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Old 04-08-2019, 08:08 AM   #1
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Dimensions of a 20 foot Argosy motorhome

I have a lead on a 20, only 3152 miles away.
It's only 90ish hours of driving round trip.

It's a non runner and I'm trying to decide if I can find a trailer to fit her on.

So is there anyone in central Florida with a 20 footer I can measure?
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can anyone provide:
-distance from front axle center to front bumper ?
-distance from rear axle center to rear bumper ?


My assumption is they other dimensions will match my 24. ie Does the track of the front wheels match that of rear tires if I remove the outer dually wheels ?
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:02 AM   #2
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I have a lead on a 20, only 3152 miles away.
It's only 90ish hours of driving round trip.

It's a non runner and I'm trying to decide if I can find a trailer to fit her on.

So is there anyone in central Florida with a 20 footer I can measure?
or
can anyone provide:
-distance from front axle center to front bumper ?
-distance from rear axle center to rear bumper ?


My assumption is they other dimensions will match my 24. ie Does the track of the front wheels match that of rear tires if I remove the outer dually wheels ?
Mike,

To give you an idea of what can be done if you're determined enough read about our trip of a lifetime.

The trailer was a 16' flatbed with dovetail and no fenders. I forget what the axle ratings were but I'm pretty sure it was overloaded with the Argosy

The tow vehicle was a 1988 F250 7.3 diesel IDI (non-turbo).

Removing the rear outer dually is something I wish I had done prior to loading. It would have simplified loading had I done so.

I would have preferred a longer trailer but had to work with what I could find in a short time span. If you haven't gotten the measurements you've requested by the time I get home I can measure mine.

I forgot to mention, in post #7 you'll see pictures of the Arkansas Argosy you've been asking about

Brad
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Mike,

To give you an idea of what can be done if you're determined enough read about our trip of a lifetime.

The trailer was a 16' flatbed with dovetail and no fenders. I forget what the axle ratings were but I'm pretty sure it was overloaded with the Argosy

The tow vehicle was a 1988 F250 7.3 diesel IDI (non-turbo).

Removing the rear outer dually is something I wish I had done prior to loading. It would have simplified loading had I done so.

I would have preferred a longer trailer but had to work with what I could find in a short time span. If you haven't gotten the measurements you've requested by the time I get home I can measure mine.

I forgot to mention, in post #7 you'll see pictures of the Arkansas Argosy you've been asking about

Brad
Thanks Brad, I'll read it tonight.
Still working on the Arkansas Argosy.
The one I'm asking about is in the Pacific Northwest, they saw my post here and contacted me.

Would you do the trip of a lifetime again?
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Thanks Brad, I'll read it tonight.
Still working on the Arkansas Argosy.
The one I'm asking about is in the Pacific Northwest, they saw my post here and contacted me.

Would you do the trip of a lifetime again?
I'd probably do it over again with a few changes.

1st I'd make sure the trailer tires were not out of date. I didn't realize until afterwards how bad the trailer tires really were. Once we got back several of the tires wouldn't hold air for more than a day or so before they were flat! They actually showed signs of dry rot.

Next I would make sure I had adequate means of winching the Argosy up onto the trailer. I'd probably still be there if I had to rely solely on the come-a-long that I brought with me

And lastly I'd check out my tow vehicle to ensure it was up to the task, especially in the stopping category.

If you're towing out of the Pacific Northwest you're looking at a whole lot of mountains in between Florida and the Argosy so good brakes are a must

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can anyone provide:
-distance from front axle center to front bumper ?
42" plus/minus an inch or so

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-distance from rear axle center to rear bumper ?
66" plus/minus an inch or so

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My assumption is they other dimensions will match my 24. ie Does the track of the front wheels match that of rear tires if I remove the outer dually wheels ?
The wheel base will be different.

The wheel track will be the same front and rear as your 24'. I think you'll find that the inner dually is slightly inboard of the front wheels although it shouldn't be by much.

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42" plus/minus an inch or so


66" plus/minus an inch or so



The wheel base will be different.

The wheel track will be the same front and rear as your 24'. I think you'll find that the inner dually is slightly inboard of the front wheels although it shouldn't be by much.

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