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Old 02-16-2014, 05:06 AM   #1
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New Owners, Lots to Do!

Hi all, we purchased a 1979- says on the title- Argosy "28". I've not found any books or manuals yet for it with the trailer and did not see that particular Argosy listed in the data base here. I know it will take a closers look at least at the tag on the shell to find this out. The cabin measure 24'5" end to end outside.
This unit has seen use and being 35 years old it will need some serious effort to get it up to par and nice again. Some roof damage, rust on end caps, door not quite flush, small area of floor rot, etc etc etc. We are just beginning a push to rehab this trailer and plan to take about 3 years to get it really in shape.
I'm looking forward to asking all the silly questions and getting my hands dirty here, whatever it takes. Some of the appliances need repair, wife would like upgraded bathroom fixtures, new flooring, etc etc. Right off the bat I will need a spare wheel since no spare came with. I know there will be a lot more to get, one thing at a time!
Looking forward!
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Airforums. Sounds like you will be busy with your purchase. It will be a labor of love for sure. Steady as she goes. I am still after 4 years finding things to do to make our rig as our own. We'll be watching your progress, keep us posted.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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Good luck with your project and make sure you show us some pictures, before and after.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:33 AM   #4
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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Look at this site for ideas and articles as well as sources for some of those needed supplies.
Vintage Airstream - Airstream Trailer Resource
You are going to spend a lot of time on the forums looking for information. Don't ask me how I know. Just keep plugging along on it and it will get done.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the welcome!
First surprise was, when I read the tag on the front, it's actually a 1976 model!

By the way our 2011 Nissan Titan pulled it pretty well. I do have a load stabilizer setup for when we take it on trips starting hopefully sometime next year!
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:37 AM   #7
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So in going through all the cubbies, nooks, and crannies, I have not found an owner's manual or any documents on this model or any of the appliances etc.
Is there a resource that has pdf's of these old manuals? It would be great to have all the specs and so forth.
So far the a/c unit does come on, the lights worked sort of but there is some obvious connection/converter issues, furnace fan motor may be bad, fridge has not come on yet. 4-burner stove works, not sure about the oven. The fresh water tank may have leaked, there is a rot spot by the front door.
A new sewage hose was thrown in with the deal; but no fresh water hose or electrical line to run power from the house.

I'm just beginning to get the picture here. Lots and lots of details! I want to formulate a plan to do a good solid rehab on this.
Priorities as I see them:
Exterior.... body work, rust treat, prime, paint, stop leaks, caulk, replace covers, vents, latches, fixtures, door and window repair/replace as needed,

Appliances... See what works and doesn't, troubleshoot/repair/replace as needed, wiring/gas/water lines as needed.

Interior..Investigate floor, repair as needed/ new carpet or flooring, .New cushions throughout, curtains, light fixtures, bathroom redo with new sliding door

Wheels etc...New tires, repack bearings, rehab or replace front and rear leveling jacks, check out hitch tongue, axles, seal underside

I know there is more. Just a rough idea. Comments welcome!
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:22 AM   #8
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Try cleaning the fridge burner to make sure there is no gunk in there to keep it unlit. Unless it is very rusty/refrigerant free, the refrigerators are pretty stout. There is a little pipe for exhaust that needs to be cleaned, or at least checked for blockage. Dometic may say there are models that replace what you have, but it isn't as easy as they make it sound. You have to modify the cabinets to get the new one in.

The furnace is a problem. If it works, be sure to get a monoxide detector. If it doesn't work, you can buy one that is the same dimensions with pilotless ignition.

Talk to Inland RV about the gasket material for the doors and windows and don't overlook the vent caps on the roof.

Axles get old and replacing them on an older unit is usually a really good idea. The improvement in ride and towing is great.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #9
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Be prepared to spend many $$$$$'s.
With the list you have made. My guess is $8-10K. Not counting a new paint job.
New axles and tires will set you back $2.5-$3K.
You will be amazed at how fast the remaining $5-$7K will go.
Good Luck in your new adventure.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:08 AM   #10
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Welcome!
We NEED pics!
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:19 PM   #11
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I'll get the camera out probably Saturday.

Bex, saw your message, considering, will let you know shortly, thanks!
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:40 PM   #12
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No worries. I have several for 1976, now that I have had a look. They are a nice item to have with a trailer but all the info you are going to need will be had from here.

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:10 PM   #13
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You can save quite a bit on your axles if you install them yourself. Talk to Inland. I have priced a few sets of axles for various Argosy trailers I looked at (and did not buy for other reasons). Axles with self adjusting brakes set up run about $800 apiece, plus you will need shocks and then delivery. There are a number of manufacturing plants around the country, and if one is reasonably close, you may be able to arrange for pickup and save on shipping costs. Andy at Inland can help you on all points.
There are lots of threads on installing dual axles. I have not done this yet myself, but when I have my own trailer I will likely be installing them myself. It sounds like a reasonably straightforward bolt/unbolt sort of thing, if you are reasonably mechanically inclined. Search this forum and you will find lots of information on the install. I also called Jackson Center, and they quoted $1500 for parts and labor if you want them to do the work.

BTW, congrats on finding "your" argosy.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #14
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The first big project is sort of urgent, the top was hit by a branch at some point not too long ago. My mentor and I plan to take the dented metal out and replace a section as needed. I notice the rivets are different than anything I've seen elsewhere.
This is over the center bathroom more or less. The damage is where the wall becomes the roof. I plan to use exact or as close to original stuff for repairs/remodel throughout.

So who carried thise rivets?
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