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Old 04-07-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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The last thing I expected to find.....

....while driving through the Daniel Boone National Forest in Estill County Kentucky was an Argosy motorhome on the side of the road

Aside from being extremely filthy it seems to be in surprisingly good shape. I'm not sure how long it's been there but I'm betting on several months or more. We've had so much rain in the last couple of months or so I would have expected to see some pronounced wheel tracks but they aren't there. The tracks that are there are what I would expect to see if the ground had been dry when it made it's way to the side of the road.

I know it's not a 74 based on the rear tail light housing. 75 was the first year for this style. I might go back tomorrow to check it out a little closer and see if I can get some pictures of the inside through the windows.

It would appear the last time it was licensed was in 1992! I'm thinking someone hauled it out of the woods sometime in the recent past.

Ignore the date in the video, I haven't bothered to set the date in the recorder.

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Old 04-07-2018, 05:57 PM   #2
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$0.25/lb maybe????
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:06 PM   #3
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Looks like everything is all there, access doors, locks and such, but I hate to see vehicles parked on grass; it would be good to get her off the grass before spring.

Lots of great parts if she can't be saved.

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Looks like everything is all there, access doors, locks and such, but I hate to see vehicles parked on grass; it would be good to get her off the grass before spring.

Lots of great parts if she can't be saved.

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Almost too complete to value it this way but, the rear panos retail for $2500 a set (normally $1000 a set used), 3 x 30in passenger side sliders (which retail at $1000 complete, and go for $500 a set used), the pair of cockpit sliders, the windscreens plus the other trim, bumpers etc, balanced against the cost/time of striping and disposing of the scrap?
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:14 AM   #5
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Almost too complete to value it this way but, the rear panos retail for $2500 a set (normally $1000 a set used), 3 x 30in passenger side sliders (which retail at $1000 complete, and go for $500 a set used), the pair of cockpit sliders, the windscreens plus the other trim, bumpers etc, balanced against the cost/time of striping and disposing of the scrap?
Yeah, there's a lot of hard to find bits sitting there on the side of the road.

A friend of mine ran the plate and it turns out it's registered to a 91 white Ford motorhome, sounds like somebody switched plates to be able to drive it at some point

He tried running the vin but since it's not the newer 17 digit long number it comes back invalid.
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Old 04-08-2018, 10:22 AM   #6
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I went back this morning to get the Chevy vin number and the Airstream number. It's definitely a 75 Argosy. The window latches are definitely a mixed bag. The front passenger side cockpit window has the newer style latch while the driver side has the older style latch!

The side slider right behind the passenger cockpit seat also has the newer style of latch while the middle and rear side sliders have the older style as found in my 74.

The gas tank is huge compared to my original 74 tank. This one has to be at least 50 gallons or more.

The entry door wasn't locked so I opened it and stuck my camera inside to get a couple of pictures. This thing almost definitely had until recently been parked back in the forest. It's definitely worn but is in surprisingly unmolested condition for it's age. One other thing I noticed is the front valance doesn't have the air scoop like my 74 does. Makes me wonder if the scoop was only put on the 74 model year Argosies.

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Unless you can identify the owner (if one exists) it will likely wind up at a govt. auction or wrecker yard auction. It's a shame. I hope you can find a way to get it. I would start with the owner of that Ford Motorhome tag, if your friend will share the info.
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:18 PM   #8
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Too bad you can not claim salvage rights like an abandoned boat.
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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. It's really not normal for someone to just leave a motorhome out like this.

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.
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The side slider right behind the passenger cockpit seat also has the newer style of latch while the middle and rear side sliders have the older style as found in my 74.
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!
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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. It's really not normal for someone to just leave a motorhome out like this.

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.
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.
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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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Old 04-08-2018, 05:28 PM   #13
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There's life left in that there rig!
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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!
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