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Old 11-08-2005, 09:00 AM   #1
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can this Argosy be saved?

or more importantly, is it worth saving?

there's a free 22' Argosy being offered by a local guy for a friend. It's in very bad condition--he says it would need to be gutted as it's been an animal habitat for many years, probably everything would need replacing, and it would most likely need to be moved on a flatbed.

also, the guy doesn't want people to come and look at it--you would have to just show up and take it away.

the hub says that an Argosy doesn't go for what an Airstream does so it wouldn't be worth the bucks to fix it up, and also he doesn't want our yard to turn into a junkyard for some odd reason--but I say--IT'S FREE!!!

what do you think?

oh, I didn't find out the year, but it's at least 20 years old.

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Old 11-08-2005, 09:45 AM   #2
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Free?

Can't get a project any cheaper than that...right?! Not necessarily ~

Keep in mind you get what you pay for. Depending on your tastes & budget, a gut & redo can run anywhere from $5000 -$10,000 or more if you farm out the work to pros. If you enjoy this sort of thing, the time spent could be worthwhile, you'll end up with exactly what you want...otherwise it'll be a PITA and you could spend the same amount of money on one in better condition. The advantage of DIY is it's money spent a little at a time vs all at once on a different trailer.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do ~

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Old 11-08-2005, 11:00 AM   #3
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The statement of that an Argosy doesn't go for what an AS does... is not really correct. Look at the 24 footers and below that show up on eBay. Definitely good money to be had, but the real value is the coach itself, not the resale value. If the sides are relatively dent free, the end caps are completely dent free, and the windows, especially the wraparounds, are intact, then I think you have a salvagable keeper.

We have sene very very little mention of floor rot in Argosy's here and that leads me to believe that this one is probably in good shape there. The rest of the fixes are just sweat equity and money.

Axle for ~700
New floor covering ~250
Appliances 1500
Systems 1000.

Various upholstery 750
Wood for cabinet repair 200.

New exterior paint job: 2200.

That I think is probably your upper limit list of repairs/replacements to do.

I'd go get it, if it was near me....Where is it?

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Old 11-08-2005, 11:43 AM   #4
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:56 AM   #5
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also, the guy doesn't want people to come and look at it--you would have to just show up and take it away.
Are you kidding? What's the guy going to do, shoot you in the back if you turn and run after seeing it?

This guy needs a dose of reality. You have to come and see it to at least determine what it would take to haul it away. If this guy really wants it gone, he's going to have to be a lot more accomodating that that. No way I'd agree to come and haul off something based on the description he's given you, sight unseen. Used as an animal habitat? I'd wager that the floor would have to be replaced - I understand that the smell of animal waste, especially urine, is extremely difficult, if not impossible to get out of wooden floors.

I would insist on an inspection - after all, it isn't costing him anything to get rid of it.
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:24 PM   #6
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22 foot argosys are RARE and were only made for a few years ending in 1977 or 1978. A few of them had composite aluminum floors - even rarer.

Free sounds like a fair price to me.....
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:40 PM   #7
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Yeah, so Zoe, if you don't want it, can you let us in on the location?

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Old 11-08-2005, 12:41 PM   #8
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I say go look at it, and if it's bad, run! If it's not, then you have to determine if it's safe to tow home. If after all that you get it home and realize you're in over your head, hopefully you're not into it for too much, and can find some other sucker who dreams of fixing it up. Small airstreams don't stay in the classifieds long around here. I know one person who spent $6500 on an old Globtrotter with a floor so bad you couldn't walk on it. There's another one born every minute...

Go check it out!
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Old 11-08-2005, 01:28 PM   #9
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yeah, you guys are the greatest!

thanks for your thoughts on this.

I have a lot more info now--I called the guy and said we couldn't commit to it without being able to look at it--he was trying to limit how many people he showed it to--so we just looked at it--it's way better than I thought! even Bob is liking it--it's a 20' er, so even cuter, a 74--we have to see how hard it'll be to get a title for it.

it's definitely a weird thing, though--this older guy must have kept some kind of animal in it--there's like 3-4" of manure on the floor just inside the door--but Bob inspected it--the floor's solid--I guess the shag carpet'll have to go--hehehe. obviously the cushions, but the bed frames and cabinets are all good, no leaks, the bathroom looked fine, windows good. The outside paint is faded and there's some flaking & rust--so that's a definite re-do.

no idea whether the wiring, plumbing and all that is any good--but when I heard animals, I was thinking rodents nibbling at wires, etc--this was --I don't know, from the manure, maybe a calf--so maybe more is intact than I originally thought would be.

And Bob thinks he can tow it home--it's only like 5 miles, so no biggie.

I think we'll probably go for it--I've been wanting to paint an Argosy a neat color since I saw the Airstream Life one.

BUT--if we decide not to get it, i will definitely pass it on--Zoe
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:26 PM   #10
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Pictures, we want pictures. Remember to take your "before" pictures in a format that will let you post them here. I have lots of during and after pictures, but my before pictures were taken before I knew about the forum. They are too big to post. I know we all want to see what a great "free" trailer you got . And remember, best of all it's an Argosy. Get yourself some "Marine Clean" for the outside and the "sticky" inside walls. Bleach water will kill most animal waste smells. I'm so excited for you. Where do you live anyway. Now that none of us can beat a trail out to the free trailer, you're safe in telling us.
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That's just bizzare that someone would keep an animal in a trailer! Glad to hear it doesn't sound too bad though. I hate to think of the smells that could rear their ugly head come summer Can't wait to hear more about this little adventure.
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Hey Zoe,
I live about 30 minutes from you. If you don't take it I will.
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Where do either one of you live. I'm dying to know.
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I think I remember from an earlier post that Zoe is in New Jersey? Can you believe it, they found a FREE camper 5 MILES from home. ARGGG!!!! Zoe, all the best, but please, more info and pictures!!! You know the camper envy we all suffer from here!!
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