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Old 11-29-2005, 06:34 AM   #15
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mtnman -- The VIN is embossed into the streetside A-frame just below the propane tanks if I recall. On my 24' there is about a 3x4" metal label with the date of manufacture, GVWR, axle ratings and the VIN riveted near the water fill door just below the front window. This may be placed elsewhere on different models...

Another issue you may see is condition of the tambour -- plastic rolltop desk type openings for bins and overhead cabinets. This isn't a make-or-break issue and methods to repair are posted. A bit of silicone is effective in making them slide easier. You may find the window gaskets are old and dry if they've never been replaced -- ordinary stuff though is a bit of work. Ask back on particulars if you aren't finding it in the search function. They also need annual silicone treatment.

Still another issue is operability of the 4 stabilizer jacks under each corner of the trailer. Mine were rusted and frozen -- a previous owner must have parked it and let grass grow up around it -- a prime cause of frame rust. There may be a hand crank -- otherwise a standard spark plug socket fits these -- handy to operate with a battery powered drill when camping.

Hmm... What have I been saying? My Argosy is in the driveway (under 4" of new snow) and it measures approx 7'8" outside width. I don't want to open the door to measure inside with the blowing snow right now. The 22' signifies bumper to ball length. All Argosy balls are 2 5/16" -- I can just about assure you of that. juel is right -- a darned pleasurable towing trailer!!

A recent Argosy evaluation that turned out badly is at: http://www.airforums.com/forum...4-a-19123.html

Some of Kevin Allen's (overlander64) Argosy brochure scans: http://www.airforums.com/photo...eimages&c=3178 Advance thru the pictures. Fourteen images of Argosy brochures. You get a better idea on model types toward the end of his series. Click in the picture if it isn't real clear -- you should get an enlarged version.

Too bad but the best web photo collection of Argosy models by year, www.argosytrailer.com, seems to have disappeared from its server. I noticed this earlier this fall.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:55 AM   #16
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Still another issue is operability of the 4 stabilizer jacks under each corner of the trailer. Mine were rusted and frozen -- a previous owner must have parked it and let grass grow up around it -- a prime cause of frame rust. There may be a hand crank -- otherwise a standard spark plug socket fits these -- handy to operate with a battery powered drill when camping.
If the coach doesn't have the stabilizer jacks, it does not mean they are missing. Our Argosy20 had none, and several Argosy22's had none, either. They weren't installed from the factory, this was done to keep the retail price of the coach lower than a comparable Airstream. If you get the coach, and it doesn't have them, it is a simple matter to install new ones, and they do help immensely.
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Go to www.vintageairstream.com to find nice pictures of the Argosy. The 1978 24ft Argosy on there happens to be mine. I was surprised to see it. These are the pictures posted in the ad for mine when I bought it. Never realized they were on this site till recently. It's a good site to let you know what they look like. I've included one of my "then for sale" trailer as I got my first look at it.
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Hitch ball

If you're getting an Equalizer hitch, the hitch bar that fits in receiver probably comes along with it. There may be a ball on that. Otherwise you need a 2 5/16" 10,000# rated ball. The shank is as big or bigger than your thumb if you're accustomed to balls for smaller trailers. Keep the ball greased to keep it happy -- .
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:33 AM   #19
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If the coach doesn't have the stabilizer jacks, it does not mean they are missing. Our Argosy20 had none, and several Argosy22's had none, either. They weren't installed from the factory, this was done to keep the retail price of the coach lower than a comparable Airstream. If you get the coach, and it doesn't have them, it is a simple matter to install new ones, and they do help immensely.
This is good info to know!!!
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I have an Argosy 1978, 24ft. that I am very fond of. It is the dual axel and pulls like a dream.
This warms my heart!!!! I was worried how this coach might pull, this really easy that worry, thanks!
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I read the post from where the fellow was disappointed and didnt buy the coach, I hope that dont happen to me. I know this owner and he is pretty straight with me. I know it will be dirty and need cleanning but I hope its solid. I cant hardly wait until in the morning, I may skip breakfast and get on over there! I will take pics and post.
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What about the used value of that hitch system? He said I get everything that was there to slide right into my reciever on my truck.
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What about the used value of that hitch system?
If you do a search on ebay you will find that the price for a used Reese WD hitch has been in the $200 to $300 range, plus $hipping.
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