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Old 07-17-2019, 01:54 PM   #1
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Impound lot find

Just picked up a 1972 Argosy 26 from an impound lot. The story on the trailer is lengthy so I will just touch on the highlights. Trailer was abandoned at Mallard Fox Creek campground (KOA) in Decatur Alabama about 5 years ago. A local drunkard purchased the trailer a year ago without a proper bill of sale and never tried to register it. He was using it to live in and had been staying at local walmart's. He was arrested while his trailer was parked at Walmart. Walmart had it towed and he couldn't provide a bill of sale in the previous registered owners name. I purchased the trailer on the first day it came up for sale once the tow company had taken legal possession of it. Score one for me.

Most of the original appointments are in place but there will be a few items for me to find. A on frame subfloor replacement had just been completed and it is sitting on new tires. I am planning on a complete restoration staying mostly original. The dw and I are looking forward to the work. I know that I will need an above floor black tank, fresh water tank and midship gaucho bed. We should have this diamond in the rough up for sale in the next 6 months or so as long as I can find the parts I need. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-17-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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Have you figured out a way to get it titled and registered?
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:56 PM   #3
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Already registered in my name. The tow company handled all of the abandoned vehicle paperwork through the state. I looked at this trailer 2 or 3 years ago after another forums member posted it in the "sightings" section of the boards. After talking to the manager of the campground, I realized that they had not taken legal possession of the trailer and were just trying to dupe someone into pulling it from their property so I passed on it. Worked out well for me since I purchased it for less than the campground wanted for it and with proper paperwork.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:22 PM   #4
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Nice find!!!!
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:27 PM   #5
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Finally got brave enough to hook her up to 30amp. No dead shorts and the old emerson rooftop still blows cold. Previous owner did some Jack leg wiring and sub floor repair. We have begun the gut out process and are thankful for the cold ac, it was 95 degrees and 80% humidity here over last weekend. We are planning on going back mostly original with updated appliances. Will be restoring an original refrigerator but everything else will be new. A big thanks to Martin in Athens, Tn (not a forums member) for saving interior appointments when he did his restomod on a 1976 Argosy 24.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-30-2019, 12:51 PM   #6
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old emerson rooftop still blows cold.
Do you mean Armstrong? They were used by Airstream in the 70s and are bombproof.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:02 PM   #7
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Nope. I mean Emerson. Apparently it was changed out at some point during its lifetime.
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Do you mean Armstrong? They were used by Airstream in the 70s and are bombproof.
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Old 08-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #8
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Nice find. In fact I would even say it is Sweet! Keep posting photos to keep us inspired.
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Finally got brave enough to hook her up to 30amp. No dead shorts and the old emerson rooftop still blows cold. Previous owner did some Jack leg wiring and sub floor repair. We have begun the gut out process and are thankful for the cold ac, it was 95 degrees and 80% humidity here over last weekend. We are planning on going back mostly original with updated appliances. Will be restoring an original refrigerator but everything else will be new. A big thanks to Martin in Athens, Tn (not a forums member) for saving interior appointments when he did his restomod on a 1976 Argosy 24.Attachment 348024Attachment 348025Attachment 348030Attachment 348033Attachment 348034
I think you may need a bigger bottle of bleach than you show in the first picture of post #5....
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Old 08-03-2019, 04:31 PM   #10
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Just about finished gutting the interior appointments today. Shower wall and tub will come out in the morning. Plumbing will be a complete redo, somewhere in its past it was basically turned into a park model. I have traced most of the electrical, removing several unnecessary 110 volt "added on" circuits and have the original 12 volt circuits powering as they should.

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Old 08-03-2019, 04:38 PM   #11
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Also wanted to show the difference between "standard windows" which is what the project 26 footer came with and "storm windows" that my 1973 24 was optioned with. The standard windows had no frames versus the storms with frames all around. Click image for larger version

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Not to start an argument but I pretty sure that frame-less glass wasn't available in the 70's. More likely someone updated your camper with later model glass. Which is cool as well. That leads me to the next question. Do they have window seals and if so how are they attached?
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:56 AM   #13
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No argument needed. Here are frameless windows portrayed in my 1973 Argosy owners manual. The seals are attached via adhesive to the seal plate on the window frame.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-04-2019, 08:12 AM   #14
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Hopefully you can see the seal plate from my pictures. The seals are completely shot but should give you an idea of how they are attached.Click image for larger version

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