Hi everyone. My fiance and I just picked up an already-gutted 1973 Argosy 26. We know very little
about airstreams, let alone renovating one, so this will likely be a long and difficult project for us, but we're excited about it. We plan to travel North America and live in it full time. We're also planning on doing an eco-friendly/boondock-capable build. Our renovation timeline is open-ended but roughly targeting 1-2 years, since we both work full-time. Budget is pretty open-ended as well, but it would be nice to keep renovations under $20k.
All we really know about the current state of the AS is that it has been reinsulated & rewired with 50amp. I did learn enough before buying to be able to detect that there is a little bit of subfloor rot right at the rear edge of the plywood. It was also damp there, so I know there is a leak in the back.
I have been searching through this forum over the past week, learning a little here and there. However, I think I'm at the stage where I know so little that I don't know exactly what to search for. So instead of creating threads for questions that have already been answered, perhaps someone can help me here by giving me answers or directing me to an appropriate thread/post/external resource.
Given the following photos:
- Is it easy to modify the layout at this stage? We're okay with the rear bath, but would prefer to put the bath to the side so that the bed could be in the rear and out of the way. Is that a ton of effort?
- Is it normal for those pipes to stick out past the belly pan? I still need to install a grey water tank also - where does it go in relation to those pipes and the belly pan?
- I'm guessing that I should replace the belly pan. If you look at the pics, you can see it is a little flimsy, some rivets rusted through, and some water is seeping off the sides and pooling within the pan since not all the pieces are sealed. Is this worth it, to remove it and the gross stuff in it? Or should I just seal it up / attach some extra aluminum sheets on top of it? If the grey water tank needs to be above the belly pan, maybe it makes sense to remove it?
- The previous owner was able to provide pictures of him replacing insulation and rotten parts of the subfloor. I have a suspicion that the rear was rotted the whole time and that he didn't replace it because it is more difficult. It does look like the wall is basically resting on that part of the plywood... is it complicated to replace that section, or can I just remove it and jam some new plywood in?
- What's up with that extra tank on the interior? I kinda would rather save the space for something else, but feel like I should use it since it's there. For... fresh water I guess? It also has two spouts and I'm not entirely sure why or how to hook it up to plumbing.
- Any advice/threads for step-by-step debugging of leaks?
Thanks in advance for all help! We'll be documenting our process to help future renovators as well.