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  1. CapnTom
    05-10-2010 07:19 AM
    Yes...I did do a shell off floor replacement. The frame was fine. My unit has the original pipe design...that being a steel pipe the length of the trailer with aluminum cross members riveted to the pipe using pieces of aluminum angle. However, my frame was modified by a previous owner and a steel ladder type A frame was added to the front section from the wheel carriage assembly forward. All was in good shape. And a nice job was done on the modification. It all looks very recent/new.
  2. CapnTom
    03-29-2010 11:33 AM
    Thanks. It was a lot of work. and yes I did all those things. I did a shell off floor replacement so I had to remove the lower skins to do this. So,while the skins were half off I opted to replace all of them. I was inspired by David Winicks 48 Flying Cloud. I wanted the new brushed aluminum look. I polished the endcaps and the rest is 6061 T6 Bare .025" Aluminum. The original skins were 2024 T3 Alcald .025" and were painted. Another reason I opted to replace them. They were layered in paint and had many many holes where things were attached and removed over the years. I got the metal at Airparts Inc. I got them in 4' x 12' .025" rolls and cut to the size I needed. Most of my large cuts and bending was done by a local sheet metal shop and the cost was minimal.
    The interior is still not complete yet. All the panels and electrical are in but now I am in the process of building the interior cabinets and such. Fashioned after the 1949 A/S Liner "Tradewind" interior.
  3. bookstax
    08-23-2009 07:58 PM
    Ours doesn't seem to have floor rot. It is solid throughout. I think we got lucky because this Argosy was kept in a barn most of the time. When it wasn't in the barn, it lived in a driveway, but the plumbing wasn't really used much, so there didn't seem to be much opportunity for leaking and the subsequent rot. We're removing all the wall paper because so much of it was coming off. These areas are the walls between the kitchen and bedrooms and the bedrooms and the bathroom. We're stripping the paper, removing the remaining glue and staining the walls. We aren't quite sure when we're getting the outside painted. We've talked briefly with a business near us that does custom car paint, but can do aluminum or fiberglass things-- like boats and trailers. We're not in a position to do it ourselves because it requires sprayers we don't own. That is going to be a big cost, so we're waiting on that for a while. We also can't decide on the color we want.

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    South Carolina
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