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Old 01-07-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Trapped blind in Argosy.

Hi fellow Airstreamers;

After very expensive and lengthy remodel of my 1973 26' Argosy, there is one issue I can no longer tolerate. With my wraparound sofa in the front and removable table directly across from entry door I feel blind. Reason? No window in the door to look outside. This bothers me, because we often have folks knocking on the door after admiring our trailer from outside and wanting to peek inside. Kitchen window is virtually useless to see who is at the door, and I do not relish the idea of my wife opening the door when she is alone. This is very important especially when we are boondocking. Some of you may not like what I am about to do, but I decided to put a vista window in the door. I have ordered a used unit from RVReviwe. Yes, I know it is too long. Having a fully equipped welding shop we will cut it down and re-weld to 24" in length. Pending where the vertical curvature will make a better fit we will install it just below or above top inner cross member in the door. Problem solved. What do you all think? Thanks "Boatdoc"
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Stupid question - is the door in an Argosy different from a door from a same-era Airstream? You could get a door with a window and paint it to match the trailer.

Not that you don't have the resources to do what you propose, but another door might be easier...

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Old 01-07-2011, 01:08 PM   #3
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I like the idea and I'm envious you are setup to weld aluminum. You've got to post pixs of course.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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Stupid question - is the door in an Argosy different from a door from a same-era Airstream? You could get a door with a window and paint it to match the trailer.

Not that you don't have the resources to do what you propose, but another door might be easier...

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Hi Tom; Yes. they would fit but I hate the idea of spending a $800.00 plus shipping for something I can take enjoy doing. Besides, my door fits perfectly now after lengthy tweaking and is already match painted. This way I have to paint only the frame. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
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The one thing missing in my excella II. A window in the door. I love the daylight. Sal.
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I like the idea of a window in the door, but 24" wide seems too big to me. That would leave you only about 2" of skin on each side. I like the porthole look that some others have added to their doors.

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Old 01-07-2011, 01:55 PM   #7
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I like the idea and I'm envious you are setup to weld aluminum. You've got to post pixs of course.
It is a shame you are across the country, otherwise you could benefit from it being close. The whole idea materialized itself about twenty two years ago. Being in a boat business we were replacing aluminum components costing $1200.00 because of small fracture in casting. After talking on a couple occasions to Miller representative, he made me sign on couple of dotted lines for $17.000.00 for fully equipped set up. For the whole year I was very sick being downed by buyers remorse. On the closing of the third year the buyers remorse left me, because I have become a full owner of the equipment. Doing many different compositions of aluminum, we quickly learned what works best with what. But till this day I do not have a MIG set up and all work is done with TIG. Liquid cooled Tig torch allows me to have more control while welding and that is what I like about TIG. My new Stainless Steel frame was done with Tig. Thanks "Boatdoc"
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The one thing missing in my excella II. A window in the door. I love the daylight. Sal.
Hi Sal; I'm glad that I am not alone. "Boatdoc"
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I guess we just have to wait for warmer weather and use the screen door. Sal.
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I like the idea of a window in the door, but 24" wide seems too big to me. That would leave you only about 2" of skin on each side. I like the porthole look that some others have added to their doors.

Keep us updated with pictures!
Hi Richard;
The 24" has not been defined yet as final width. Pending what is going to look good after we cut the frame to 24" it may have to be cut again. I much rather cut three times than to make it look too small. The frame is 12" high overall, glass I believe is 8" tall. Because of overall height which I do not intend to change, the width may have to be played with in order to obtain good appearance. You have brought up very good point. Thanks Richard. "Boatdoc"
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I guess we just have to wait for warmer weather and use the screen door. Sal.
What warm weather are you talking about? We camp even after State camp sites close. My wife wants to spend Christmas this year camping. She loves cold weather, claims that it is rejuvenating. Is he fibbing me? "Boatdoc"
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I love all the seasons, but I like the warm ones more. Warm enough to leave the door open. Sal.
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...Some of you may not like what I am about to do, but I decided to put a vista window in the door...
adding a 'door-window' to 70s streams is very common.

the problem however with a window is PRIVACY when desired.

the advantage to using the proper window is that they came WITH pull down shades,

or shades can be added after the fact and inside the inner door skin.

here's a pic of a 70s unit with a door-window installed years after the build.

http://cdn.airforums.com/forums/atta...6&d=1208461828

there were no issues with tweaking the door fit, the window was very simple to install,

and looked original.

btw the open window just a few feet aft is IN the shower stall,

that window was also done years after manufacture.

using an old vista view simply means tweaking it so as not to look ouTTa place...

just a few years ago the winick stream came with a rOund doOr windOw.

but dont' forget the shade/privacy issue.

another approach which might serve many needs is a wireless 12v low light monitor with lcd screen inside.

this could be done with 2 cameras (1 per side) and really improve the sense of awareness/security.

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Hey, Harvey the Rabbit is leaning up against that moho, 2Air!

Saaay, wait a minute: I recognize that hand!!

I'd love to have a window in our '74 Sov's door too, but mebbe that cam/monitor is worth trying...
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