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Old 01-06-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Remember My Free Argosy? It's Home...

Took a long time to co-ordinate the pick-up--the owner has been in the hospital, and bad weather and the holidays, but finally got it yesterday.

Posted a bunch of photos--I especially like the tree growing out of the tow bar, and I also got a few shots of the manure pile. Still haven't identified it.

It's not free any longer--$102 to tow it, $10 tip for the great tow guy.

First order--after cleaning out the crap--both kinds--is to sand the end caps and put some primer on them--Bob said if they rust through we're dead--at least he's saying "we" now--up until last night it was "you" and "your" trailer. SO I guess he's adopted the orphan.

I'm guessing it's '75, but not really sure as there are no papers and I can't find the VIN#--there's a plate low by the hitch side but it's so eroded I can't read anything--I don't know if that's even the right spot--anyone know?

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Old 01-06-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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Congrats on the coach! I cant see where you have posted images ( Good luck with the restoration. If it was me, I would be certian to get the title in hand before spending much more on it. But thats just me and my every silver lining has a cloud outlook . Keep us posted
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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NICE! Looking forward to the pics? Sounds like you'll have your hands full for a time restoring, good luck!
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:48 AM   #4
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Pics are on the photo page...

Wowee! I'd tow it to the local dump to throw out all the "stuff" out of the inside - I too like the tree. Obvously didn't move for some time!

You do have a Minuete - I think a 20fter? If you're lucky, I think the floor is actually aluminum, which would make cleanup easy, and the lack of floor rot is a plus!

Keep us updated! It'll look great once it's cleaned up.
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:09 PM   #5
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Not so sure it's a minuet... Does it say minuet on the beltline anywhere? I think It's an Argosy 20 - judging by the width of the galley hall.

Save those old cushions.... you will need the dimensions to make new ones.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:15 PM   #6
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... I'm guessing it's '75, but not really sure as there are no papers and I can't find the VIN#--there's a plate low by the hitch side but it's so eroded I can't read anything--I don't know if that's even the right spot--anyone know?

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Try looking on the Street side near the front of trailer for a little aluminum (what else ?) plate with numbers stamped in it. My guess is that you have an Argosy 20 and it will have a wood floor - underneath all the icky stuff.

I looked at your photos. You win the prize for the ickiest mess I've seen in a long time... but when it's cleaned and fixed, you're going to love your trailer!
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:28 PM   #7
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Here's a link.

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:53 PM   #8
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Have you done anything to the Argosy? We want more pictures of your progress.
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I've looked at the photos. It looks like you are the proud (?) owner of a '73 or '74 Argosy 20. It is definitely an Argosy 20, as it says so on the badge next to the main door. I don't think it's a '72, as it has reflectors mounted on the banana wrap front and rear, '72 didn't have those.
I also 75 had different overhead cabinets, so it is one of those two years, and I am leaning toward '73. Your VIN should be stamped on the tongue somewhere, as well as the tag on the front left of the body. If you look closely at Juel's avatar photo, the little black square furthest to the left is the VIN tag you should have.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:56 PM   #10
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Messy yes...but you can't beat the price. The laminate is the same color and shade as my 74 Ambassador. Looking forward to seeing come along.
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congradulations those things never happen to me..
thats going to look great when you get it cleaned up

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Zoe,

Where in NJ are you located. If not too far from northern border (Ringwood) I could come take a look and perhaps help ID your unit. Otherwise, my neighbour has a 6.0 Minuet which I could measure and get dimensions back to you.

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thanks for the advice, guys--I just went out and did a search for the VIN #--found the metal plate under the bush on the front--it was all worn down so I had to do a tracing on it to get the info..

it was built in Feb of 73

and the vin # as best i can read it is 20 D 3 V 1359=--the 3 and the v are guesses--the 3 seems to be right, but the V is in the spot that indicates where it was manufactured, right? so maybe it's a J?

so my reading is 20' rear bath double 73 and # 1359

as for the progress of work on it--not too much--we spent a day getting the junk and the worst of the crap out--now it's pull up the rug and the plywood and replace it--that will be next.

what's holding us up is that it was taking me forever to get the curtain material for the Safari--I need to get the curtains made and then the upholstery next--Bob won't do his work til I do mine--he seems to mistrust me on completion of my tasks for some reason....
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it was built in Feb of 73

and the vin # as best i can read it is 20 D 3 V 1359=--the 3 and the v are guesses--the 3 seems to be right, but the V is in the spot that indicates where it was manufactured, right? so maybe it's a J?

so my reading is 20' rear bath double 73 and # 1359
V= Versailles, Ohio, the plant that exclusively manufactured Argosies until 1979.
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