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Originally Posted by dpligocki
I recently joined your forum here in hopes to learn much about Argosy's and Airstreams!
I live in Ontario and I fell in love with these trailers. They are the only trailer I would consider buying.
I am a university student and as most do not have much money, soooo what I have been doing is looking for a 70's Airstream or Argosy. I live in a town of 45000 and there are not to many in Ontario period. But there is this one I found and it was not for sale but the couple said they might sell it anways!!! So I was sooo happy!
Its a 1976 Agosy 26' (Ideally I want between 19 and 26 feet)
I like this trailer alot! I don't know much on checking them out for problems but it sounds like it was hardly used as it was her fathers. There is a dent in the back but that doesnt bother me soo much and there is no fridge but she put in an electric on. And the hot water tank was taken out. I will mostly be using it at my cottage and it will be a little project for me as well. So other than that the trailer is in fairly good condition. I think she wants between 2000 and 3000 CND .
If anyone could help me out in telling me what to look at when buying it and price range in CND $ I would greatly appreciate any help!
All I can think of lately is AS and Argosy trailers, I want one soo bad!
The Argosy in question already has two relatively expensive missing appliances - - to re-introduce the RV refrigerator would entail an expenditure of approximately $1,000 to $1,200 (US) while a new RV water heater would entail an expenditure of about $700 (US) --<<both cost estimates include professional installation>>. The anticipated asking price, especially at the lower end would reflect the need of these two appliances.
To get a picture of the price vs. condition, you might want to check out the Vintage Airstream Price vs. Condition
pages on R. J. Dial's site. Generally, it seems that the Argosy coach will be priced approximately 20% lower than a similar Vintage/size Airstream - - the exceptions tend to be when looking at the "AS FOUND" prices which tend to be very comparable for both Airstream and Argosy (at least in my area).
The 26 foot coach is a nice size for many uses. I have owned my '64 Overlander (26' 8"), and even lived in it for about five months while waiting for possession of the home that I bought in my last move. They are easy to tow (they are heavy enough, however, that a 3/4-ton tow vehicle with 7,500 lb. + trailer tow rating is helpful if you plan on significant mountainous travel). I have encountered very few campgrounds that cannot accommodate a 26' coach. The two expensive issues to look into on the coach that you are considering is whether any floor rot exists (usual locations are in the rear-most area under the bath, just in front of the entry door, as well as below the front window (under the front lounge) - - since the water heater has been removed, it should be easy to check this area as it is another point where floor rot often appears; the second potential for expense is axle condition - - the Henschen axles on coaches of this vintage are often a replacement item try checking out Checking-Out the DuraTorque Axle
Good luck with your investigation!
P.S.: Another potential are for expensive repairs, but one that doesn't appear with great frequency is damage where the galvanized steel front and rear domes join the aluminum body - - the reaction between the dissimilar metals can cause problems if the paint surface hasn't been maintained where pinholes can develop that result in leaks (I have only heard of one or two very neglected Argosys where this was a problem). Condition of the overall paint job can be an issue as well - - professional repainting can cost as much as a polish and Plasticoat job on an Airstream ($115 to $175 per linear foot in length).