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Old 06-13-2012, 10:50 PM   #15
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My 77 has steel end caps and was also built in California. So I sort of wish the 75 experiment had proved worthwhile.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #16
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My 1974 20' Argosy MH has been stripped down to the bare Aluminum AND Steel end caps so nothing is hidden here.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:54 PM   #17
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Looked at a 73 24 footer yesterday, both end caps were steel.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:17 PM   #18
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Thanks for the continuing looks and reports. We are trying to determine the extent of this fiberglass end cap situation, and also if they were all made in CA. So far, all reported have been, but who knows?
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:29 PM   #19
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metal end caps

I'm in California but my serial numbers read

M
20
D
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8
I don't know what the M is for unless it's for Motorhome and the D unless it refers to my model having the bathroom directly behind the drivers seat.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #20
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Burdsurfs: Thanks for the info on your motorhome. I am not an expert on VIN#'s but I think the M is for motorhome, 20 is for length, D is for double beds (like a couch) 4 is for 1974, V is for the Ohio plant and the last 4 numbers the production off the line, yours being the 128 th one. Now, that 0128 may be all units from the plant that year, not just motorhomes.

If I am way off, I am sure someone here will supply better information. It is most likely that all Argosy Motorhomes were in fact produced in Ohio, but who knows, they said no Argosy trailers were built in CA but their own VIN #'s prove different.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #21
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I thought I read somewhere that Airstream (at Wally's direction actually) did in fact make a couple prototype fiberglass trailers. I believe this was the late '50s or,more probably, the early '60s. Wally was always looking for the next improvement. I seem to even remember seeing pictures of them. Maybe they used the mouilds from those to make the end caps for the Argosys?

I did go look at that Keystone Vantage trailer last week; the one that looks like a fiberglass Airstream. I kind of wish I didn't....it's actually a really nice looking coach!
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:16 PM   #22
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I know Airstream made a couple of prototype fiberglass trailers called the "Wally Bee". I have seen the one remaining example - it's here in CO, but in very rough shape having been neglected for so many years. Who knows, someday maybe it will be buzzing around at rallies again...but if I would venture a guess, not in the near future.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:57 PM   #23
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The fiberglass Airstream is in good hands with Luke in Ft. Collins. The last time I talked to him about it he had a new frame built for it. When I looked at it, rough was a nice word for the shell, but Luke is the man to do the job. There were slight outlines of what may have been inside as a "guess guide" to restore the interior. It will be showing up again, I am sure. It is kind of in hiding now.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:48 PM   #24
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Just bought a 77 24' made in Cal. both ends steel.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:56 PM   #25
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We just bought a 1978 24ft twin both end caps are steel and the vin is neither S or V IT IS 24-T8J-20XX The stamping is not real good but it is good enough that the J is not a mistake i cleaned the plate with a pencil eraser so i really can see it.Anyone know what that means?
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:13 PM   #26
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We just bought a 1978 24ft twin both end caps are steel and the vin is neither S or V IT IS 24-T8J-20XX The stamping is not real good but it is good enough that the J is not a mistake i cleaned the plate with a pencil eraser so i really can see it.Anyone know what that means?
Interesting... since V is for Versailles, OH then is J for Jackson Center?
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:58 PM   #27
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Wow!!

I love this Forum!!

Reading through tonight I came across this thread and i am floored !! I haven't had my coach long but tapping on the end caps never sounded quite right!! I have speculated that they were fiber glass, A- there condition .. they appear flawless B- just don't have a metal sound when tapping.. My coach is not here right now as i have it parked where i am working for the next two months about 75 mile from home. I will see it again on wed night and will be armed with a magnet.. I just thought i was crazy to even think that it may be fiberglass... Just to share the info i have a 1975 22' (lei$ure) with the street side dinette!! interesting enough my VIN carries a V!!! The plot thickens
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:03 PM   #28
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The suspense is killing me. A V in the VIN and maybe fiberglass end caps? Is there no end to the variations?
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