The Argosy restoration to-do list--storage rules!
My husband and I are also working on re-doing our 24 foot Argosy. Storage is one of the big themes. We took out the middle storage assembly and are adding another twin bed in its place, plus replacing the twin bed/side gaucho that was there with a twin bed only. To help alleviate the loss of storage by adding another twin bed, the twin bed platforms will lift for storage (forget the bins!). We are extending the dinette on both sides, a couple of inches door side, and several inches on the kitchen counter/sink side- the dinette side wall will be right up against the kitchen counter-wall. The dinette seats will also lift for storage. On top of the front water tank will be a 15" storage "locker" that goes all the way across below the front windows with a top that will slide out/off so I can pull out my plastic bins holding kitchen and camping stuff. Yes, we will lose some dinette space on the door side, but will have a 48" seating space on the opposite side. We took out the dividers in some of the overhead compartments to accommodate larger bundles of "stuff" too. We will also have storage space behind each dinette seat for our wooden folding chairs that can be pulled out to sit at the end of the dinette.
We hope to post some pictures soon. Until now we have been hashing out the re-do plans (the hardest part!) and we had to replace 3 out of 4 walls due to former PO's abuse, after we removed everything but plumbing and electrical down to the plywood. Joe built a new battery box to accommodate two large batteries instead of one, plus installed the sound system and AC to have comfortable working conditions. We ruled out solid flooring and installed carpet for our dogs' sake! Then the walls went in, and the twin beds are next.
We bought some used Corian and will replace the kitchen counter with it, and TRY to make a Corian table top. We are not sure the Corian will make a strong enough table but we'll give it a try. We are about to purchase the paint to paint the exterior, following Boatdoc's instructions, and it seems like it will never end... I had the stove-top re-chromed, and I will be making curtains and re-doing the cushions, beds, and covers for them, and also making rock guards following some of the great suggestions offered here on the AS Forum. At the current rate of speed, I hope we will be camping in it for our annual New Year's Beach trip. Lots to do! Are there any tricks to posting pictures here on the forum?
Kathy and Joe