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Old 03-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #15
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Argosy in classifieds?

Thanks, I appreciate it. I will do that. I looked everywhere on here for inspectors, and if there is a list, I sure couldn't find it!
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:40 PM   #16
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hi izzi...

the trailer in question looks solid...

the "bat cave man" is well known in our little a/s world.

i'm sure he will respond when time permits.

here is your thread on inspectors...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tor-22956.html

now...

imo having someone inspect this trailer, isn't the most important issue.

if i've got this right, in just a few weeks you've gone from falling in love with streams...

to buying one sight unseen and having never even been INSIDE one yet?

i'm all for adventure and impulsive actions sometimes but,

you are total newbies to rv camping and have never towed yet either?

while it may seem like there aren't many units available, that's really not so...

there are LOTS. you really need to get inside some.

and with spring about to happen the midwest units will start to pop up, as they do every spring.

reading does help some, but it may only be fueling the excitement at this point.

the unit mr T has up looks fine but there are and will be others.

what u think u want, what u find is needed, and the reality of a 30 year old mobile house...

come together better after being inside new, old, clean, beatup 'streams...

don't toss money into a good trailer that may NOT meet your needs...

and an inspector can't reveal those secrets for ya...

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if you are going to the branson rally, u will be SO MUCH SMARTER afterwards....

that old hats won't fit no more!!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:54 PM   #17
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and here are 2 MORE suggestions....

1. RENT an rv for a week, and go somewhere...

many folks who have never rv'd find out this way,

IF the like the lifestyle or not.

it doesn't have to be a trailer or even a stream...

ANY moho, class b, white box thing will work.

then visit some rv parks, state parks and walmart parking lots, with it....

2. ALSO u are just 20 minutes from one of the LARGEST rv salvage yards on the planet!

COLAW RV PARTS & SALVAGE | WE HAVE YOUR PART!

and they often have 'parts' of old steams...moho and trailers....

you probably won't find one to buy, travel or live it, but you will see some, that's for sure.

it is sort of like going to a junk yard before buying a new car!

honestly it will be a valuable learning experience and it's RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD...

cheers
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:59 PM   #18
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Inspector wanted

Thanks so much for your info, I will check that link to inspectors. I know, I know, there will be some more coming up, maybe closer to home! And I am sure we will be MUCH more informed after the Branson rally, I can't wait to go there! Just really getting axious to find one. Got rivets in my britches, lol! Does anyone know anything about The Airstream Guy in Herington, KS? We are going to drive up to see him tomorrow.
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... Does anyone know anything about The Airstream Guy in Herington, KS? We are going to drive up to see him tomorrow.
he attended the fall rally in branson with a trailer...

and did a polishing demo, as i recall.

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:05 PM   #20
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wannabe owners!

We have been to Colaw's, they just sort of laughed at us. Got nothing olderthan a 2000 anything on their lot. Tried to sell us something else. I used to camp in a Spartan, for a while, and an assortment of other trailers and moblie homes, so I am not a stranger to them. And we have two brothers who have 5th wheels, so we have been innundated with trailers for a while now. I have always wanted an Airstream, and I have gotten my husband infected with aluminum fever now too! But we will keep looking. I like the floor plan of that one in the classifieds, it would fit us perfectly.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:08 PM   #21
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wannabe owner

Actually we have looked at several of them, a couple locally but not the right one yet. We looked at a few dealerships on our way home from Arizona last mont. Not exactly a new idea, been kicking it around for a couple of years now, since we decided to retire this year.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:13 PM   #22
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The big wrap around windows are not limited to the Argosy. Our '86 Sovereign has them and they are great -- lots of light, great view (usually).

The big thing in purchasing used is to look beyond the cosmetics. New curtains - easy. New flooring - less so but doable at home (but rotten subfloor is a big problem). Appliances - reasonable (mostly). Frame corrosion or sag - run away, run away!

Search the Forums, get inspection tips and, if possible, get one of the volunteer inspectors to look at any potential purchase.

It took us 5 months to find ours so be patient...

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:17 PM   #23
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Hi! I also bought my vintage trailer from Richard T in Bat Cave. He is sometimes a little slow to respond - but he is reliable - so keep trying.
And I checked the classifieds and did not see a "sold" on that unit. If you decide to go to Bat Cave, NC - it's a drive from any airport - but a beautiful and scenic ride. Don't give up!
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that's good info, not included in the first post...

having been in and around so many rvs, make a big difference.

what the heck, hitch up and go to the bat cave n buy the 'gosy

you'll be all set for the rally!

the ad says the unit is 'readytocamp', maybe it's got your name on it...

heck' i might buy it

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:20 PM   #25
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No project!

We are definitely not interested in a project, we have plenty of those to do around home! I have been studying the forums for a while now, learned a lot about what and what we don't want. All the "project" we are interested is cosmetic. So we need a solid trailer with most everything working on it. I know what there will always be something to do, but we don't need anything major to replace, and most assuredly don't want to be taking anything down to it's skins! But as for trailering, we camp a lot, and I have been trailering before. My huband was a landscaper for years, so he has hauled a lot of trailers of one kind or another, no newbie at that.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:28 PM   #26
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Richard seems to be a very honest person. If you get to talk to him he will tell you about what he has and may be able to send you pictures. Keep trying to reach him or PM him from this site. I love my little Argosy, 1978 - 24ft. They are great trailers. We now have a 31ft Sovereign too, so be careful. The addiction is strong and you already seem to have an addictive personality.
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I love yours! That is the kind of set up we want, with the back gaucho and front dinette. We looked at one up by Springfield, Mo but it had the curbside dinette, and the back door with the front dinette also. It wasn't the right floor plan for just the two of us. Also needed a bit too much work for us. We will keep looking, maybe the one Richard has is the right one. We'll see. Thanks everybody for your input.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:03 PM   #28
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Found this on craigslist, honest opinion, please, before we make a trip to Dallas!

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