Installing Headboards in RV or Camper

* This is part of our 2017 Renovation Series

Our New Headboard in our Airstream Argosy

A quick and easy low cost update to your Vintage RV / Camper / Trailer.

Original Airstream Argosy Headboard Wall



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At first, I loved the original wallpaper wall that came with our 1977 Argosy by Airstream.  I am trying to keep the originality so keeping this wallpaper wall was an easy decision.  After camping several times, we quickly realized a problem with this wall.  It is not sturdy. It moves a lot when leaning against it.

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Ditching the Propane

* This is part of our 2017 Renovation Series.

Stovetop but no oven.

Update: We used a small Lasco ceramic heater during a chilly (42 degree) Southern morning to warm our trailer. It worked perfectly!  No propane needed. But, and this is a big but, we will need Propane for a future Ranch boondocking experience we are planning. 



During our recent renovations, we had to replace the countertop due to damage from a previous owner’s leak. Since we were replacing the countertop with a new one, we needed to make a decision about the double sinks (go or stay – they went!) and if we wanted to keep the propane stovetop.

There are two big reasons that we want to ditch the propane:  constant refilling the tanks and safety. A regular camping trip we take has us go no through several tunnels.  There has been a lot of discussion on whether you should turn off your Propane while driving through a tunnel. We use Propane to keep the fridge running while we are driving.

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Picking Paint for a Vintage Trailer

* This is part of our 2017 Renovation Series

Before New Paint

When we bought this Argosy, the previous owners told us they just recently had it professionally painted. It definitely had a nicer paint job than most. We even liked the colors with a strip of green at the bottom. There were two problems:  the paint started peeling off within six months and it doesn’t look like a traditional Argosy or Airstream.  All the charm seems to be missing.  With all the renovations inside, we knew we needed to repainted the outside.

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We considered wrapping it with our Company Logo and a golf scene but that would not give us any of the Airstream / Argosy charm either. Besides, we are wrapping our Argosy RV and didn’t need two wrapped camping vehicles. So, it is back to painting the outside.

 

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New Countertop and Sink

* This is part of our 2017 Renovation Series.

Old Countertop

 

As you can see from the above picture, there is almost zero useable countertop space. This Airstream / Argosy has a stovetop (no oven) and a double sink. Totally insane to have a double sink in a trailer with only one small counter!  This countertop needed to be replaced because the previous owner had a water leak & the laminate counter was crumbling underneath.

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Curtains and Shades

* This is part of our 2017 Renovation Series.

We have an Airstream / Argosy that has a rear bedroom. We actually bought this Argosy specifically because of the back bedroom. They are rare!  When we were comparing buying new vs Vintage, a very nice salesman gave us great advice: whatever you buy, make sure the back has a full view. This seemed odd to us because 95% of the new trailers/campers have a wall for the back. If this is such an important tip, why are so few made with a back view?

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