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Old 07-24-2009, 04:43 AM   #581
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If BO or anyone else is looking for a beautifully ďcontemporizedĒ classic trailer, I might offer my whole unit Ė the completely remade ARGOSY, the Mercedes SPRINTER and the MINI Cooper.

As others are pointing out here, the cost to achieve such craftsmanship and originality exceeds new but I donít expect to recover everything thatís been poured into this.

Check it out here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...tml#post628818

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OhMyGosh!!! Sergei!! you've lost that much interest in your beautiful project!?!? Will you still make it to New Haven so I can buy you some pizza?

Good luck with your sale, although I have to say it's a tough market for good units like mine so trying to sell a Really good unit like yours might be harder. Everyone wants a deal. Will you please pm me what you think you're going to ask for yours? I think I am asking a very fair price for mine, perhaps I'm to high. Many other's so I'm not though.

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Old 07-25-2009, 02:14 PM   #582
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Lanny sold his invention to Thetford

This week I learned that the Sani-Con Waste Management System that I installed in the trailer a couple years ago (see posts 526 and 529 above) has become a division of the Thetford Corporation.


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So, my Dometic toilet is now being managed by the competition.

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Old 07-25-2009, 02:38 PM   #583
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Need some from 70's trailer owners-

I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.

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I canít figure out how to configure a new one.

Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?

Many thanks,


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Old 07-28-2009, 06:16 PM   #584
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Cottage Industry, Part 2

In March í08 I posted a photo of the sub structure for the galley exhaust and shelving that Vince had helped me build on my kitchen table out at Port Bruce. (post #416, page 30 above)

Now, SIXTEEN MONTHS later, we are finishing up the unit at my make shift shop at the Aylmer fairgrounds.

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Boatdoc once said on these pages that it helps to have a proper shop.

Hereís my tool shed just inside the Cattle Barn:

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Oh well, Wiltsie Truck Bodies is just a few minutes away and always willing to cut or bend a piece of metal.

We got the shelf up in the trailer today. It looks pretty sharp.

Iíll post a photo soon.


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Old 07-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #585
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Sergei, I was surprised and a bit saddened by the announcement of your intention to sell your beautiful rig. I hope that you are able to finish it up, and take it out for at least a short tour, before making a final decision on it.

If you do manage to make it to Austin, I will "up" my offer to include both Tex-Mex and BBQ, with margaritas and beer to accompany of course. I'll even thrown in a Keep Austin Weird t-shirt for you if you like, just for the chance to visit with you.


Hope all is well with you and yours.

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Old 07-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #586
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I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.
Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?
I need to make one for my Sovereign too, and would also appreciate a few good photos so I can see how it's supposed to go.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:11 PM   #587
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No picture, how about a drawing with instructions?

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I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.

I canít figure out how to configure a new one.

Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?

Many thanks,

Sergei
Well, here's a shot from the 1977 Airstream Service Manual. The steps appear to be quite similar to yours. They call the first (lowest) step an "Auxilliary (Optional)" one.



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Old 08-01-2009, 02:38 PM   #588
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Grant,

The good information Aage submitted will probably allow us to rehabilitate our steps without trouble.

When we didn't get replies here on the main thread, I started another here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f475...ase-54371.html

There's good information there too.

The shelf and table are both up and your work looks terrific. I'll post photos soon.

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Old 08-09-2009, 04:41 PM   #589
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My kinda ďcampingĒ

ďCampingĒ at the Aylmer Fairgrounds while I complete the trailer is just great.

Iím in the shade of 2 or 3 giant old trees, just in front of the Cattle Barn, alongside the old racetrack.

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Things will be even nicer once I get a black Zip Dee awning.

The fairgrounds are in the middle of the town, close to everything, but nevertheless secluded. I love it.

This is the way I hope to travel: parked behind somebodyís red barn or on a sports field somewhere, not in trailer parks.

All my systems Ė air conditioning, heating and cooking are humming along, working perfectly. My water and sewage disposal is about a 100í run, near the barn. My Sani Con macerator easily handles it.

The 163 rd annual edition of the Aylmer Fair is running this weekend so the Wiltsie brothers have allowed me to park my outfit over at their place for the few days.

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Iíll be back under the trees next week.


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Old 08-09-2009, 04:56 PM   #590
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Lovely rig, Sergei, just lively.

Makes me a bit nervous though, you parking under that big old tree. Old trees are known to often shed limbs in medium weather, which could provide some drama for you. But maybe I'm just being paranoid.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #591
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Hello Sergei.... Sure looks pretty... hope to see it some day... any chance you are headed this way ?
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:55 PM   #592
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Hello Friends,

Bernie, Marcus, Skip, Soldiermedic and some others saw my post on this recent thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ale-39559.html

and expressed concern, maybe dismay, that I was giving up on my project.

Iím not. Itís just that the thread served as a kind of reality check for me.

The reality is that I was 69 when I bought my first trailer, the Argosy. Thatís an age when some Airstream owners are already thinking of selling their coach.

Now, four years later but closer to completion, Iím at an age where a whole lot more owners have sold.

I didnít start out to build something to sell and I still hope to get out on the road with my really cool rig. And drink Texas wheat beer with Utee and eat pizza with Skip.

The agreeable nature of my situation at the Aylmer Fairgrounds this summer has helped bring back some of my enthusiasm as well.

But I have to face the fact that Iím getting older, not younger, my project has used up a lot of time and no one in my immediate family is interested in having the thing.

So, if someone looking for something classic but totally unique and original came along, particularly someone whoíd take the whole shooting match Ė the Mercedes, the Mini and the Argosy matching set- I might part with it.

But I hope they will come along after Iíve been out on the road for a time ..Ö..

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Hi Sergei,

I completely understand your reasoning, and I am certain you will make the best decision possible for yourself, your family, and your friends. Your campsite at the Fairgrounds looks lovely, I'd have a hard time leaving it too, especially during your summer!

Perhaps you'll get rolling down to the South when winter rolls around. If so, you obviously have plenty of online friends who'd love to meet you and chat about your adventures over some cold beverages.

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Old 08-10-2009, 10:02 AM   #594
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Hello Friends,

Bernie, Marcus, Skip, Soldiermedic and some others saw my post on this recent thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ale-39559.html

and expressed concern, maybe dismay, that I was giving up on my project.

Iím not. Itís just that the thread served as a kind of reality check for me.

The reality is that I was 69 when I bought my first trailer, the Argosy. Thatís an age when some Airstream owners are already thinking of selling their coach.

Now, four years later but closer to completion, Iím at an age where a whole lot more owners have sold.

I didnít start out to build something to sell and I still hope to get out on the road with my really cool rig. And drink Texas wheat beer with Utee and eat pizza with Skip.

The agreeable nature of my situation at the Aylmer Fairgrounds this summer has helped bring back some of my enthusiasm as well.

But I have to face the fact that Iím getting older, not younger, my project has used up a lot of time and no one in my immediate family is interested in having the thing.

So, if someone looking for something classic but totally unique and original came along, particularly someone whoíd take the whole shooting match Ė the Mercedes, the Mini and the Argosy matching set- I might part with it.

But I hope they will come along after Iíve been out on the road for a time ..Ö..

Sergei
Glad this horse has finally got out of the barn....but it looks like it is still penned up in the corral. Remarkable that a trailer project tread that has gotten 62,828 views and still has not hit the road to adventure. After all, that was the original purpose this machines where built.

I think Sergei will have more reason to keep and use this project trailer after it rediscovers the open road. Hope that happens before the FOR SALE sign gets taped on.

As to the age of Airstreamers giving up the travelling life for the rocker, I think Sergei needs to attend a few rallies and try to keep up with the 80 and 90 year young people we just camped with in Vermont this week. Some were travelling with their fifth trailer since the fifties and others had just started in their seventies.

One was John Fuller. He showed us photos of has first California whaletail pulled by a now classic 56' Buick roadmaster. While at this rally he helped set up events, decorated his trailer with full scale photos of the UCONN women's basketball team for the Rally sports theme contest. He also proformed opening and closing ceremonies that come with every Regional rally. I couldn't keep up with him either.

Another couple was there from South Carolina in their 1962 Bambi. They have owned it for the last 20 years and also own BMW motorcycles. I am guessing they are mid sixties. Just imagine where that trailer has been. At the beginning of the Vintage open house he walked over and asked if our trailer was Ohio built. Than said, "would you like to have this?" It was an Ohio 1962 licence plate. Very cool for vintage geeks like us.

Steve from Vintage Trailer Supply stopped by and shows us the new Wally Byam Caravan sign his is selling. Very nice. Rich Luhr did a show on National Parks and Colin Hyde was there and spoke on structural challenges on trailers. Excellent presentations. Maybe we will see Sergei at a rally someday with a presentation on his project?

So we hope this technology platform hits the road and get it's high proformance sneakers a little dirty at a campground or rally someday soon.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #595
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Hi Marvin and Annie. Nice to hear from you. Are you guys in Peterborough for the summer? When will you head out for Texas?


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Old 08-10-2009, 02:30 PM   #596
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Hello Sergei.... Yes we are home in Peterborough until Oct 8 and then we head to Texas... Going to the Lombardy for Labor Day w/e with the Ontario WBCCI... you might want to join us..
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:45 PM   #597
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Good Customer Relations

Last week the handle on the Dometic SeaLand Concerto toilet (it both provides water to the bowl and operates the flush mechanism) snapped off in my hand.

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I was astonished to see that the shaft it was attached to on this $600 toilet was made of PLASTIC and called the factory in Ohio.

( It's unlikely that a steel shaft would ever have snapped in two)

The receptionist began to steer me to their distributor in Canada but when I mentioned my concern about the plastic shaft she quickly switched me to Customer Relations. They equally quickly sent out a free flush mechanism, which tells me that this might be a known issue with the toilet.

I received it on the second day.

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I didnít ask for a new handle, thinking I could remove the broken stub of the plastic shaft. This proved impossible. When I called again, they sent a new handle for free too.

I asked for the name of the president of the company and Iím going to send him the broken pieces because the replacement looks no different from the original.

I may be wrong; maybe theyíve addressed the issue with a different plastic but it isn't steel. If the president is as 'on top of things' as his Customer Relations department he will follow up on this.

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Sergei,
A short two months before my mother-in-law pasted away at the age of 89 she hitched up her trailer and went solo for a two week trip up to B.C. It's what kept her young! We'll be having no more of this I'm to old cr*p

-Bernie

PS. You've done the hard part. Now it's time to retire and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:17 PM   #599
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Back at the Fairgrounds

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More than fifty years ago Frank Wiltsie started his truck body business using these old wooden scaffolds, long retired. Iíve borrowed them to install the radio and TV antennas.

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The radio antenna gives the old Argosy a contemporary look. The roof is filthy dirty. While we have the scaffold up Iíll borrow Vinceís power washer to clean it.

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Iím building the aluminum housing for the radio receiver on my tree-shaded workbench.


Roaring hot outside these August days. Cool as a cucumber in the LG cooled interior.

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This is the galley shelf and housing for the extractor fan. The construction is entirely tube and sheet aluminum except for the laminate top and wood trim that DavidsonOverlander did for me.


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The kitchen is complete now except for a small piece of trim where the backsplash meets the wall, near the coffee machine.


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