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Old 04-30-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new to the forums. I just purchased a month ago a 1975 Argosy 22 foot trailer off Ebay for 3900 Is that a good price for one of these trailers? Thought it was in ready to go condition. I was told there were a few cracks on the tires more like a million Plus other things I was unaware of or given false information regarding the trailer. It is in fair to good condition. It needs new upholstery, new aircondtioner old one has had it. paint job and it has some dents down the back side rest of the body is very good. It does have a new vinyl floor. The intrance to the bathroom has a very slight dip to it but feels solid. Would anyone know what that might be? The trailer is currently being worked on. Is this worth keeping and putting thousands more in it? Thanks and looking forward to some good advice

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Old 04-30-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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Welcome to Forums (a little late..)


Welcome to the Forums. Sorry to hear your Argosy was not what you expected.. Many members are going to be reluctant to answer your question directly (including me.. ) about whather it's worth it to keep investing...

You should practice and practice using "Search" tab above, and typing in words on subjects you're interested in, and reading threads for prior messages...

Searching on Ebay will reveal that some sellers have "interesting" views of condition, not always shared with buyers. Better than outright frauds which are also common on Ebay..

Air conditioner will run about $800, tires not big deal but axle could be worse (search on "axle" and "sag" or "replace"..)

Upholstering taste and costs vary, from $ 1,000's for first class proefssional withe new foam and Amruso drapes to do-it-yourself for skilled people who sew (reads better than "sewers..")

As for floor, read about floor rot and floor replacement.. It is possible (though unpleasant to think about) that seller might have laid new vinyl over bad subfloor to make sale, and you have to fix underlying problem. Rotted plywood under vinyl won't ever "get better" by itself, and needs to be addressed...

Dents are cosmetic, unless they contribute to leaks at belt-line trim... Paint is also personal, though doing good strip job and using polyurethane paint are both good ideas.... Some try in their backyard, others go to body shops, or have a friend in the business.. Paint alone (Dupont Imron type..) is going to be several $ hundred "uninstalled"...

DON'T use silicone sealer to fix leaks, and do stop water from getting in wherever it is coming from..

As for value, in the end it comes down to your budget and plans to use it and desires.. If you love the look and floor plan and it fits your needs, people are paying much more for perfect versions of those, and you could be happy after all the fixups.. If you just thought it was "good deal" and thought maybe you could do a few simple fixes and sell it for a profit, it may not be worth the investments..


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Old 04-30-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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Hello Denise,welcome to the forums .First,when you checked the a/c,was the Argosy plugged into house current?If it was,it will not work right.The Argosy should have 30 amp elec. service in order for the air to do right.Can you post some pics in your gallery?We'll let you know what we think of your new Argosy. Brian
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:18 PM   #4
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Also, go to theVAP - The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home and start at the beginning... enjoy!

One of the Panel pros. I used to have a 22' Center L sofa Argosy. I have a 1973 Argosy 24 now. Good luck. I love the 22' double axled trailers.
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:21 PM   #5
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air conditioner suggestion

If you need a new airconditioner, I suggest familyrvparts, I received a 15k carrier unit/w heat, from them for $594 shipped to my door, and that's with insurance. Their number is 727-389-3440. As for my opinion on cost of restoration, I never expect to sell my campers for a profit,so I do whatever it takes to fix them for me and my family to enjoy plus I really enjoy the whole project. Stay on the forums and ask lots of questions, they always offer a lot of encourgement to me.
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