Originally Posted by sugarfree
My name is Andrew and ...have been thinking of restoring a travel trailer for awhile now.
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. We are here to help. My advice is run, run like the wind!
No, seriously, welcome to the forums. I started exactly like you just a few years ago. My blog details my progess (or lack there of) so far.
The good news is that your door lock seems to work. That is a positive step in the right direction! You need to start by assuming that nothing
works on a 35 year old trailer. You may get lucky and the appliances were taken care of really well and a couple of them may last you a few more years.
When you get inside your main task is to determine the extent of the water damage (You would be unusually fortunate to have none). Poke with an ice pick around the plywood floor at the base of the walls, especially under windows and near the entrance door. Replacing the floor is a big job. Search
the forums for a complete list of items to look for and examine.
I paid $1,500 for my '74 Argosy-20. It wasn't a basket case but needed about $3,000 to be usable. I still will probably spend another $1,000 to finish the interior. The forum classifieds may give you a good idea of values for a variety of Argosys.
Please post pictures and keep us up to date on the project.