.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:39 AM   #7
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Here's a teaser picture, taken by fellow forums member TomW at a forums rally:
Thanks Terry. It looks like a "good one". It is always a treat when a fellow Forums member helps another find a trailer to fit their needs. Good old fashioned neighborly help.

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