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Old 10-25-2017, 07:07 AM   #1
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how to compare a 77 Argosy 28 to a 79 Airstream Excella 28

I have two coaches in my sights. both close by and both asking about the same. The Argosy seems turnkey at 13000 other than needing some updates and maybe a little elbow grease, It's a rear bathroom model with a newer engine(still 17 years old). Seems to run and drive pretty decent. The next is a 1979 Airstream Excella 28. It needs a bit more work, probably tires and awning to say the least. The history isn't known and the odometer reads 85000. Are there significant differences that make the Airstream thats 2 years newer a better platform to work from? It is a rear bedroom which I do like but needs some obvious money sunk into it. Were the Argosy interiors built with lower quality material? Did any significant chassis/engine changes take place in that switch? I'm trying to use the search function at the same time but there is so much information to sift through. I'm not particularly drawn to the all aluminum but I realize a future buyer might be. As popular as vintage Airstream is in some circles it seems like they aren't really that easy to sell. Any input would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:44 AM   #2
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From my view point the answers are....

Nope
Nope
Nope and
Nope

At the end of the 1978 model year/when they ran out of the stock of steel end caps, they stopped painting them, jacked the price up and changed the badge from Argosy to Airstream.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:23 AM   #3
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From my view point the answers are....

Nope
Nope
Nope and
Nope

At the end of the 1978 model year/when they ran out of the stock of steel end caps, they stopped painting them, jacked the price up and changed the badge from Argosy to Airstream.
I concur with Martin, no steel end caps and a price hick are the main differences.

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Old 10-26-2017, 01:36 PM   #4
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The rear bedroom floor plan is much more desirable IMO. Not only more user friendly but also more desirable for resale. Other than that, the interiors arent that much different. Same type of construction and of course the appliances and other devices are pretty much interchangeable.
Historically I believe the Airstream branding has commanded higher resale values but I think that gap is closing over the past few years especially with the shorter Argosy. Dont know about the 28 footers. Pros and cons to both from a aesthetic/usability standpoint IMO.
If it were me, the rear bedroom layout would be the tipping point to go with the excella.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:14 PM   #5
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Ditto Maycoís comments on the rear bedroom. We donít sleep well on the foldout sofa in our 310, but waking up in the back of the coach somewhere with a nice view out the back window is worth the price of admission.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:56 PM   #6
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Ditto Maycoís comments on the rear bedroom. We donít sleep well on the foldout sofa in our 310, but waking up in the back of the coach somewhere with a nice view out the back window is worth the price of admission.
Same here, for two reasons. When rebuilding Bella, Denise's only stipulation was full size twin beds with custom mattresses. But to me the rear pano windows (which come with the rear beds) totally change the external appearance and amount of light inside.
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Old 10-26-2017, 05:27 PM   #7
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If you can afford $13000 I'd get an airstream with the diesel. I've only been an owner since Jan 20th and in that time I've seen 4-5 come up and for good prices. ( under 13g)

I bought my unit without much knowledge on these old queens. I wish I had reading the forums for 6 months in advance. would have encouraged me to look for a unit that was better maintained. Nonetheless I'm a happy camper with my 280 diesel( I would have had larger buyer remorse with a gas job I feel)

Resale wise from my perspective some people( the less knowledgeable) will not see an argosy as an airstream and I believe wholeheartedly airstream does and always command a better resale, except those 20's.........
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:00 AM   #8
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From my view point the answers are....

Nope
Nope
Nope and
Nope

At the end of the 1978 model year/when they ran out of the stock of steel end caps, they stopped painting them, jacked the price up and changed the badge from Argosy to Airstream.
This may be 100% wrong, but an Airstream "fanatic" who lived in my neighborhood had told me that the first Airstream/Argosy motorhomes had steel end caps because they could not get the strength needed out of the TT method for a P30 based vehicle and they had not figured out how to form a aluminum cap of adequate thickness and strength.
I am curious of the true story on that?
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Ditto Maycoís comments on the rear bedroom. We donít sleep well on the foldout sofa in our 310, but waking up in the back of the coach somewhere with a nice view out the back window is worth the price of admission.
Ditto, the fold out sofa in the 310 really sucks to sleep on. BTDT.
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