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Old 11-16-2005, 12:49 AM   #15
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Ah HAH!

M = motorhome

This may also help... http://www.airstreammotorhomes.com/1979/1979.html

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Old 11-16-2005, 12:51 AM   #16
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Rog- THANK YOU! I am sorry to be so dense about rv terminology. Yes, that is the ad for my airstream motor home. Is there anywhere I can get confirmation that airstream made this model? The buyer is very skeptical, based on the Charlie Burke article.
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:52 AM   #17
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moho folks

moho he owns me thinks, yes.

the earliest air branded models (late 78/early79) were essentially argosy....i even recall (perhaps incorrectly) that they were built in versailles...was this for 1-2 years? had steel caps. wasn't till they moved moho production to jc that the caps were changed...81/82? pretty sure the titles on the early models said versailles, ohio....

however....

not sure how it could be a shiny silver alum skin unless just the endcaps are painted....as they weren't stainless steel and do rust unless painted/sealed and so on.

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of course this could all be my imagination....
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:54 AM   #18
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The buyer is very skeptical, based on the Charlie Burke article.
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I believe Charlie is talking about trailers, not motorhomes.

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Old 11-16-2005, 01:01 AM   #19
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ohhh...

I really couldn't sleep, trying to figure out other clues (tail lights, lack of interior gauges, etc....), ah HA... a MOTORhome. Now it makes sense. I'm still curious on how the steel is finished. Is it clear coated? I'm trying to figure out how to finish my naked steel caps.
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Old 11-16-2005, 01:13 AM   #20
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I feel so stupid- didn't realize that a trailer was considered an RV. Mine was clearcoated by the previous owner and stays nice and shiny, but the galvanized endcaps are gray- not shiny. No rust though, even though she sleeps outside all year long.
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I really couldn't sleep, trying to figure out other clues (tail lights, lack of interior gauges, etc....), ah HA... a MOTORhome. Now it makes sense. I'm still curious on how the steel is finished. Is it clear coated? I'm trying to figure out how to finish my naked steel caps.
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I talked with Rich Luhr yesterday........and asked him why did you choose the color for Vintage Thunder?? His answer was.....he was all ready to paint a metallic off-white, but when he saw all the possibilities of the color book......he loved the blue metallic! His thoughts on Argosy colors......paint it whatever you want!!! He heard from other Argosy owners at rallies who had painted their Argosys silver metallic (like aluminum)........they got guff like.......so you're really not an airstream....but you wannabe.....so he chose the metallic blue.....which really turned out to be blue-green (not what he thought).....but went with the flow and accepted the color!
Marc....If you're still in doubt, Rich may be able to help you decide!

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Old 11-16-2005, 05:50 AM   #22
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I feel so stupid- didn't realize that a trailer was considered an RV.
Well that clears things up. I never considered you were talking about a Motorhome. I'm a trailer guy, so while for you RV=Motorhome, for me Airstream/Argosy=Trailer. I usually forget that Airstream even made/makes Motorhomes - never considered purchasing one - don't know anything about them (other than that the Classic models do look cool).

It appears, however, that the Forum has come thru for you confirming that you have a normal 1979 Airstream Motorhome.

I am interested in this Charlie Burke article (which I agree is likely about trailers), where was it published? I'd like to see a copy.
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Rog- THANK YOU! I am sorry to be so dense about rv terminology. Yes, that is the ad for my airstream motor home. Is there anywhere I can get confirmation that airstream made this model? The buyer is very skeptical, based on the Charlie Burke article.
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1979 was the first year of motorhome production for Airstream. They were basically rebadged Argosy motorhomes, and were identical with the exception of being unpainted, shiny aluminum. As far as I know, that was the only year they were built in that manner, but rest assured, it IS an Airstream.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:26 AM   #24
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End caps

For what it is worth,
Argosy/Airstream did a little expermenting/ proto work back in the early days of motorhome business, probably still do.
I have a '76 Argosy 24' that has a rear metal/galv. dome/end cap as all others.
But the front dome/end cap is FIBERGLASS!!
Yes, I'm talking about the outside overhead cap, and it is shaped slightly different in front .
as it has a flattened area in front where the 3 center clearance lights mount,
( like a baseball hat)
not domed/ sloped back as all others.
I also have a front grill that is tubular like the '77 mobel but different chrome trim.
It also has 4 headlights not 2, but my bumpers wrap around like '76
My coach started out as a shuttle bus for Detroit metro airport.
I am told it was a "proto" and it was to be returned to the factory for evaluation.
I cannot find any records of the "evaluation" though.
after it served as a bus, it was gutted and the side "bus" windows were removed and replaced with rivited Aluminum pannels.(bucked rivits) and motorhome windows were installed.
Regular moho entry door/steps were installed, but they are positioned to the front of the coach like the NASA "astronaut shuttle" it has no "vista windows"
at that point,it was sold to an individual who installed the interior furnishings/appliances/tanks etc.
so there are a few odd balls out there.
as far as vin numbers go mine is different as it is B24L6VXXXX.
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Argosys are great

We have had both a Tradewind and the Argosy.. love the Argosys.. hubby painted it. He does autobody repair. Turned out great.. She is a headturner.. have a look.. endcaps are steel.. Annie
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...as far as vin numbers go mine is different as it is B24L6VXXXX.
B = Bus?

Just a thought ~

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in 79 Airstream offered the Motorhome as an Airstream painted like an Argosy also. I have actuall seen only one of these, and wondered what the deal was. The guy who had it told me it was a lower grade aluminum skin than the non painted one. There are some who think a polished Aluminum model was offered by the factory as well, but that is a claim I could not prove.
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I found the Charlie Burke article I was referring to at calldon.com
You can see how it could be confusing:
The Argosy Trailers and Motorhomes...


Here is some information about the Argosy line of trailers and motorhomes. Charlie Burk said,
"Argosy began possibly around '71 thru late '70s early 80's. The Argosy motorhome started in 1975 and production stopped in 1979. They were built in a separate facility in Versailles, OH. In 1979 there were three models of motorhomes built. The Argosy, a painted Airstream (truly an Argosy with Airstream logos and different paint scheme) and the first silver bullet Airstream motorhome."
The Argosy trailers were also built at the Versailles, Ohio plant. Charlie continued,
"You could not actually strip and Argosy and find an Airstream. The Argosy motorhome (and the '79 painted Airstream) were built differently. The upper rear segment was a one piece steel segement. True Airstream motorhomes used 5 aluminum segments instead. The motorhome and trailer underwent a significant structural design change in mid 1982. It is not readily apparent except in the trailer lower segments."
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