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Old 10-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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In Need of Tambour Doors for Argosy Minuet

I've been researching tambour materials and hardware in hopes of replacing the missing tambour doors on my recently purchased 1978 Argosy 6 meter Minuet. I would really love to find some original tambour doors if any are out there. I need a 20" door, a 29" door, and three 36" doors. If you know anyone who might have any or all of these doors, I sure would appreciate the information.
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I've been researching tambour materials and hardware in hopes of replacing the missing tambour doors on my recently purchased 1978 Argosy 6 meter Minuet. I would really love to find some original tambour doors if any are out there. I need a 20" door, a 29" door, and three 36" doors. If you know anyone who might have any or all of these doors, I sure would appreciate the information.
What colour? If you post a photo of what you have I'll see if the ones I have match. I've got them from a '74 Airstream and '76 Argosy.
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Door Color

I'm not sure what color the original ones were, but I think they were a white, cream, or off-white. The walls are white with a small tan(ish) pattern. I sure would be interested in talking with you about the ones you have. Thank you for getting back to me. My phone number is 817-798-3743. Once again, thanks!!!!
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In Need of Tambour Doors for Argosy Minuet

Greetings GLovedahl!

The original 1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metres (at least those with a "V" in the VIN indicating production in Versailles, OH), had white vinyl tambour (some would call the color Colonial White). The disadvantage to this material is that it was subject to the normal separation from the backing material as well as bowing as a result of age and exposure to high temperatures. Finding original material may be a mixed gift depending upon how much the original material has been exposed to high temperatures as well as how often your coach will experience high ambient temperatures while stored or in use. It is comparatively easy to install new canvas backing, but removing the bow is very nearly impossible. My Minuet's original vinyl tambour was so badly bowed that I chose to install new birch tambour with a whitewash stain that is a very pleasing compliment to the original vinyl-clad aluminum walls. The original tambour in the 1978 6.0 Metre Minuet was the white vinyl in all of the overhead roof lockers as well as in the bathroom vanity and medicine cabinet. The tambour in the under-sink cabinet was a brown vinyl simulated-wood tambour.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: There may have been variations in the materials or colors at various points in production as Argosy was known for experimenting with alternate materials during production.
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If you get tambour that is ok, but has yellowed, I have found it can be successfully (that is it looks great, like new) painted with Krylon Fusion Satin white paint for plastics. To make it look really good, the material must be removed from the tracts and done with several thin coats, but it is worth the effort. All other plastic in your Argosy (or Airstream) which has yellowed to what I call "old banana yellow" can be painted in the same way and the results are well worth it. That includes the inner end caps, the refrigerator vent, and the interior Air Conditioner cover. The end caps have to be painted in place most likely, mask and removal of all the pieces around them. On a nice warm dry day, using a large box fan and a simple mask for your own face, you can paint inside with spray cans successfully.

Don't try to paint the yellowed insert material in the trim, it can be replaced easily with either formica strips in a pattern you like (or neutral white) or cut down vertical venetian blind slats may be used. They are available in lots of colors and patterns.
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