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Old 04-16-2005, 08:10 PM   #1
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Argosy - What year and model?

Going to go look at this tomorrow. What is the year and model, can anyone tell.

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Old 04-16-2005, 09:18 PM   #2
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Arogsy - What year and model?

Greetings Rob!

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Going to go look at this tomorrow. What is the year and model, can anyone tell.

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I am fairly confident that it is an Argosy 26 (based upon the location of the refrigerator chimney and the tandem axles), and probably a 1975-1977 based on the color of the banana wraps (far from a sure sign since many have had this section repainted -- a '78 would have much closer to a copper color for the wraps if the paint were original and a '79 would typically have had a rather wide paint stripe around the beltline of the coach as well.

It is difficult to pin the year down much beyong the 1975-77 range as the body color and banana wraps were very similar in color of the time period. The 1972-1974 tended to have variations in the color scheme that tend to make be believe that it isn't likely earlier than a 1975 nor later than a 1977.

It could also be one of the 1974-1976 rear door entry models in either 22' or 24 configurations -- they would be among the three or four models with streetside refrigerators in the Argosy line -- the angle of the photo makes judging length a bit difficult.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 04-16-2005, 09:32 PM   #3
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Out on a limb here

my feeling is that it is a 24ft model. Only reason I say this is that I see only one window on the street side - mine and Vintage thunder's 26ft ones have two windows on the side. I also think it's a '76.. it's colored like mine, but again, as Kevin says, there were many different colors of beltline (mine's "copper" (70's brown really) - a '76).

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Old 04-17-2005, 12:13 AM   #4
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My gut tells me it is a 26 footer because I am pretty sure that none of the 24's had the fridge on the street side.
My gut also tells me that it is a 1977. Just a wamr fuzzy 1977 feeling on this one.
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I'll get some pictures today, as well as serial number. I've been trying to catch the owner home for quite some time, and I finally did. It looks shorter than Rich's Vintage Thunder, but like you said, it's a tough angle. It needs a doo lock...these are hard to locate aren't they?

Is there a weights and serial number page somewhere?

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Here is a pic of my '76, 24'.
It's be great if you get some photos of the inside. Always looking for ideas!
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...It could also be one of the 1974-1976 rear door entry models in either 22' or 24 configurations
It's not a long shot to vote with Kevin but I'm guessing it's a rear door model too. Here's a picture of a '75 22' rear door TT from argosytrailer.com

http://img59.photobucket.com/albums/...2ftargosy9.jpg


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Arogsy - What year and model?

The more that I look at the photo and compare that to the sales brochures that I have; I am beginning to think that the length may be an optical allusion due to camera angle. The only coach that I can find with the streetside refrigerator and a single streetside window is the Argosy 22 rear door model (it was a tandeam axle model). The floorplan of the 1975 model is below.



When I posted my Argosy 26 thought, I was thinking of the double-bed model; but it would have had two streetside windows for most years (one over the streetside vanity and one in the living area). Even the Argosy 24 rear door models appear to have two streetside windows (one in the bedroom area at the front and one in the kitchen area just aft of center). I am becoming more convinced that it is likely an Argosy 22 despite its appearance of being somewhat larger in the photo.

I don't believe that the Airstream weights and measures page includes any of the 1972-1979 Argosy travel trailers. There are scans of Argosy sales literature with empty weights for coach as well as hitch weight for most models -- the album with the sales literature can be found at:

http://www.airforums.com/photo...c=3178&userid=

I believe that the VIN numbers for the Argosy coaches all followed the pattern shown below from 1972-1979:

20D8V1666

20 = length in feet
D = represtents double bed while a T would represent Twin
8 = last digit in model year -- in this case a 1978
V = Versailled, OH assembly some may have been S for Cerritos, CA
1666 = the sequential production number

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22 Footer

Here are a couple more pictures. 22 foot, not a rear door.

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I am thinking it is a 22 footer but it very well could be the front door model with the L-couch on the curbside. I had one of those and the fridge was on the streetside.
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Yes

It does have the L couch on the curb side. It is really clean and very cool. Now, to just tow it home. Would there be interest tihs model?

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The 22's with the L-Couch are not very common. They are out there in numbers but I just do not see them that often. I miss mine, that's for sure. It was a very practical lay-out.
Did you check the floor just inside the doorway to the right, (toward the front of the trailer). That is the worst spot for floor rot on those models. It seems that the 1973 would leak more on the left side and the 1977's seem to leak more on the right side.
Spill the beans, man. Did you buy it? Did you get more pictures? Come on! Dish!
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Thinking about it

Really cool layout. What is one of these in decent shape worth? Here are a few other pictures. Needs cleaning. What's this weigh?

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