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Old 08-15-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
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Possible Argosy MH Buy.. NEED INFO!!!

I was out shopping today, minding my own business, when WHAT DO I SPY on a used car lot, two towns away??? *****

We are VERY interested, are going to look at her tomorrow, and may look at co-ownership with some good friends because we already have our AS TT. Or, we may end up owning TWO... how does that price look?

The interior is really clean underside is good looking, and she looks well kept. There is a scrape on one side, and a missing set of light covers on that same side.

PLEASE tell me what to look for, and be honest about what you think about this unit. I THINK it's a '76;....

One item of concern.. the windshield is cracked, but not spidered; it's in one line.

Thanks in advance.. and hurry up with those opinions!

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Old 08-15-2004, 09:09 PM   #2
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Misleading pictures ;-)

The above pics make her look cleaner than she is; she really would need a LOT of cosmetic attention, mainly cleaning and spiffing.... the seal around the AC is loose. But all in all it looks like a worthwhile project.
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:17 PM   #3
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One picture

I'll put this one up alone for better view.. if anyone wants to see anything else, let me know ASAP
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:36 PM   #4
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The windshield is not cheap. 800 per side, replace the window gasket on both! This means removing the good side too. If you replace only one side you will likely have a leaking issue because the gasket has been disturbed and will not reform to the new glass.

The exterior refer door is the same as a 76 and up vintage refer door, not a problem. The genset door is a different issue. The doors are NLA and you would want to have one made. A good metal shop could do it, but it will be costly.

The AC is not OEM, but new gaskets can be had.

Does the genset work?

looks like a decent coach for the price.
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:54 PM   #5
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The windshield is not cheap. 800 per side, replace the window gasket on both! This means removing the good side too. If you replace only one side you will likely have a leaking issue because the gasket has been disturbed and will not reform to the new glass.

The exterior refer door is the same as a 76 and up vintage refer door, not a problem. The genset door is a different issue. The doors are NLA and you would want to have one made. A good metal shop could do it, but it will be costly.

The AC is not OEM, but new gaskets can be had.

Does the genset work?

looks like a decent coach for the price.

800 a WINDOW??? I'll have to sell some kids first!!!

And that AC is not original to the unit???
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OK,

I looked at the pictures a bit closer. Looks like the paint is passable, but was done by a budget shop. The light covers are not a big deal. The whole light is available in bulk at NAPA for less than 3.00 per light. I always end up replacing all of them anyhow

The things to look for are the condition of :

Hose, belts, plug wires, shocks, tires, exhaust, all need to be addressed. Old ones will break/or fail at the worst possible time. If you have a trusted mechanic have him check it over with a fine tooth comb. A full tune up, fresh hoses, belts and fluids will go a long way to making it reliable.

The inner workings of the coach are typical Airstream. The plumbing will be copper if it is a 76, mine was. If the PO did not butcher the kitchen it should have a nu-tone and a built in vacuum in the closet next to the fridge. The OEM refer would be a RM100, but may have been replaced in the past.

Interior pictures will solicit more comments.
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I did not mistype, 800.00 per side. Live with the crack, unless it is against the law.

The AC should be an Armstrong if it is original. All of the Argosy MH I have seen came with AC from the factory. That looks like an older Dometic.
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Link to a side shot of the 76 we had with OEM AC
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Great info, so far

Thanks so much... the info is VERY helpful so far..

I will actually get in to the unit tomorrow when the place opens, and I'll take pics of the interior.
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More info, please!!!

Keep that info coming.. I am very nervous about this!!!

I have spent a year making my 1967 TT beautiful (as well as operable) and now I want a new project??
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Keep that info coming.. I am very nervous about this!!!

I have spent a year making my 1967 TT beautiful (as well as operable) and now I want a new project??
As has often been said, you should consider how much of the work you can do yourself. You will easily double your investment price just getting it into safe and workable condition. The floor (under the carpet, couches and sinks) is likely to need some attention. Check out the engine with a mechanic. This can be a big cost item. However, if you need a project, this might be it. I have a '77 Argosy MH and have faced all these concerns, and then some, but have enjoyed the process and have no regrets.

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going to look

We are going to look at the unit in a little while... the used car lot isn't open yet.

It basically looks like the unit has been well taken care of, but it has sat still for years.

The scrape and missing light covers on the side look to be all that's wrong, and we all know that 'stuff happens."

I suspect that they have the side covers put away, that they're not actually lost, but it does bug me that they left the gen panel open over the weekend.
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It could be that the gen set cover will not lock on. If that is the case it is better that they secure the cover IMHO. The locks on the 76 are like soda machine locks. They have a T handle and push in to lock. They are still available.
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?? 1976 ??

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It could be that the gen set cover will not lock on. If that is the case it is better that they secure the cover IMHO. The locks on the 76 are like soda machine locks. They have a T handle and push in to lock. They are still available.
IS this a '76?

I have no clue until I go talk to the salesman. Who knows what HE knows?

I don't think they even know what they have there.

I guessed '76 from the Vinnie. (I posted a pic on this thread, too)
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