Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
4 Rivet Member
 
247stream's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Cedartown , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 315
1977 Argosy 24' - Rear Door

I'm starting this new thread to talk about my 'new' trailer all in one spot. We just picked our beauty up this past weekend and while I haven't had much time to investigate all her ins and outs I know that this is the most incredible specimen I've seen of a 36 year old trailer and I'm so blessed to have found her!
The trailer came with all the original paperwork for all the appliances, the owners manual and the original title. I think this trailer is 100% complete and original. The only thing that I'm aware of that could be missing is a bucket or 2. Here are some pics of our awesome find; including one of us with the awesome sellers.

oh, and we just discovered the table this morning. Knew it was supposed to have one but never saw one and never asked. I think the 1500 mile weekend drive was the cause of our forgetfulness.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	argosy 003.jpg
Views:	220
Size:	297.5 KB
ID:	188472   Click image for larger version

Name:	our argosy 005.jpg
Views:	264
Size:	336.2 KB
ID:	188473  

Click image for larger version

Name:	our argosy 008.jpg
Views:	253
Size:	256.6 KB
ID:	188474   Click image for larger version

Name:	our argosy 014.jpg
Views:	327
Size:	298.5 KB
ID:	188475  

__________________

__________________
WBCCI# 1558
2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
247stream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
As I said in your Member Intro thread, I think this is a fantastic score. Looks like a really lovely Argosy, I wish my new project trailer looked 1/4th as good!
__________________

__________________
— David

Zero Gravitas — 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto — 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. — Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
247stream's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Cedartown , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 315
Thank you. We've been down the 'rebuild from the floor up' route before and were hoping and praying that it didn't come to that again. I was willing to pay to have a solid floor, if there even was such a beast, but the willing to wait was a mite harder to manage! I feel very lucky indeed.
__________________
WBCCI# 1558
2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
247stream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #4
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Remember that it probably has leaks. It's been protected under cover so no harm was done, but find them and fix them while that floor is still solid.

I'm hoping I'm not quite destined for "floor up" with il Progetto, but I know I have at least a section to patch... I'll know fairly soon if there's more. *shudder*
__________________
— David

Zero Gravitas — 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto — 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. — Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
247stream's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Cedartown , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 315
yes, that is the plan...to seek out and destroy any leaks before anything (more?) happens! that's how my summer will be spent, on investigation and maintenance while its too hot to camp.

haha, I can feel your shudder from here...I hope that the force is with you and the section to patch is all you face.
__________________
WBCCI# 1558
2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
247stream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 03:10 AM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
Dickandvicki's Avatar
 
1991 29' Excella
Tulsa , Oklahoma
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 117
Images: 1
She is a beauty!
__________________
Dickandvicki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
Marufaru's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 26
Atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 18
GAWGEOUS!!! Enjoy her! ))
__________________
Marufaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
mutcth's Avatar

 
2007 23' Safari SE
Central , Connecticut
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,632
Got to say, I'm envious. Finding one of the rarest Argosy models in such fine condition from the original owners is impressive.

Enjoy that trailer! (FWIW, I'd get a set of front window protectors...)

Tom
__________________
Now: 2007 Safari SE 23' "Anne" towed by 2011 Dodge Durango "Herman"
Before: Argosy Minuet and T@B, towed by various Honda Odysseys
mutcth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 05:06 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
1977 Argosy 24 - Rear Door

Greetings 247stream!

You have what is probably the most original example of the first generation Argosy 24 Rear Entry trailer. Depending upon source, the floorplan was offered for no more than two, three or four years. It is quite unusual to find any first generation Argosy with the Argosy Orange interior where the fabric upholstery isn't disintegrating. I purchased my 1978 Minuet with the same interior dιcor from the original owner, but the fabric was falling apart due to sun exposure. My suggestion would be to take plenty of detailed photos as I suspect that your Argosy is probably among the most original of its floorplan in existence.

Good luck with your Argosy!

Kevin

P. S.: I second the suggestion for a front window rock protector . . . those clear wing windows are almost impossible to replace.
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
4 Rivet Member
 
kevinb's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
1959 17' Pacer
Vintage Kin Owner
holly springs , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 405
congratulations on your find, look at all the seating! you need to host a party! Dont tell anyone (cause I went to UGA, where red rules) but I love that funky orange
color.

And yes if at all possible get it under cover.
__________________
kevinb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
4 Rivet Member
 
247stream's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Cedartown , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 315
thanks everyone, i'm so happy! I was also SO scared driving it home without window protectors. window protectors and a permanent home are our top & first priorities, both of which i'm working on. (it is under a tarp type carport but we want a real structure) both items are taking longer than I want them to, argh.

I've been crawling all under, over, and in everything this week (on the inside) and i'm still amazed at its condition. the fabric is like brand new. the carpet took the worst beating but even it doesn't look 36 years old! she needs some maintenance inside and out but that's a piece of cake compared to rebuilding anything so i'm more than happy to do that work.

Rare? Airstream Inc says so...they didn't recognize the R in the VIN! I finally told the guy to go ask someone older than him. I told him it stood for the rear door from the first email...5 emails later he finally states that it stands for the rear door. duh! (I was asking for a/c placement)

We'll be at Falluminum in Oct and I can't wait to show it off there but i'm not sure if i'm going to be able to let anyone actually walk inside.

oh and as far as seating...I have taken a pic yet but the table between the beds opens up all the way to the end of the bed so combined with the center table we figure we can have a thanksgiving dinner in there!

i'm diggin' the orange too...it's different from what I've had
__________________
WBCCI# 1558
2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
247stream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 09:02 AM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
Savage68's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 22
Hamilton , Montana
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 154
Images: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by 247stream View Post
thanks everyone, i'm so happy! I was also SO scared driving it home without window protectors. window protectors and a permanent home are our top & first priorities, both of which i'm working on. (it is under a tarp type carport but we want a real structure) both items are taking longer than I want them to, argh.

I've been crawling all under, over, and in everything this week (on the inside) and i'm still amazed at its condition. the fabric is like brand new. the carpet took the worst beating but even it doesn't look 36 years old! she needs some maintenance inside and out but that's a piece of cake compared to rebuilding anything so i'm more than happy to do that work.

Rare? Airstream Inc says so...they didn't recognize the R in the VIN! I finally told the guy to go ask someone older than him. I told him it stood for the rear door from the first email...5 emails later he finally states that it stands for the rear door. duh! (I was asking for a/c placement)

We'll be at Falluminum in Oct and I can't wait to show it off there but i'm not sure if i'm going to be able to let anyone actually walk inside.

oh and as far as seating...I have taken a pic yet but the table between the beds opens up all the way to the end of the bed so combined with the center table we figure we can have a thanksgiving dinner in there!

i'm diggin' the orange too...it's different from what I've had
Cardboard and gorilla tape makes great temporary rock guards....
__________________
Savage68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
1977 Argosy 24 - Rear Door

Greetings 247stream!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 247stream View Post
Rare? Airstream Inc says so...they didn't recognize the R in the VIN! I finally told the guy to go ask someone older than him. I told him it stood for the rear door from the first email...5 emails later he finally states that it stands for the rear door. duh! (I was asking for a/c placement)
There have been more nuances in Argosy VIN numbers surfacing of late. This is the first that I have heard in regards to the rear entry model Argosys having a special character. It makes sense, and can be added to two or three other nuances:
  • S rather than V in the place for plant of manufacture. This is one that Airstream hasn't confirmed to my knowledge, but the assumption has been that a few Argosys may have been produced in the California Plant resulting in the S for Cerritos, CA rather than the typical V for Versailles, Ohio.
  • R for Rear Entry floorplan. I must ask, does the R replace the D or T in the floorplan designation or is it an extra character in the VIN? The typical VIN for our first generation Argosys appears as follows: 20D8V#### where the first two characters identify the length, the third the main sleeping accommodation, the fourth the last digit of the model year, the fifth the plant of manufacture, and the last four the sequential production number.
  • A in the VIN. This one still hasn't been solved.
I am sure that your Argosy will provide many years of enjoyment!!

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 12:12 PM   #14
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander64 View Post
Greetings 247stream!



There have been more nuances in Argosy VIN numbers surfacing of late. This is the first that I have heard in regards to the rear entry model Argosys having a special character. It makes sense, and can be added to two or three other nuances:
  • S rather than V in the place for plant of manufacture. This is one that Airstream hasn't confirmed to my knowledge, but the assumption has been that a few Argosys may have been produced in the California Plant resulting in the S for Cerritos, CA rather than the typical V for Versailles, Ohio.
  • R for Rear Entry floorplan. I must ask, does the R replace the D or T in the floorplan designation or is it an extra character in the VIN? The typical VIN for our first generation Argosys appears as follows: 20D8V#### where the first two characters identify the length, the third the main sleeping accommodation, the fourth the last digit of the model year, the fifth the plant of manufacture, and the last four the sequential production number.
  • A in the VIN. This one still hasn't been solved.
I am sure that your Argosy will provide many years of enjoyment!!

Kevin
Kevin:

A in an Argosy VIN denotes center-bath, rear-bed (as in 28A6Vxxxx for my '76 28' center-bath project.)
__________________

__________________
— David

Zero Gravitas — 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto — 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. — Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Royce :: 1977 Argosy Minuet Royce Airstream Registry Discussions 1 06-22-2012 08:34 AM
1977 Argosy Airstream Motorhome Rebuilt Engine, Trans, Headers. Onan BIN eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 10-02-2011 11:00 PM
Anyone tried to remove a 1977 Argosy Fridge synhorst Refrigerators 2 09-25-2011 04:36 PM
Can't find the VIN number plate. 1977 ARGOSY MH Octane Classic Motorhomes 4 08-10-2011 06:02 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.