Just thought I'd share some pics for those of you embarking on fixing up one of these old rigs. Hopefully they will inspire. I've had a blast doing it but indeed got into more than I had expected for sure.
Here's the palette on what was done:
replaced - rotted floor - mostly in bathroom, (so - wheel wells back) but also up under furnace in kitchen. While all this was out - POR15'd the frame.
re fiber glassed the tub - epoxy painted both that and the sink to match
new kitchen counter
new front bed/dining area as old owner had ripped out old table and couch/bed
wanes coated front area as panels had also been trashed by previous owners
new fuse box, inverter
new axles and tires - (Colin Hyde provided axles - great to work with)
added aluminum strips as reinforcement on rotted areas of belly pan
new flooring for living space - bamboo in bath, cork throughout rest
added solar panels on roof
added new stereo/speakers
replaced a myriad of little things....exterior lighting, window seals, battery,
Fridge came with the unit....is only electric.
Still to be done: curtains and covering our new foam bedding/cushions
Summary: We could have gone overboard and replaced or worked more meticulously on some of the luxury items. We could have been crazy about trying to restore to vintage....but in all, we came up with a nice trailer that suits our needs, still has plenty of vintage Argosy feel, but now blends together a safe, dry, comfortable camper that will hopefully simply give another 30 years of fun memories.
Final cost of the re-do = roughly $3000 and a whole lot of hours at night after the kids were in bed! A whole lot. But in all, I picked this up last November and she's ready to go now....so...5 months including a lot of down time during the coldest part of winter here in Maine. She was parked half way in my shed and halfway stuck out, with tarp draped over exposed area....hence the windows looking funky.
BTW - This is our first camping trailer and my first attempt at such a project. Although I'm handy it's simply a matter of bearing down and grunting through some pretty basic stuff to restore back to life. I've enjoyed the process immensely and can't wait to get it on the road.
Enjoy and if you have questions, feel free to ask.
Front - pre work
the process during "the gut job"
Just the cushions and curtains to go! These are the remains of the old cushions...