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Old 03-26-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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advice needed on painted Airstream

I'm intersted in buying a 24ft painted 1979 Airstream motor home, the guy believes that it has an all aluminum skin, but I did see one once, that had the back crown above the rear window rusting, I can't get to it and am having to rely on photos. does any body know?

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Old 03-26-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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Argosy (painted Airstreams) trailers & motorhomes have domed steel end that what you are thinking of? The paint does tend to chip over time and will rust if not repainted. There are also potential problems at the seam where the steel caps come in contact with the alumiunum skins...if not maintained, this area can corrode.

There is a whole forum section specific to Argosy MoHo here you may find some posts that will help you better understand what you might be getting into.


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Old 03-26-2008, 03:27 PM   #3
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Argosys are great trailers and MHs. The end caps are steel and the paint does flake in time; however, you don't have to polish them and you will rarely see an Argosy with a dent in the end cap. That's not said for a lot of Airstreams. I have a 78 Argosy and have no sign of any problems with the steel meeting the aluminum, nor have I actually heard of this before. There are others on here who have had Argosys longer than I have who may give you more information on that. You can also touch-up paint the end caps after sanding and they will look good for quite a long time. Certainly a 1979 vehicle will have things that need fixed or upgraded; however, these are well made units that have lasted for a long time. If well maintained, you should continue to have fun camping in them. I believe balrgn has an Argosy MH. He has been a lot of help to me when I had questions about my Argosy. Here is the end cap spray painted with Krylon "Ivory Gloss" right from the can. Bob painted the mid stripe back to the original copper color with a little more professional approach.
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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IIRC, 1979 Airstream motorhomes were merely Argosy motorhomes that had been painted silver instead of beige, and rebadged. As such, it would have galvanised steel end caps.
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:24 PM   #5
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AFAIK it if is a one piece cap it is steel, if it is segmented it is aluminum.

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Argosy end caps were stamped from one piece galvanized steel. Rust should be addressed. Be cautious about using any abrasives -- you don't want to remove any intact tin coating. You probably are looking at something that has received very little maintenance in 30+ years -- not bad considering that! Follow InsideOut's link -- better yet use Advanced search, specify the Argosy subforum, and use only one search word -- you'll end up with better search hits.

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Old 03-26-2008, 04:59 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for the info, very informative

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