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Old 07-01-2008, 01:26 PM   #15
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The knowledge base on this forum is truly amazing.

The registration is currently Alabama....too far for me to go look at personally. I have the VIN # written down at home, I'll post it later tonight to see if anyone can make heads or tails of it. Interesting point on a possible salvage title.

Thanks for all the input.

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Old 07-01-2008, 01:43 PM   #16
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Black water

It has a toilet and by definition, it has a black water tank. Thats what black water is - sewage. It might not have a gray water tank and the gray water goes into the black water tank. If it has two dump valves, it most likly has two tanks.

The is a list of folks someplace in this forum of people that are willing to go inspect the unit for you if they live near by

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Old 07-01-2008, 04:04 PM   #17
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I'm home from work now, and can study the pictures more carefully. The "patch" near the tail light is for the abs plastic binnacle, and has nothing to do with the trailer itself. You could remove the binnacle completely, and remount the tail lights directly on the trailer, and the only difference would be the part covered by it would be raw aluminum (no paint).
I'm also looking at other indicators, and provided nothing has been surgically altered, it is probably a 1972 model. 1973's had reflectors mounted on the sides of the banana wrap front and rear, which this one does not have.
It does, however, have a replacement Winegard Batwing tv antenna, a replacement Coleman air conditioner, Airstream hubcaps, and what look like BAL stabilizers front and rear. It also appears the axles are well on their way out, based on how far into the wheel wells the tire sidewalls are. It also has a Zip-Dee awning, which is a plus.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:44 PM   #18
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No blackwater tank

I own a 1972 20' Argosy. The interior of your trailer (cabinet door design, floor plan, colors) is close to identical. The 1972 Argosy has no grey water tank. I would guess that this is an early '70's model that came from the factory sans grey water tank.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #19
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FWIW, even with the patch, I would buy it. Ours tow like a dream.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:09 PM   #20
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A few other issues from the pictures.

The water heater door seems to be hanging from the upper latch. It is sitting too low for the hinges to be in place.

The door lock is missing the tumblers and maybe the opening handle as well. The door does not seem to be shut all the way.

The propane bottles are not secure. It looks like they are a few inches shorter then the originals. This would be the case if aluminum tanks were swapped with steel ones.

The bathroom window is missing the right latch to lock it in place.

None of these items would be deal breakers to me, but would be items to negotiate the price with.


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Old 07-01-2008, 07:47 PM   #21
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Hard to say from this pic, but I THINK I see the waste plumbing connector just forward of the bumper.

I was about to say how cherry it looked... then I looked again. The side panel by the water heater is one big patch... see the non-standard (and looks like it has a gap too) seam just aft the waterheater door? Paint match is just a tad off too.... I think those brown stripes (which is not orginal.. but looks ok) are painted to camo the patch.

The whole trailer looks to have been painted prior to the patch... notice the window frames and upper light bezels are in raw aluminum... that's not stock. A body paint isn't so bad (the Argosy paint was known to flake off)... but that patch and the bungled lower trim infront and just of the rear of the waterheater seems to indicate something happened in that location. Overall, it looks nice from this angle though...

Any other pics?
Has a newer AC unit on top, judging by the rear lights.. I'd say a 78.
Interior pics would really let us know what's happening in the bathroom.
Good catch Marc -

I blew up the picture with Internet Exploder and that "patch" looks very badly put on, almost looks like it was overlayed on top of the original panel. Plus the two-tone stipe (above the dark brown) running from the taillight to the front on the same side looks wrinkled, like it is add-on over the top also?

Since you mentioned this is long distance, sight unseen, I would be very hesitant to make the purchase, unless you're getting it for a steal of a price (under $1,000). Maybe the owner can answer some of the questions for you, VIN # to verify year, clean/clear title, exterior repairs/panel issues, black tank, etc? Perhaps he meant no grey tank, as it appears from the picture to be an actual toilet, not a portable camp potty.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #22
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I spoke to the owners prior to starting this thread and honestly believe they told me all they know of its prior history. I don't think that they're aware of any of these questionable items. At this point, all these little things add up and tell me I should stay away from this one...especially when I'm 1000 miles away. I'm really picky and not knowing the "why's or how's" of its non-original modifications would drive me crazy (by the way, I can't find where I wrote down the VIN #).

I will probably give them a courtesy call and let them know I've moved on. I'll let them know of our little study as well. Thank you all for your knowledge sharing...I really appreciate it.

How about we move on to discussing the 26' Argosy on E-bay....she looks really clean!!!!!...and Virginia is not too far to get to from Connecticut! The owner says it looks like it was painted due to a little evidence of overspray. Axles look pretty good from the picture. I prefer a double-double but they don't seem to come around as much.

E-bay is a blessing and a curse...a ton of merchandise to look at but the auction format can get you in trouble. This one ends tomorrow, let me know what you think.

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Old 07-02-2008, 10:18 AM   #23
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I think this one is missing an access door by the fridge on the street side. That may or may not be hard to come by. Call Inland RV for an idea of cost.
Pretty much orginal... figure you'll need a new fridge, AC, inverter, etc eventually.
Good luck!
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:37 AM   #24
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The Fridge access door is on the curb side. The door isn't vented because they put holes on the floor of the fridge compartment to do the venting.

At least my '77 Argosy 24 is that way....
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:27 PM   #25
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Smile Done Deal...I've made it!!

Well.....I did it....I bought the Argosy 26 on E-bay from Virginia. Thanks for all your help. I'm going to post my excitement in a new thread in the Argosy folder.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:14 PM   #26
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This looks very similar to my 1973 Argosy 20, except my 20' has only one axle. I don't believe that mine has a grey water tank, there is no valve in the side of the bumper compartment, but the black water valve is in the bumper compartment.
oops, a little late, I didn't notice the second page of comments
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #27
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24' ?

It looks like a 24 footer, because of the tandem axle. The blackwater tank is under the platform that the toilet sits on. If it is like my '74 26' Argosy, the dump valve is inside the compartment/bumper. My trailers discharge is on the curb side just forward of the bumper. Yours may be in the center rear, pointing straight down. Operate the toilet flushing mechanism and and look into the hole with a flashlight, you should see the bottom of the tank , if it is empty. The tank in my Argosy is a pale green color.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:10 PM   #28
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Both of my slide valve pulls are at the exit point just before the bumper on my 78.

......I'd be interested to see the vin #, that would tell all !

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