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Old 09-13-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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Argosy value needed

Hello, my name is David and have a 24ft Argosy/rear bath coach for sale. The coach is in fair condition inside and out, always kept in southern states, surface rust only on some parts of the chassis, and the engine runs perfect with 175k. I have it for sale on the forum but think I may have it overpriced yet not sure. NADA has it's value at $8500 and I have it listed for $7400.

Does anyone with Argosy knowledge have an idea of its value?

The walls, ceiling, floors, bathroom, tampora, doors, cushions, and windows are in very good condition. The carpet needs to be pulled out and of course updating.

Look forward to some suggestions.



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Old 09-13-2014, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hi Dave, I want to start off by saying value means different things depending on point of view; if you are selling, it is what someone will pay, and if you own something it is what it would cost to replace.

I have been chasing the 24' market closely over the last 12months and see what is on offer/people are paying. As of today, I know of 3 24' on sale; your rear-bath, another rear-bath on Craigslist in Portland at $4.5K (driving and having just completed a 100mile trip), and a rear-twin bed (eBay auction just ended, 8pm ET). The eBay unit is fully working, new Flexsteel seating, new flooring, and has a set of alloy wheels with good tires, and is a good case study. It was originally for sale on the classifieds here at $14K, then Craigslist at $12K. At that time (early this year) I was interested (before I got my 20') and exchanged emails with the seller. There were others for sale around $8K, and the seller was willing to let it go for around $10K but I bought the 20' instead. Since then he has had 3 eBay auctions (they come up on my daily searches). The first had an opening bid of $8K - he got no bids. The second had an opening bid of $6K, he got 24 bids up to around $6.5K, but never reached the reserve, so didn't sell. The latest auction had a had an opening bid of $7K and after a 6day auction had no bids.

This would seem to suggest the value was approx $6.5K (the maximum bid on the second auction), but then why would the only other unit I have seen for sale recently (a slightly later Airstream badged 1979) that has been up for sale for $20K at a dealer in Tulsa, disappear from the dealer inventory, so I assume sold?

As I say value is what someone will pay, or maybe someone needed to replace a 1979 and so it was worth more?

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Old 09-13-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by erjjet145 View Post
Hello, my name is David and have a 24ft Argosy/rear bath coach for sale. The coach is in fair condition inside and out, always kept in southern states, surface rust only on some parts of the chassis, and the engine runs perfect with 175k. .....
Having bought, restored and sold Avion and Airstream Motorhomes, I would have concerns with the high mileage, despite the fact that it is running good.
Updating the interior can be a lot of fun, but when it comes to replacing the engine and/or transmission, the reality of spending a lot of money/work sets in. The sad truth is that even after spending 10k on a new motor, the market value will never be 18 000. Just some thoughts to consider...
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