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Old 04-17-2005, 09:56 PM   #15
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Dry weight is approximately 3,400 lbs.
After looking over the pictures I am not sure what I would be willing to pay for it.
The OH cabinets look to be modified. The bathroom is not very recognizable with it being used as a storage area. The curtains are not original and look to be ill-fitted. Not sure what shape the couch is in.
Here is a list of things you MUST consider when putting a dollar amount on an Argosy:
The operation and condition of:
Water heater
Fridge, (LP and AC operation)
Furnace
Stove
Water lines, (Leaks, bad repairs)
Plywood floor near the front and rear
LP tanks, (new valves, alum. tanks)
Broken or cracked windows
A/C operation, (if equipped)
Water pump
Tires
Battery
All obvious electrical
"Cabin odors"(nasty smells that are hard to get out)

If all of these things had to be repaired or replaced I would pay nothing more than $1,500 for it. On a generous day.
If it was all newer or in good operating condition, with no leaks in the skin and no rotted wood you can expect right around $3,500-5,500 depending upon the age of the components.
Throw a decent paint job on it and you can expect about $1,000-2,000 more for it.
Just like your house, the more curb appeal it has the higher your selling price. If it looks bad on the outside then it does not matter how nice it is on the inside.
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Old 04-20-2005, 02:14 AM   #16
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So?
Did you buy it? Spill!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2005, 07:50 AM   #17
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Systems Shakedown

I am comtemplating it..but I need to op check all the systems before I do. It's in nice shape, but systems haen't been used in a while. More when I find the time to check it out. I am on travel this week and next, so when I do, I'll post what I find.

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Old 06-15-2005, 12:29 PM   #18
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Well she is home

Here is the Argosy as pulled in today. Now the fun part - cleaning and working on her.

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Old 06-15-2005, 08:10 PM   #19
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A few more shots

A few more shots after give her a bath. More of the inside tomorrow. Nice awning and awning room, with the AC working right now too. Again, a 22' Center L sofa, 1975, front door, rear bath.

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Old 06-15-2005, 08:15 PM   #20
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Congratulations !

Congratulations on the acquisition. Many happy returns.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:55 AM   #21
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Rob,
Nice Find...between you and Richardt I am suprised any of the rest of us can find anything

BTW what brand of awning is that? A&E? Inquiring minds want to know...

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Old 06-16-2005, 02:37 PM   #22
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Faulkner Awning - Shur Start AC

The trailer has a Faulkner awning on it. Is this now known as A&E as it looks like an A&E awning. It also has a Shur-Start AC on it. Does anyone know of these products? Literature? Here are a few pictures of the inside.
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:31 PM   #23
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Wow, Rob, you got another!

This one has a serious Brady Bunch vibe right now--going to keep it (the funky 70s/superfly look is rather in these days) or completely change it?

Enjoy it!
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Old 06-17-2005, 08:18 AM   #24
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Hey, Rob! Leave some for the rest of us!!!

Seriously, how is it turning out to be? I know things look better in photos than in person.
My dinette looks great in photos, but in person, it is one step below something you would find in a Goodwill dumpster.
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:59 PM   #25
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Just bought this one for 2k. Looks like a little work with high reward..But this is my first trailer ever..I am 33. I am told old couple bought it new and sold it to their neighbors after 22 years and they never used it and neither did the neighbors who bought it. I guess it has old person smell or a "musty smell" which makes sense it has origional carpet in it. Check the pics and let me know what you think.
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Jeff,

nice coach. As you may know, the first things you need to do is check the tires for and brakes to make sure they work, get them in tip top shape. next, look into getting your endcaps painted. Go to a truck painting shop and use Imron. Well, heck, I'm not an Argosy owner, so I'm sure they have a million other things to tell you. Have fun!

PS, welcome to the SE Michigan AS/Argosy owners' club! I'm sure that Pattersontoo will chime in. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get that coach ready and out on the road. You will be amazed at the people that will stop by at the campgrounds to chat about it.

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Old 07-11-2005, 08:05 PM   #27
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Just bought this one for 2k. Looks like a little work with high reward..But this is my first trailer ever..I am 33. I am told old couple bought it new and sold it to their neighbors after 22 years and they never used it and neither did the neighbors who bought it. I guess it has old person smell or a "musty smell" which makes sense it has origional carpet in it. Check the pics and let me know what you think.
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Jeff, the smell is probably just old carpet and fabric. If you pull out the carpet, you can also check the floor for soft spots.
That trailer has Vista View windows, which are the small windows over the large windows on the sides of the trialer in the living area. These are prone to leak. You can find moisture between the panes (they are double-pane windows), and soft spots on the floor under where they are.
When you lift the trailer to replace the tires, and repack the wheel bearings and check the brakes, you will be able to see under the trailer better. Take a look at the belly pan (the aluminum sheet that goes the length of the trailer on the bottom). If it looks nice and smoothe, with no tears or corrosion, you may luck out, and have no frame rust damage from it sitting. If the trailer has truly never been used, or not used much, a lot of the repairs could wind up being minor. Something I have learned, though, with 1970's Argosies, is a lot of the plastic fittings will be very brittle from age, so exercise care in handling them. This is especially true if the trailer has not been used.
A check of plumbing and electrical systems would be a great idea. If the trailer was properly winterized before the last time it was used, the high pressure plumbing should be all right. The holding tanks may be a problem, if there was any liquid left in them the last time it was used, they may have cracked, and will leak.
From what I see in the photos, especially if it has been used little, you got a good deal on your trailer, as long as it is sound structurally.
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Old 07-13-2005, 04:18 PM   #28
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Here's another to ID

Wife just snapped this and emailed it to me, anyone tell what it is? I think I just found my second coach!

John

PS, if she tells me I'm idiot for wanting a second one, I'll let everyone know where it is.

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