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Old 12-02-2003, 10:23 PM   #1
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Argosy shuttle bus

Has anybody besides me ever seen an Argosy or Airstream shuttle bus? I saw two last week in Pulaski, TN. They were obviously made as shuttle buses from the factory, since they have the cut-in steps, bus-style pneumatic door, and an underfloor air conditioning system. Their gas tanks are on the road side. They also have different front caps, too, (fiberglass, I think) with a raised flat area for the route sign.

The ones I saw were, I believe, '76 and '78 models, and both were 24'. Anyone know how many of these were made?

The only other non-motorhomes I know of that use this same shell are the Airstream funeral coaches, of which there's one here in Nashville - a very funky ride, indeed!

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Old 12-03-2003, 12:12 AM   #2
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Fred (the VAC historian) has some photos of a 1976 Argosy shuttle and the NASA Airstream shuttle bus on his WEBSITE.
There's also a pic of a 1978 Airstream bus HERE
I'm sure there are others.

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Old 12-03-2003, 05:49 AM   #3
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Bob,
I have seen a couple that were no longer in service in a salvage yard in NM.
I have also seen the funeral hearse/MH there used to be one in Greensboro, NC back in the mid 80's.

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Old 12-03-2003, 01:55 PM   #4
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shuttle bus,

Hello,
Fred H. Has some pix of mine on his site.
Also in my photos
it started life as a shuttle for Detroit Metro Airport.
It is a 26' with a 350 chevy motor /400 trans
runs great, gets about 9 mpg average.
the P.O.'s did the conversions I just made everything "right," (well still doing it)
I still have to do the paint. along with other things
It does have a fiberglass FRONT "cap".
Also it has what I believe is a prototype front end, it is a mix of old and new,and unique.
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:01 PM   #5
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shuttle bus

ops!!
I knew I should of previewed it!!
its a 24' bus
oh well, funny how some things streach, like that "big one that got away" Ha.lol!
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Old 12-03-2003, 03:40 PM   #6
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We used to see the Argosy buses at the Los Angeles Airport in the 70's shuttling those travelers around.
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Old 12-04-2003, 04:51 PM   #7
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He's not the first politician to use an Argosy. The last one LOST his bid for office. Remember Robert Reich ?

I'll have to update my site to include the political history of Airstream/Argosy MH's! (and the track record)
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Old 12-04-2003, 05:11 PM   #8
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I just saw one last month at Monument Valley, UT - it was being used as a tour bus.

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Old 05-17-2009, 06:59 PM   #9
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I have a 1987, looks like the nasa bus, it seats 11 and has a galley, bathroom , built in SST ice bucket and an electric liquor dispensor. 29' long, 454 chev.
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Interested in selling?

Skid4u,

I have someone that is looking for the Airstream bus like the one you have. Are you interested in selling?

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I do want to sell it. I am moving to Costa Rica and would preffer a trailer there. If the guy has a trailer to trade, even better.
I am in the process of stripping and polishing the outside,started today actually so it would not be ready for a few weeks.
Tell him to email me at: xeniamd at sympatico.ca [moderator edit to protect from spam harvester bots. Close spaces, replace at with @ ]
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An Argosy shuttle on Fred's site - Fred's Airstream Archives @ ViewRVs.com - 1976 Airstream Argosy 20' Shuttle Bus (D)

I can't find the best I've seen (it was on these pages somewhere). But somebody pimped out the inside as a crash pad in purple velour IIRC. Bleach will clean up anything...
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Do you have any pictures of the unit?

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I have traded the Air Bus for a trailer. Can-am RV in London now has it as a promotion vehicle. Back to it's original purpose.
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