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Old 05-30-2008, 11:37 PM   #15
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Argosys were built by hippies.

Dredging up an old post, but it just struck me that at some point in the future, for sure the yellow/earth tones look with heavy obvious patterns WILL come back.

The one in this picture looks almost like it just rolled off the plant floor!
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:35 AM   #16
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Dredging up an old post, but it just struck me that at some point in the future, for sure the yellow/earth tones look with heavy obvious patterns WILL come back.
Oh, let's hope not... Can't we learn from past mistakes?
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:05 AM   #17
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Thanks for the memories!
We bought a 1978 Argosy Minuet (6-Metre) when it was less than a year old, and towed it for 23 years. We sold it when we found our current coach. The fellow that bought it was thrilled with the year of the Argosy - he had restored a '77 Ford PU, and was headed to southern California to go surfing.
Yes it had shag carpeting (GREEN!) - and I let him keep the 8-track tape player and cartridges!
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:57 AM   #18
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Oh, let's hope not... Can't we learn from past mistakes?
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:06 AM   #19
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The fellow that bought it was thrilled with the year of the Argosy - he had restored a '77 Ford PU, and was headed to southern California to go surfing.

Choosing cheer over bane
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A friend with an Argosy told me, "An Airstream is just an Argosy that hasn't been painted."
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:09 AM   #21
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An Argosy is....

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Old 05-31-2008, 12:14 PM   #22
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An Argosy is...

... not as afraid of hail storms as are Airstreams (bondo & paint!)
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:11 PM   #23
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: what is an Argosy?

As Airstream's "experimental" division, the Argosy had features that wouldn't be seen in Airstreams for several if not many years or ever in the case of certain features. Some of these features included:
  1. The deep-wrap front windows -- every first generation Argosy travel trailer had them.
  2. The front and rear deep-wrap windows on 28' and 30' coaches with rear bedrooms.
  3. One-piece galvanized steel endcaps -- fewer seams to seal, but frequent paint repair was the trade-off.
  4. Floorplans that wouldn't be seen on Airstreams until relatively recent times
    1. 22' Rear Entry Model (door behind rear axle rather than ahead of front axle).
    2. 24' Rear Entry Model (door behind rear axle rather than ahead of front axle) created a semi-private front bedroom/lounge area.
  5. The Minuet series (1977-1979) -- the only named series in the Argosy lineup, these coaches were only 7' wide rather than 7' 8" of the standard coaches. They were lighter, and tended to have a bit more window area than their sisters in the standard Argosy lineup.
    1. Many of the 6.0 Metre (20') Minuets were equipped with composite aluminum flooring meaning that wood rot became a non-issue.
    2. All of the Minuets had vinyl-clad aluminum cabinetry.
    3. Acrylic material in side windows to save weight (may prove a problem if previous owners were not aware of the proper care techniques for this material).
I have to admit that I truly enjoy both my Airstream and Argosy. I don't know which would be my first choice if I could only keep one. The Overlander was the camper where I had my first camping trip, and it has taken me to some of my favorite places. The Minuet is lighter and very economical to tow.

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Old 05-31-2008, 07:05 PM   #24
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74 twinkie: I'm sure you hear this all the time but your trailer and Suburban are beautiful.
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:24 AM   #26
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Golly, that is one sweet outfit, Twinkie! What is the TV, a '40s Chev Panel Van or, would that version be called and Estate Wagon? Oh wait, the original Suburban?

Gotta love that colour scheme. Of course, the background scenery doesn't hurt much either.
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:42 AM   #27
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The TV is a 1950 GMC Suburban on a 1982 GMC chassis with a 6.2 diesel. To help with the ever rising fuel costs I've added the ability to run on waste vegetable oil (with great success, so far). The reason for the Argosy was the lower initial cost. The color matching and the fact that it won't need to be shined up all the time was a plus.
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:54 AM   #28
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The TV is a 1950 GMC Suburban on a 1982 GMC chassis with a 6.2 diesel. To help with the ever rising fuel costs I've added the ability to run on waste vegetable oil (with great success, so far). The reason for the Argosy was the lower initial cost. The color matching and the fact that it won't need to be shined up all the time was a plus.
That is a wonderful way to save a classic. Did you retain the old frame and bring chassis components across or is the body placed on the '82' frame. The reason I ask is I expect the '50' frame to be narrower than the '82' frame.
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