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Old 05-28-2016, 09:53 AM   #1
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need an expert opionion on vintage Argosy

Hello, I have been hunting for a smaller vintage Airstream to purchase. I would love to get some opinions on an Argosy found listed on Craigslist.

http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/rvs/5537522031.html

My goal is to use it for weekend camping with my son and wife.
I am sure it will need new running gear. The grey water tank is missing and it has been painted with alum roof paint. Is this a worthwhile project for the price?
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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should i hold out?

I spoke to the guy today and he is firm to get 9k and thinks its worth 13k.
I am thinking a fair price would be closer to 6k to 7k.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:43 AM   #3
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Check the floor right by both sides of the entry door, around the water heater, and the small access doors, Check around the heart hatch floor especially well. It is an old Argosy...aren't they all....So bet on the absolute replacement of the electrical converter, the battery and the tires.. Don't go by they look good story. No cracked curved windows. The refrigerator is a bad deal too.
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Thanks Melody! Inspecting the floor is a worry because of the pergo. This unit is obviously lived in and altered. I would want to restore it to close to original condition. Removing the house paint from the shell looks like an expensive chore.

Is his price expectation reasonable for a smaller argosy in this condition?
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:27 AM   #5
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Don't now how many you have priced.

You might need more research to get a better idea of a fair price.

Don't mean to sound rude but….

What the seller wants, and what you want to pay is semi meaningless.

It's what the " market will bare "
It's what condition the unit is in.
It's how much money, time and effort was put in.
It's how much would it take for you to do the same thing.
It's how bad the seller needs to get rid of it
It's how bad you want it.

That " appears " to be a clean trailer. Argosys in not good shape go for between 3K and 5K.

Keep in mind, A camper that you can use is worth a certain amount, A camper that looks nice is worth a certain amount. It could easily cost over 20 K to buy and perfectly restore a trailer. New Airtreams start at about 40 K

Oh yeah…I don't think any Argosys came with grey tanks. Mine didn't If you will be going to campgrounds, you don't need a grey tank
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Thanks Dave,
I think my pricing has been influenced by all the low price scams out there and my own lack of experience. Not trying to be a cheap however i do want to be careful. Its hard to tell what prices are real and what to expect. No offense taken, this is the advice i needed.
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Stand on the rear bumper, then jump up and down a few times. See if the frame separates from shell (sign of a frame problem called 'rear end separation'). If you can hire someone to inspect the trailer, IMO, its well worth it. Fridge and furnace are costly. Also, if the axles are the original, you probably should change them as well. Create a check list of things to repair, assess the cost, then double the cost -- more like what you would spend to repair the trailer (unless you do the repairs yourself).
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This one seems to have a lot of superficial repairs intended for someone to live in it full time. I don't want to buy and redo the sellers improvements.
There is a similar one in the forum classifieds that looks to be in original condition and better to restore. This forum is a great resource. Thanks for the help!
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Btw…imho

This is not a " parts " trailer", and I wouldn't call this a " project " trailer.

This " looks " like a usable trailer, that looks OK

Yeah…the paint job doesn't shine, but no rust on the end caps and no peeling, no dents. You will probably spend some more money on it. RVs aren't investments, and most people lose a bit when/if they sell.

I just went through this with another potential buyer. For a buyer, to get a steal, a seller has to get robbed. I might consider a 6K offer to be an insult to the seller. I'd buy this for 6K in a heartbeat ( but listen the the others warnings about potential BIG problems.) Let's see what others think. There will be some that got " steals " that will disagree with me.
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Argosy's have grey water tanks in '74 and newer models. Both the grey and black tanks are about 12 gallons. The fresh water tank is 30 gallons.
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If someone reading knows of any 20 to 24' argosy for sale i am very interested!
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Dave, I totally agree. I am sure he will find a willing buyer at 9k. I looks nice...but i think its not the right one for me. I know i am going to spend more when i find the right one.
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You might need more research to get a better idea of a fair price.

Don't mean to sound rude but….

What the seller wants, and what you want to pay is semi meaningless.

It's what the " market will bare "
It's what condition the unit is in.
It's how much money, time and effort was put in.
It's how much would it take for you to do the same thing.
It's how bad the seller needs to get rid of it
It's how bad you want it.

That " appears " to be a clean trailer. Argosys in not good shape go for between 3K and 5K.

Keep in mind, A camper that you can use is worth a certain amount, A camper that looks nice is worth a certain amount. It could easily cost over 20 K to buy and perfectly restore a trailer. New Airtreams start at about 40 K

Oh yeah…I don't think any Argosys came with grey tanks. Mine didn't If you will be going to campgrounds, you don't need a grey tank
My parent's '75 28 foot Argosy had a grey tank.


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I paid $3k for a barely livable 24' '74 Argosy, saw others in the same range in California. Trying to make an old trailer "original" is a fool's errand. Make it comfortable on your own terms.
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