Pex Piping for Airstream

Airstream Argosy and Pex Plumbing

The days of old copper piping for our Airstream Argosy had come to an end when we decided to renovate her. But even more dire to our plumbing renovation, was discovering the intake for the a Water Hook up, ran next to our 30 amp electrical box. What were those 70's Airstream Argosy builders thinking? Researching our plumbing project we found a few surprising details. No need for copper, Pex...
Heating your Airstream

Heating Your Airstream Argosy with a Cubic Mini

We have to admit, we were a little nervous with the decision to put a wood burning stove in our Airstream Argosy. It's not normally done in moving RV's. After all, the goal was to make our Argosy as eco friendly as possible without the need for so much propane. We also are avid backpackers and always looking to "multi-use" gear, including RV gear. The other reason was in colder or wetter...

How we Insulated a 40 Year Old Airstream Argosy

One of the biggest decisions we made was how to insulate our vintage Airstream Argosy.  First, a little history lesson. Old campers, specifically vintage Airstreams came with pink fiber glass insulation and attracted almost every living creature that could squeeze into a little hole. Usually it meant baby mice, ants, birds, you name it, Airstream Renovators have found it. Notwithstanding the...

How to Build a Bed in a Airstream Argosy

Rarely do we get to put to test our woodworking skills. However, renovating a Airstream Argosy and custom building everything will test your knowledge quickly. Our first woodworking test was building our queen size bed frame that open up to provide extra storage underneath our bed. Being that our Airstream Argosy is only 180 sq ft. It's important to utilize every single space. As the original...

How To Renovate An Airstream Argosy

Bringing back a 40 year old Airstream Argosy is not an easy task. There are some things we wish we would have known before we dove into the deep.  Let’s start with a little history on a Airstream Argosy History: Argosy trailers were made by Airstream Company starting 1971 in Versailles, OH. near Jackson Center, and are usually recognized as “Painted Airstreams”. Many features were first...

Restoring a 40 year old Airstream Shower Pan

When we first bought our Argosy is was apparent that things were old, and needed desperate repair. Of course there is always the option to buy "new". What is the fun in that? We decided early, that we were (to the best of our ability) to try and restore, refurbish, any of the original Argosy interior, while implementing our own style. Our Airstream Argosy's Shower Pan was one of the pieces we...

Renovating our Vintage Airstream Electrical pt.1

Renovation our vintage Airstream is certainly a labor of love. It's not always easy and sometimes pretty frustrating, but all in all it has been a blast. As in most RV's, there are two types of electricity. The first, is much like your home electricity. You plug something into a outlet, and it has electricity. You know that because you get a electric bill each month that tells you  how much you...

How to convert a Vintage Airstream to Ecco Friendly

When we bought a vintage Airstream from the 70's, both of us knew that it would be a huge project to completely update our Lucy to one that fits our lifestyle. Let's face it, the 70's decade wasn't known for environmentally friendly products. We knew right off the bat that our Airstream was going to undertake a huge renovation. Which meant floor, walls, electrical, and plumbing all had to be...
How to Replace an Airstream Argosy Subfloor

How to Install a New Airstream Argosy Subfloor

Probably the most exciting part of a Airstream Argosy renovation project is when your new subfloor is installed. It wasn’t as hard as we expected, but it was still kind of hard. If that makes any sense. We started the weekend on Friday with priming all of our plywood with Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer™. We had already measured (re measured) and cut the pieces we needed. We initially used...

How to strip paint off a Airstream Argosy

I must admit, never did I think the words; “she’s an amazing stripper” would ever utter out of my mouth when describing Ariane. Yet that is simply the truth! Oh sure, I can strip with the best of them. But let’s face it: I rush it. I tend to go fast and just want it off far too quickly. She, on the other hand, focuses on the details. I’m speaking of stripping the paint off of our...