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Old 07-21-2018, 11:19 AM   #1
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New Argosy 28 Owner

Just thought I'd drop in and say hello. I recently purchased a 1977 Argosy 28MH and will be reading through the posts and learning about motor homes. I am experienced with trailers, but the MH world is new to me. 39,000 miles 2 owners, lived its life in Sarasota FL. approx. 450 hrs on the original generator.
What have I gotten myself into?
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:21 AM   #2
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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Welcome! I own almost the exact same Argosy except I have a rear bedroom. I just pulled all of that carpet out of mine. Yours looks to be in real nice shape! Don't be bashful to ask questions around here, we're a helpful group!
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What have I gotten myself into?
Your wallet will tell you in due course.

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Old 07-21-2018, 02:30 PM   #5
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Welcome! I own almost the exact same Argosy except I have a rear bedroom. I just pulled all of that carpet out of mine. Yours looks to be in real nice shape! Don't be bashful to ask questions around here, we're a helpful group!


Thatís my first step. Remove all carpet to inspect the floor. It does have some rot around the entryway so I need to find the leak and repair that first.
This thing is 100% original. Unknown condition of appliances though so weíll see.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:46 PM   #6
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Cliff, congrats on your Argosy purchase!

Looks like you've got a nice place to park it

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Just information I have an 1978 28' argosy mh, the frame and engine is a 1977 but camper 1978- check before you buy parts, good luck
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Just information I have an 1978 28' argosy mh, the frame and engine is a 1977 but camper 1978- check before you buy parts, good luck
Good advice. Order parts based on the GM vin number, not Airstream model year.
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:54 PM   #9
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Are there service manuals available for the MHís like the trailers? Is there a fresh water connection on these? I didnít see it mentioned in the owners manual and cannot find an inlet, only the tank fill.
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For fresh water connection look under the rear bumper and you should see a connection where you can connect a hose. That water line goes in and near the hot water heater there should be a pressure regulator. Beyond the regulator the fresh water line “T’s” into the cold water line inside.

On manuals they are available and for 1977 were fairly detailed.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:42 PM   #11
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Gotta love ole chevys. A little gas down the carb and she fired right up after sitting for at least a year. I need to rebuild the carb and bleed brakes but at least it moved on itís own. Also picked up the carefree awning for it. P.O. had it sitting in his garage.
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Congratulations, and welcome to the club!

We have the same '77 28' Argosy, right down to the orange corduroy interior!
Don't you just love it? I don't know what your plans are for the interior--some folks like to rip out the orange upholstery and replace with new fabric. If you do that, any chance I could buy your original orange upholstery? We are trying to restore our Argosy to the original interior, and that fabric no longer exists (I've looked high and low for it). Please let me know if you're considering replacing any interior items, as we might like to buy them off you.

I hope I don't come across like a scavenger...more than likely you love that groovy orange as much as we do--and cheers to that! But just in case you don't, please don't throw it out. I would be very interested in giving it a new home.

Congrats, again!!!!
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:24 PM   #13
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Arrrrrrrrrgggggg, We've captured another one mates! Welcome to the asylum!
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Congratulations, and welcome to the club!

We have the same '77 28' Argosy, right down to the orange corduroy interior!
Don't you just love it? I don't know what your plans are for the interior--some folks like to rip out the orange upholstery and replace with new fabric. If you do that, any chance I could buy your original orange upholstery? We are trying to restore our Argosy to the original interior, and that fabric no longer exists (I've looked high and low for it). Please let me know if you're considering replacing any interior items, as we might like to buy them off you.

I hope I don't come across like a scavenger...more than likely you love that groovy orange as much as we do--and cheers to that! But just in case you don't, please don't throw it out. I would be very interested in giving it a new home.

Congrats, again!!!!


I might take you up on that offer. Still havenít decided exactly what Iím going to do with it yet. Fabrics in pretty good shape. One of the bunks is a bit dry and tearing but other than that, real good shape for its age.
Thanks for the welcome.
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Whatever you decide, I wish you happy times in your new motorhome. She's a beauty.
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After having our motorhome for almost a year, and battling some kind of rodent getting inside we had it listed for a short time as I felt it was another one of the projects that would sit around for years to come. To my surprise my wife was the one to tell me to keep it and we'll work together to get it usable.
So over the past couple weekends, rebuilt carb was installed and PS fluid topped off. I now have a smooth running coach with brakes! I also finally plugged in the electric and found almost all lights working, and according to the display panel 1/2 full propane tank.

I added about 10 gallons of fresh gas and low and behold the generator fired up!
Yesterday the front carpet was removed and leaks along the curbside wall were discovered. Now first order of business is to re-seal all window assemblies and front windshield.
Oh BTW our daughter has named him Arthur A. Argosy, so we now have a name.
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Working my way back to repair rotten sections of floor led me to the fridge area. Dang near 40 screws held that thing in.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:29 AM   #19
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Working my way back to repair rotten sections of floor led me to the fridge area. Dang near 40 screws held that thing in.
Hello Cliff, congrats on your Argosy 28 MH! I donít feel so bad about my purchase, now! Mine is exactly the same as yours. PO had started a reno and then stopped. As they started with the bathroom, i would like to move it to the center to create a back bedroom. My question is: is it possible to replace only the damaged portions of the sub floor or is a shell off necessary.? I canít seem to find a thread on a shell off on an airstream MH. Thank you!
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No need to remove more than required. You just need access to the bolts and screws going through the channel. I was able to remove the rivets out of the lower walls and pull them out of the way to access.
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