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Old 08-01-2004, 09:20 PM   #1
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Question Argosy newbie with questions


Can't tell you how nice it is to find a resource like this one when you're trying to make an informed purchase.

New to TT's in general, so naturally we know nothing of AS's/Argosies either.
Been in the market for a nice durable TT to reside in while constructing our home in a remote area of east KY. After doing a little research, looks like AS's are the way to go.

Long story short, we have been browing AS's for sale in the region for the past couple weeks and have found a reasonably priced Argosy '79, 28ft. Went to see it today. Looks fairly well kept up, paint mostly intact, couple small dents, tires definately need replaced before hauling (about 2 hours away from us). As far as the axles go...have seen much discussion on the board about axle replacement...there is about a 4-finger wide space bewteen the tops of the rims and the edge of the wheel wells. Enough space to let me haul it 2 hours over mostly good roads? Current owner has had it for about 6 years and says he's mostly used the electrical appliances (for heat and refrigeration) What should I look at to insure that the gas heat and gas refrigeration is functional (or at least repairable)? Owner was not able to be present for these questions when we viewed it. Anyone still using the original gas heater in their AS, or is this something that you pretty much have to replace? Are the tires for this model commonly available at tire garages, or will I have to order them in? One more question and I will let the board rest a while: We would like to replace the current toilet with a composting model. If anybody has removed the existing toilet in their Argosy, are you left with a space flush with the floor?

Sorry so long...we're full of questions (sure we will think of more) and anxious to get started.


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Old 08-02-2004, 06:27 AM   #2
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Your axles sound good.

Why a composting toilet?


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Originally Posted by AYRSTRM2
Your axles sound good.

Why a composting toilet?

We just decided it was the best thing for our situation. Remote as we are. Didn't want to have to deal with the traditional blackwater stuff.

Thanks for the reply

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I sure wouldn't replace the current toilet with a composting one. Even if the only use you will have for this trailer is to use it on site while building your house. If that is the our goal, then some day the house will be complete and you will want to either use the trailer or sell it. I guarantee you if resale is a possible goal you will just knock any remaining value in the head by removing the toilet. You are going to have to have a septic of some sort for you home no matter how rural. Go ahead and install the septic and dump the trailer's black and grey water into it. Even without the black water, over time the gray water is going to present problems. Food particles and dampness will draw flies, etc. On a temporary basis, consider a portable toilet that yu can take out and dump, but don't take out existing toilet.
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John -- Welcome aboard! Hope it goes well and I've gotta say you've only just begun...

Furnace questions are very good for this vintage. I do a lot myself but LP & furnaces are where I want certified maintenance folks doing the looking. I would be wary in spite of 1979 seeming to fall outside the recall -- it is still old enough to deserve a good looking over.

Certainly 'SEARCH' on 'furnace' and 'recall.' Also take a look at:
Suburban Furnace Recall
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Old 08-03-2004, 11:37 AM   #6
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Appreciate the info. All sounds like good advice. Will go back and see the Argosy later this week and probably make an offer. If we do buy it, I'll be looking for some tires in a hurry so we can move it. Read elsewhere on here that AS compatible tires can sometimes be found at Sam's Club. Prior to that I'll be trying to figure out how to jack the thing up and get rims off. And of course there's the towing equipment. We were thinking of using our 2000 Chevy Express 3500 cargo van. It currently has no towing hardware on it, so we'll have to find what we need and get it mounted. Any reccomendations?

Thanks again!


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