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Old 07-27-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Hi. I am the happy new owner of a really nice 30' 1979 Airstream Argosy.
Unbelievably true story here...
My dad called me excited because he knew my husband and I were looking for a used camper for our kids to sleep out in and he was asked to tow this one off to the salvage yard. So I actually saved it from being pulled over the salvage yard scales. (Typical for me since I own a small farm full of rescued animals.)

Anyway this thing is in original perfect condition, it looks like it has been frozen in time inside and out. The only damage I noticed walking through it was the shades behind the curtains are cracked from heat and need replaced and there is some discoloring of the plastic? walls. The woman he got it from was the widow of the original owner and unfortunately does not know where owners manual is. I was wondering if anyone could help me with finding one or one of a similar year because I know nothing about campers and would like to see just how much of it is in working condition after sitting all these years.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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Post pictures and a serial number and the folks on this forum will tell you everything there is about your new trailer. Luck smiled on you for sure.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:03 PM   #3
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sounds like a great find! Start reading here you will find much to help you get it ready!
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Greetings ShineOn!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

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Anyway this thing is in original perfect condition, it looks like it has been frozen in time inside and out. The only damage I noticed walking through it was the shades behind the curtains are cracked from heat and need replaced and there is some discoloring of the plastic? walls. The woman he got it from was the widow of the original owner and unfortunately does not know where owners manual is. I was wondering if anyone could help me with finding one or one of a similar year because I know nothing about campers and would like to see just how much of it is in working condition after sitting all these years.
Your coach is from the last year of the first generation of Argosy travel trailers (1972-1979). The Argosy 30 was available with two basic floorplans -- rear bath with either center twins or center double -- mid-bath with rear twins or rear double bed. The rear bedroom coach was also equipped with both front and rear deep-wrap wing windows flanking the center operable window.

It isn't uncommon to need to replace drapes and window treatments on a Vintage coach. There are at least three sources for replacment window treatments. Secretarial Services as Janet mentioned in her post is likely your best source for a copy of the owners' manual; however, I have not heard whether they have Argosy manuals. If Secretarial Services is unable to provide a manual, they do appear from time to time on E-Bay -- an original manual on E-Bay generally sells for between $30 and $75 depending upon condition. The appliances in your coach are of manufacturers common to nearly all RVs so it is often possible to get manuals for individual appliances from their manufacturer.

Good luck with your coach!

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Whow, that sounds like a great find, congratulations.
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