Airstream Blog \\ Airstream Argosy \\ Vintage Camper
In the summer of 2015, we purchased our vintage 1977 20ft Airstream Argosy Minuet camper in Indianapolis, Indiana. We wanted to share some of the photos we took of it when we first pulled in and parked it at home in our driveway.
Its hard to believe we have had it almost 3 years now, WOW! Life certainly has gotten away from us when it has come to the renovation progress. Wisconsin winters are our offseason for our Northwoods wedding photography business but unfortunately, the weather isn’t exactly conducive to outdoor repair work when you do not have a shelter large enough for an Airstream. I suppose that’s part justification and part excuse. Though we do not have an exact timetable for when renovations will be complete (its all about time and money friends) we have made a conscious plan to make some big progress this year regardless.
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One of the big reasons why we started this blog is to document not only our renovations and travels in it one day but also to hopefully provide a resource for those of you looking to renovate an Airstream or camper of your own. Let’s be honest, neither Matt or I have much experience in home renovations let alone one on a camper including everything from plumbing to wiring. Like many before us, we have a strong case of wanderlust, the desire to live smaller but little know-how in the way of constructing our little dream camper. As we continue our progress we hope to share not only our successes but failures to so that you don’t make the same mistakes!
As you can see from the before photos it’s both perfect and needs a ton of work. Sure it was nice what the previous owners had done with it but let be honest, it was like really like putting a band-aid on a bullet hole. Looking back at these photos after some time has been pretty crazy. The funny thing is the interior of the Argosy actually had a VERY similar feel to our home kitchen (black and white tile floor, teal accents with sunny yellow cabinets) and as much as we love it for our home we don’t think it’s quite the right fit for our Airstream.
In general, many of the items like the floor (which was sort of adhesive linoleum) was damaged and not in the best of shape. When we first got it we were pretty convinced the yellow bathroom would stay but since moving forward we think that too will have to go so we can make some more modern updates. We have actually begun stripping off the old paint and pretty much have gutted it but have kept some pieces that will go back into the finished design. Have some big challenges ahead we can’t wait to share with you!
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