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Old 04-01-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Unexpected opportunity?

I just registered yesterday and had anticipated taking my time finding a trailer.
Murphy strikes. There is a 77 22 foot Argosy that just popped up on ebay here in Nashville. I am going to try to take a look at it this week, but I don't find an inspection checklist through the search feature. Is there one?
I know this is asking a lot, but if someone could take a look at the auction and provide feedback it would really help. I can see the exterior dents and the peeling paint, and the interior shots leave alot to be desired. What I'm more concerned about is what I can't see and what I should do to check out known potential problem areas. I also don't know what should be there and is not, or what has been replaced with non-OEM parts or appliances.
I was delighted to learn that there are individuals that will assist as an inspector. Now that was unexpected. Are there any inspectors in Nashville?
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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John,
Try using the search utility and look for checklist and inspection. try one word searches.
Here is a link that may get you started.

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Old 04-01-2008, 10:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, Carl. Those were most helpful. I did a cut and paste job. I will feel more prepared.
My bad on the year, is a 73.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:19 PM   #4
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Hawkeye, Don't get in a panic just because it appeared first. I have not been able to find it on ebay yet, but if it's one of the 22' rear door models, be aware they had towing problems - wheels too centered on the trailer body to provide enough hitch weight. Don't want your first experience to be bad. Be sure to looke carefully at the axel condition, floor condition (that means under the cabinets, under the bath sink cabinet, in any outside access doors, and under the front couch. Darol
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:32 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Airforums! When we least expect it...but take your time and make sure you know what you are getting and that you are getting what you want.

Ha! I should talk. Once we made the decision to move from a small moho to an Airstream...were planning to do it sensibly over several month's time...selling the car and getting a truck, selling the motor home, and them find the right AS, etc, etc, etc...we ended up doing it all wihtin a weeks' time! Once you make that decision to go for it, sometimes it just happens!

Good luck with your quest and enjoy the ride...and keep us posted!
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:16 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.
No rear door, just one side door. Dual axels.
I'm interested because it has undergone a partial interior renovation, it is local, and within the size range I'm looking for. Plus the price seems in line, or at least not out of line. I may kiss a bunch of frogs before finding the prince and I want some experience looking so I know what to look for. As there is a buy-it-now option the trailer may be sold by tomorrow afternoon, which is the quickest I can get there. It is also listed in the local fish wrap.
Every one says to check the axels. What am I looking to find? Bent axel? I mean, what else could there be?
Did these trailers come with a front window cover?
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:31 AM   #7
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They didn't come with a front window cover, but you can add one for around 700.00.

A 73 won't have a grey waste water tank - only black.

22 is a great size and these were unique and somewhat experimental trailers.

If the axles haven't been replaced, eventually you will be face with this expense. They lose their arch and ability to cushion the ride. You can tell a couple of ways, a quick look at the relative height of the wheel well to the center of the hub may be enough to tell if you have a picture. When the torsion axles are good, you should see about 2 to 3 inches of the tires "above" the wheels. Otherwise you would need to crawl underneath and have a look.
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John,
I will send you a PM with my cell #. You can call anytime Sat. or Sunday if you want to discuss issues while looking in person.

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Old 04-02-2008, 08:16 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the information. I've received an email about a gathering of the Music City Airstreamers from T. Shepherd also. I will try to attend to look at what an Airstream or Argosy should look like.
I'm going to take a look tomorrow. I doubt I will purchase as I just don't know enough yet, but the experience should be valuable.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:30 PM   #10
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If this is the one your talkin about on ebay from the pics it looks really nice to me but I am no expert by along shot .. good luck said it was in nashville tn....SAM Ebay# 200212754543
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:43 PM   #11
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It appears from the photo of one side, that the tires are barely above the top of the wheels.

If thats the case, the trailer will need new axles.

Normally, with good axles, you should see at least 2 inches, or more, of the tire, above the top of the wheels.

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Old 04-03-2008, 05:13 PM   #12
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Yes Sam, that is the one.

What do you guys think about the axels? There seems to be 2" above the wheel rim. I tried to see the torsion arms, but there was pooling water all around. I saw the shocks, but not the torsion arms. The photo is on the door side and the trailer is nose high, not level. I couldn't see well, but I didn't notice any separation of the frame from the shell in the rear. I gather this happens when the axels are bad. With all the rain we have, I didn't see any leaks.
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Yes Sam, that is the one.

What do you guys think about the axels? There seems to be 2" above the wheel rim. I tried to see the torsion arms, but there was pooling water all around. I saw the shocks, but not the torsion arms. The photo is on the door side and the trailer is nose high, not level. I couldn't see well, but I didn't notice any separation of the frame from the shell in the rear. I gather this happens when the axels are bad. With all the rain we have, I didn't see any leaks.
The axles look good.

So much for off angled pictures.

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Old 04-06-2008, 09:39 AM   #14
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Hawk, it looks good in the pic's, but the description lacks a ton of info. How did it look in person? My '73 20 footer only had floor rot under the shower pan & a small place at the front door. The exterior is also similar & i am planning on striping/re-painting sometime soon. All in all i don't think the "buy it now price" is un-reasonable. I proably have that much tied up in mine......
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