We're the proud owners of a "new" Argosy 27! We're doing a full shell-off renovation and having a blast!
I just wanted to say "thank you" to all you amazing forum members for the invaluable resource you're created. It has been unbelievably helpful as we undertake this exciting adventure! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Every question I've had so far has already been answered – it's amazing!
Here's a little back story, just for fun for those who like to read...
We've been looking into alternative styles of living for a while. I'm a software engineer working remotely, so we'd been considering something out of the ordinary.
My wife stumbled upon renovated Airstreams during our search and within 2 days we bought a gutted '79 Argosy 27 and we're in love with it!
We found it on Craigslist for $500. The floor is rotted, there's a big (but not too bad) dent in the rear curb-side corner and a busted front curb-side panoramic window.
The PO had 40 calls on it within 12 hours, so I offered him $800 and he took it. He had to call a guy that was already on it his way and tell him he sold it.
The crazy part is, we broke every Craigslist rule and sent him the money via Paypal without ever having seen it in person, to I guy I'd never met, 800 miles away in the middle of nowhere in Rodeo, New Mexico.
We weren't even going to be able to pick it up for another two weeks, so he stored it in at his friend's empty lot, locked the hitch and put the key in the bumper.
But don't worry, I've got the Argosy in hand, title and all. It all worked out.
It was one of those things where you just know it's right. Divine providence, we're convinced.
It was barely towable, so we brought it to Tucson to make it roadworthy plus a few other things that we could do while here.
Now we're headed back to Colorado to dig in and make this thing happen.
If that's not crazy enough, we're planning on making this an boondocking, full-timing beauty.
Did I mention we're doing this with 3 kids?
We both grew up camping and I'm somewhat of a prepper. We tried full-timing before with our 3 kids by buying a '34 monster with 3 pop-outs. Thing is, those things aren't made for full timing.
But we learned a lot...
This time, we've got the tools, patience and resolve to pull this thing off. Thanks to all of you, we know where to get the knowledge, too!
Here goes nothin'