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Old 11-29-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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New guy from Denmark, Europe.

Hello everyone !

Name's Lars, I'm from Copenhagen Denmark.

Just yesterday I fulfilled a dream about owning an Airstream motor-home.
The deal was finalised Sunday, but I have yet the see the thing.
It's in New Mexico... and I'm 5230 (!) miles away
here in freezing snow-covered Copenhagen


It's an 1977 28' Argosy in, what I believe is, pretty good shape.
Here's a few pics so you experts can get an idea about it:

I'm new to motor-homes, but I did some 20 back have a trailer-type
camper. It was a very small, late sixties Danish build thing that I completely rebuild.
Unfortunately I can only find these pics:

Yep, you've guessed it: I like old stuff.
For the last 30 years I have been messing with first old cars
and then old motorcycles.
Here's some of the bikes I've rebuild:

My 1979 6 cylinder Honda CBX 1000 Supersport
that I took from this: this:

My 1954 BSA 650cc

...that I am in the process of rebuilding ( for the second time during my ownership )

Then my 1976 Supercharged Honda GL100 Goldwing
that went from this: this:

...and lastly my 1939 INDIAN engined 600cc supercharged
Land Speed Racer that I build from the ground up
and air-freighted to the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer I guess I'm somewhat prepared
for the challenges of maintaining and fixing this 33 years
old motor-home contraption, but I'm gonna' need a lot
of help with this new-to-me motor-home thingy.

Now ( phew...finally ! ) the reason for buying that wonderful
thing: I want to come back next year to Bonneville
make a loooooong tour around that beautiful country of yours
like I did some 30 years ago as a VERY young man.

I want to have a more exiting life so I put the house up for sale,
downscaling my expenses so I can fly over each year in the future
...step into my Argosy and go touring and touring and touring.

Doesn't that sound like a nifty plan ?

I will be back with a ton of questions if you will allow me to
pick your brains.

Thank you for having me here.
I'm looking forward to some interesting conversations
with what appears to be a friendly bunch of folks here.

Please excuse me if my writing sometimes looks
like something you'd expect from a 11 year old
slightly disturbed kid.
English is not my mother tongue.

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Old 11-29-2010, 10:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to the AS forums and what a great looking rig. We live in WA ST USA and own a 1978 27 ft Argosy travel trailer. You can view it in the registry under jjustice.

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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That Argosy should fill the bill for 'touring' the USA...

I like your BSA Cafe, sweet bike!

I've got an old Honda CX500 that I'd like to convert to a Cafe bike - I see on the Net that the CX500 platform has been used in Europe for economical Cafe conversions...

Northern California
Ray & Pat; Morada, CA
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:43 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum, and I believe your command of the English language is greater than mine.

Your plan sounds like a fantastic one. I hope you will continue to keep all of us updated on your adventure!
Craig and Carol
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:02 PM   #5
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With all your experience rebuilding, you'll soon be telling us how to fix things...
Congratulations on your new rig and from the sound of your plan I think you will be having a more interesting life very quickly!

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Old 11-29-2010, 02:37 PM   #6
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Welcome Lars,
Surprised you would still be in Denmark this time of year, right now about 1/3 of this country has perfect weather. LoL
PS. that 28 would be my choice if my copilot didn't insist on walk around bed, it would even fit in my garage while the land yacht is too big.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #7
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Lars- lykke til med prosjekten, og velkommen til AS klubben. Jeg bodde i Kobenhavn da jeg var ung mann, midt paa 70-tallet. Laerte meg ikke Dansk den gangen men laerte meg Norsk midt paa 80-tallet. Du kan gjerne sende meg en "pm" hvis du vil.
Good looking Argosy, shouldn't need much work at all. Will you keep it parked in New Mexico for your annual visits? Sounds fun! -tim
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:59 PM   #8
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Welcome to these forums Lars, we love and are impressed with how you can put things together...thats true appreciation.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:07 PM   #9
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My mother was Danish, and I spent an interesting 6 months as a young man in the Old Country in the '60's. I vividly remember the dreary day in December when I boarded a 2,000 ton freighter, with my BMW R-60 motorcycle in Copenhagen for the two week voyage to the New World. (my ticket specified New York or first U.S. Atlantic Port)

I remember the old Nimbus 4 cylinder motorcycles, my last motorcycle was a 1938 Indian 4 cylinder that I bought as a basket case for $25 and eventually sold for a modest 14,000% profit

Occasionally, around the campfire, when uninhibited from consuming a little too much whiskey, I tell tales of my ascent up Denmark's higest peak.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:16 PM   #10
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Welcome to May I say that you have no need to apologize for your English skills, they are top-flight.

I would also add that your photographic skills are second to none; your shots are all crystal-clear, well-composed, and perfectly lit. Kudos to you on that, you have obviously taken an interest in photography along your path towards Octane Nirvana.

And, as you may have already noticed, there is Danish heritage here in North America, too

Glædelig jul og Godt Nyt År! A bit early, but I need the practice.

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:04 PM   #11
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Lad os vide, når du kommer så vi kan hilse velkommen dig her.

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Old 11-29-2010, 08:11 PM   #12
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elcomway ota etha orumsfa

(I felt left out--pig latin is my second language) Welcome!

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Old 11-29-2010, 09:10 PM   #13
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Welcome,'re a perfect fit for this group! And don't worry...Airstream wasn't the mother tongue for any of us, but we manage to get along famously. Your plan is exciting, by the way!
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:31 AM   #14
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Wow! Your bikes are beautiful. You have superb technical skills and design skills too. The Argosy motorhome is indeed in good hands.

I also enjoy motorcycling. My two main rides are a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST and a 2000 Ducati 750SS: My guest ride is a 1986 BMW k75T.

Welcome to the Forum.

Stop by when you are touring here and we will take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the best motorcycling roads in the world. It is only 30 miles from my home.


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