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Old 04-24-2008, 01:12 AM   #21
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Nice looking trailer; however, probably no gray water tank and the original frig has been replaced by a small household type. Putting a new gas / electric frig in is going to cost you about $600.00 to $800.00 for the small one. That's also a steep price for a 73, unless you know that the running gear (axels) have been replaced and the trailer has no other major issues.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:37 AM   #22
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To agree with everyone else, i doubt you'll be able to buy these bad boys and be camping the next day, but if dont mind getting your hands dirty and a few bucks or more maybe it may be worth it. Find out if they have been sitting for awhile??? I bought an 89 345le moho, which had been sitting close to 2 years and all of my water lines were clogged, fridge stopped working, and many other small things. Make sure the ac's fridge and hotwater heaters work.... if you havent looked at prices on those units to replace all would probably be close to $2000 or more if you dont do it yourself.
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:17 PM   #23
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FWIW, Having been down that road, I don't think you should look at anything older than a late '90's model.
You said you were going to travel with it, and merchandise a product, therefore the cost of the TT and the maintenance are a business expense that is able to be depreciated.
If you are focusing on the business of selling the product you won't have the time to do extensive maintenance on the unit and will need a reliable unit to support you and project a positive image to your customers, (what better than an AS?)
A lot of good advice in the previous threads about looking carefully and with out any blinders on to the difficulties of major work needed by the older units.
Best of luck in your endeavors and look us up at the Burning Man. (GO Bobcats!)
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:26 PM   #24
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So From all your advice here I am pretty sure I can talk my father in law out of the purchase and into a more intelligent one.

I was reading about the Argosy and that it is a lighter trailer??? Any comments or advice on these. They seem almost the same, just painted from what I read and maybe a bit easier to upkeep???

I do love the wrap around windows!!!

Any comments on this one?
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Do I look for the same things? Anyone know? I will probably post on the argosy trailer forum, but your input would be great too.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #25
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Oh by the way, all the newer trailers are too heavy for my TV.

Gotta be under 4000 and the more under the better

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Old 04-24-2008, 09:21 PM   #26
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Whether it be an Airstream or Argosy, you are still looking at an older trailer that may involve additional work and cost to get it road worthy and ready to camp in.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:01 AM   #27
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That Argosy looks pretty good, it looks a lot like the one we bought, but always look something over REALLY well and never take anybody's word that something works. Check it out, and that means hooking up the water AND the electricity, check for leaks, and stains on the floor under the counter usually mean SOMETHING has leaked there at some point. Maybe recently, even if it is dry there now. Check UNDER cushions, look at the water pump, check out the gas and the furnace and get the water heater lit and going with water in it. Look at the wheel wells, under the bed and cupboards on the other side, stick your nose down the toilet and smell. Check out the shower, flush the toilet, check the sinks and look for leaks. Look for water stains on the bathroom floor or the carpet which might mean the tanks leak. If you can't check anything out, assume it doesn't work and negotiate the price accordingly. It does look like an average price for a trailer in good condition.
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