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Old 08-26-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Smile Alana's 1972 Argosy 20'

Starting this thread as a place to document our "new" Argosy as I fix her up, look for parts, come up with questions and concerns.

Just picked her up last weekend in Minneapolis. All & all, pretty happy with it. The big thing currently is that it needs a new door. It's bent pretty badly on the lower portion, so it doesn't give that nice seal we all love in Airstreams.

It came with the original bill of sale and owner's manual, which was really cool. Apparently it's spent it's entire life in Minnesota.

Eager to test out the lines and see if all the plumbing, pumps, etc. all work. No AC, which is OK. I'd rather it never had one than lug around the weight of an old one that doesn't work.

I've learned 2 things the hard way so far. If you go to look at the camper and the door is open, shut it, lock it, then open it back up again. I blew past this point and figured out the hard way that the PO had glossed over the fact that I would be locked out of it and need to break in with a screwdriver in the middle of the night when I stopped for much needed sleep.

The other thing I learned is that if there are oddly placed wallpaper boarder panels, they're hiding something. Like the badly cracked plastic panel on the galley wall. Ahh well.

I took my daughter and 2 of her friends out in it for the weekend on a birthday trip and had a wonderful time. I love the spacious cabin and how much lighting there is compared to my previous '62 Shasta Airflyte.

Looking forward to learning all I can about this fabulous model. If anyone is looking for a copy of that year's manual, drop a line!

Take care all,

Alana
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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Can you post pics of the door and other things you find are problems?
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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If this is a case of "sprung door" there are several threads you could search for the fix for that.

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Old 08-27-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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Ahh! This is why I LOVE this site! Someone always has help for something you think will be a big deal. Thank you!!!

Will be taking pics today.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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Tried this for my sprung door. Should have put a board across the bottom on the street side. ::crunch:: normally very good about thinking stuff through, but got ahead of myself on that one. The door didn't take to bending back so well. Maybe on a hotter day.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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Oh.l.also got in a road trip (work-related) over to the Lansing area this weekend. Took the Argosy along for lodging. Loving this little camper more and more. I think we've finally found just the right one.



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Just a thought:
Would an auto body shop that does frame straightening be able to help with the door? What you did with the straps won't bend the door back, hot day or not. The metal needs to be worked back to the correct shape. Folks that work on car bodies and frames may know how to do this, and do it so that it is bent correctly.
As I said, just a thought.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #8
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Alanna,

Welcome to the 20' Argosy lovers club. Mine is a '74 and of all the Airstreams and Argosy's I have owned over the years (lost count, 14, or was it 17) it is my favorite. So much so I did a complete make over a couple of years ago, rather than buying a new AS of the same size. I like the floor plan so much better in the older ones. The 20' Argosy is a keeper.

On your door: If it has been sprung it needs to be re curved. The door needs to be removed from the trailer. The interior panels must be removed as they are part of the structure of the door. After it is set to the proper curvature, the inner panels are re riveted and that holds it into shape. I have not done one, but it is not a simple job. I would consider having it done at the factory in Ohio, or by some dealer who is very experienced in AS repairs. Also, now and then doors show up in the classified ads. You will not have much luck trying to do it in place by the method shown in the photos on this thread.

I will be watching to see what you are doing with it. Great choice.
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Yeah---I came up with that method by reading another post in the boards. I figured it was worth a try. Oh well.
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Awsome Sticker where did you find it?
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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Awsome Sticker where did you find it?
Hi Jill, I got it at a little shop in Michigan, but I'm thinking about carrying this line in my store. It sums it up nicely.

I love my Argosy. Fell even more in love this weekend. We went to Warren Dunes, Michigan with several gals from The Loyal Order of the Glamper. We had a shady circle pretty much to ourselves with a nice group of cute little vintage campers. Looking forward to getting the Argosy up to speed, fresh paint, decorated, and spiffed up so I can properly show her off.

My first trip to the dump station was a disaster. Figured out the hookup, pulled the dump valve, it all rushed into the hose...then sprayed all over the place. There was a split in the hose. I'm still grossed out,
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Question Airstream-specific dump hose?

In thinking forward to the spring camping season, I'm remembering that the aftermarket hose did not fit my dump valve properly. Is there an Airstream-specific hose? I'm guessing, just wanted to check.

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Your Argosy uses Thetford fittings not the similar looking Valdera (not sure of the spelling) types which are much more available. They are usually White in color.

You can still get the proper Thetford fittings at a larger RV place, or on line. There is also a Thetford to Valdera converter for a few dollars.
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Rivet Rivet type/size for interior of Argosy door?

Hello fellow Argosy owners. I'm going to be attacking my sprung door sometime in the next couple of weeks, so I'm gathering supplies. Anyone know what type of rivets are used on the door interiors and where to purchase them?

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