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Old 12-15-2011, 12:41 PM   #15
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Greetings shrimptank!

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Well, I wanted to want the Argosy, but something just didn't feel right... So I went to Houston last night to see the Airstream, thinking at least if she's crap, I'll feel good about the Argosy....
Well, I stepped into the Airstream and I immediately loved her. There was a definite separation of living room and sleeping area, but still open enough to feel airy. Her downside over the Argosy is the wet bath, but I can deal with it.
She's also way too heavy for me, but I'm not dragging her all over, just the once to Del Rio and then back again in a year. My BF told me to get the bigger one if I want and he'd take her down for me if my Blazer wouldn't pull it.
The Airstream is costing me $3500, and while she needs some interior work, I do feel good I got all that extra living space and I saved $2500.... I may not get it back again, but at least I'm going to be comfortable for the year.
I think that you will find the extra two feet in the Tradewind that permits the separate bedroom area to be a plus for longer-term living. The towing shouldn't be a signficant difference -- the Airstream will be slightly heavier, but less than three feet longer than the Argosy with the plus of tandem axles (the loaded weight of the Tradewind will likely be about 1,000 pounds heavier than the Argosy). In 1972, the Tradewind had a dry weight of 4,140 pounds with a dry tongue weight of 560 pounds -- I suspect that your actual loaded for travel weight will approach 5,500 pounds with a loaded tongue weight of about 650 pounds -- see this link for data on the 1972 Tradewind. The Tradewind is a popular sized coach so you shouldn't have too much selling the coach in the future if you find that you wish to do so.

Good luck with your Tradewind!


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Old 12-30-2011, 04:14 PM   #16
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Well today I met the lady who ended up buying the Argosy. She was at the RV place asking them to inspect it.
Hello again if you're reading this!

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Old 12-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #17
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Hey there Shrimptank!

How did things work out for you today, really hoping for the best for you!

I'll be taking mine over some time soon to have it all checked out also, better to be safe.

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:03 PM   #18
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Don't forget to put up picks of her. I want to see how much nicer you've made it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:54 PM   #19
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Sorry Molly is naked right now, she can't be seen in photos just yet!

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