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Old 12-28-2003, 01:00 PM   #15
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On blocks??? What were the support points? How is the belly pan?

Trailers that have sat for prolonged periods on the axles have problems with the rubber rods inside the axle. See this recent thread. So did the blocks unweight the axles?
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:48 PM   #16
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Your posting tickled memory of one thread. So I've searched a couple times and finally found it. Thoroughness in evaluating will give anyone a practical plot for future projects. It hardly needs to be used for bargaining if you can get the trailer for $500.

Take note of CO_Don's postings in thread Buying used Airstream. (I've PM'ed him to put credit where credit is due)
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Old 12-31-2003, 11:07 AM   #17
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Well, I bought this trailer. I checked it out and everything works except the potable water tank is missing. He gave me a new water pump, an electric jack for the hitch, and a 50' 30 amp extension cord. It has load leveling jacks under it and the axle arms are at a slight negative position. The tires look to be the original tires and are in perfect shape with no dry rot. There is one slight dent in the body. The top at the front and rear which looks like it is steel has been repainted. The awning works and is in good shape. The only bad part is that he has no keys and the doors on the battery box and fridge have had the locks drilled out and the hinges are bad. I think this thing can be made to look like new with a nice paint job and a good cleaning. All windows and cabinet doors are in good shape and working. It could use new sealer around front window and a few odds and ends. My first step is to get a title for it.
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Old 12-31-2003, 11:35 AM   #18
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Congratulations race 606! Sounds like you have a nice project to work on. How about posting some pictures of your project as you work on it?
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Old 12-31-2003, 12:11 PM   #19
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Greetings Race 606!

Congratulations on the Argosy 28! Welcome to the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

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The top at the front and rear which looks like it is steel has been repainted.
Your assumption about the front and rear end domes is correct. These domes are formed of galvanized steel. It does create some problems with galvanic action - - and the paint does not seem to last as long on the domes as it does on the body of the trailer. The one advantage is that WBCCI numbers can be displayed on magnetic sign material that is easily removed when displaying the membership numbers isn't necessary.

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The only bad part is that he has no keys and the doors on the battery box and fridge have had the locks drilled out and the hinges are bad.
If my Minuet is any indicator, this problem is rather common to the Argosy coaches. I had original locks with keys for all of the compartments on my Minuet, but the locks were so badly corroded that they needed replacement. The battery compartment as well as the refrigerator access panel needed new hinges as well. Neither was an expensive repair, and the parts were readily available at my regular Airstream dealership. The locks and hinges are not "special Airstream only" items, so sourcing them outside of an Airstream dealer shouldn't be a problem - - I don't have the time nor skills to perform repairs to my satisfaction so I rely upon Ace Fogdall RV for my repairs.

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All windows and cabinet doors are in good shape and working. It could use new sealer around front window and a few odds and ends.
As you work with the coach, you will likely learn of many features that are quite endearing to the Argosy and Airstream lines. One thing that you may want to consider if your coach doesn't already have one is the front window rock guard - - the wing windows are VERY expensive to replace if broken - - and the clear windows as used in the '70s era Argosys are no longer available - - the current replacements are tinted according to my understanding. Since your coach is the standard width for '70s era coaches, you wouldn't be faced with narrowing the center section by 6"+ to fit as was necessary with my Minuet. I have attached a photo of the rock guard on my Minuet.

Good luck with the title issues!

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Congratulations race606!!!
I hope you have as much fun restoring your argosy as we did doing our 1972 20 footer. We still have some work to do, but we love old rivets. I wish you the best.
Andy at inland rv was a big help to us. He, as well as the forum will give you the best advice and help.
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