If we’re gonna chronicle our renovation progress on Rosy the Argosy, we must start with the obligatory “before” tour, yes? Follow me…
Rosy is a 1979 model Airstream Argosy. She is 27′ long. The thing about the Argosy models that’s different than other Airstreams is that their exterior is white, not the shiny silver most people think of when they hear “Airstream”. Ours is the first Argosy I’ve ever seen with green stripes on the outside. I’ve only ever seen orange or blue striping. We are going to do our darnedest to preserve that striping! If it doesn’t make it through the reno and a vigorous exterior cleaning, we’ll replace it with an exact replica. We love the retro look it gives her! She’s a little rusty on the outside in some spots, but we plan on brushing/sanding/sandblasting and re-painting the rough parts.
We have yet to open our awning, but we’re told that the canvas is trashed. Sad face. The good news is, we can buy a custom awning to match the green stripes. The bad news is, it’s an expensive fix. We’ll post on that when the time comes.
Shall we go inside?
(we are the bottom layout in above)
Rosy’s plumbing and electric work are intact – impressive for a gal her age! She’s outfitted with a seating area, fold out dining table, kitchen with 4-burner gas stove and oven, twin beds, a back bath with a commode, sink and bath tub, three storage closets, and overhead storage cabinets throughout.
We’re keeping the bath and kitchen where they’re located but replacing the breaking, aging plastic and particle board with new, high quality materials. The twin beds will be pulled and replaced with a murphy-style full or queen bed and storage cabinets. The dining and seating area will also remain in the same spot, but will be updated with newer, better materials and a style that is uniquely #teamjamavick.
Perhaps our favorite feature (and part of how we chose her name) is her rose colored glasses!
Her previous owner tinted the wrap-around windows in front! We love the ROSY shadows the tint casts in the dining “room”! It’s weird, and we’re keeping it.
We have TONS to do before getting Rosy live-in ready, and we’ll post the ups, downs, ins, and outs as we go!
Happy camping, everyone!
2 thoughts on “rosy the argosy – the before tour”
I have one of these with the green and blue yellow stripes.id like to know how rare are they and how much it’s worth since I only got mine cheap with bill of sale.
Hi Rosalva! I am the person who replied to your facebook post in the Argosy Owners group asking if you had the green stripe tape. Thanks for stopping by our blog! Without knowing more about the trailer it’s hard for me to say what its worth. A few questions…
What kind of work has been done to the trailer?
Did I see correctly that it’s a 22ft?
What year is it?
How many prior owners?
Thanks again for stopping by! 🙂