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Old 11-05-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Looking at Buying 1973 Argosy 24'

Hello everyone!

I really appreciate any input member have =) I am looking into buying a 1973 Argosy 24' foot, it has no AC, supposedly all the appliances work, and the tires are ok. It's being sold for 4k. I understand that there will be a decent amount of work we will need to put into this trailer but as a newbie I was wondering if there was any specific advice ya'll had when looking at the trailer.

This is the thing, the owner purchased it about 4 months ago as a favor to someone who owed him money, so he says he doesn't know all that much about the trailer. We will be driving pretty far to pick this guy up. The pictures look pretty promising..

I'm super new, so any advice would be helpful! Thanks everyone =)

this forum seems like such a great little community =)
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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Hello Aarika. Welcome to the Forum!

Nice looking unit. They are prewired for AC and it would be hard to expect an old AC to still be working. That will save you having to remove the old one if you decide to go that way.

1973 was the last year without gray tanks. 1974 was the first year for those. Some may have been installed on late '73 production late (eg, March, April, May '73 some time???). Gray tanks are mighty small in that period anyway. 10 gal? 20 gal? A blueboy might be as easy anyway.


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Old 11-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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It looks like a 26' to me. My trailer has the same windows and floor plan.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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What type of TV do you have? Does it have a brake controller and a class IV hitch? If it is a 26', the dry weight will be around 3900#. The tongue weight will be near 500# when the trailer is empty. Tongue weight will be higher when the FW tank and propane bottles are full. The weight of the afore mentioned tanks will be about 360# when full. While not all of that will be tongue weight, a significant amount of weight will be added. The tongue weight on my 26' is over 800# when loaded and ready for travel.
Make sure your TV can handle it.
The GVWR on my trailer is 6200#
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Greetings Aarika!

I agree with the earlier posters that the trailer appears to be in very good condition . . . and at least on the surface the price seems to be appropriate to the condition. I did note the following from the photos . . . nothing particularly major; just observations:
  • It appears that the curbside front Panoramic window may have been replaced. In the photo, it appears that the streetside Panoramic window is an original clear unit; but it appears that the curbside unit is a more recent solar gray tinted model. Not a serious issue, but one that is worthy of note.
  • The refrigerator in the photo is not original or the front trim panel has been replaced. It appears that it may be a "compressor-type" refrigerator rather than the absorbtion type that would have been OEM. If the refrigerator is a "compressor-type", it could prove to be an issue if your plans include any boondocking. It also apears that the end of the cabinet (beside the refrigerator) has been modified . . . again not something significant, but something to check-out.
  • Cursory observation from the photos indicate that the axles should be inspected for lever-arm position as the coach apears to be riding lower than ideal. This is a common replacement item on a Vintage Airstream product.
Given the price and its generally good condition, I don't think any of the three items above should be overly worrisome provided other problems aren't uncovered in the inspection.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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Looks like a pretty good Argosy for 4k.

The fridge definitely looks like an electric only model. You will not be able to operate it while traveling or if you are boondocking (without a generator). Traveling without the fridge is doable, just put ice it in (like a cooler) to keep food cold until you get to your destination. Replacement of the fridge with an rv type (runs on propane or elec) will cost about $800 not including installation.

Looks like there is a catalytic heater. This may be the only heat or there may be a furnace also. The cat heater makes it easier to boondock. I suspect it may have a furnace but it may not be operable.

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Old 11-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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Thanks Everyone for all the great tips! I feel like I already have a way better handle on what to look for just from your comments. Really appreciate all the input and I look forward to conversing with everyone a little more once I get a little more familiar with our new Argosy, *hopefully*!
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:24 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum. There are members here who may be willing to look at it before you buy, since you are located in L.A.Area. May save you some $$, but either way, enjoy your Argosy if you "pull the trigger".
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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Nice looking trailer! I made an offer on a 1974 24 ft Argosy tonight, will find out tomorrow what they say!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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OK can help you here,been two years living in my 1972 argosy 24,these a charming small units,it will cost you around 600.00 to 1400.00 for new roof a/c you can pick one up on e bay cheap priced and install yourself,or its RV shop need to make sure the furnace works well cause on these units your furnace heats the underbelly of the floor and your water tanks so this is important if your gonna snowbird in it ,p.s.cannot buy parts anymore for furnace in mine.not even thermal coupling,so be ready for a swap on down the road,all in all i love our tiny a.c. in mine either (small window unit in kitchen window and one in bath window burrrr!!!great in freezing weather was shocked actually ,most of the winter small electric heater does the job,a lot to read,sorry hope it helps

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