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Old 05-03-2007, 05:38 PM   #57
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Great advice on the water tank. I was looking on ebay and I noticed two Argosy trailers. One is described as a 1977 19 foot minuet. I thought these started at 20' It has a buy it now or best offer. There is also a 1979 Argosy Minuet painted silver on ebay. Just wondering if someone would take a look online and see what they think about the description and condition of both these trailers and what they look to be worth? Thanks!!!
I looked at the silver one and it looks very nice. The 100% feedback on the seller would give some confidence. The outside looks good, the inside is OK - I don't go with blinds and non-AS curtains. There has been a lot of work done on this trailer and the awning, axle, and recent paint are a plus. I would think it will bring $8500+, maybe as high as $10,000. Is it worth that? If the buyer thinks it is, then it is.

Look at the fixer upper for a contrast. BUT, if cheap enough and one was able to do much of the work themselves, it could be made into a nice trailer. Argy's are tough. The rust on the tail end worries me the most.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:14 PM   #58
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That fine Ebay Minuet (Item number: 220107796535)

...is also in our classifieds,

For sale by a long time forum member.

I would recommend you not give up on your current Argosy project, at least until you have a good estimate of the work needed to be completed. Have you heard from your RV shop lately?

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Old 05-04-2007, 04:32 PM   #59
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Hi Steve,
Yes I heard from the RV dealer today. They are almost finished with the work. They have had it for 5 weeks. Hopefully when there finished it won't break the bank. I was looking at the on on ebay but am going to fix the one I have up. I think I can really turn it into something nice. It is being painted in the next week or two(Trying to decide what color to paint it any suggestions would be great) plus have the cushions covered and new foam. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:41 PM   #60
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Another question about the Argosy. The bellypan on my Argosy has a few tiny holes plus one part feels a little loose other than that it looks good. How can I take care of the holes and tighten up any loose things going on?? My Argosy is also missing several rivets. I have thought about buying a rivet gun. What is the best to buy? Also the entrance door to the Argosy is difficult to close sometimes. I really have to slam it at times. What could be the problem?
If there's nothing really wrong with the belly pan, just slip a few more rivets into it, and call it done. If it's got some sections that are kind of flaky, you can just rivet a new hunk of aluminum sheet onto it, and worry about replacing the works when you have to remove the thing.
Be sure to use aluminum rivets, with aluminum pins. I own an extremely expensive Snap-On swivel head rivet gun, you can get one almost identical from Sears for less than $40.
Try lubing the hinges and latch on the entry door, a little oil works wonders.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:42 PM   #61
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Replace your axles

Denise,

The peace of mind you'll get is well worth the cost of new axles. We lost a wheel last year, and the resulting damage was far more expensive than a new axle would have been.

Best of luck, and enjoy your new (sort of) Argosy.
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:04 PM   #62
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I asked the Rv place about axles and they did not think I would need to replace the Axles? If I asked them to check the axles out anyway would it be easy to check? How much are new axles? After we bought it we drove it home which took 13 hours and 2 more to the Rv place. We could not even tell it was back there. Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:04 PM   #63
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Denise -- Congratulations on your decision to forge ahead. Some troubling cervical disks halted my Argo work two years ago with only half of the job done. We bought the new Safari to get back on the road without interruption but I've never fallen out of love with the ol' Argosy. I've seen an interesting convergence in this thread. overlander64's post takes me back to yearnings I had two years ago on seeing Cadillacs driving around town with a color that was similar to but a beautiful advance on the original Argosy paint. I would strongly recommend looking further in that direction!

The plastic piece on the rear that holds taillights is old, old, old and quite fragile. I would recommend looking at the link I gave you for other ideas on rear taillight do-overs. Your Argo is different from current trailers -- it actually has backup lights; current day trailers don't. Do what you want -- but I strongly feel this deserves looking at if you are going to repaint.

Have them take off the Argosy name castings from either end before painting. Do not reinstall until the new paint job is fully cured. I went to my local farm/fleet store and picked up some 4 oz. exterior latex cans and blended yellow and red until I got the Argosy orange color right. I cleaned paint residues out of the letters and repainted those concave areas. I still want to polish the high outline letter areas... Even an Argosy will put an SOB to shame!

There is a lot here we haven't discussed; eg, replacing tanks with OPD valved tanks -- a more than fair idea compared to recertifying 30 year old tanks.

Has your repair shop been able to work with the Carefree awning? Here are some manual scans: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...00&userid=6410

Every time I travel more than a couple hours from home I try to catch up my listening to the podcasts from theVAP - The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home. Vintage is wa-a-ay cool and you are well on your way. Tim, Rob & Colin on the VAP note that an absolute complete shell-off and new axle restoration will cost just as much as buying a 2007 new Airstream of similar length. You will be miles ahead of the game and those cursed SOBs -- even if you have a combined $20K or so into this before you're done. These prices are way more than you'll ever get selling it, but consider that 1/4 of the price of a brand new Airstream will be depreciated the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. The high price is offset by the great camping (and comments) you will get in the coming years. Since you haven't had to do the shell-off restoration, I strongly hope that this job will be well directed and will satisfy you completely!

Driveway camping rocks! But do you have thoughts for a nice local weekend out to test your "new" Argosy? Sending karma your way...
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:08 PM   #64
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...worry about eplacing the works when you have to remove the thing.
Terry, You could eplace her erivets from anywhere these days, if you have high speed internet Sorry, I couldn't resist. As a matter of fact, you give alot of free eadvice here, maybe you should start getting paid for it? Consulting RV E-Doctor?

Hmmmm,

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Old 05-04-2007, 06:37 PM   #65
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This project will take sometime before I have the Argosy the way I want it. I have owned a Globetrotter and a vintage Serro Scotty. The Argosy I own is bigger and roomer inside than the Globetrotter which I like but the Globetrotter had been taken very very good care of by the previous owner and was in wonderful shape. The Serro Scotty was in great condition also but way to small. The Globetrotter and Serro Scotty were also won on Ebay and I was quite happy with the outcome. The Argosy is going to be more time consuming. I love the vintage trailers. Airstreams and the Argosy's are my favorite. I would own one of each make if I had the money and room in my driveway.
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