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Old 08-17-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Tried to sell our Argosy, couldn't

Thats right, I did it, I put it up for sale.
After all the time I spent looking for "the one" for us.
It sat for the last two years nothing having been done. Frankly, I got disinterested.
I had just put primer on the lower half, ready for a full gloss top coat that I might get to next week, or not if a buyer wanted to do it themselves.
I had numerous calls and emails for more pics. But one Guy showed up and we went through everything on it. The repairs I have done to the floor. Re-sealing all the windows. Replaced the vent covers. New screen door and fabricated hinges for the door because the PO had cut them off.
Getting the thing clean (no small task) and the general finishing. We had a great time chatting about the trailer, and I felt he was genuinely interested in buying it, but like me when I bought ours, uncomfortable with whats left to do. I told him I was in the same situation when I bought it, no DIY experience at all, I didnt even own tools. I have now spent more on tools and materials than the trailer cost! Without this forum, I would have just resold it. I just didnt know what I was getting into.
He decided to go think about it and come back today to buy it if thats what he was going to do. In the mean time he asked me to have all the systems running, which they were not, when he inspected. So thats what I spent the next 24 hours doing.
Last thing I bought for the trailer was a catch repair kit for the A&E awning. I installed them, cleaned the awning and was pleasantly surprised to note that it now rolls up equally on both sides and there is no unevenness about the awning roll. Such a simple, cheap fix that gives a huge satisfaction feeling.
Next, I put water in it and had a leaking filter to fix, next to the tank.
Got a tank of Propane and re-installed the regulator only to find I have a leak in a line that got water in it and froze. So I fixed it (had to buy a flaring tool).
Fired up the furnace, no issue
Fired up the water heater, no issue
Fired up the fridge on propane, no issue but the heater element needs replaced, so I ordered one from Texas.
Checked the toilet, flushes just fine
Checked the Shower and needs a replacement cartridge, installed one I had.
Did some more clean up.
So then yesterday I was sitting in it, listening to some music, when my wife comes out to join me. Why dont you finish it? You are so close, it just needs paint and curtains and little touches here or there, and its funny because thats exactly what I was thinking I would do and I was just getting ready to come in and tell her.
I sent an email to the chap that was thinking of buying it and gave him the news. He came back to me and I got the impression from his reply that he would have bought it and was maybe relieved that I took the decision away from him. I know he was concerned about the little (big to him I guess) jobs that are still left to do.
So now I have a renewed passion to get this thing done. I might sell it, I might not, but at least its no longer a rotting ornament in the yard. Who knows, we might even go camping in it too!
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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Wow. Great story.

Looks like you have learned a lot from working on this trailer, (or did you have the skills already and just didn't have the tools?)

Good luck as you finish the project!

Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:15 PM   #3
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Wow. Great story.

Looks like you have learned a lot from working on this trailer, (or did you have the skills already and just didn't have the tools?)

Good luck as you finish the project!

Thanks for posting.
I am 56 in a few days and have never done a DIY job in my life so to say steep learning curve is an understatement. I have few skills but I have learned and developed one in particular and thats patience, which is without doubt an asset with these trailers.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:53 PM   #4
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Well I, for one, think it's great that you have rekindled the dream. And good for your wife for being on the same page. That counts for a lot. When it's done and you're out camping somewhere, sitting under the awning relaxing and enjoying, you'll realize that you made a great decision to forge on.... Congrats!

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Old 08-17-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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Great looking trailer. It will turn heads as you pull into a campground.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #6
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Good job so far, I am glad you found the desire to get it done!!!
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #7
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That's a Neat Model !

Would love to see it finished.

Keep up the good work !

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Old 08-18-2014, 10:13 PM   #8
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Nice... keep dreamin...
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:23 PM   #9
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Great story. Glad you are keeping it and finishing off the last few things.

I can see you getting a lot of use out of her!

Did you post your VIN number?
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:01 AM   #10
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Thank you for sharing your story. You give me hope that someday our Argosy will once again be at the campground. Ours has been sitting due to husbands crazy work schedule and tons of travel. Not of the camping kind :/ Keep plugging along and maybe we will meet up at an Argosy rally.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:54 AM   #11
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This is a fantastic story! We have spent two years repairing our 1980 International and it has been a challenge. Some minor tool throwing, some cursing, some drinking of adult beverages, but we are very close to having her road-ready. We have learned LPG, Pex, flooring, riveting and much more.

Ask my husband if he would do it again? No way!
Me? In a New York minute!
So, I continue to browse for a smaller (ours is a 31') one in need of help...

Happy Trailer-ing and we'll keep an eye out for you!
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:08 AM   #12
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Great story. Glad you are keeping it and finishing off the last few things.

I can see you getting a lot of use out of her!

Did you post your VIN number?
We have a long weekend coming up and might just do it (camp that is) "as is" as I have no time to do much for now.

The VIN, yes, its posted, thanks.
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Ask my husband if he would do it again? No way!
Me? In a New York minute!
So, I continue to browse for a smaller (ours is a 31') one in need of help...

Happy Trailer-ing and we'll keep an eye out for you!
I would be OK with doing it all again I think. Now I know what I could be in for it would be less learning and more doing.

I have a neighbour with a 19ft 1963 Caravel I am trying to buy. Completely original.
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Let us know what happens with your neighbors unit, I'd love to hear all about it!


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