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Old 11-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #1
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Are Argosys built with the same quality of an Airstream?

Hello,

I`ve been looking at a lot of trailers for sale, and I cant figure out why the asking price of an Argosy is considerably cheaper than the Airstream models
with similar size and year.

Is it just a preference thing? Or, is the quality not as good as an Airstream?

I would appreciate any replies.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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The outer skin is painted, but the build quality of the shell is no less quality at all. Argosy was the test "trailer" in some respects before the Airstream line got new items. Take the panoramic wrap front window on the Argosy. It was introduced in 1972 on Argosy and not available on AS till the early 80's.
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Price is usually based on supply and demand. More people want Airstreams than Argosy. I suppose because Airstream are shinny and look higher class and quality, even if they may not be. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:25 AM   #4
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Hello,

I`ve been looking at a lot of trailers for sale, and I cant figure out why the asking price of an Argosy is considerably cheaper than the Airstream models
with similar size and year.

Is it just a preference thing? Or, is the quality not as good as an Airstream?

I would appreciate any replies.
Argosy trailers are like Chevy's.

Airstream trailers are like Cadillac's.

However, the basics are the same in both.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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thanks for your replies.
I was wondering, if people fancy the shiny aluminum skin so much,
won`t it make sense to buy an Argosy, remove the paint and buff it up just like an airstream. Or, is it that once you paint the skin you can`t get it back to its normal state.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:39 AM   #6
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thanks for your replies.
I was wondering, if people fancy the shiny aluminum skin so much,
won`t it make sense to buy an Argosy, remove the paint and buff it up just like an airstream. Or, is it that once you paint the skin you can`t get it back to its normal state.
You can polish an Argosy just like an Airstream, EXCEPT that the front and rear caps are galvanized, which cannot be polished.

Some owners paint the coach a different color of their choice.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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When you look at an Argosy take note that there are no rivets in the front and rear end caps. The end caps are one piece, either steel or fiberglass and can not be polished. I feel that any nicely painted Argosy can look as good as an Airstream. Look for posts by " Smokeless Joe" and you will see what I mean.
If you are buying a trailer to show off it's shiny exterior. Keep I'm mind how much work is involved in making it look that way and what it takes to keep it up.
If you are buying it to go camping or traveling or just to live in. You will pay more for an A$. You could use the money saved to update an Argosy and get just as much enjoyment from it.
The opinions above are from an Argosy owner.
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TG Twinkie,
Those are several good points you`ve mentioned and helpful. Basically, I`m looking for something I can go camping with my family for the time being and hopefully live in it for several months at a time in the future.

Andy,
Are the interior parts of an Argosy interchangeable with an Airstream?
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All of the appliances, water heater, furnace, converters etc. are the same as an A$. Many parts are interchangeable. You can save a considerable amount of money on replacements for the above mentioned items by shopping on the Internet. They are not A$ or Argosy specific. Most, if not all RV makers use the same stuff.
Many of the so called upgrades you see in A$'s were test marketed in the Argosy.
As for the comparison " Cadillac vs Chevy". I would compare the Argosy more to the Oldsmobile or Buick. Not a Chevy.
But I am a little biased. LOL
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Are the interior parts of an Argosy interchangeable with an Airstream?
Many times, yes.

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Are the interior parts of an Argosy interchangeable with an Airstream?
They aren't far apart, that's for sure -- I've been in both and the genetics is the same. The '70s plastic airliner look isn't quite timeless tho'.... Interchanging from different lengths however could create havoc with space & functionality.

I would venture that the electro-mechanicals are pretty much the same. IIRC my '74 Argosy had a number of things optional -- air conditioning, stabilizer jacks and I forget what else. Not to say that those also weren't optional on Airstreams either.

I've seen aluminum-silver painted Airstreams that you can't tell from 20 feet. And one can do the same thing to an Argosy. The tell always is the end cap. And the title. I don't think painting would change the price differential though. Look at boatdoc's threads on re-doing his Argosy if you want to be convinced that A nicely done, attractive unit is always better if thinking about resale value.

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Thanks for all your inputs, my understanding of the differences in owning the two are much more clearer than before. I`m sure I`ll have some more questions later, but need to hit the sack for now.
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I owned a 1981 Excella II, and currently an Argosy. The only difference other than exterior paint, was the panel in the Excella II with tank levels(ie 1/4 1/2 full etc) which was immaccurate. My Argosy, fresh water is visible, black water look down the terlet, gray when full tub has water. Not much dif than Excella. LOL
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They aren't far apart, that's for sure -- I've been in both and the genetics is the same. The '70s plastic airliner look isn't quite timeless tho'.... Interchanging from different lengths however could create havoc with space & functionality.

I would venture that the electro-mechanicals are pretty much the same. IIRC my '74 Argosy had a number of things optional -- air conditioning, stabilizer jacks and I forget what else. Not to say that those also weren't optional on Airstreams either.

I've seen aluminum-silver painted Airstreams that you can't tell from 20 feet. And one can do the same thing to an Argosy. The tell always is the end cap. And the title. I don't think painting would change the price differential though. Look at boatdoc's threads on re-doing his Argosy if you want to be convinced that A nicely done, attractive unit is always better if thinking about resale value.

We're all Andys on this bus.
Please clarify, are you saying that someone actually painted over the aluminum finish on an Airstream? Probably un-conventional however a few years ago I painted an aluminum horse trailer white after it became hard to maintain the finish. It looked great, and was very easy to upkeep.
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