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Old 01-18-2020, 07:29 PM   #1
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78 Minuet " Blue Crush" Renovations

Hello again. Now that I have found my way to the correct spot, I will catch you up to date as to our progress via which briefly outlines where we got to by the beginning of November this year. We acquired the Minuet in March of '19 during the last big snowstorm of the season in SD but had to wait to have a new axle shipped and for hubby to return to SD to install before towing it home to Ontario, Canada. By mid November, our Airstream MH friend from Peterborough came to assist with manouvering the 8.5' trailer into the 8' opening into our neighbour's garage. Yes the wheels came off, and the hubs, and the backer plates. Then they lowered the axle onto dollies and very, very slowly moved it into the present worksite. We have very generous neighbors!!!! As I was still working, hubby, when he was able, continued the demo, leaving floors and walls in place until we could assess the structure. Then "Chemo Interuptus" halted our progress for a month. Over that month we completed our house kitchen. In the process of replacing 22+ year old appliances I decided I didn't want a propane stove in the trailer, so we got an induction cooktop, which would pose its own renovation inquiries and issues in the new year.

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Old 01-18-2020, 07:57 PM   #2
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Well, I'm going to subscribe to this project and help where I can, although I've never worked on an Argosy.

Wow, that is a tight positioning job getting the trailer into the workshop. That in itself is more than I could do.

I hope you can post pictures of the "start" of the project. Pictures are very helpful in figuring out what's going on.

Here is a photo of my 66 Trade Wind that I worked on in 2013 and 2014. I sold it cause it was done and needed something else to work on. But it was a fun trailer and I hope the new owners are enjoying it.

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Old 01-18-2020, 08:36 PM   #3
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A few days after Christmas we got back to work removing the lower interior wall panels, labelling them, of course and cutting out the very damp subfloor and the wet, wet, wet and stinky pink insulation from the two ends. Inital evaluation of the steel was positive however due to the wet conditions there was evidence of rust but thankfully no holes. Over New Years Eve and a few days into the new year, I wire wheeled, rust converted x2 and POR15 x2 all that was unveiled. The spare tire rack was solid. With a front to back section in the middle of the trailer floor also opened up, we decided to reinforce by bolting in some new steel. Thus began our frame on reconstruction. We worked methodically replacing the floor with 3/4 inch coosa board. Hubby routered the edges to fit into the C chanel. It was not an easy and very time consuming. Hubby opened up the belly pan at the front to secure bolts and nuts with new aluminum plates. We had to tie off bolts with a thread to fish them into position; thankfully he has very long arms to hold the bolts in place while I tightened the nuts above. What a chore!!! I am so very glad that is over. Notice the terrible condition of the wheel well covers. They were destroyed and broken in several areas, barely being held in place.
Once again "Chemo Interuptus". I am so humbled by what drives my hubby!!!!
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:05 PM   #4
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What great progress! Hang in there!

I think your choice of Coosa will prove invaluable in the long run - no more floor rot ever!

Check out the following threads regarding Airstream insulation, the best I have ever read on the subject:

Beats the pink stuff in every way.
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:44 AM   #5
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Hubby report:
The condition of the frame really surprised me, with absolutely no rust on the outriggers and just a tiny bit of surface rust from the axle forward where the frame came in contact with the plywood. There was a bit more rust from the axle back under the bathroom, which was to be expected, but still didn't require redoing any steel.
I guess my hunch at being out in a field in South Dakota paid off.
The extra steel bracing I installed was to provide support and keep the sheets flush to each other as they met in the middle of the trailer.
A PO had scabbed in a new piece of plywood near the door and the rear corner, under the shower.
Going Coosa is a no brainer; I love working with it, and it gives me piece of mind that it will never have to be repaired or replaced again. Will we get our money back.....heck yes.

I wanted to give my wife a solid foundation to a great trailer; perfect size for one person, with a lot of windows.

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ďItís a recession when your neighbor loses his job; itís a depression when you lose your own.Ē "Harry S Truman"
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:04 PM   #6
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I love the argosy’s. They are the same as the airstream, but different. Because they are painted, they are easier to maintain. One of these day’s I will find a 22’ er. You are well on your way. Keep having fun! And Keep posting!

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