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Old 11-28-2005, 06:39 AM   #1
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I am new to this forum. I am in the process of buying my first travel trailer. I may be an Argosy owner by the end of this week! I talk to a friend visiting a neighbor and he wants to sell me a 1976 or 1977, (he dont remeber the year) Its a 20 or 22 foot Argosy. I have an appointment to look at it Wed. I am very interested in this travel trailer and what you folks think. I have known the owner for about 4 years and he has owned this Argosy for about 12 years.

I know it has not been used in about 3 years. I know it has a new water heater in it. I know the furnance does not work. The tires are most likely cracked and need replacing.

Does anyone know what this trailer will weigh? What else do I need to know? Help me all you can. What is it worth? What do I need to look for when I inspect this trailer Wed?

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Old 11-28-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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hi welcome in this new world of Airstream owners;

About your choice, i think than a 20' is a bit too small if you have a great familly; you have to consider many criteria before making a choice in a caravan: how many people travel with you, which car you own for towing, a vintage or a nearly new one, the time you want to spent inside by year, which comfort you want and ... the maximum price for it !
so when i searched my dream caravan, i've fixed a maximum price, seen different sizes and decided to take the biggest one possible for this price; we are only two and my 27' is perfect for us.

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Old 11-28-2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forums. There are 2 distinctly different kinds of Argosy trailers, the standard Argosy and the Argosy Minuet. The Minuet is several inches narrower that the standard Argosy and hence, lighter weight. many of the 6 metre argosy's (20 feet) had composite aluminum floors making them even lighter. Use the search tool on the upper tool bar and search for Argosy weights. There is also an "all Argosy" sub forum here with loads of info about these "painted Airstreams".
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:24 AM   #4
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There is just the 2 of us. We wanted a trailer just for 2 people. I own a Tow Vehicle large enough for more weight but we wanted something small. This Argosy may even be 22 or 24, the fellow was not sure. He will know when he gets back home. It may even be a different model Argosy than I am thinking? We are both very excited!
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Old 11-28-2005, 01:09 PM   #5
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Where do I look for model numbers, weight etc when I go see this coach Wed?
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:57 PM   #6
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Greetings mtnman!

Welcome to the Forums!

Originally Posted by mtnman
Where do I look for model numbers, weight etc when I go see this coach Wed?
The vehicle data plate that lists the VIN as well as the coach's empty/dry weight and GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is rivited to the front panel in the vicinity of the fresh water tank fill (it is just above the fresh water fill on my '78 Minuet). The empty weight for each of the coaches can be found in the images of period sales literature for these coaches at:

If the coach happens to be a Minuet, most of the Minuets have a namebadge in the beltline molding (the actual placement varied by year and to an extent the model 6.0/6l7/7.3 Metre). The balance of the Argosy line usually had a painted/decal to the right of the entry door that identified the coach as an Argosy 20/Argosy22/Argosy24, etc.

Good luck with your investigation!


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