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Old 02-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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'77 Argosy 28, unusual VIN with 'A' as first letter?

Hi, I'm new to the forums as I have recently acquired a 1977 Argosy 28!
I'm trying to find out more about this intriguing trailer, but having trouble with one part of the VIN. I've located it in two places (stamped on an aluminum plate riveted to the trailer body, and also stamped on the A-frame). It reads 28A7V1428. I'm smart enough to figure out everything but the "A" in the third position. All decoders mention only a "D" or "T" as possibilities depending on the bed configuration. I can tell you that this is the center-bath, twin beds (x2) at the rear model. The layouts that I've encountered also show another oddity, and that is that the bathroom and closets are on different sides of the trailer than as advertised...


My Argosy appears as in the attached 1976(?) Argosy 28 options page (at lower left, in red) except the closets are curbside, bathroom opposite.

Any ideas?

P.S. I also need a line on two replacement windows, both my curbside wraparounds (front and rear) are totalled. I can't handle the 'smoke' colored stuff, and the classifieds are getting me nowhere. Inland RV?

Many thanks,
Meagan
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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I don't believe you will have much luck finding clear wrap around windows.
I would consider moving one of the clear glass windows to the opposite end of the trailer. Say the front. Then put two dark windows in the berthing area. Just a thought.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Layout...

Hi Meagan,

Welcome to Airforums and good luck in your search for clear windows.

As for the differences, there were many changes in the Argosy/Airstream coach's. Some were custom adds, while others were production run changes.

And, when brochures were printed, not all options could be shown.

I, like you, have the reverse to the brochure with the RM76 refrigerator (larger - 8 cu. ft.), well at least it did have when produced. A Previous Owner (PO) changed it out to a smaller unit.

Good Luck in your rebuild.

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Old 03-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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My bathroom configuration is the same as your's. But mine has the dining table on the door side. It also has an A in the vin number.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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No original clear wrap around windows are available except from a salvage unit. Some have made them from Lexan or similar plastics, but even that is a daunting task due to the double compound curves involved.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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The "A" is for center bath.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #7
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Argosys

You have got a project but ours was just as bad.. check out what it can look like thread is Costalotta start to finish...
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #8
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Thanks, everybody! I guess that answers the vin question.
And good news/bad news... Found the windows in what I can only assume is record time from what I had been reading. I ordered them the second I found them. They're safe and sound in my garage awaiting installation. Bad news is that they "costalotta" . Totally more than I had budgeted, but a girl wants what she wants. I knew when I got the trailer that I was in for plenty of surprises and deep gouges in my bank account from time to time.
Heading to VTA in May, hoping to make the window install a DIY. I'll never forgive myself if I bust one of those...

Been lurking around lots of full monte projects, including "costalotta". I'm impressed!
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make sure to protect the windows!

Do a search on "rock guards" here on the forum. I'm going to fabricate some of my own, but it seems like a good investment for those rare windows.
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Do a search on "rock guards" here on the forum. I'm going to fabricate some of my own, but it seems like a good investment for those rare windows.
Thanks for the heads-up BentMetal! I've done a few searches and have decided that ultimately I'll be adding the three-piece guards front and back ('cause I don't trust a snot-nosed kid holding a stone).
She won't be roadworthy for a while, so I figure I've got time before I have to throw money into those.
I'll probably make some canvas covered high-density foam guards in the interim, just to say I did everything I could to protect those beauties .
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I thought about rock guards for the back windows also. But am unsure how either the factory or canvas ones would hold up going down the highway.
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So, I'm curious (in a morbid sort of way) about how much replacement clear pano windows actually cost. Care to share?
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Over a Thousand $$$$$. And you can no longer get a clear window, unless it is used.
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Over a Thousand $$$$$. And you can no longer get a clear window, unless it is used.
The OP apparently found a couple of used ones, that's why I was asking. If used ones are $1k/each the rotting hulk with 4 good panos I looked at in KY might have been worth $4k...
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