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Old 05-24-2017, 10:40 AM   #15
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:42 AM   #16
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Oops, that was for Wayne!
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:48 AM   #17
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Blood in the water!
You motorhomers are ruthless.
The trailer side would never act like this.....
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:49 AM   #18
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:47 AM   #19
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I'm in for the parting out thing. I need window locks and Airstream steering wheel (if it has one) for starters!
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:08 PM   #20
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I'm in for the parting out thing. I need window locks and Airstream steering wheel (if it has one) for starters!
Neither of which on this 75 would work on your 91 (92?) coach.

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Old 05-24-2017, 01:31 PM   #21
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Neither of which on this 75 would work on your 91 (92?) coach.

Sorry to burst your bubble
Darn, it's a life's work maintaining these coaches........one day, if I follow the yellow brick road and click my heels, I will have beautiful sliding windows.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:39 PM   #22
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Ok. We're not doing the Shasta trailer. I would like to get a better look at the underneath of the Argosy and I have my wife's uncle who has done mechanical and auto bodywork. I am going to look at it again tomorrow. I could take more pictures if there is anything that might help clarify the condition. The dismantling of the motorhome and using it for parts is intriguing but I think it is in good enough shape that it would be a shame to tear it apart.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:11 PM   #23
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I think he's caught in the net. Standard. Tenner says he'll buy it. 🤔


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Old 05-24-2017, 02:15 PM   #24
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To be honest, I think it's very difficult to assess what you are getting into. If you get lucky, you might get it up and running for less than 5k. It could be many times that. There is a checklist somewhere on the site. Aside from the mechanicals, look for floor rot and all interior appliances/furnishings. You could be getting into something time consuming and pricey.


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Old 05-24-2017, 03:04 PM   #25
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Obviously the exterior is a filthy mess but that's no big deal really. The glass looks intact and the body doesn't look to be in bad shape. The interior looks to be reasonable considering its living conditions for the past few years. Doesn't look like a great deal of water infiltration. No way to asses the mechanicals until its out of its present site and in a place to make it more accessible. Probably needs everything they ALL need when buying a unit that's been sitting for that long.......if you can get it for a steal, who knows?

We all know that you want to buy a rig that's been in recent use and on the road but those units usually have a higher initial cost and most still need upgrades. I'm not advising a purchase but if I were a bit younger and had more energy for a project like that, I don't think it's too awful scary. Better have some pretty good mechanical abilities or in your case you can get it done for next to nothing. An indoor shop space would sure be desireable. Getting it out of there, power washed, and general clean up would do wonders for the appearance. A lot will depend on what you desire as your end result.

If you're willing to put the time, effort, and money into getting it home, getting it cleaned up enough to do a good assessment of what it needs. Even if you then decide it's too much of a project for you, I bet you would get your money back for what you would have in it.


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Old 05-24-2017, 07:25 PM   #26
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Do not buy it and plan to restore it and or use it
offer them $500 then sell each windshield side to one of us for $500 each the rest is free money
As you can tell by the vultures that have already started circling, parts for these things are extremely hard to come by
I have the larger version and 84 345
The ONLY thing these things have going for them is the "cool" factor
Yeah I love the attention it gets when you pull into the campground, when it's running good and going down the road I love getting the thumbs up and seeing people taking pictures of it on their cell phones from their cars
The thing with motorhomes is you have to maintain all of the running gear engine transmission driveshaft rear axle cooling system oiling system not to mention in this case you're dealing with an older carbureted 454 V8 if anything happens to the running gear it will cost you thousands of dollars for repairs and probably at least an $800-$1200 bill for towing
If you have a trailer and something goes wrong with your toe vehicle you simply crank up the tongue, left it off one ball. crank it down and set another ball, done
(I know that's a simplified version)
I spent $10,000 for my 345
Since then I have spent another $6000 maintaining and repairing it keep in mind when I bought it the former owner drove it to me over 800 miles so it was a semi-good running condition RV
I do most of the repairs and maintaining myself (I did not rebuild or install the transmission I had a shop do that)
If the goal here is to learn from other people's mistakes...
Walk away and let the buzzards feast
(PS I'm not just saying that because I need parts)
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So far I have appreciated all your comments and advice on the forum (even from the buzzards!). These will be very helpful for tomorrow when I may ask the owner some questions and take another look. Thanks Mike for your comment which I agree with and also to Grosspoluter for that counterpoint which my wife agreed with. We'll let you know how things seem after tomorrow.

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There is truth and experence in the comments above.

But it sounds like you are trying to look at the project realisticly, and have most of your rebuild team in house, sort of.

I would want to see as much of the chassis and mechanicals as possible before even dragging it out of there.
Lots of the classic motorhomes have been in hibernation for parts of their lives and come back from it. So there may be hope.

If you haven't been looking at the market for a while, It may pay off to check it out a bit. I doubt the argosy is going to disappear any time soon. We have been seeing some pretty good looking deals lately in the classic motorhomes for sale thread. Also over on airstream addicts they turn up too.

If the main goal is to go RV ing, it may be cheaper and quicker in a coach with less needs

Part of a sheet of plywood, a large floor Jack, couple of jack stands, and a bright flashlight could make things a bit clearer as to the condition down below.

You could air up the tires and fill the holes under the wheels while it is off the ground.

Don't let the buzzards put you totally off, you will find them very helpful if you do take the plunge.

Welcome to the forums, hope to see you joining the fun.

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