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Old 04-09-2018, 07:58 AM   #15
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These motorhome really are not anywhere near as economic to part-out as a trailer. Even an early 24ft has a curb weight around 8000lb and they are nearly 11ft high, so tow rates are high. Plus forget getting aluminum scrap values as half the curb weight is the P30 chassis and engine, and another big chunk is the scrap interior, if you are lucky you can find someone that you can pay to take away. It cost me $1400 to get a 28ft shell minus windows scrapped.

Buying one as a parts donor, if you need the parts and would be buying them anyway, is one thing; putting in the effort (vs return) is another thing.
If I was the betting type I'd bet that someone pulled it out of the woods and towed it to the side of the road and abandoned it. I can't decide whether I want to pursue the Argosy or not.

Getting it out of the mountains where it's at will require a roll off type transport and the cost would likely be in the hundreds of dollars. If I remember right hauling Peanut 5 miles on a roll back cost $150. I'm guessing to get the Argosy off the mountain to my place (25 or so miles) would be in the $500 to $1000 category.

I'll probably call the Sheriff if for no other reason than to find out what happens to vehicles abandoned like this.

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Old 04-09-2018, 08:15 AM   #16
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They definitely changed the window latch type during 1975. philUK's 20ft rear-bath has the new type, Bella the old, maybe the change happened during the construction of this unit!
I would be really surprised if it turned out the latches currently in the coach weren't there when it was manufactured.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:18 AM   #17
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I'd totally take my 310 plates, get in her and drive her back to Canada right now! We'd make it for sure.

Are there any house around you could knock on their door and inquire; or is that tactic not advisable in Kentucky.

Brad is interested. Seriously through, I am too, but she'd be in for a 5.2L Isuzu turbo diesel swap in a heartbeat.

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Tony, you "might" make it to the bottom of the mountain but I doubt you'd get much farther, even with a new battery

There are two homes that I know of within about 1/2 mile of where it's parked. I had thought about stopping and asking but I also value my hide and so far have opted to gaze from afar

If you're looking for an Argosy to hot rod this would be the one
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:19 AM   #18
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Most of the metal recycling facilities in the Nashville TN area will not take RV's of any type. Too much wood, insulation and other products in RV's that the metal recycling facilities are not primary in handling or recycling.

Getting RID of an old RV can sometimes be much more difficult that you would imagine!
This is pretty much what's been going through my mind. My guess is whoever pulled it out of the woods didn't want to pay for disposal.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:23 AM   #19
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First thing I would do is get local law enforcement involved. This could have been stolen or the demise of a travelling family. Now that the value of just the parts are apparent, someone may just help themselves to the parts, not good.
I've been talking to friend who is a police officer in a neighboring county.

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It's really not normal for someone to just leave a motorhome out like this.
You might be surprised at what is considered normal. Just depends on where you live.

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Over this Easter weekend 2018, someone just came to my house, hooked up to my 1960s 24' Airstream and drove off with it. It was to be a restoration project for when I retire. I owned it since 1991 and it had not been moved since. Pictures are on my profile.
Ouch. Hopefully law enforcement will be able to track it down.
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If anyone needs a "parts buggy" for this project I still have my 1975 24' Argosy W/55K miles for sale. See pictures @ post "1975 Argosy update" by MaxD dated 06-05-2017. Any reasonable offer considered. Located in Ohio 44691. Feel free to contact me at dv1505@hotmail.com. Thanks MaxD
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If anyone needs a "parts buggy" for this project I still have my 1975 24' Argosy W/55K miles for sale. See pictures @ post "1975 Argosy update" by MaxD dated 06-05-2017. Any reasonable offer considered. Located in Ohio 44691. Feel free to contact me at dv1505@hotmail.com. Thanks MaxD
Here's a link to Don's 75 Argosy thread.
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Tony, you "might" make it to the bottom of the mountain but I doubt you'd get much farther, even with a new battery

There are two homes that I know of within about 1/2 mile of where it's parked. I had thought about stopping and asking but I also value my hide and so far have opted to gaze from afar

If you're looking for an Argosy to hot rod this would be the one
When you say mountain, we Canadians think, a distinct tree line, perpetual snow, rocky crags, mountain lions and OMG, even skiing, that's a long ways down. What kind of momentum would I have at the bottom of this "mountain"?

Yeah, if you have to dodge bullets, it's not worth it, unless she has a body from hell.

I didn't know that installing a 5.2 turbo diesel was hotrodding, but okay. I just think it would be the perfect drivetrain; a big industrial four cylinder turbo diesel. There are tons of them out there for sale. A Cummins would be okay, but too big, and expensive to get IIHO.

I wonder how you'd register a vehicle with no ownership, (although I betcha the ownership is somewhere in the coach).

Keep us apprised:

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The wife wants me to restore it for her..........just not quite sure why.

But hey, whatever, I get a new project.

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When you say mountain, we Canadians think, a distinct tree line, perpetual snow, rocky crags, mountain lions and OMG, even skiing, that's a long ways down. What kind of momentum would I have at the bottom of this "mountain"?
On the last leg you'd have a pretty good down hill run as it's probably about 3 to 4 miles long and it's all down hill at that point with a fairly steep start out of the gate. Could get kinda exciting because there is a stop sign at the bottom where it Ts into a highway

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Yeah, if you have to dodge bullets, it's not worth it, unless she has a body from hell.
Meth is kinda popular around here and the surrounding mountains seem to be the place of choice to set up their labs

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I didn't know that installing a 5.2 turbo diesel was hotrodding, but okay. I just think it would be the perfect drivetrain; a big industrial four cylinder turbo diesel. There are tons of them out there for sale. A Cummins would be okay, but too big, and expensive to get IIHO.
For a 20' or 24' the 5.2 probably would be ideal.

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I wonder how you'd register a vehicle with no ownership, (although I betcha the ownership is somewhere in the coach).

Keep us apprised:

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There are business's here where you can provide them with the vin, year, and bill of sale and you can get a fresh new title in your name. I think the vehicle has to be something like 20 or more years old which this 75 Argosy certainly fit's that category. Perfectly legal. As a matter of fact one of my Triumphs went through this process.

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The wife wants me to restore it for her..........just not quite sure why.

But hey, whatever, I get a new project.

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My, this is getting serious....
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Towards the top of the page look for "Thread Tools" and click on it.
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Checked again today and the Argosy is still sitting there waiting.....

Decided it was time to take a better look inside. There was a very distinct oder of mouse urine and feces. Not the most pleasant smell in the world

Tony, someone was thoughtful enough to leave the milk out for you

I nudged the jug and it's full of something however, there's no way I care to find out just what's inside!

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I'm impressed with the floor plan, this could easily sleep four in comfort.

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