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Old 07-22-2004, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

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!

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Greetings Dave!

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Hi Everyone!

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!

Dave...
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).

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... 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. ...
For what its worth, Mr. Dial's site appears to be updated regularly.

I just directed someone there who had seen my site, and noticed that R.J.'s last update was November 27, 2007.

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Hi Everyone!

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!

Dave...
The correct address for the article about the Duro-torque axle is:

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I have a 24" Argosy. I have put about 7,000 cash into my Argosy. Argosy trailers are pretty simple. If you are not handy and able to do most of the work yourself it will be expensive. On the other hand if you are handy I think the Argosy is a good choice. You will need to take all the appliances out and check them out. I replaced all the plumbing with new plastic pipe. Not much of a job now that I know how to do it. A new waterheater is necessary for any trailer over 5 years old. You cannot afford to pay much for a trailer that does not have new appliances. Figure about 700 for a refer, furnace and plumbing.

The argosy is relatively simple after you spend some time getting familiar with the layout. Most parts are available new thanks to Inland RV. Forget about Airstream. They provide no advice and few parts. But most parts such as furnace, water heater and refer are available new via internet rv dealers.

Be prepared to spend your weekends laying on your back smashing your nuckles. But they tow like a dream and do not need to be polished. My paint is tired looking but the silver ones need alot of maintenance that can be demanding or expensive.

My wife is a retired university professor and I am a retired computer programmer and actuary. We are happy with the trailer and like the small footprint. I get 17 mile per gallon towing with my dodge diesel.

You have to get your feet wet. Argosy is an inexpensive way to get involved. You will also find Airstreamers a helpful group of campers willing to share information and even help.



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The initial poster stayed active long enough to see post #2 in this thread. No problem here -- but I'm going to quietly close this thread and recommend starting or responding to new threads.

I am an Argosy owner and I agree everything about this thread is well stated. They rock!
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