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Old 01-05-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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1975 26' Argosy

Found this one on craigslist and was wondering what you guys would think a reasonable price would be. I'm new to the Argosy line of Airstream and know little about them. How difficult are they to repair and refurbish? Thanks! Here is what the guy emailed me back- still waiting on pics to see if it's worth driving to look at:

I will try to email pix later tonight
br in rear, 2 bunks in middle
kitchen and sitting area in front
i don't know how many owners
riveted, beige ( twinkie)
couple of minor vent leaks in roof during heavy downpour
one weak area in floor of shower
i put in a 12 gal electric hot h2o tank to replace gas 6 gal, wiped out one bunk area !
toilet and bath sink each have a minor leak but very functional, I lived in it for 6 months June thru Dec
hope to get pics to send soon
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Found this one on craigslist and was wondering what you guys would think a reasonable price would be. I'm new to the Argosy line of Airstream and know little about them. How difficult are they to repair and refurbish? Thanks! Here is what the guy emailed me back- still waiting on pics to see if it's worth driving to look at:

I will try to email pix later tonight
br in rear, 2 bunks in middle
kitchen and sitting area in front
i don't know how many owners
riveted, beige ( twinkie)
couple of minor vent leaks in roof during heavy downpour
one weak area in floor of shower
i put in a 12 gal electric hot h2o tank to replace gas 6 gal, wiped out one bunk area !
toilet and bath sink each have a minor leak but very functional, I lived in it for 6 months June thru Dec
hope to get pics to send soon
A reasonable price for this...............out of context discription by the seller?

You don't get dents in the roof from rain, etc.

Maybe $500.00 at best, and then only if you have a ton of time and "money" to rebuild a far less than desireable older Airstream product.

Usually, but not always, Airstream and Argosy trailers and motorhomes, that are listed on E-bay or Craigs list, more often than not, is a good place "NOT" to buy from, as there is a ton of misrepresentation and outright fraud associated with all to many of those listings.

How do I know?

We see many of those buyers that come in smiling, until they see what it would cost to correct the trailers problems, which is very detailed, in writing.

Be cautious.

Remember, buyer beware.

Take your time shopping around.

Many others can give you some good guidance on this Forums.

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Another Argosy find

Now I'm in a pickle. I've found another Craigslist Argosy and it looks to be solid and in great shape. 1972 26' Argosy. No leaks, no weak spots, no dings, the only flaws are the underskirt on the outside is all dented and it is completely stripped on the exterior- ready for paint. I'm also told the awning is intact and in fair condition. The interior has been re-floored, upholstery recovered, new curtains, everything else original. Now, the owner doesn't have any of the exterior lights which were removed by previous owner to paint; and, the current owner has never had at a campsite, so is unsure if holding tanks, gas (heat,stove, water heater, etc) work. They do have all the exterior emblems/nameplates and new tires(although not original rims). I'm trying to find a time to drive 1 1/2 hours to see this in person, but the pictures look great. What would you give for this? They're asking $3,000- which I won't give them, but what should I hit them back with? I'm willing to pay $2,000 but that's just because I really want it. What is reasonable with the need to get out the dings, paint, and light it up?
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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Found this one on craigslist and was wondering what you guys would think a reasonable price would be. I'm new to the Argosy line of Airstream and know little about them. How difficult are they to repair and refurbish? Thanks!

They are no different than any other Airstream except for the paint and the wrap around windows. Ours is about the same layout as most of the Safaris I've seen of the same age.
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Now I'm in a pickle. I've found another Craigslist Argosy and it looks to be solid and in great shape. 1972 26' Argosy. No leaks, no weak spots, no dings, the only flaws are the underskirt on the outside is all dented and it is completely stripped on the exterior- ready for paint. I'm also told the awning is intact and in fair condition. The interior has been re-floored, upholstery recovered, new curtains, everything else original. Now, the owner doesn't have any of the exterior lights which were removed by previous owner to paint; and, the current owner has never had at a campsite, so is unsure if holding tanks, gas (heat,stove, water heater, etc) work. They do have all the exterior emblems/nameplates and new tires(although not original rims). I'm trying to find a time to drive 1 1/2 hours to see this in person, but the pictures look great. What would you give for this? They're asking $3,000- which I won't give them, but what should I hit them back with? I'm willing to pay $2,000 but that's just because I really want it. What is reasonable with the need to get out the dings, paint, and light it up?
Refloored??

That says the trailer had "BAD" water leaks.

Are they all corrected???

More importantly, since the coach had water leaks, were the interior walls removed, to check for mold???

If not, then that "MUST" be done, so that you don't have a health hazard around you.

Dings and dents. That tells me considerable abuse.

If I were you, I would also thoroughly check out the suspension system, which can be done in 30 seconds, with no tools.

The pluses you state are nice, but the minuses far exceed the pluses.

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Old 01-09-2010, 10:45 AM   #6
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Refloored??

That says the trailer had "BAD" water leaks.

Are they all corrected???

More importantly, since the coach had water leaks, were the interior walls removed, to check for mold???

If not, then that "MUST" be done, so that you don't have a health hazard around you.

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Maybe they didn't like the old flooring...It could be that simple.

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Dings and dents. That tells me considerable abuse.


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The Argy is 38 years old. This could be wear and tear of being on the road. Post some photos.
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Now I'm in a pickle. I've found another Craigslist Argosy and it looks to be solid and in great shape. 1972 26' Argosy. No leaks, no weak spots, no dings, the only flaws are the underskirt on the outside is all dented and it is completely stripped on the exterior- ready for paint. I'm also told the awning is intact and in fair condition. The interior has been re-floored, upholstery recovered, new curtains, everything else original. Now, the owner doesn't have any of the exterior lights which were removed by previous owner to paint; and, the current owner has never had at a campsite, so is unsure if holding tanks, gas (heat,stove, water heater, etc) work. They do have all the exterior emblems/nameplates and new tires(although not original rims). I'm trying to find a time to drive 1 1/2 hours to see this in person, but the pictures look great. What would you give for this? They're asking $3,000- which I won't give them, but what should I hit them back with? I'm willing to pay $2,000 but that's just because I really want it. What is reasonable with the need to get out the dings, paint, and light it up?
Hi,

Without pictures it would be hard to give advice or help you. How bad do you want it and do you have the time and money to put into it?
We have owned an argosy and loved it.

There are several places to buy parts, and you would get help and advice on the forum. Go look at it with an open mind, read threads on the forum and then make up your mind. Good luck

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The dents and dings on the lower pieces, unless they are big honkin' dents, are probably from normal use, towing on dirt roads. The tires kick up stones and rocks, denting the aluminum. You can fill the bigger ones with Bondo, just like a car, and paint over them. The clearance lights are pretty inexpensive, maybe $5 each or so for the parts, and a couple of dollars more than that for LED clearance lights.
If the seller cannot demonstrate that the appliances work, you must assume they do not. The water heater could have frozen and cracked, as could the water lines. The two most expensive appliances are the air conditioner and fridge, both can cost a thousand dollars or more to replace, depending on what you get, and whether you install them, or get a pro to do it.
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If the dents are in the banana wrap, you can take it off and hammer them out. We did that with ours and you can't even tell there were any, after they were repainted. Taking off the banana wrap would be a good idea anyway as you can then get to and seal the place where the sides and floor are joined, which is a big source for water leaks to the floor, and also seal behind the trim rail that goes over the seam.
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Wow- Thanks so much for the info and help! I've got some pics the owner sent me (she also has the original title and all the original manuals), but I'm at work now so I'll have to wait until I'm at home to try and put them up here. I appreciate all the advice, as I'm flying blind here and have no idea what I'm getting myself into!!
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Argosy 1972 26' pics

Let's see if this works...Pics:


Arrrrgh!! Darn work computer blocks and filters!


To be continued...when I get home...
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Ooooops, wrong thread!

I finally realized I was posting in the Motorhome section instead of a trailer section....duh!!! Anyway, uploaded some pics and placed everything in the trailer section where they belong! Any opinions of price worthiness would be appreciated!
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I finally realized I was posting in the Motorhome section instead of a trailer section....duh!!! Anyway, uploaded some pics and placed everything in the trailer section where they belong! Any opinions of price worthiness would be appreciated!
The newest upload in the photo section was January 4, and a search by user name shows no photos uploaded by you. Where, exactly, are you putting them?
Also, this is the Argosy trailer section, so the thread is in the right place.
You'll get the hang of it, it took me a few days to figure everything out when I first started, too.
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Ahhh, yes. I placed the pics over under the "dead thread" to give the PILL some company last night. I'm a bit all over the place!!
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