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Old 05-21-2018, 04:34 PM   #29
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Good to know! I’m still going to build a gantry to help lift and hold the axles in place from above as I mount them....among other uses.

The last outrigger before the bumper appears to triangular iron. However, the one just before the last (the one that has rusted away) was an iron plate with a curved bottom. I can use the other side as a template.

I haven’t checked the online stocks but the ones I’ve see posted elsewhere have an oval shaped cutout and appear somewhat tubular, whereas the Argosy outriggers are a solid plate. I’m in the burbs here so there aren’t many fabricators around, but I’ll do some hunting/asking around and see if I can get one made. My porch hip roof trusses have a custom welded V steel plate sandwiched between 2x12s, so I know those guys are here somewhere!Click image for larger version

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I also noticed the lower frame rails (about 47” long) that support the bumper/compartment and grey tank have 2 additional 6-10” of angle iron supporting them to the upper frame rails This was on both the curb and street side. Are these also welded onto the upper frame and this is additional support or is this an earlier repair? The angle iron looked fresh and shiney. Didn’t take a pic of it as it was getting dark will post one later.
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:23 PM   #30
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Nevermind about the fresh angle, the bellypan is revitted to it. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-21-2018, 05:24 PM   #31
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For outriggers get some 5x2x1/8 metal tubing. Make a template of the other one on paper and transfer the curves to the new one. You can cut the outriggers to shape with a jigsaw and a metal blade. Not real hard. I felt like a million bucks after I made the first one
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:33 PM   #32
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Make that 2 outriggers to be addressed the one under the refrigerator compartment needs to be touched up.

Even with all the insulation out from the underside I can still smell the stench of mice. I can only imagine what’s waiting for me behind the interior skins.Click image for larger version

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You outrigger replacement count is great so far! I had to replace 15 on mine
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:35 PM   #34
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wow 15...did you find it was easier/cheaper to make them yourself or just buy them?
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I couldn't find a supplier that was reasonable. Yes cheaper to make myself. Plus I got a welder out of the deal. Only drawback was I had to learn to weld! YouTube and friends. Love it. They are not hard to make and they give you more surface area for attaching the belly pan.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:14 AM   #36
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Acquired a 79 30’ Argosy with a layout close to what I was looking for (rear twin, center bath and plenty of room up front for a large dinette).

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Old 05-29-2018, 07:18 PM   #37
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Very nice....


Where did you find that one?
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:58 AM   #38
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A few weeks ago I had done a couple searches here on the forum for 30’ Argosy owners (VIN registry & posts) and reached out to a few of them via PM. Just happened that the owner of this one had it parked at Lake Cumberland KY, not using as much and was thinking about selling. Picked it up in southwest Ohio this weekend while visiting family for the long holiday weekend.

Always good to meet and deal with other forum members (and fellow Buckeyes) than the random CL dealers.
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That looks like it's in great shape! good find....
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:17 AM   #40
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Yes, I feel very lucky to have found one so close to what I was looking for and so quickly...it must have been meant to be!

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The rear end sat a bit low, but I think the hitch height was an inch or 2 high and the Jeep’s suspension kept wanting to go in “off road” mode when I parked which only made it appear worse.

Other than needing a bath, some new axles and the normal signs of mice on the inside, I didn’t have any initial indications of frame or subfloor issues...but I haven’t probed too deeply yet as we were in a rush to get back on the road.

The prior owner to the seller had done an extensive update back in 2000 including a paint job and appears to have installed a small solar panel (I don’t think those were available from the factory in 1979).

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One of my wheel caps came off at a gas stop...my kids thought I was nuts for running back to fetch it. I was disappointed to find it said “made in China” on the inside so I’m guessing their not as original as I thought.

The door seems stiff to open and doesn’t swing freely with out some force (not excessive) to push it open, so maybe there’s some binding going on there. The seller also got locked inside at one point so there’s some work to be done on the handle and interior door skin. Otherwise the interior after a good cleaning and replacing the carpet should be camp ready for the summer while the 26’ work goes on.
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:22 AM   #41
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Yes, I feel very lucky to have found one so close to what I was looking for and so quickly...it must have been meant to be!

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The rear end sat a bit low, but I think the hitch height was an inch or 2 high and the Jeep’s suspension kept wanting to go in “off road” mode when I parked which only made it appear worse.

Other than needing a bath, some new axles and the normal signs of mice on the inside, I didn’t have any initial indications of frame or subfloor issues...but I haven’t probed too deeply yet as we were in a rush to get back on the road.

The prior owner to the seller had done an extensive update back in 2000 including a paint job and appears to have installed a small solar panel (I don’t think those were available from the factory in 1979).

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One of my wheel caps came off at a gas stop...my kids thought I was nuts for running back to fetch it. I was disappointed to find it said “made in China” on the inside so I’m guessing their not as original as I thought.

The door seems stiff to open and doesn’t swing freely with out some force (not excessive) to push it open, so maybe there’s some binding going on there. The seller also got locked inside at one point so there’s some work to be done on the handle and interior door skin. Otherwise the interior after a good cleaning and replacing the carpet should be camp ready for the summer while the 26’ work goes on.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:29 PM   #42
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I’ve put the ‘75 26’ Argosy rear bath / twin for sale in the classifieds.

http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/...y-26-virginia/
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