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Old 06-08-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Are Argosys worth anything?

I looked up the value of my rig at NADA's web site, and it is only worth about $3K. I hear there were about 5000 of them made. Are Argosy's worth a lot more if they have been nicely restored?
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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I would think sooooo!!!
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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Ha ha, there's another thread right now about how NADA values don't really apply to Airstreams (or Argosys).
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:26 PM   #4
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Any product is worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

NADA guides are "supposedly" based on actual sales, but when it comes to RV's and Airstream/Argosy products in particular they are not accurate at all. Where you are located plays into to it too.

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I paid to much for my airstream too. But you know what? It was love at first sight and I still get excited when I look out the window and see the old girl sitting there (the sun rises and sets on her) and realize she's all mine.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
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I fancied up my Argosy.

$3000????? I might rent it to you for the weekend for $3000. Would I trade my Argosy for a brand new Airstream? Let me think about it.
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The value of any of these older trailers is based on condition, comparable sales, and appraisals, if you can find someone who can do an appraisal on an Airstream. There are a few around.

Argosy's don't have the general appeal to public or the instant brand recognition of the silver trailers, but there were far fewer of them built and they were the test bed for many of the innovations found years later on the silver trailers. For example, the Argosy trailers got the wrap-around windows early on... like 1975 or so... (maybe even earlier); they didn't appear on the silver trailers until well into the '80s. There were a lot of other innovations tried out on the Argosy line as well that never made it to silver. So... once you've had silver, and then get to know your way around, Argosy can be even a better buy and more desireable than many of the silver Airstreams, but they'll probably never have the dollar value of a similar length silver trailer of the same vintage, of equal condition.

The Minuets were true light-weight champs, and Airstream would do well to return to the lessons they learned from that line.

I've always thought that the best floorplan ever offered was the 22' rear door Argosy.

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Don't worry about NADA too much.
When we were shopping for our Airstream, we learned quickly (helped by this Forum) that there are problems with 'book' value on Airstreams.

The problem is that too few are built, and sold, to establish a realistic value basis. Therefore, companies like NADA simply calculate the value based on depreciation.

After six months of shopping, and making offers (rejected), we got a pretty good idea of what we should pay.

If you want to sell, start high, turn down offers, drop your price a little bit, then repeat, and eventually you'll get a fair price .

It will take patience!
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:56 PM   #9
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The best protection you can have is a vehicle appraisal. I have my MH appraised after every major upgrade I do. This way the insurance co. has proof of actual cash value should something bad happen. It will also help at sale time.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:04 PM   #10
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Good to know. I've never heard of a vehicle appraisal before. I can't wait to find out how much mine is worth after I fix it up. Now - I wonder which will increase its value more - painting it bright yellow like a banana or green with dots (like a cucumber).
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:06 PM   #11
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Hello... We would NOT trade our Argosy for a new 30'...Costalotta she may be named and well worth the name ....
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