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Old 06-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Argosy Inspection Advice

Hello Argosy Folk,

I am looking for advise on inspection a 1974 24 foot Argosy. The trailer looks nice in photos and has new laminent flooring, appliances, and sink. I don't want to make the mistake of purchasing a trailer that has been dolled up for a quick sale.

I am hoping to find pointers on problem areas and things to look out for that I may miss.


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Old 06-05-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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In general, an Argosy's weak points are the same as a silver trailer's... places where water has leaked over time can weaken or rot the subfloor, the KT latch mechanism in the entry door is delicate, and ham-fisted modifications/"repairs" to the plumbing can be a headache.

The big rear bath is a double-whammy. That's an area prone to leaks from outside (bumper trunk directing water to the seam between the shell and the banana wrap, plumbing vents, big window) and the components of the bath itself can contribute to (plumbing and drains) or hide subfloor damage.

If a deadbolt has been installed, check carefully that it was done right (deadbolt mechanism in the body of the trailer, NOT the door itself, and the bolt shaved down significantly so the hole cut in the edge of the door doesn't have to be too large.

Print the helpful Trailer Inspector's Checklist and use it. You can skip printing the motorhome pages, of course. If this is your first time using the checklist, I'd suggest reading through it beforehand and thinking about what it's telling you to check, make notes about what's important to you and what's not, etc.

Then come back here and show us pictures if you like it, or if it's a horror show.


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Old 06-05-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Having just bought an 1976 Argosy 22', I can telll you a couple of mistakes that I made while buying mine. First of all check to make sure all towing elements are in good condition. Also, have the owner set it up for you a couple hours beforehand (which I did not) and have him light all pilot lights for furnace and water heater, etc. This way when you get there, you can make sure that all appliances, gas and electric, are in working order. I wish that I would have done this. Good luck and remember that there are lots of trailers out there, this is not the ONLY one.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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AWESOME! Thank : )
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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Make sure the refrigerator works, they are over a grand to replace.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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What you are looking for depends a lot on how much time, effort and cash you want to invest. A unit that old will probably require new axles brakes etc. How are the tires? Are the systems working as mentioned above? If the owner still has a tow vehicle I'd ask him to tow it while I followed and observed for a few miles then ride along with the owner for a couple of miles then hook up to my own TV for a couple of miles. With a new floor down its going to be difficult to check for rotted sub floors and leaks. Does the upholstery have to be renewed?
Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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I pulled the trigger and purchased my first trailer. I want to thank you all for the help and advise that guided me through my process. I'm sure ill be asking many more questions in the near future.

Thanks again
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:54 PM   #8
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Looks like a beauty. The adventure begins.

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