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Old 02-06-2008, 07:53 PM   #1
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77 Argosy motorhome specs

Hello everyone, My name is Mike and i have always wanted to tinker around with an older quality motorhome. Yesterday I finally bought a sight unseen (except for pictures) 77 Argosy that was donated to a group in Orlando.(I live in Chattanooga)... My problem is trying to get it home. I have someone from uship to get it for me this weekend but they need the exact specs as far as weight, distance from outside wheel to wheel and height. I have had someone there try to get an estimate but I really need an exact measure before I send them. The weight on the title says 4830 which I am sure is for the chassis alone. Does anyone out there have an owners manual that has the specs or can tell me more about it. Thanks in advance everyone.
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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You didn't mention the length. The 20 ft.is 7835 curb weight. The 24 and 28 are 8475 and 9831 lbs. respectively. I do not believe this includes things such as the generator and air
conditioner and other options. A reasonable estimate would be an additional 1000 lbs.

My recollection seems be be that the width is 8 feet with the mirrors folded in and about 10 1/2 feet in height depending on the air conditioner.

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #3
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I am sorry about the lenght,, I was having such a hard time finding anything online that I was hoping for anything and I could estimate it from there. I REALLY appreciate the information. That is just what I needed. All I need now is the distance from outside to outside of the wheels. I am thinking it is about 7 ft. I know it is on a Chevy 1 ton frame from looking up the VIN form the chassis. Again,, thak you so much for the info. Do you have any advice for me as a new Argy owner.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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The chassis manual that came with my vehicle is silent re the wheel width. You may be right about the one ton dimension. I would think that it is closer to 8 than seven. 7 sounds like the middle not the outside of the wheel.

As for advice, be as proactive as possible about maintenance and replacement. The main enemy is age. At 30 years old you have to expect to replace a lot of unexpected things. There are suspension issues with new parts needed. "What's in your wheel bearings?" Rubber is shot. Think belts, hoses, brake lines.

Others may disagree, but I would recommend getting headers as soon as possible. It gets really hot under the doghouse with that manifold sitting there. Headers help considerably which takes some pressure off hoses, wires, etc. A corollary is to shield the starter.

The list can be endless. Use the search function here on the Forum. It has a wealth of information.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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Thank you so much Argy. You have been a big help
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #6
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Others may disagree, but I would recommend getting headers as soon as possible. It gets really hot under the doghouse with that manifold sitting there. Headers help considerably which takes some pressure off hoses, wires, etc. A corollary is to shield the starter.
I'll go along with argy on the headers. They are reasonable in price and seem to make a hugh difference in not allowing heat to be retained in the doghouse area.

I think the wheel width is closer to 7' than to 8'. The wheels our our 310 are tucked something like 5" to 6" inside the wheel well which means on an 8' wide motorhome the outside to outside dimensions of the wheels would be about 7'.

Keep us posted on your progress.

We have a 1984 310 motorhome and a 1974 20' Argosy motorhome so we might be able to help you out with some of your quesitons.

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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Mike;
I own a 78 24 footer, I'll get some measurements tomorrow and post them, sorry no weights.My 1977-78 Argosy Motorhome Service Manual does not include the info you desire, probably in the owner manual of which I have no copy!
The way this forum works you'll probably have your answer prior to my findings. speed is here, this forum is fast
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:28 PM   #8
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Thank you guys soooo much,,, The Argy is scheduled to be delivered from Orlando to my house
here in Cleveland Tennessee(Chattanooga area) next Saturday night if all goes well. The hauler needs some other information that you guys might help me with. I am posting his questions belwo. If anyone can help I would really appreciat it. here is his questions
Mike, one more question for you. Did we ever figure out a width on it? I wanted to know how wide the outside of the front tires is and possibly the wheels since they stick out more. Also, any idea how wide the body is toward the bottom and how high off the ground the outside of the body is? I'm just trying to figure out how much fender clearance I have and if I need to bring something to make the motorhome sit higher to clear the fenders or not. The trailer deck height is 2" and the fenders are another 8" so even if I have to go completely above them we will still be under the DOT limit of 13' 6." Sorry about all the dimension questions, normally I wouldn't have so many but these are not very common so the measurements are a little tough to come by.
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13'2" wheelbase
63" front inside tires(9:50R16.5LT)
76" front outside tires
3" wheel to outside tire side front
47" rear inside tires
81" rear outside tires
24'4" LOA
94" body width
14" body height, fuel tank hangs down about 2" aft of rhs front tire
9' top of vents, AC unit adds about another 10 inches guestimate
hope this helps. without exactly knowing what rig you have it's all a guess.
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