Wow, thanks for all the compliments everybody. I'm glad that the thread is helping others to get ideas and inspiration. And I am hoping we start to get some real good use out of the rig. We have a membership down at Indian Cove in Virginia beach and will be parking it down there for our first two weeks starting the end of this month ending on the weekend of the 4th. I think that will be our shakedown of all our systems and mods and hopefully everything will work well or at least will be easy and quick fixes. I'm not sure where we will be going this summer and fall, I'd like to try and take it down to Hatteras for a long weekend. I'd also like to do a rally in the future, not sure if there is going to be one around the mid Atlantic or east coast area.
As for the floor, I had noticed that there is a dip in the floor in-between the metal cross supports of the frame. I chalk it up to suspending 3/4" ply across a 48" span, it's just not going stay flat. It's one of those design considerations made to reduce weight and cost. Adding another layer of wood on top would make the floor a bit stiffer but I doubt would remove the low spots and I'm not planning on pulling the belly pan off again in the near future to try and brace it up. I'ts worked ok like this for 40 years, so I think it will be ok for us down the road. As for pulling up the old parquet, I think that will end up being a 2 day job based on how much time it took to pull the few tiles I replaced. Some sort of vinyl plank or other non wood surface is probably how we'll go.
I'm already starting to plan out Phase 3. Besides the floor change, the gaucho will be departing to be replaced by some nice lounge recliners and maybe a folding table in the middle or some fold out tables on the side.
For maintenance, the front window will need to be gone over and whatever has caused leaks in the past will be corrected. The interor ceiling and walls will get some paint as will the cabinetry below the twin bunks. Way too dark like the rest of the trailer.
The original overhead light fixtures may go, to be replaced with one or more fantastic or maxi fans and I'm going to put more LED strip lighting in provide a "ceiling wash" effect similar to what I got with the lights in the curtain valences. I plan on leaving the overhead cabinets with a gap at the top and mounting the led strip on top to achieve that effect.
I'm also going to live with the current low profile dometic AC over the summer and see if it is going to be an issue with getting a good nights sleep or if we want to go with a split system mounted in the front similar to what SmokelessJoe did with his argosy. As always it will be a trade off between wants and needs vs. time and money available. Time and money usually wins out any argument.