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Old 06-27-2014, 01:10 PM   #1
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Should I consider an Odyssey?

I noticed that a significant portion of older Airstreams for sale in my part of the world are Argosy models. So…

what are the advantages and disadvantages of a used Argosy over a similar older Airstream? Are they lighter or heavier than an equivalent AS? I love polished Airstreams, but creatively painted is cool also, and a lot less work than polishing. (You can color match your TV.)

I know that the Argosy was used as a test bed, and has pano windows, steel end caps and are painted. Other than that I'm not sure.

I am looking around 25'. A 22' is too small and a 28' might be too big (or heavy?). Ideally I'd like two double beds for better space utilization.

What should I look for when considering an Odyssey?
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:25 PM   #2
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Heh... I thought when I read the title you were asking about tow vehicles, but I think you meant to ask "Should I consider an Argosy", no?

Other than the differences you've already mentioned, there's the that that roughly-equivalent Argosy models were 1' shorter than the Airstream (e.g. 25' Tradewind -> Argosy24) and sometimes had a one-size-smaller fridge, with the larger fridge being available as an option. Argosy trailers also didn't include the "central control" panel as standard equipment, but again I think it was available as an option.

An advantage when buying is that Argosy prices are a little lower for a similar trailer, the disadvantage at selling is that some buyers don't even know to look for Argosy trailers, or will turn their nose up at not-silver. That said, I don't think it's hard to sell a nice Argosy.
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Nothing wrong with a beautiful Argosy. Personally, I would prefer a nice Argosy over a perhaps not-so-nice Airstream.

Also, an Odyssey makes for an excellent tow vehicle.
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@smokelessjoe I love your TV setup! That is really awesome. I'm going to switch to a similar setup if its legal here in the US for the kids to ride in the Mini Cooper while we're
underway.

Yes. Argosys and Oddysseys are both great.
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I really wish I had the cash laying around. I'd snap that rig up in a second! That's the most beautiful and creative Argosy rig possible!! :-)
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Odyssey is also a good AGM battery. Here are mine in the ARGOSY:

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Sorry senior moment. YES Argosy! Maybe brain circuits got crossed because I DO have an Odyssey, which will be the initial tow vehicle. I hope the title does not limit reading hence any comments to this thread.
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You're on! PM sent.
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Sorry senior moment. YES Argosy! Maybe brain circuits got crossed because I DO have an Odyssey, which will be the initial tow vehicle. I hope the title does not limit reading hence any comments to this thread.
Works extremely well as a tow vehicle. High payload, low centre of gravity, good engine. For details on our setup, if you're interested, check this link.
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Paid a visit to SmokelessJoe's Argosy and TV. Since nobody was there, I obviously couldn't see the inside, but the outside work is of quality. Hard to believe it is not a newer trailer. The Sprinter TV is really unique. Don't know why, but a 25' 1980s Airstream seems so much larger than a 24' 1970s Argosy.

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Works extremely well as a tow vehicle. High payload, low centre of gravity, good engine. For details on our setup, if you're interested, check this link.
Thanks for this. You get the prize for the biggest Airstream pulled by a minivan. Your website info is quiet fascinating.
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