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Old 04-14-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Home Stretch - pics of 30' 1978 Argosy

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,
etc. etc.

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.
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Front - pre work
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the process during "the gut job"
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Just the cushions and curtains to go! These are the remains of the old cushions...
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wanes coating
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hi, you did a great job on your trailer. Thank You for sharing it with us.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comeback. I know what you mean about the floor, my current project has the same construction and problems. I also did 2 Scotties, like you I feel function and proper repair over authentic restore.Hey, I want to use it, not put it in a museum. You may not have gotten this message the first time around. If you would send me your e mail I can send you some pics. I am at dan72ali@yahoo.com.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:29 AM   #4
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Pinchy, looks great!! Mine is the center bath, and I'm slightly jealous of your rear bath configuration... I think it tends to lend itself to a smoother flow throughout because you have more (wider) uninterrupted living space. Perhaps this is just a question born out of living in a somewhat arid, southern locale... what's the attraction behind POR15 on all the frames? I thought they were well treated when they went out the door?
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:30 AM   #5
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Also, love the floors.. my wife confirmed earlier that bamboo will be going into our rig to replace the utility carpet and vinyl that's down right now.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:59 PM   #6
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POR 15 ?? Well - Northeast = winter = salt = rust. When you rip your belly pan out and see your outriggers rusted badly the love relationship with POR15 is blossomed Hope that explains.

The bamboo is nice. It was left over from some work I'd done on my house. The cork is a warm and soft on your feet... probably not of concern for you down in Texas... but thanks for the compliments.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing Pinchy! I hope you've had a chance to enjoy it this summer. Maybe you can share how your dinette has worked out for you. Seems to be a healthy debate here about the u shaped dinettes. I like them, but interested in your feedback, especially if/whether you've had a good number of people around the table.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:28 AM   #8
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I think it worked out well for us. We sold the trailer earlier in the summer. But four of us fit nicely around it. I suspect it would have fit five around the U area and another with chair pulled up to it. I was happy with it for sure. Far better than that rickety pull out thing Airstream had put in there - in my opinion. Simple, quick, sturdy.
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Looking at your photos I couldn't tell if you did a shell on or off replacement of the subfloor? Either way it was an impressive amount of work in a short period of time on an excellent budget! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:22 PM   #10
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Nice job, hope mine can come out half as good. On a different matter, how do you post the pictures on these threads? I am having more luck in fixing campers than simple computer stuff.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:38 AM   #11
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Was a shell off from axles back...separated just enough to get the new plywood sandwiched back in and bolted down.

Attaching pictures...in the "Reply to Thread" area, down below you can see under additional options: Attach Files. That should get you rolling.
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