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Old 07-30-2003, 10:00 AM   #15
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In the Argosy's you still have storage under the couch. The missing overheads to me are a plus. The front lounge feels HUGE.

It would be interesting to survey what folks keep in the front roof lockers in a MH. It seems to me many of them are not well used or full of stuff at all.
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Old 07-30-2003, 10:36 AM   #16
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The same Argosy is on ebay too, at $500.00 more.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...&category=6727

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Old 07-30-2003, 11:12 AM   #17
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TH400 is about as bomb proof as they get. They will take some abuse. If you get it change the fluid and see how it does before spending the coin for a rebuild. Throw a big AUX cooler on it as well.

I weighed the pros and cons of going to the 4L80e Overdrive transmission and couldn't justify it on my DD 454 TH400 burb. Not counting the price of the transmission ($3k if you buy it from GM) you would also need a computer to run it and last time I checked it was about $900 to get the control kit. Take a LONG time to make up that coin in fuel.

A much cheaper alternative would be a add on over drive such as a Gear vendors product.
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Well I still haven't bought it...yet...maybe.

Two things I forgot to mention, first the price somehow went up to $6800, appearently the when the ad was printed it was a typo and secondly there is a 6-10" tear in the aluminum skin on the driver side, its a clean tear.

How much of a problem is the tear?

Has anyone else out there looked at this particular MH? (I'm still not telling were it is)

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Old 07-31-2003, 05:58 PM   #19
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The side sheet is one peice front to back. if you want to fix it so it is original you are looking at big bucks. If you want to Patch from rib to rib with an overlay the cost goes down, but is still is not cheap if you have a dealer do it. It is a reapir that can be done if you are good with tools and paitent, but should affect the price.

This brings up the question of how good is the paint. Once you repair this spot you will need to paint at least this side from belt rail to belt rail deping on paint condition. If you use a good shop they could match the color, but is will show less if you do the whole side.

If the unit has not sold yet then the region has few interested parties or it has been poorly advertised. Time may bring the price down. I would be concerned that the price has changed. It would make me suspisious (sp) of anything the PO tells you on the coach.
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Old 07-31-2003, 07:15 PM   #20
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Don't forget the suspension. I think Brett likes the ride in his 1978 over the 1976 due to the rear air bags.
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Old 07-31-2003, 07:38 PM   #21
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Fred is right!

I like to ride of my 78 over the ride in the 76 BUT the 76 feels like a sports car, very taut ride and feel.

One of the timgs to check is that the Air bag rear suspension works. The best way to do that is to look under the coach behind the Pass side wheel and in front of the gen set. There should be a little air tank, unscrew the cap and let some of the air out, at least until you can see the air bags deflate a bit. When you turn on the key you should hear the compressor come on and the bags should refill. If they don't the repairs can be costly if you don't do it yourself.

Just one more thing to verify as you haggle.
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Old 07-31-2003, 07:41 PM   #22
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.....and secondly there is a 6-10" tear in the aluminum skin on the driver side, its a clean tear.

How much of a problem is the tear?
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Its painted, right?
Fasten a piece of aluminum from the inside, Bondo and repaint.
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In the end I did not purchase it. Multiple reasons factored into the decision. Some had to do with the MH and others that had nothing to do with it. Whoever bought got a good deal but will have to put some more $$ into it. Anyways, thank you for all of the good information, I learned alot. Hopefully in the near future I will join the ASMH "club" as I do like them. The motorhome is/was located in the Santa Ynez Valley on the Central coast of CA.

I'll be lurking

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Good decision

After you included more info on it, sounds like lots of $$$ to fix right. I too would have let it go. Just like real estate, you have to know when to walk away from it if it doesn't feel right.
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