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Old 02-05-2015, 08:31 AM   #71
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I could use the passenger side windshield or both sides if you part out.
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:32 AM   #72
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Hi birdsurfs, you raise a point that has been simmering away under the surface for a few months - what to do about the 28ft donor Argosy.

Parts that are very easy to remove, are not going to be an issue, and to be honest I am glad to send to new homes if folks want to cover the cost of shipping (I have already removed the small plastic rear light bezels and sent them to Belle). But the donor is parked up at an Airstream dealership, so they aren't going to let me start to part out on their premises (and if I had time to do so, I would be building the Argosy rather than getting someone else to do it), and they aren't in the business of parting out (I know some dealers are).

So it looks like there are going to be three options. Build something else with it (and I am looking at options, like building a 16ft 'Argosy shorty', akin to the shorty VW buses), pass it on to someone else to part out, scrap it.

I'm certainly happy to consider anything more creative, if folks have suggestions?
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:03 AM   #73
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Save it if you can of course but I could use the windshields if it gets parted
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:42 PM   #74
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Martin, your Argosy is looking fantastic!! This is a fun project to watch!!
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:16 PM   #75
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Martin,

I would like the 12V track light from the bedroom of the 345 if equipped. PM me if available.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:04 PM   #76
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Martin,

I would like the 12V track light from the bedroom of the 345 if equipped. PM me if available.
Did they install those in the Argosy Vycan? I don't remember seeing a track light and the donor is under approx 6ft of snow at the moment so is easy to see inside.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:28 PM   #77
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Our area as got hit quite badly with three snow storms in the last 20 days (and two more predicted over the 5 days) but I dug out our car and headed over to the shop. Main reason for heading over was the was a problem with the Formica laminate. I ordered a 48" x 96" sheet, a 30" by 96" roll and IdealEdge ogee trim, all matching, yet I received three different 'finishes'.....thanks Lowes!. Laminate issue resolved by sourcing new sheets, next stop was the mattress shop.

I can't recommend those guys (Mattress Maker of New England) highly enough. I took in two paper templates (both slightly different) for the new twin mattresses only 7 days ago. I had already chosen the composition during a previous visit (two layers of HQ 2.6 density foam - one layer firm (47lb compression) with a second layer of soft (27lb compression), covered in a 1" plush topper), but didn't expect them to turn the order around so quickly.

The mattresses fit perfectly, and only cost $250 each. Very happy with the result.

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Old 02-11-2015, 08:23 AM   #78
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Looks like a comfy little nest for sure..
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At the start of the re-build that was the one stipulation from by better half.....no-compromises, had to be have 'proper' beds.

I have a 'square' aspect ratio (ie nearly as wide as I am tall) and my wife is a 'back sleeper' so we needed over 30in of width. Even though both of us are quite short, we thought it was a 'personalization too far' to fit Hobbit length beds (even if it would have given us another 6in of closet space) so have ended up with two beds that are 76" by 32" - which seems to work.
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It looks great. Are you planning on any wall covering next to the beds? Ive read peoples complaints about how cold the bare aluminum is. Seems like a shame to cover that, looks so clean.
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Well we have a plan, which may not sit well with some folks. Firstly to complete the beds themselves we are having some some covers made from Sunbrella (much like used in the Flying Clouds) so when using the beds as a dinette we will be sitting on the covers. The next part is a little unorthodox; when sleeping we are going to use sleeping bags, not sheets/duvets. We have sourced some bags with cotton liners, and the rational is, if you are in a sleeping bag you are less likely to touch the wall anyway. More so when the sleeping bags are rolled up, they will go into covers we are having made (from the same Sunbrella fabric) and along with duplicate covers for the pillows, form the 'chair backs' when using the beds as a dinette - fortuitously the oversize sleeping bags role down to 36" by 12" , the same size as two king size pillows so each bed will have a pair of bolster pillows along the wall (when using as a dinette).

That said we also have a Plan B, which is Plan A plus some fitted bed bumpers. These are effectively side/headboards covered in the same Sunbrella, attached to the walls, upto just under the windows, using marine grade press studs (the guys making our covers and curtains etc are marine upholsters so used to making this sort of wall protector). These press studs are just riveted to the inner skins so can be added later if Plan A doesn't work.
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The weather has improved slightly in the Boston area, so we had a chance to drive over to the workshop and see how things are going.

I guess the guys have been a little distracted as pulling into the car park it is pretty obvious the storms had done some damage (the siding on one side of the building was buckled, and some of the showroom windows had caved in). Have to say I was pretty glad when I went inside and could see the damage appeared cosmetic and the workshop was intact.

That said the new kitchen cabinets and counter-top are in.



And the guys have also finished the matching Formica on the nightstand/pull out table.



The electrics are all in and under test, hence the Parallax converter/charger in the lower picture. That is temporarily sitting on the installed Magnum MMS1012 whilst they put the circuits through their paces.

As Tom the shop manager says.....moving right along.
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Nice! Very nice!
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Very Excited for you!
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