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Old 11-03-2009, 08:33 PM   #29
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Hi Tom,

What a great find! It looks beautiful...now I want to see interior pics! Maybe just get a disco ball be done with decorating. Stayin' Alive!

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Old 11-03-2009, 08:48 PM   #30
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Welcome to the 70's

Congrats on the new purchase. It's great when the search is over!
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:56 AM   #31
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Congradulations! Having big fun with ours.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:14 PM   #32
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Congradulations! Having big fun with ours.
Thanks. I keep coming across the pics of yours on various adventures. Love your 22' with the additional windows, but we're happy to have ours.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:32 AM   #33
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Somewhat Extreme Makeover

I took the trailer to Frank's Trailer Works to get a bunch of renovations and updates done.

As Pink Floyd said, "You can't have any pudding until you eat your meat." In that vein, we wanted to make sure the structure of the trailer was straight as well as addressing cosmetics. All signs pointed towards a solid trailer - I had only a handful of recently popped rivets, and those could easily be blamed on the sagged out axle.

Surprise! When Frank went to rivet the sagging belly pan, one of the crossmembers moved, and the other one was missing. Two crossmembers had weld failures where their gussets attached to the main rails. Frank installed two stiffer crossmembers as well as reinstalling the original two. (I went from an original five, with only three in place, to seven crossmembers in all.) This improved some of the typical aluminium floor sag, given that Argosy added lightness by not using that many crossmembers.

After finding that unsettling surprise, the whole belly pan came down. The frame was checked over and painted with rust enscapulator. Now I know I have a solid trailer.

I also had a Henschen axle installed. To my way of thinking, it was a few hundred dollars more, but over the 20 year lifespan, that added cost just didn't matter that much. Plus, it's "plug and play," saving me on labor. I got the original geometry but went to a 3500 lb axle (instead of the OEM 3200 lbs.) My old axle was way sagged-out; the trailer went up about 3" and it tows even better than it did. So smooth over bumps.

With that stuff addressed, on to the pretty pictures:



We hated the tatty blue outdoor carpet that came in our coach. Other Minuet owners also stressed using a laminate floor to add some rigidity and protection to the aluminium/foam composite floor. So we had Marmoleum Click installed. Yellow wasn't our first pick - we bought it majorly discounted online - but it turned out wonderfully. It really brightens up the small space, making it seem even bigger.



I had a local upholstery shop recover the cushions. Gone is the ugly plaid. Now the cushions are done in Ultraleather and a nice green fabric with a subtle pattern. The fabrics are from newtoto.com - great service, and great prices.

I also had the table and the dinette and gaucho endcaps redone in a silver laminate with a very subtle houndstooth pattern. They are modern, yet neutral, needed given all of the other colors, including the OEM orange countertop.



We had the gaucho done too. I reupholstered the front of the gaucho frame. (Staple guns are fun!)



I got rid of the plood insert in the original Dometic - Frank put in a matching piece of the table/dinette end laminate. My wife thought this was a silly twitch of mine, but she came around - it looks so much more modern. (Guess I should update the knobs on the tambour sink cabinet and fix that rusty furnace vent.)



Another silly thing I wanted was a modern Marinco shore power plug. I hated the stiff cord in the bumper cabinet (which was rebuilt with a new floor).

Lots of other stuff was done - a new top-of-the-line Fantastic Vent with remote, a Wave 6 cat heater, putting a patch over the open hole for long-gone furnace exhaust, and lots and lots of sealant to fix multiple leaks. (Inland Andy is right - it's a good idea to make sure the trailer is waterproof first.)

We're thrilled with the changes. It looks much more modern inside and we're happy to know the frame isn't going to snap in half. It tows wonderfully behind the Odyssey, our favorite road trip car ever.

There is always more to do (the definition of vintage, next to "money pit") - it could use a repaint and badge polishing, aluminium tambour overhead doors would be nice, and I'm tempted by a SMEV oven - but it's a long way from where we started 8 months ago.

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Gorgeous Tom!


(I never knew the tambours came with knobs.)
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:43 AM   #35
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You have really....REALLY...done a nice job. I like your plans too.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:48 AM   #36
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(I never knew the tambours came with knobs.)
The overhead lockers don't, but the bathroom and kitchen sinks have a decidedly mid-70s nautical-brass-kitsch knob on them.

Don, now I fully understand why you're having extensive work done to VT...

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:52 AM   #37
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You have really....REALLY...done a nice job. I like your plans too.
Thanks! I wanted to say the same about your 21' Sovereign, after seeing it in Classifieds. You must be sad to sell that trailer. If I didn't have this one...

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Sexy!!

Looks Good Tom!!! congrats! Can't wait to see it!
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I took the trailer to Frank's Trailer Works to get a bunch of renovations and updates done....

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Old 04-29-2010, 09:32 AM   #40
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Wow, that looks fantastic. Frank's Trailer Works does some excellent work.

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Nice - those small touches make a big difference. Love the replacement panel on the fridge!
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:26 AM   #42
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I realized I never posted a "before" picture of the interior in this thread. Here it is:



It's a huge difference. I'm very happy with the work Frank did. (I was remiss in not stating that above.) He kept me informed with progress and costs (no surprises there), controlled project creep (even with the framework surprise), and was an invaluable aid in making design decisions.

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