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Old 08-23-2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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Argosy vs Excella vs Classic

Hello. I am looking for buy an AS motorhome in europa ( UK / France ). I began my research since only 3 months. I have some questions... First: what are the differences between an argosy , a classic (same lenght ) and an excella please ? Are there millesime better than others ? Thank you for a french newbie

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Old 08-23-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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Argosy is the oldest, then Excella, then Classic. Argosy has a painted exterior, others are mainly shiny aluminum. Late 70,s introduced the Isuzu diesel as an option instead of the chevy 454 motor. I think 1982 they added a turbo charger to the Isuzu 6bd1 motor. Not sure what year but the Allison transmission was added as an option to pair with the Isuzu, possibly 1982. Im not exactly sure on the dates here but pretty close.

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Old 08-24-2014, 07:15 AM   #3
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The most obvious difference is that the Argosy motorhomes are painted. Underneath the paint, the Argosy units have galvanized steel front and rear upper caps.

All of them are built and Chevy P-30 truck chassis and almost all of them have Chevy 454 engines. There are a few Argosy 20's that have Chevy 350 engines. There are some early Airstream units with Isuzu diesel engines.

The trim level and options on the Airstream units is higher.

None of the Argosy units will have leveling jacks. Many of the Airstream units do have leveling jacks.

The Argosy units and the early Airstream units do share the same exact floor plans.

I have many examples of both on my website.
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Believe Fred has said it all
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:12 AM   #5
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Thanks to all of you. I am going to continue my training to do the right choice. After I will have to look for the good machine in US from France.....gloupssss
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