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Old 02-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #15
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Yes thank you for the great info! Fabulous. Mine are sort of yellow in color as well. Yellow, gold and avocado green seem to be the original colors. I pulled off covers and the original upholstery was in place.

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Old 02-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #16
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The original plastics were a slightly off white, but they turn what I call "Old Banana Yellow" with time, even when out of the light. If you look at your vinyl coated metal interior skin you will see what is close to the original white color of the yellowed plastics such as the refrigerator vent and AC cover and some of the early end caps. Somewhere in the mid 70's AS started to use a different plastic on the end caps which did not yellow the same way, so if your end caps are quite white, they are not the same as mine were. The white Tambour doors most all yellowed to some degree, no matter when made.

The only yellow that I know of used on original units was similar to the plastic laminate countertop on my '71 Caravel. It was (and is) a very light yellow, but not that old banana yellow the plastic and White Tambour ages to.

The photos I posted look very nice, and honestly, the actual interior job looks as good in person as the photos. It is easy to be fooled by photos of re painted interiors, but in this case the Krylon Fusion makes the plastic look literally like new. Just do it carefully, using lots of light coats, don't try to put one heavy one on. If you do you will not be happy at all.

In the later 70's the grim Avocado Green was used extensively on countertops, fabrics, carpets, and even stoves and sinks. The only thing to do with that is to replace it. Now, I am opinionated, I hate that color.

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Old 03-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #17
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Idroba, how are the painted tambours holding up? I want to paint mine but am worried that it will have to been done every year or two. Is there any issues that you can see up to now? Thanks so much.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:24 PM   #18
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Ok, My 1978 Argosy 24 was missing the 6 storage bins in the storage area across from the Full Size Bed.

There are now 6 BRAND NEW bins that fit perfectly into the sliders. They measure 15 x 20 x 5 and JUST clear the door with no trimming required. THE BINS ARE GRAY AND ARE NOT ORIGINAL. The bins are extremely heavy duty, very rigid plastic tote bins used in the restaurant business made by Rubbermaid.

Here's the best part: they cost $6.88 each!

Rubbermaid 3349-92 Plastic Bus Box Gray 20" x 15" x 5" (FG334992)


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Old 03-23-2014, 12:46 PM   #19
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No photos yet (I'll post soon--in AZ with daughter now), but we painted the whole interior, cabinets and all, in our Argosy. Used Kilz as primer over the dreadful vinyl contact "paper" after a good cleaning and some light scuffing up with sandpaper. If you have curling vinyl, a hair dryer works well to soften brittle vinyl so it can be peeled if removal is necessary. When we did this to the bathroom closet door, we found we could sand it and finish--has a very contemporary, Danish look now.

Some of our panels were in unsightly shape with the peeled vinyl having pulled off large splinters of the luan 1/4" paneling (before we figured out to soften with hair dryer), so we replaced them with 1/4" birch that I finished in amber shellac. That process involved removing many rivets and re-riveting the cabinet structural pieces back onto trailer walls.

A high quality latex enamel (which can be had in a low gloss version) goes over the Kilz. Also, we didn't mask. We paint cabinet panels in place carefully and remove NEWLY dried over paint off of the aluminum with fingernails (works best) or when finger nails can't or won't do the job, use an orange stick like manicurists use to scrap off from aluminum.

The interior endcaps had already been painted when we acquired our Argosy with cheaper latex paint, but no sign of an problems even so after 4 years (time span per FO). However, we are left with visible brush stroke marks under our own re-painting. Moral: use high quality paint when painting.

I did leave one original vinyl panel in the interior of an overhead bin to remind me of just how the Argosy looked "before"...

If we ever are so lucky as to re-furbish another Argosy of early 70's vintage, we plan ro remove all the panels and replace with birch. The virtues of doing this are 1) much improved looks and 2) by re-riveting the whole interior is more stable. We were surprised at how the original rivets had, in the main, loosened over time.

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