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Old 07-03-2008, 07:41 AM   #15
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There you guys go again!...how do you know those are passenger tires?
Trailer tires are not made in white walls...
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:25 AM   #16
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if those tires are ten years old you might not make it far. get new tires and don't risk it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:54 AM   #17
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I've been following your search too, now you have to get in the game and find one too. You must have the patience of a saint to be looking as long as you have. I am the kind of person who wants everything yesterday and while we were looking for our second Airstream I almost went crazy looking at and passing up Airstreams, until we found the one that my wife would give her stamp of approval. Having Airstream #1 is the only way I kept my sanity during the search for #2
Heh... I'm not really very patient, but I hate writing large checks, so I am usually VERY careful when it comes to major purchases. I'm also an engineer and tend to over-think things pretty severely. But in this case, I think it's working out well, because I almost jumped at two different ones long before I had educated myself with the wisdom of people on this site. I am pretty sure that I've avoided some major head-aches and probably saved some substantial money by waiting. I'm looking for a pretty specific model in a specific era, in a specific condition, for as little money as I have to pay, so I don't have much choice but to wait for the right one to come along. And I have faith that she will.

Duff,

You made a great deal on the trailer, so don't hesitate to spend the money on the tires right now. I've had two blowouts on old tires when I thought I could limp a trailer along for just a few miles. That just ruins your whole day.

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Old 07-03-2008, 10:06 AM   #18
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WIth respect to learning how everything works, you could order yourself the Airstream Service Manuals and Owners Manuals on eBay. I don't know if they made manuals for the Argosy trailers, but I think that the Airstream manuals would probably explain the functional aspects of your trailer, particularly with respect to the appliances.

I got mine from this seller, who has copies for all years of service and owners manuals. Send him a private message to ask him to sell you manuals for 1976 and he will be happy to help you.

Airstream Trailer Factory Service Manual - (eBay.ca item 260257539035 end time 08-Jul-08 00:19:42 EDT)

Congrats to you on your new trailer!
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:27 AM   #19
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WIth respect to learning how everything works, you could order yourself the Airstream Service Manuals and Owners Manuals on eBay. I don't know if they made manuals for the Argosy trailers, but I think that the Airstream manuals would probably explain the functional aspects of your trailer, particularly with respect to the appliances.

I got mine from this seller, who has copies for all years of service and owners manuals. Send him a private message to ask him to sell you manuals for 1976 and he will be happy to help you.

Airstream Trailer Factory Service Manual - (eBay.ca item 260257539035 end time 08-Jul-08 00:19:42 EDT)

Congrats to you on your new trailer!
The Argosy 26 is roughly analougus to an Overlander of the same year.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:57 AM   #20
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Trailer tires are not made in white walls...
Okay, you're all very convincing...so what am I looking for....four 15" rims (6 lug) with a C or D load rated tire?
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Okay, you're all very convincing...so what am I looking for....four 15" rims (6 lug) with a C or D load rated tire?
The wheels should be fine, but the tires themselves would need replacement. Depending on your preference, the correct size should be 7.00x15, or ST225/75R15, both in load range D.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #22
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A local trailer shop has four brand new wheelsets that were ordered for somebody that backed out of the deal. He's willing to give them to me at cost. I think he said that they're American Racing 15" 6-lug trailer rims with a D range tire mounted on them. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up the original look of the Argosy hubcaps but the simplicity of a straight wheel swap with a quality wheelset at a good price has a certain attraction to it. So the Argosy is a six lug pattern right?
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #23
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A local trailer shop has four brand new wheelsets that were ordered for somebody that backed out of the deal. He's willing to give them to me at cost. I think he said that they're American Racing 15" 6-lug trailer rims with a D range tire mounted on them. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up the original look of the Argosy hubcaps but the simplicity of a straight wheel swap with a quality wheelset at a good price has a certain attraction to it. So the Argosy is a six lug pattern right?
I have the same hubcaps on my '83 Excella http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...0&userid=17830, I'd give that original look up in a heartbeat! Congrats on your new Argy!!!
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #24
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A local trailer shop has four brand new wheelsets that were ordered for somebody that backed out of the deal. He's willing to give them to me at cost. I think he said that they're American Racing 15" 6-lug trailer rims with a D range tire mounted on them. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up the original look of the Argosy hubcaps but the simplicity of a straight wheel swap with a quality wheelset at a good price has a certain attraction to it. So the Argosy is a six lug pattern right?
Yes, 6 lug, 1900-2500 pound rated wheels, zero offset. As long as the replacement wheels are steel wheels, you probably can simply put the old hubcaps on the new wheels, and no one will be the wiser.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:12 PM   #25
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Okay, I've got a little more wheel info. They're American Racing Outlaw II 15" rims with 225/75 Hercules Water Shedder D-range tires. I don't think I can go wrong at dealer cost, I'll pick those up tonight.

Lastly, I know I need a 2-5/16 ball, what about tongue height?
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Congratulations D23!! She looks very nice. ov63 addressed the tires. I miss my white walls, they looked great, but safety first!!

If I recall you're in Oxford. We can certainly get together if my time allows and you need a hand with anything. I'm no expert. Just a handy guy like yourself.

I believe tongue height is 19" or 19.5". someone confirm. I forgot.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:25 PM   #27
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I believe tongue height is 19" or 19.5". someone confirm. I forgot.
Yes, that's factory ball mount height. It'll be close enough to get home, then he can measure exactly.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:31 PM   #28
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Congratulations D23!! She looks very nice. ov63 addressed the tires. I miss my white walls, they looked great, but safety first!!

If I recall you're in Oxford. We can certainly get together if my time allows and you need a hand with anything. I'm no expert. Just a handy guy like yourself.

I believe tongue height is 19" or 19.5". someone confirm. I forgot.
Oxford is correct. Thanks for the offer...I'm sure I'll take you up on it at some point. Duff
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