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Old 03-04-2004, 05:10 PM   #1
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Anyone have a link to Argosy weights or know what a 26 goes.
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Old 03-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #2
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Greetings psychpw!

I have the factory literature for Argosy trailers from 1975 through 1979. If you can tell me the year and basic floorplan; I can reference the empty (unladen) weight of the coach as well as the empty (unladen) hitch weight. I am not at home right now, so will search the literature upon my return there in about three hours.

So far as I have been able to determine, this information (Argosy product weights, etc.) is not posted anywhere on the Internet; not even on Airstream's corporate site.

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Old 03-04-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hey PW
Kevin has really cool brochures for the Argosys in his photo
album. I couldn't open them right now but click on Photos
under his post and go to page 2. I believe that your info is there.
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:32 PM   #4
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1972 26ft

Looking at a 26 foot 72/73? Not getting alot of support on this from the home team. Thanks
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:33 PM   #5
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I have a manual for a 77 - here's what it says:


GVWR - 6200 lbs

Factory Weight w or w/o options - 3850 & 3870
Allowable aditional weight (water, LP, stuff) 2350 or 2370
Gross axle rating - 5600
Tongue weight w/o options - 520 lbs

There's more - PM me if you have questions.
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Hello there PdWms,

Kevin has great resources and is a solid contributor to these forums. You'll get the best info when he gets back at it.

My manual for 1976 lists Factory Weight w/o options as 3830# for a twin bed, 3850 for a double bed version. The GVWR is the same for both -- 6200#. There are a lot of variable weights; e.g., air conditioner was a 113 pound option -- Kevin, is this right? Auxiliary main step 12#, BAL Jacks 60#, Gray tank 90#, Fridge options..., Steel vs aluminum LP tanks... See where this is going?
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Greetings psychpw!

I found the '73 literature that I have, and while it is not complete, it does have the Argosy 26 data as follows:

Argosy 26 Twin:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6,200 lbs.
Empty (unladen) Weight: 3,830 lbs.
Allowable Additional Weight: 2,370 lbs.

Arosy 26 Double:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6,200 lbs.
Empty (unladen) Weight: 3,850 lbs.
Allowable Additional Weight: 2,350 lbs.

Optional Weights:

Air Conditioner (113 lbs.); Auxiliary Main Step (12 lbs.); Auxiliary Waste Tank (70 lbs.); BAL Stabilizing Jacks (60 lbs.); Battery Charger (90 lbs.); Bunk Bed (45 lbs.); Entertainment Group (17 lbs.); Safety Group (10 lbs.); Space Locker (20 lbs.); Spare Wheel Bracket (10 lbs.); Spare Wheel and Tire (60 lbs.); Television Antenna (5 lbs.); Television Swing-Up Shelf (5 lbs.); Vista View Window 18" (5 lbs.); and Vista View Window 30" (8 lbs.).

Variable Weights:

LPG per full tank: 5-Gal. - - - - 20 lbs.; 7-Gal. - - - - 28 lbs.; 7.5-Gal. - - - - 30 lbs.; 10-Gal. - - - - - 40 lbs.

Water Tank: 30-Gal. - - - - 248 lbs.

Water Heater: 6-Gal. - - - - 50 lbs.

Main Holding Tank: 12-Gal. - - - - - 100 lbs.

Auxiliary Holding Tank: 10-Gal. - - - - - 83 lbs.

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Thanks. Real beasts of burden they are...
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Hey PW
Don't tell these guys about the secret Argosy
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I am looking at a 1978 30' Argosy, anyone have the GVWR for this trailer?
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:06 AM   #11
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Greetings M&E!

The 1978 Argosy 30 had an empty weight of 4,270 lbs (center-double) or 4,290 lbs (rear-twins/center bath). The empty hitch weight was 405 lbs (center-double) or 520 lbs (rear-twins/center bath). The 1978 brochure page for the Argosy 30 is found below:



One thing to be aware of with these weights is that they are empty weights of the base coach without options and do not include any fluids, fuels, or personal belongings. It is not unusual for optional equipment to add 300 or more pounds, fluids and fuels as much as 400+ pounds, and then you need to add your personal belongings. The empty weight of my '64 Overlander is 4,400 pounds with options (300+ pounds more than its advertised weight); and when it is loaded for a vacation trip, it weighs in at approximately 6,100 pounds. The hitch weight when the trailer is carefully loaded with full fresh water tank and LP tanks will approach 15% of the trailer's gross (loaded) weight - - in the case of my Overlander its hitch weight when loaded is 750 to 775 pounds.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Thanks a lot for the information. It appears that I can figure about 6,290# fully loaded w/options. I'm towing with a 1999 E150 5.4L and max towing capacity is about 7,000#. That's cutting it pretty close.

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Close real close. Don't forget the weight of the driver and your passengers and any gear they may have goes toward that tow rating. I know I always forget about it.
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You're right Gary
Too Close, I'll need to find something a little lighter.
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