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Old 02-15-2024, 10:22 AM   #1
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Margot's facelift - '75 Argosy 26

We're not doing a full restoration, but a big update of the 'bones' of Margot.

We picked her up Feb 3 in better than I expected condition for $11,000, and immediately started ordering stuff like everyone does.

Axles, tires/wheels, fridge, curtains, mattresses are all either here already or on order.

Axles - Colin Hyde was excellent, from first e-mail to order placed was 4 days with 3-5 week lead time which is fine since it's still winder.

Tires/wheels - Discount Tire got me a set of Sendel T-02 in machined aluminum. This particular one is listed as 'Airstream approved' which made me chuckle, but hey, sure.

Fridge - Novakool R5810 which will fill the cavity width completely and give us some shelving space or we may make it a countertop area.

Curtains - a close friend of ours is a seamstress so those won't be much of an issue for her. Pattern/fabric to be decided soon.

Mattresses - I bought a king size memory foam that is currently expanding on my home office floor. We'll cut it for the double and twin beds.

Vent fans - I'll be removing the front/rear fans and installing Maxxfan deluxes with the rain guard. I'll leave the original center as-is, it does work, but we'll use it more for an air inlet I think if at all. I seriously doubt a 26' trailer needs 3x Maxxfans.

She tows very nicely behind my Chevy Colorado, and even nicer now since I installed a new Andersen WDH hitch this week.

The original Armstrong A/C still runs, suprisingly quiet too. The furnace I have not tested yet.

We're excited!!! I'll update this thread periodically.
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Old 02-15-2024, 10:54 AM   #2
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I forgot to mention paint.

I have experience shooting marine and auto paint - epoxy, single stage, and basecoat/clearcoat. I will probably go single stage for Margot due to the size to keep it simple.

We're thinking cream top/teal bottom.
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Old 02-15-2024, 03:06 PM   #3
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First wash in no telling how long.

There is some passenger rear top body damage that was repaired at some point - couldn't see it before the wash.
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Old 02-16-2024, 12:05 PM   #4
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Great trailer! We fulltime in a '75 24ft Argosy. Best trailer we have ever had.
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Old 02-27-2024, 11:56 AM   #5
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I got the call this morning that the new Dexter Axles are in town ready for delivery!

I've built new taillights - will create a new thread showing those. You can't get an exact fit lens but the next size up can be modded to work. I 3d modeled/printed new 'buckets' with new sockets/LED bulbs and they look great with the new LED clearance marker lights.
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Old 03-05-2024, 07:06 AM   #6
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The new taillights are installed/hooked up.

You can't buy the correct lens anymore so I bought the next size up and modded them, designed and 3d printed new buckets to install new 1157 sockets/LED bulbs. I changed the reverse lights to tail/stop lights also.

Pics.
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Old 03-09-2024, 07:24 PM   #7
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The fridge is out, after quite a few hours over a few weeks. I'm so ready to put the new Nova Kool 5.8 cu ft 12v-only in.
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Old 03-25-2024, 07:55 AM   #8
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We've been busy.

Margot got ankle (tires), knee (wheels), and pelvis (axles) replacements over the weekend. The first axle took me around 6 hours, the second was closer to 4. Straightforward but some work.

I replaced the KT lock with a Kohree which is not straightforward but with my fabrication experience it came out really well IMO. I modeled and 3d printed a spacer for inside it so the door doesn't crush though didn't take a pic of it.

The Nova Kool R5810 fridge is here - very nice unit. I need to build the cabinet for it this week but it should be easy.

The backup camera is mounted (I also modeled/3d printed a housing for it).

I fixed the broken cable for the vent hood damper, reattached the hood housing properly, etc.

My wife has the bedroom area primed/painted, new mattresses are cut and covered, couch has been recovered, curtains are in progress.

I made new LED porch and ceiling lights also.

So much going on, but we're on the upswing.

Shakedown trip is in 11 days, YIKES
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Old 04-04-2024, 06:57 PM   #9
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We're ready for our shakedown trip this weekend.

Weights are good, nice and level, tows great.
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Old 04-05-2024, 09:54 AM   #10
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I did hit a CAT scale yesterday also.

Trailer was 4520 with no water but full 2x 30lbs propane tanks. The new #11 Dexter axles are a bit heavier than the originals, but the rest of the trailer is still basically stock so it's a couple hundred more than I was expecting.

My Andersen hitch is transferring 60lbs to the trailer and 200lbs to the steer axle.

With my wife and I in the Colorado, full tank of gas, hitch on, we have ~500lbs left for gear in the bed which is plenty for what we're carrying.
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Old 04-09-2024, 07:32 AM   #11
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First weekend is in the books, just an awesome trailer so far.
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Old 04-09-2024, 12:28 PM   #12
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Argosy Envy

You turned this around very quickly and it's great to see it being out and camped in.

Did you remove the larger fridge cabinet completely and then build a new cabinet for the smaller Novacool?

Looks great!
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Old 04-09-2024, 12:37 PM   #13
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Yeah, the Nova Kool is just a tad wider than the 2-way was, but a ton shorter. I think the original was a 7 cu ft? The new is 5.8 with a small freezer section, 12V only. It's not cheap, but a really nice unit.

You can see the cabinet in this pic - it's still unfinished plywood but we plan to cover the top with formica (and redo the countertop also with the same pattern) and not sure for the side/front yet.

It's 3/4" birch plywood, pocket hole screws + glue, attached to the floor via some 2x4s that set the height and an aluminum radiused 90 degree bracket inside from the top of the cabinet to the wall. It's not going anywhere.
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Old 04-09-2024, 02:41 PM   #14
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Novacool Fridge

The cabinet looks good. You'll appreciate the extra counter space for sure!

All of the ply I used in the Airstream to build either replacement walls or the front dinette was all 3/4 as well. I know it adds a lot of weight, but its crazy strong.

We're going to relocate our fridge in our 22 to make way for a full front queen. It'll likely move to the other end of the trailer and take up some closet space.
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Old 04-15-2024, 08:19 PM   #15
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Nice work Jum!

Congrats on a successful maiden voyage. We just returned home from our eclipse trip to Texas (2800 miles RT). Nothing tows better than these Twinkies.

Keep us posted on your exterior paint project, hope to be doing mine soon.
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Old 05-06-2024, 09:03 AM   #16
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Yesterday I put the first of 2x Maxxair fans in. We've got our second trip this weekend and I got lucky having a day of no rain finally - and no more forecasted before our trip either!

This one is in the middle between the beds. I'm planning on installing the second in the front over the table and converting the original middle vent/fan into a skylight with some LEDs to brighten the kitchen a bit.

I built a 'tree stand ish' platform to work off of that spreads the load with plywood/foam really well and doubles as a tool holder. The primary function though is a safe way to get on/off the trailer roof and for that it works GREAT.

I took around 7 hours total including some breaks and lunch.
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Old 05-09-2024, 02:09 PM   #17
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Today I converted the original fan/vent in the kitchen area to a skylight.

I used 1/4" polycarbonate with butyl tape and stainless hardware.

I gutted the inside of the frame and still need to paint that. I plan to add LEDs in the frame, probably RGB powered of the fan switch which I left in place.

It's amazing how much light it lets in that area which was the darkest in the trailer.

Huge improvement for ~$40 total.
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Old 05-12-2024, 05:10 AM   #18
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We hit Red River Gorge (KY) this weekend and got to see the Northern Lights for the first time. That's a bucket list item checked off.
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Old 05-21-2024, 08:42 AM   #19
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We had some dry weather finally so Saturday I replaced the last original vent with a second Maxxair fan. ~5 hours maybe, much faster the second go 'round.

The amount of air these things move is amazing at top speed.

For the summer I love that I can have them both open with only 1 running at low speed to keep the trailer from getting stifling hot.


Next up is how to properly stow the step. The hinge system works properly, but I have no clue how it's supposed to be stowed. I'm currently using a couple of zip ties. Help?
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Old 05-29-2024, 11:18 PM   #20
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Step Latch

Jum,
It looks like you may be missing the latch that secures the steps when stowed. Mine has a spring loaded latch (See pics).
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