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Old 07-30-2006, 07:23 PM   #1
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1975 argosy 24ft. twin

Purchased (last week) 1975 Argosy 24 ft. twin. All upholstery and drapes need to be replaced. Looking for pics of original interior, wish to replicate same.

We like original. Have 61 Chevy Impala which we have restored as much as possible, to the day it came off the production line. Hope to do same with Argosy.

Would greatly appreciate anyone willing to share knowledge and experiences from their restoration projects.

Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you in the future. As we say in the Maritimes, "Have a good day."
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Old 07-30-2006, 09:19 PM   #2
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Hello John & Diane -- Welcome to the Forums with all the 'bravo' we can muster! I would hope you only have to consider upholstery (get it done locally -- don't destroy the current sample so they can reproduce) and the curtains (better than current airstream products are the drapes made by J.P. Ambruso). You will probably have to get to a local campground to plug into a 30A plug to see if your air conditioner works. If the furnace is original, it is relatively inexpensive to replace and well worth it -- search the forums on 'carbon monoxide recall.'

Look high and low -- making sure you have a good caulk seal at the junction of the rear shell and bumper. Pull things apart and look under the beds, battery and water tank. Replace window gaskets and roof vents. These babies do respond to the attention! Come back here to discuss what you find -- there will be many helpful, respectful voices to help out.
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:20 AM   #3
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Look at www.vintageairstream.com/archives/ for photos of vintage Argosies. There is also a page with resources for vintage trailer restos. Have fun!
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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Purchased (last week) 1975 Argosy 24 ft. twin. All upholstery and drapes need to be replaced. Looking for pics of original interior, wish to replicate same.

We like original. Have 61 Chevy Impala which we have restored as much as possible, to the day it came off the production line. Hope to do same with Argosy.

Would greatly appreciate anyone willing to share knowledge and experiences from their restoration projects.

Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you in the future. As we say in the Maritimes, "Have a good day."


The Argosy is my 3rd "Trailer" purchase in 25 years (raising children, Prowler bunkhouse etc.)

Now it's my turn. Never owned Argosy previously, best decision made to date.

Please excuse me if this question seems dense. The specification sheet states 24' double, however the beds are twin. The Owners Manual also has floor plans for double beds. Other than the front couch being convertible to a double bed, I don't get it, comprend pas, and don't capice. Looking for enlightment.

Customizing question-
Own '61 Chevy Impala, white with red interior. Thinking we might customize the interior of the Argosy to match the Impala. John has inserted a red panel facing in the fridge and it looks too cool for words. I can invision where we could go with this. Change the colour scheme but retain the fabric styles/ decor designs of the time. What do think? Please provide honest comments, good or bad.

As we say in Maritimes, "Have a good day."
Thanking you in advance, Diane and John,
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If you could post the VIN it would help decipher this mystery. The VIN included Letters that would definitively tell you what the trailer was supposed to be originally - and where it was made.
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1975 argosy 24ft. twin

Greetings love vintage!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

Argosy owners are probably the most likely of all Airstream owners to implement design or decor changes in their coaches. For instance, I kept the original "flavor" of my coach by retaining its mint burnt orange countertops; but I replaced the burnt orange shag carpet with Cherry Laminate flooring from Armstrong--the orange plaid upholstery with an autumn print featuring small ivy leaves of green, orange, yellow, and tan on a soft gold background; and had the drapes reproduced in a fabric that closely matches the original both in design and color. I have seen several coaches with themes and at least one that carried through the color combinations of the tow vehicle along the lines of what you are considering. I would estimate that 80% or more of the owners of Vintage Argosys would share the opinion that its your coach and refurbish it to suit your own personal style and taste.

You can determine the factory designation for your coach by checking its VIN. The VIN should decode something like this:

24T5V1975 or 24D5V1975 -- Versailles, OH plant
24T5S1975 or 24D5S1975 -- California plant

First two digits represent the length of the coach in feet.
Third digit represents the floorplan -- T=Twin -- D=Double
Fourth digit represents the last digit of the year of production
Fifth digit represents manufacture point -- V=Ohio -- S=California
Last four digits represent sequential production number.

There is still some confusion about how many Argosy trailers were produced in California and in which years. Literature that I have lists both plants until very late in the first generation of production.

It isn't uncommon to find discrepancies in the documentation regarding floorplan designation, but the VIN will usually identify how the coach was identified by the factory.

Good luck with your coach!

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Old 08-17-2006, 07:15 PM   #7
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Drapery tabs

Thank you so much for the info. Much more than we were anticipating, will record the VIN tomorrow and follow up our search Monday. Being true to form, do not have computer or even Cable TV hooked up. (Children raised without TV in the summer. Collecting shells, exploring the beach, weenie roasts and marshmallow toasts over an open fire. Laughing so hard, your chair falls over and your marshmallow ends up in Moms hair. What could be better than that?)

Sorry, back to the original question. Is it possible to purchase the "very unique" drapery tabs? If so, please advise of contact. Have inquired locally and have come up zero, zilch and nada.

As always, thanks for your time and help. Have a good day.
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Curtain tabs? Yes, of course. The plastic gets punky and you must find the new. They are commonly available -- but will take some 'Search' function to find the best price.

Not a great price, but this may show some like yours if you Ctrl-f ('find' under your edit menu, top left of your browser) on the search word: drapes

Another source, but without the types I remember from my Argosy: Vintage Trailer Supply

Your mission, should you decide to accept it ... I get multiple returns in the 'Search' function if I use keywords like drape tabs and curtain tabs. For the benefit of all, would you mind posting back to this thread what sort of promising sources you find? Thank you!

Any other readers have sources they liked?
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You can find these at RV dealers, Airstream dealers, Jackson Center, Camping World and some RV salvage/recycle places. You will need to know your particular shape. Some hang at 90 degrees to the track. Some made so that they hang straight down on the track, or up from the bottom track. There are some threads on this Forum if you do a search. You will find lots of information for drapes/curtains etc.
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Welcome fellow 24ft Argosy owner. I hope you will be as happy with yours as I am with mine. You can contact James P. Ambruso, Inc on the web to get prices for curtains for your Argosy. He will send you sample materials and a quote. I have the floor plan with the double bed in the middle and the storage with a desk. It's worked out great for my husband and me. I did redo the interior and put in new wood floors, but it still looks very 78. However, no one who sees it can believe it's really that old. I also have done lots of outside touch up painting and replaced the orange vinyl stripes. Really adds to the look of the trailer. I do not have the green or orange counters, but I did get a gold toilet. I have refinished all the bath, so now everything is ivory. Hope you have as much fun redoing yours as I have had with mine. I love these little cream colored trailers. Don't think I could go with a silver again.
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We have been working at updating our Argosy. We have new plumbing, air, upholstery, shocks, tires, insulation and cleaned and plugged all holes we found. We just returned from a 4,000 mile cruise and are planning an other soon as we get our credit cards paid off. $3.00 diesel is a bummer. We averaged close to 15 mile to gallon of diesel in our Cummings diesel 3/4. But we prefer $2.00.

The trailer functioned fine excepting for the waste system that has leaky valves. We did find a solution but were embarrassed until we found a fix. The interior of ours is new and clean. We will be replacing the furnace and hot-water unless we can find a way to keep our pilots lit.

We have found the trailer to be small but adequate. We have a new awning but did not use it as much as we thought. Most of the friends we made wanted to play host and we enjoyed sponging off there campfires.

Good luck and please email us for help. We do not know it all but we know more than we did a year ago.

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