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Old 01-25-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Howdy

Just like to say hello and introduce my new addition to the family. '77 Argosy 26. I think she is a beauty, but I'm no authority. It's the first one I looked at. Cheap, original, and available so I took the plunge. Glad my wife was understanding - I didn't give her much notice what I was up to. Anyway I'm already working on the 'rolling parts' and hoped to be ready for the April airstream gathering in North GA. The interior won't be up to my wife's standards by then, but the boys will be up for it. Great forum - thanks for all the help/info in advance. By the way, is it legal to attach something to that hitch on the back of the trailer? It looks like a factory item.


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Old 01-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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Camp the hitch on the back of the trailer you speak of definately is not factory. One of the PO's must have installed it. Most likely they put a hitch mounted bicycle rack there. It's not recommended to hang any weight off the back end of the trailer. It puts too much stress on the rear frame to shell connection and adds too much weight to the rear of the trailer and takes it off the tongue.
Some states and provinces allow "training" pulling two trailers. Most combinations are TV/fifth wheel/tow behind trailer. I have never seen a double ball hitch set up allowed.
I definately would not tow another trailer behind your argo. That would be a sure fire way to destroy it in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hello again, Camp! The interior of your TT is looking good too! From the photos, it looks to only be decorating itemes that the wife wants changed?

As for the hitch on the bumper, my best recommendation is to remove it. There was a discussion concerning trailers towing trailers, and you might see other trailerites with items such as bicycle racks on the back of various trailers, but on an Airstream/Argosy, it's considered a definite a no-no due to the potential for over-stressing (and damaging) the frame in the rear.

Curious if your Argosy is one of the ones with an aluminum floor, or is it wood like the AS TTs?

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[edit] I see that Chris beat me by a fraction of a minute, with the same comments! Well, great minds think alike, don't they Chris?
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Welcome camp,

Glad to have you with us and hope you can make it SpringStream. This is a fun event.

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Old 01-25-2011, 10:57 AM   #5
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I was thinking about putting a bike carrier on the back hitch, however if it's not factory, forget it. I'll also have to get the unit checked out and make sure it wasn't over stressed by that hitch being used. My wife hasn't seen the trailer in person yet, it's at the storage yard. Sometimes she has trouble looking past the little issues, so I'll wait until I at least get the interior 'freshened up'. I'm glad she puts up with my pursuits.
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Welcome to the forums! Have fun with your new "toy." See you at Springstream!
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I have seen bumper mounted bike racks on SOB's actually break the welds holding the bumper to the frame and tear the bumper right off. BTW the bikes did stay attached to the rack however they wern't much good after they bounced down the interstate with a bike rack and rear bumper attached.
Aage yes I beat you by nanoseconds.I'm not sure however how great my mind is. It does help to stop my head from collapsing in on itself.LOL.
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Yay! And welcome. That's great. Have a ton of fun with your new baby . With any luck, I'll be seeing you in the mountains next year!
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:12 PM   #9
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Aage, It seems to be plywood flooring.
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Well, nothing wrong with that, Camp. After I posted that, it later occurred to me that (I think) it was some of the Argosy "Minuet" models that might have had the special flooring.

So what is your first item on the list of "to-dos"?
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Welcome and beautiful Argosy....As far as I can see you did real good.

I had one similar and wish I never let it go. It introduced me to Airstreams. They will make you very handy, if your not already. But, yours iappears to be in great shape already. Just a little wallpaper and such, if thats what you choose and you will be on your way.

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What a beautiful trailer!!! Hopefully your wife will fall in love with it when she sees it too. If you're worried because the trailer has a bit of an 'odor', you'll find several threads on dealing with that here on the Forums. Hopefully all yours will need is a good cleaning, and possibly some airing out of the foam pieces.

Do all of your appliances work? What about the propane & water systems? How soon can you be camping?

How old are your boys? Our son was about 14 when we got our Argosy; we've had some great family camping trips in ours. We found that our son preferred to sleep in a tent outside, leaving the trailer to us. I've done my share of tent camping, and much prefer sleeping off the ground!

Can't wait to see more pictures - good luck with your new Argosy! Happy Camping!

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for the additional 'welcome' calls. Yes I work on the house and my cars, so this incorporates both nicely. I'll need to check on the forum for cleaning suggestions. Definitely has an odor, and the walls/ceiling are discolored. The rear cushions are missing, but I have a complete set in the front to make a pattern and replace both sets. Haven't checked the appliances yet. A horizontal propane line connecting the stove and heater was bent while towing (PO), and even pulled on the vertical lines going to those appliances causing two small tears in the bottom pan. Hopefully the appliances themselves are not damaged. The fridge was removed by the PO, he said it was not working. My boys are 12 and 21(college commuter). The older is drooling over the excursion and thinks he will be camping with his buds. He can go with us or take the tent! After our dachshund injured his back in December I had to come up with a plan for future vacations where we could bring him with us. It will be an adventure, as always.
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