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Old 10-29-2007, 06:11 PM   #15
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The Argosy motorhomes have the same chassis, driveline and body as the newer Airstreams. In fact, just about everything is the same except the end caps are steel instead of being aluminum. The 1978 models had the air bag rear suspension. The 1979 models came as Argosy and Airstream. They were both painted, just badged differently.
Argos didn't come with all the bells and whistles that the later, more modern Airstreams had. So, no power steps, no ice makers and no built in blenders. They are simple and sturdy and I'm keeping mine forever.

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Old 10-31-2007, 05:13 PM   #16
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Were the chasis still the same? Could leafs be added to those built with only airbags? Who is the supplier of the airbags? I'm wanting to get specs on these to find out if they're the weak link in the this low tow rateing. My friend and 3 of his 4x4 club members drive old cab-over MoHo's with the 440 & 727 trans, and they are pullin dual axle trailers with old ,rock armored, International Harvester Scouts on em. I guess it to be just over 5k lbs, and they have no problems. The 454 being a comprable motor to that I cant see the AS being limited by drivetrain, so its gotta be the receiver mount or the rear bags. I'm leaning tward the hitch receiver

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Old 11-05-2007, 12:20 PM   #17
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Well I went and picked up the new (to me) 25' MoHo classic this weekend!! I'm still so excited about it!! Anyway, I was looking underneath and found the front is airbag w/ coil, but the rear is actualy leaf spring! I expected bags in the rear, but I'm more than happy with the leafs, besides I can add bag assist later if need be but I dont see that being needed. With the size of leaf stack though I really dont see this things being tow limited to 2k lbs by the rear suspension especially if loaded carrectly for propper tounge load. Also by the way this thing takes off like a rocket (despite its size) with the 454 & Banks Power Pack, I dont see it being limited by power. The brakes have much to be desired but they've never seen new lines or calipers so I'm sure they need some attention (new soft lines and calipers will go on soon). The hitch receiver is most defenitly the weak link on this thing! How could AS have built such a machine only to cheese out on the receiver! Its bolted to the bumper brackets which are more than thick enough to serve the purpose of the bumper and inpact but they have no business holding a receiver. I like some of the reinforcement I've seen other owners do on here but It'll probably get a new receiver and then some reinforcement on top of that.
Anyway, Im still just tickled as heck to have such a fine machine that will bring many years of enjoyment to come .
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:54 PM   #18
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On Friday I was at the local exhaust/hitch shop having the exhaust from my generator relocated.

I asked the owner (who is nearing retirement) about custom hitch work. He said they used to do a lot but were now much more limited because of insurance. I got the impression that he had done a lot of hitch work in his day so I asked about the 2000 pound tow rating on my rig. He said it was because the hitch was not attached to the frame. When I mentioned my 2500 toad, he said that you need to be concerned about about weight on the receiver, not pulling. So pulling a toad should not be a problem.

This suggests to me that those of you who need to pull a heavy trailer need to attach the receiver to the frame, not just the frame extension.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:20 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by guy99
This suggests to me that those of you who need to pull a heavy trailer need to attach the receiver to the frame, not just the frame extension.

Thats a very valid point about the frame extension. I think part of the worry would be side to side flex with a heavy trailer/tongue load. To combat that I put diagonal braces from the back of the receiver tube to the outside corners of the frame about 2' towards the front of the moho. The theory was side to side motion of the trailer tongue would be offset by the diagonal braces. In theory it should work.......

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Old 11-07-2007, 02:10 PM   #20
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FYI - My 1979 Airstream 24' MH has a factory tow rating of 4000 pounds.

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