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Old 04-21-2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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1974 Argosy Rear Door - HELP!!

Hey guys. I found a 1974 Rear Door Argosy that I am in love with, but as a novice, I feel I need to have it inspected before purchase because its been out in nature for 20 years and while it looks to be in pretty good shape, I want to be sure the frame is solid as I have no interest in sinking 5k into a new frame before I even begin the restoration. I tried using the portal on this site but so far no one has been willing to go out and inspect it for me. Can any of you suggest anything else? I tried some RV repair shops but they want like $400 to inspect it. EEEK! Its in NJ. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:57 PM   #2
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$400 to inspect might be money well spent. You will find you can spend that amount doing unforeseen repairs pretty easily. Renovating can be expensive even if you don't have to make a new frame. There is the time factor, also. Getting a good idea of the actual condition of the trailer gives you an good idea of what you are in for to "make it yours".
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:31 PM   #3
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Thanks. You're probably right. It just seemed like a big investment to find out that I can't afford to buy it. But I may not have another choice.
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:21 PM   #4
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I'd spend the cash, but be very clear that he has experience in inspecting airstreams. They guy who looked at mine said he could inspect, in hindsight knew nothing about checking floor rot. ! Lucky for me it was ok, but could have been a total disaster. How do you check the frame anyways?
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:51 AM   #5
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I'd ask the current owner to share the cost of inspection. If all is OK and you still don't buy it the owner will be able to get more with the approval.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:10 PM   #6
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You can plan on a new fridge and most likely axils and tires. Ask around to see if you can find a welder guy that would go with you to look at the frame. He may want to open up parts of the belly pan, to get a good look, so bring a cordless drill and a flashlight. Take an ice pick so you can probe the floor around the edges. you might end up with a great unique camper. If you don't you will always be thinking about "the one that got away" Note: I said reasonable price!
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If it's been sitting "in nature" for 20 years, I'll bet anything you want that it's leaked and a good portion of the floor has rotted and some of the frame is gone. The aluminum shell and interior is probably in decent shape, but the infrastructure is toast. I wouldn't waste $400 on an inspection based on what you've described. But that's my opinion, and worth every penny I've charged
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Pictures? I forgot to ask. We LOVE pictures! We can tell you a lot from pictures more you post the more you will learn!
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