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Old 03-04-2006, 03:49 PM   #15
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Have had both

We have had a 76 Tradewind and a 75 26'Argosy, 72 26' Argosy, and finally have our 30' wraparound rear window 1979.. Love Argosys.. so much easier to work on than the Tradewind... will probably never go back..

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Old 03-04-2006, 06:07 PM   #16
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Have a 78 Argosy, 24ft, that I fell in love with when I was looking for an Airstream. No polishing!!!!! and the interior has held up extremely well for 28 years. There is really nothing that I have found that would make me sorry I got this Argosy. In fact, I just love to see him sitting out in the yard beside the house. These are the cutest trailers. I have had no leaking, no floor rot, no non-working appliances in this 28 year old. I am also able to touch up the exterior paint if it becomes necessary. If you find a good one, I would recommend it highly. There is one on ebay now that looks pretty good. Pictures can be wrong, but it seems to be in good shape. Never recommend buying a trailer "sight unseen" but perhaps someone here on the forum can help you out by looking at this trailer or another that you find.
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Old 03-04-2006, 06:10 PM   #17
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There is a new listing for a good looking 76 24ft Argosy in the classified section of the forum. The owner is asking 4.6 Billion Dollars for it, they might budge a little on the price......


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Old 03-05-2006, 08:37 AM   #18
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Thanks to all

First of all, I would like to thank all who responded; I never expected to get such a response so quickly. Gives a person a good feeling thinking of the types of folks he might run into at a Airstream campground .

Second, thanks for the advice. I was unaware of all the works being above the floor on the Argosys. Sounds like that could save a person some headaches. I was also in left field about the fiberglass body, I think I saw one on ebay and assumed they all were fg. My concern was that an Argosy may be more prone to integrity issues, sounds as though that fear was unfounded.

So again, thank you. I probably won't post much here, unless more questions arise, but I will be lurking trying to learn as much as I can. When I get hooked up, hope to see some of you folks on the road!
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:15 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by juel
There is one on ebay now that looks pretty good. Pictures can be wrong, but it seems to be in good shape. Never recommend buying a trailer "sight unseen" but perhaps someone here on the forum can help you out by looking at this trailer or another that you find.
So, anyone ready to take a trip to Michigan?

OK, I thought of a few more questions:

What should the trailer above (1974 Argosy 24') be worth, if it is as described?

Overall height at A/C?

Fresh, gray and black tanks on this model? Tank sizes?

Cost to repair / replace A/C?

I guess that's enough for now.

Man, the more I look at these the more I'm jones'n for one. Thanks for all the help.

BTW, Gunny, I think I sent you email via this site.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:38 PM   #20
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Another Argosy available

Hello Michael -- I still have my '76 twin and was unsuccessful at selling it last fall. I first listed it at $4200, replying to various folks who wanted to tow with a Trailblazer and other tough starting points. I am needing to begin listing again (yes, it is available...). I would suggest your checking out pluses and minuses on a few models. Argosy trailers are very nice in being from a vintage era of lighter towing.

Uncooperative herniated cervical disks caused me to give up eighteen months along on a pretty significant restoration project. The water heater and furnace need still replacing. I can't say I know a lot about the AC up top but it is newer than the original '76 -- shouldn't take much either way to say what is going on there. My Argo has had something better than half of necessary significant floor rehab. There is no such thing as vulnerability unique just to the Beatrice/rear-end separation years. All these units are aging. Various periphery seals no doubt have failed and there will be floor issues -- with anything you look at. They can be put back to stable and good operating condition.

I eventually dropped my price to around $3700 and it still wouldn't move due to it lacking weight distribution gear (I'd removed the remaining parts of the original antique WD setup when I rehabbed the A-frame and floor at the trailer front). So I was going to put new Equalizer WD gear on it and try to list it again for about the same high-$3000 range just to let somebody else make a go at it. This unit needs one more season of work before one would be fully confident in all the systems -- just depends on the personal skills available.

Vintage Airstream's Price vs. Condition is a good starting point but of necessity leaves some relative measurements in looking at for-sale units. And I have given you something about price levels at which a unit will not move. Fully rehabbed trailers of this vintage with repainting have been listed at $10,000-12,000. I truly think there is nothing detractive about the paint jobs as-is -- they look fair at a moderate distance, pull great, and are fun units for the value.

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Old 04-06-2007, 09:54 AM   #21
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the correct info on argosy's (squarestreams).made from 86 to 88,a few 5th wheels were made,only seen one on a web site.i'am not sure if their aluminum or not.(just the facts).the travel trailers were made of aluminum,NOT fiberglass.the following is from the 86 argosy sales brosure:the exterior aluminum sidewall skin,double the thickness of some other trailers,is a special hard and strong alloy that is "tension leveled" for smoothness.for even better structural integrity,the skin is fixured for accuracy and alignment and then permanently bonded with a proven space age adhesive to the extruded aluminum structural cage.i'am thankful that i have all the org.paper work and specs,bill of sale,and plastic warranty card,with owners manuel.i've owned my 86 32' argosy nearly three years now,and love it.bought it from the org. owner who pulled it every year from ky to fl snowbirding.
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:59 PM   #22
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As an aside, some '79 6 meter Minuets did have a gray tank below the floor. All of 15 gallons so keep the blue tank handy. The exit for the dump valves is through the frame member and the frame depth gives a little less clearance on the tail end than on the earlier Minuets. I just finished installing a black water tank and two valves on the '79, so I saw the above first hand.

The '79 also has lift type doors on the overheads rather than the tambors.

As for durability and towing, I see no difference between the Argosy and the Airstream except the weights on the Airstream have gotten to the point that a sizeable truck is needed for the newer ones while a Minuet can be towed with a smaller PU with a 6 cylinder. They are both very tough, durable units that tow beautifully.

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