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Old 04-12-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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Difference between AS and Argosy?

We are looking at buying an AS and have seen may Argosy trailers, I dont want to sound dumb, and I have also looked on here for 2 hours and not found an answer to the difference between AS and Argosy, so here is my dumb question post. It is obvious one is painted and the other is not, but
1. What other differences are they?
2. Under the paint are they still alluminum?
3. What kind of, and how does the paint stand up?

And also, I hear about axle issues to look for, what do I need to look at on those when/before buying?

Ohhh 1 more thing, what do all the post with SOB abreviation stand for? I know TT units other than AS is badly built, but are they that bad? LOL

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Old 04-12-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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We are looking at buying an AS and have seen may Argosy trailers, I dont want to sound dumb, and I have also looked on here for 2 hours and not found an answer to the difference between AS and Argosy, so here is my dumb question post. It is obvious one is painted and the other is not, but
1. What other differences are they?
2. Under the paint are they still alluminum?
3. What kind of, and how does the paint stand up?

And also, I hear about axle issues to look for, what do I need to look at on those when/before buying?

Ohhh 1 more thing, what do all the post with SOB abreviation stand for? I know TT units other than AS is badly built, but are they that bad? LOL

Thanks
And great forum
Argosy = Chevy.

Airstream = Cadillac

Argosy is all aluminum, except the cap over the front and rear windows.

Original Argosy paint went to chalk, in just a few years. The later models had a much better paint job.

SOB = Some other brand

Axles = Dura Torque Axle

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Old 04-13-2008, 02:49 AM   #3
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The only way or reason for Argosy is a nice paint Job... But dont paint it SILVER please...
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I just can't let this go by without putting in a comment for the Argosy. Now that I have both the AS and the Argosy, I want to say that there is really not that much difference in the two. The Argosy is lighter, has wrap-a-round windows, has end caps that don't easily dent when they come in contact with a branch or anything else, doesn't have to be polished, is easy to work on and repair and in most cases has the same appliances as my AS. Besides it's a cool color. If you have a chance to acquire a good Argosy, go for it. I have not been sorry.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:42 AM   #5
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Here's my two cents worth, too! An Argosy IS an Airstream, after all. I love the wrap around windows, and I got the floor plan I really wanted with it. I looked at plenty of silver Airstreams and Argosies before we bought this one, and they both have features that I liked, and they had the same appliances, same gouchos, just a bit different in design and were a bit lighter in weight. I think they are kind of like the VW van in character--lots of fun and a little bit less serious than it's more "grown-up" counterpart. And I love the color, too, and I won't have to polish the thing!
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The major difference between the two are:
Argosy has fewer windows, slightly thinner plywood flooring, particle board instead of plywood for under counter pieces, less tambours. It also does not generally have a Central Control Panel (where all the gauges are), though I have seen a few that are equipped with one. They also usually came with plain steel wheels, and 10" drum brakes, versus 12" which was standard on comparable Airstreams.
Air conditioners were more optional on Argosy trailers than Airstream trailers. Awnings also were optional, and less Argosy trailers were equipped with them, and many of the ones that were had Care Free awnings, which were cheaper than Zip-Dee awnings.
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Don't forget.... most of the plumbing for an Argosy is located above the floor.
The freshwater tank is located above the floor in the front of the trailer too. This all made is less expensive to build.
It also makes repairs and restorations easier.
The Argosys also had the front wrap-around windows too.
OH! There are no outside storage compartments on the Argosy either.
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Difference between AS and Argosy?

The Argosy Minuet series (1977-1979) is another difference that you might encounter. These coaches were built using the same techniques as their siblings, but were 8" narrower and a bit lighter in weight. They were available in 6.0 Metre (20'), 6.7 Metre (22'), and 7.3 Metre (24'). The cabinetry in these coaches was built using vinyl-clad aluminum, and in the 6.0 Metre some of the coaches had aluminum composite flooring.

Among the standard size Argosy coaches, there was a floorplan offered in the 22' and 24' sizes that wasn't offered in the Airstream coaches until quite recently. The floorplan features the entry door behind the axles with a rather unique layout.

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OH! There are no outside storage compartments on the Argosy either.
Personally, I consider that a good thing, less hatches mean less leaks.
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Personally, I consider that a good thing, less hatches mean less leaks.
That is correct.
I did not mind that mine had no outside storage.
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You have all have helped me make a more informed decision......
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