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Old 10-08-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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Hello! From PA

Hello! I just bought a '74 Airstream Argasy. Made in '73? I find very similar campers when I search '73.
This baby needs just a little work. I hope the pic attaches!
A couple of questions:
Has anyone done an exterior paint job themselves?
Any suggestions on curtain replacement? There are these little broken clip type things that were used.
Thank you so much!
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:33 PM   #2
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The nice thing about painting it yourself is you can choose whatever colors or detail you desire. Here is an example:

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Old 10-08-2016, 01:03 PM   #3
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Actually...

The paint doesn't look too bad. Just looks dirty. I'd be careful what you wash it with. Maybe Simple green for starters.

I think a see a bit of rust on the end caps which isn't surprising. The end caps on Argosys are galvanized steel as opposed the rest of the trailer which is aluminum.

Sherwin Williams makes a paint that you can roll on.( DM something ??) Just sand off all rust and loose paint. Before painting, caulk the seams with NON silicone caulk. There are two brands of caulk that are popular to use. Vulkem, which is grey, and TremPro 365 which comes in white, and is what I used on my white Argosy.

I ordered the 365 from a autopart chain store, that are all over the country.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:10 PM   #4
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Also…..

If your awning is Sunbrella fabric that ZipDee Awning uses, you are in luck.

Mine was FILTHY when I bought it. It cleaned up with a hose, without even using soap.


The bad news is that your appliances, if they are original, are on their last legs.
The fridge is the most important thing to look into, as it uses dangerous ammonia gas in it's coils. Check for a greenish/goldish " ooze " leaking from the fridge coil on the back of the fridge, which is accessible from an exterior access door, located behind the fridge
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:18 PM   #5
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Oh yeah curtains..

There is a woman in Eastern Pa that makes curtains for about $500

She works out of her home and likes to work by mail.

Her number is 800 813 7686


BTW….Curtains and upolstery ( -2 points for spelling ) are last on the list of things to address

Tires , brakes, and bearings are usually the first on the list.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:27 PM   #6
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Uhmm….

This baby needs just a little bit of work. ( ??????)

Hope it's just a little. They can be a money pit. ( the things I already mentioned and….rotten floor, rusty frame, batteries, furnace, charger, the dent, axle, water heater, water pump )

Airstream doesn't make the appliances. It's the same junk that comes with lesser quality RVs.
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:43 AM   #7
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Flowerchild,

Welcome to the forums. I've seen the little clips for the curtains available from Vintage Trailer Supply and from Inland RV. Both are online and have always been good to work with. There are several different styles depending on your model and year of trailer.

We hope you enjoy your project and using it afterwards. Please post some more photos as you progress,

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Old 10-09-2016, 08:52 AM   #8
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Welcome from southern Ontario,
Love to see some more pics of your trailer.
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Thank you so much! I learned a great deal from you. Yes, the appliances are all original and still work. I'll check on the fridge tomorrow.
Also I'll look at the awning tomorrow.
Pretty much everything is original that's inside.
My children will want to sleep in it next weekend, I'm sure of it.
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Thank you to everyone! Still learning how to use this forum. ��
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If your floor and frame are intact you've got a solid trailer that is worth restoring.

The only appliance I wouldn't use is the furnace. They rust internally and can leak carbon monoxide in to the trailer.
The fridge and AC are original on my '77 and still work.
The water heater and water pump had to be replaced due to poor winterizing and I replaced the converter because it was noisy and under our bed.

Good luck!
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Thank you! The furnace does not work. I was going to use a space heater for the time being.
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Like cars, the model year often begins before the calendar year. Basically, that means if stricter standards go into effect, the vehicle is in compliance with those standards. Welcome to the group, and be sure to check out the Wally Byam Airstream Club at www.wbcci.org to meet other proud Argosy owners near you. Great source of tips, information, as well as fun trips in real time with real people!


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