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Old 07-14-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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New to Arsosy MH ownership.

Greetings from Las Vegas.

As I look forward picking up my 1976 28' motor home that I am sure all here have seen listed for sale, I have so many questions. I am happy to be here and hope to meet many of you in the future. I joined the forum awhile back and started to look at units. Now that I found one, I hope to enjoy it as much as possible.

I would like to ask all you experts, what are the first things to look for and repair that are the most common and need attention. (besides the engine and trans). I am sure there is a huge list but any guidance is appreciated to this Airstream newbie.

Just between us, anything to help keep the wife from saying " I told you so" too often is most valuable. lol. I will deny this post if asked.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #2
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:36 PM   #3
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Talk to the previous owner and get all the information you can along with service records and maintenance. Find out when it was last used and how often. You can get a pretty good feel of wheather or not they tried to take care of it. A good seller will show you how to operate the systems and answer your questions. Make sure the braking system is in good order so you can stop as well as go. Being an older coach you will always be able to find things that need attention. Spend a night or 2 in your own yard if possible to become familiar with everything. When you feel you're ready to venture out take a couple of short trips and fix what is neccessary especially anything that has to do with safety. Most of all have fun with your new purchase and don't feel like every little thing has to be perfect before using. The little things can be done over time.....Or Not !
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:21 AM   #4
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Greetings from Las Vegas.
Greetings from Copenhagen ! Welcome !

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I would like to ask all you experts, what are the first things to look for and repair that are the most common and need attention. (besides the engine and trans)...
...everything besides the engine and trans

.-)

I'm not an expert, in fact I have yet to drive a single
mile in my 'new' Argosy, so all I chip in with
is if you look at my thread: CLICK , you'll find on page 2, ( half-way down )
a list of what I will do to check it up, based on
what I've read here and in the owners manual and
the P30 chassis / Chevy manual.


Please fill us in with a bit of information:
...has it been driven regularly up till now ?
...has it been in storage , unused, for a while...how long ?
...you have any info from the seller about what has been done
to it in the past ?....etc

Best of luck to you and your 'new' MH !
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:36 PM   #5
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Please fill us in with a bit of information:
...has it been driven regularly up till now ?
...has it been in storage , unused, for a while...how long ?
...you have any info from the seller about what has been done
to it in the past ?....etc

Best of luck to you and your 'new' MH ![/QUOTE]

It has been sitting for a couple of years from what I was told. The seller bought it back in 2009. I actualy found the ad still on the net. It even had questions asked by the buyer I am buying from. I don't know how much of anything is true but, a short block rebuild was said to be done. The brakes were redone in 2009 as they were bad when they were said to be new.

I was told that the electric systems panel has issues and that the a/c on the motor needs work. The windows I was told are real tight and hard to open, I am guessing it is the moisture in Fl. There is a soft spot on the step entrance to one side, rest of the floor is claimed to be solid.

I will know more when I actualy see the unit. I am concerned about the frame as it has been in KY and Fl that I know of. Claims that it has no leaks. That should be easy to see in a wet climate.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:26 PM   #6
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Gafferlv,


Congrats on the moho!

Where do you have to go to, to look at it? You’ll know when you look through it, if it is the one. We looked at several 345’s, before we found “the one”. Not that people lied about stuff, but their definition was a lot different than ours.

If you like it, maybe the owner will let you “test drive”, and stay a night at a local RV park. That would give you a chance to check out the camping systems. It helps to know what needs to be fixed.


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Old 07-18-2011, 04:14 PM   #7
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Below is the Classified ad from back in 2007 on this site that the current owner bought it from.
I was suprised to see the ad still on this site after so long.

1976 Argosy 28' - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstreams Trailers For Sale
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:10 AM   #8
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Well I went to Florida, only to find the unit did not match the pictures or the discription. Was dropped off by the owner at a resturant and had to get myself and my friend back to the airport and fly back home. 24 hrs of travel for nothing. I was a bit upset that the owner realy thought the pics showed it well. On to the next one. I found a Revcon that is Primo. (according to the pics and owner). I am going to go see it this weekend. Anyhing special to look out for on a 84 Revcon 31 ft?
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:37 AM   #9
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24 hrs of travel for nothing... maybe the best thing you ever did.
I've made the mistake of buying after flying, its a tough choice to make.
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