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Old 10-30-2006, 09:43 PM   #15
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I bought my Argosy dumbly. I knew nothing about them other than that it was advertised as an "Airstream Argosy." I was a bit taken aback to find out that it was painted, but when I looked in it, parked in a public area with no hookups, it looked pretty good to me. It was rash of me to buy it, but in the long run, it proved to be a good deal for me as it has proven to be an exceptionally good trailer. The PO didn't mention the missing fresh water tank and lacerated plumbing, but I didn't know to ask either. I sort of think he might have taken good tires off the trailer and put them on one of his cars, because in the 14 years I've had it, the trailer has never put the irregular wear on the tires it had when I got it. Another clue is that the shell of the Argosy is very good. It has obviously not traveled much, or far.

My Airstream I bought from an ad on the Airstream company website. It linked to another site, and I contacted the owner. He sent me a BUNCH of photos of every part of the trailer, inside, out, and underneath, and said the magic words to me - "It has no rot."

Wow! It was TRUE.

Michigan + Arizona + Michigan in a barn and hardly ever moved but regularly serviced = no rot.

I was lucky. Both of them were the first ones I looked at, but with the second, I have been reading here before chosing.


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Old 10-30-2006, 09:55 PM   #16
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A Airstream or YOUR Airsream

Hang in there friend! Like someone else said, YOUR Airstream will find YOU!

I am sure you do not want to go through the rest of your life stepping into an Airstream that is "almost" it for you.

Be patient.



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Old 10-30-2006, 11:50 PM   #17
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I looked at the same trailer as artlink. It was a 76 and it was located in Northern California. I too lost a deposit on this trailer. I did not walk away, I ran. Went back to the motel to think about the trailer, called the owners at 8 the next morning, I was 200 miles south at that time. I found my trailer a few months later right here. I bought it from a forum member. I am very glad I waited.


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Old 10-31-2006, 07:03 AM   #18
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Patience is a virtue...

Had the same experience as FYRZOWT on one (after months, it is still listed at the same price). We aggreed that we would always walk if necessary. But I agree that your A/S will find you. We had to be ready to pounce on an ad and at least call. Know what to ask by poring over these forums! We found just what we wanted, asked a million questions and explained the cost of our travel and that we needed accurate answers to our questions. (There's the need to have specific questions or you can't blame them for withholding disappointing features, then you still need to be ready to walk.) Often, sellers will give you time to get there if you are reasonable. See if there is a volunteer inspector in the area where you are looking. The trouble with Airstreams is that they are very photogenic, even when they are not in the best of shape.

Hang in there. The ones you miss out on very well may be harboring problems you don't want. There, now don't you feel better?
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:23 AM   #19
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Hubby and I still talk about one that got away. Driving around during the day, he stopped and looked at a 1950 Flying Cloud. He came home and asked if I wanted to go look at it, so we called the owner (who said, "Come on over!"), grabbed the checkbook, and left. We pulled into the driveway just as the owner was carrying out a "Sold" sign to replace the "For Sale" sign. We missed buying that one by about 5 minutes. We bought our Safari about two months later, but I still wonder where that Flying Cloud is today...
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:38 AM   #20
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In 2003 I was visiting my son in Florida, and wanted to see a new left-over 2002 trailer that I found-on-line at a very good price at an Airstream dealer (to remain nameless) near Tampa. I called the dealer, and they said it was still there and to come on in. I immediately drove 1 hour, only to arrive at the dealer and hear that it just sold. I asked to take a quick look at it anyway, and they said it was already gone. Can you imagine a new trailer being available, then sold and gone within an hour? No. Then they worked on selling me other units on the lot. Can you smell bait-and-switch?
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:15 AM   #21
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24' Argosy TT for sale locally

I spotted it last week at a private home about 20 miles from me. I stopped and took a quick look. It was locked and nobody was home. It's a bit rough and definitely needs new paint.
Asking price is $1800 OBO, which I think is a bit high but I'll go back and snap a few pics and get a phone # if anyone has serious interest. It's just a bit north of Flint, Mich.

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Old 10-31-2006, 10:23 AM   #22
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Same problem...

Originally Posted by wannaroam
Am I the only one who keeps losing out on units that are for sale before I can even get a chance to clear my schedule to go see them??

Would you buy them sight unseen? Considering how much difference there has been between the descriptions and the realities on the units I've already looked at, I can't imagine doing so. But, the last two units that I made plans to see have both been sold before I could even get there; and that has been within a couple of days.

I am SO disappointed!! I'm beginning to think I'm never going to get to roam....
Hi Wannaroam...

You 'll understand that i was in the same situation as yours , because, when i was intersted in a model on classifieds, the time to check the shipping to FRANCE and it was too late, the A/S was sold... How many... may be 5, may be 10 so i was a bit fed up of doing like that.

so I decide to do the contrary... I've written MY classified with what i wanted in model, size and the maximum price and it's in this way i've gotten mine. A yomen, Billy,in North Carolina, sent me pictures and i said... I 'm comming to see it in reality, on place, from FRANCE to your Home, and if it's OK , I'll take it and'll pay you immediatly... and it was OK and this story is happened 4 years ago exactly ( November, the 11th 2002 ).

i advice you to write a wanted classified with what you want.


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