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Old 03-21-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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Question Buying Argosy 26

I am going to look at an Argosy 26 Twin in a week. It has been parked
for a few years and I'm told the A/C and hot water worked when parked.
There are no major dents I'm told.

My question is really a request for advise on what to look for.

I know Airstreams of this vintage suffered from frame problems. Were these
problems carried over to Arogosy??

Just a general "What to look for" List would be appreciated,

Thanks
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:02 PM   #2
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Other than the obvious - dents, appliances working or not working, soft places where you step, age of tires, I think there are three major areas to explore.

1.) Take some time to take an ice pick and probe the entire perimeter under the front and rear windows - where the floor joins the front and rear sides. This area could be very expensive to repair if the floor is rotted...the frame/floor/aluminum body form the structural strength, and if the floor is not solid in this area the integrity of the monocoque structure may be compromised.

2.)Have the seller demonstrate the workability of the gray/black/potable water systems - the tanks/dump valves are probably the worst job of any to repair/replace.

3.)Check the condition of the torsion axles, the axles are probably the most expensive pieces of equipment that may need replacing.

Some of the Argosy trailers had aluminum floors, and not all had gray/black/potable water systems, but they all have rubber torsion axles.

The absolute best way to educate yourself to do a proper inspection is to read and study as many of the "repair" threads here in the Forums as you can before next week....it won't take you long to figure who has actually "been there and done that" and others who only...well, just others.

Especially study the "Full Monty" (shell off frame repairs) - these threads will document just about any repair you can think of. I would suspect that the Argosy and Airstream models have enough in common that an inspection for one would be identical for the other, but the Argosy will have a formed steel front and rear cap.

Don't underestimate the cost of repairs, the time required to complete a refurbishment, and, most importantly, your ability to do the work yourself and not have to hire the job(s) out.

Familiarize yourself with the fair market value of similar units, and negotiate the sales price downward for any discrepancy you find.

Above all, use the "Search" engine here in the Forums to educate yourself as much as possible prior to plunking down any cash!

Don't feel as you have to jump on the first trailer you see - base your purchase on the unit in the absolute best condition you can afford - there are plenty of similar units for sale in the US and an inspection is only a plane flight away - you have to budget walk away inspection trips as part of the finding costs of the "right" vehicle for you. It is rare and seldom that you will find the ideal unit on the first try.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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Greetomgs Sundance!

Welcome to the Forums!

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I am going to look at an Argosy 26 Twin in a week. It has been parked
for a few years and I'm told the A/C and hot water worked when parked.
There are no major dents I'm told.

My question is really a request for advise on what to look for.

I know Airstreams of this vintage suffered from frame problems. Were these
problems carried over to Arogosy??

Just a general "What to look for" List would be appreciated,

Thanks
Not much to add to Dennis' reply, but there are two additions that I might make:
  • Carefully examine the joints between the galvanized exterior dome panels and the surrounding aluminum -- it is possible that galvanic reaction may have occurred if the paint has not been kept up over the years.
  • Be prepared for the possibility of rear end separation and frame droop. The Argosy can experience these, but neither problem is as frequently reported with the Argosy as the Airstream.
Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 03-22-2007, 04:25 AM   #4
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Hi Sundance and welcome to the forums. I cannot think of adding more to what 87MH and Overlander 64 has pointed out, other than if you do not feel competent enough to complete a good inspection, you should ask one of the forum members on the inspectors list, to do it for you. I have purchased a 1973 26' Argosy with nice shell and knowingly a bunch of frame and floor problems. Since, I have learned a great deal about them. If you follow my thread titled "Quest for a new Stainless Steel frame" by "Boatdoc" it may give you some ideas how involving it can get. If you need help PM me. Post some pics of this Arg on the forum, our members will be happy to spot problem areas for you. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 03-22-2007, 09:40 AM   #5
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Thanks so much folks....... I am going to print out your fine suggestions
to take with me.

He's asking $1500 for it and says everything worked when parked and
the tires are good and not weather checked. We'll see.

I don't want to get involved with a restoration at this point in my life.
Way to many other projects already!! I don't mind laying carpet, painting,
and the sort.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:02 AM   #6
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Bought the 26 footer yesterday and we're picking it up tomorrow when the ground freezes up a bit. A 1973 according to the title. Overall it is very nice, a dated interior to say the least. Gotta love that avocado green stove!! I will need a new floor covering so I'll have to explore what to put down on it. Carpet or laminate wood.
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$1500?..you STOLE it! Pic's???

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #8
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Not sure if this picture thing will work. Here it is without a pressure wash
that it needs terribly.
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I noticed two things right away. 1- If your air conditioner works, you will need to find a new shroud for it. 2-It needs tires. No matter how new they are, passenger car tires should not be used on a travel trailer. The interior looks pretty good, and the paint is not that bad, you may be able to get away with painting the end caps for now.
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Thanks for the pic's, the unit looks great! I have to upgrade my pic's on my thread to include the finished interior, but we are living in it right now....so it may be a bit cluttered ! Anyway, your going to like it, they tow like a dream, and we really like the layout. I'm 6'4 and have plenty of head room and i even fit in the front dinette/sleeper! We have alot more $ tied up in ours, so you "done good". Here is a pic of ours as she sits.....
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thanks all...

I will be replacing the tires for sure and repacking the bearings, setting the brakes, etc.

I am going to just paint the top end caps for now and buff it a bit with mild compound.

And I am going to paint away the "orange" bottom. Ick!!!
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Not sure what to do with the shroud issue. Not going to pay $300 for a replacement, that is for sure. I may try to repair or fabricate a replacement.
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"Standard" color for the belly pan for 1973 was a brownish color. You could probably cover it up with brown spray paint, and call it good.
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Not sure what to do with the shroud issue. Not going to pay $300 for a replacement, that is for sure. I may try to repair or fabricate a replacement.
Don't bother. For about $450 you can get a whole new AC that is better than that one since the shround let in rain and snow.

You DID get a steal. Get out and go camping! (Oh, and you probably will need new axles before long, but hell, go camping in it soon!)
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