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Old 05-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #21
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Buy one from an engineer. We are honest and are OCD about mechanical things. Also if they have had it for a short time it is a red flag. If it has sat for 10 or more years is a red flag. If they don't want to put water and power on it is a red flag. If they say no leaks it is a red flag.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:46 PM   #22
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TouringDan and bwoodtx (and anyone else reading this), I'd be delighted if you found a decent center-bath Argosy somewhere and told me about it. I'm not expecting a paragon of perfection (though if it really WERE all done up and the price didn't exceed the quality too much I'd pay for one that's done). I'm also not averse to one that needs some new subfloor and a full going-over, if the price matches the condition. I do, however, think that for a 70s trailer you just have to love it for a shell-off to be worth it, it'll never pay back in cash value. Then again, I can't quite picture selling the one I already have that isn't the perfect plan, so resale is probably not my biggest concern.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:49 PM   #23
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Does it have to be an Argosy? or will any AS do?

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #24
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I really like the pano windows. And the center-bath Argosies have pano windows on BOTH ends, so I'm willing to spend more money/effort/both on that.

I've idly looked for rear-bed Ambassadors and for twin-bed Overlanders, but haven't found ones that excited me. I'm sure I'm more irrationally demanding of those because what I really want is the Argosy panos.

I'm aware that there are quite a few big 80s trailers that have the layout I'm looking for, but they tend to be big honking heavy things, to say nothing of the OSB subfloors in lots of 80s trailers... and by the 80s they'd started moving to the residential look for cabinets, I don't even like cabinetry like that in my house, so again I prefer the Argosy interiors.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:44 PM   #25
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Unreal...so sorry this happened to you.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #26
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So how far you willing to travel to get one?

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:26 PM   #27
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I will keep an eye out for one around here. If close I will take a look at it.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #28
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Well, I drove 900 miles each way for the craptastic one I left to rot some more in Kentucky last weekend. If it were one inspected and signed-off by a disinterested 3rd party who knew a thing or two about Airstreams, I'd go a long way if the price-to-condition ratio is right.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:43 PM   #29
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I will keep lookin for ya. Didn't find an Argosy for you, but, I found me a sweet little '68 Safari today that I did everything but get on my knees and beg. No sale.....yet.
We will see.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #30
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I will keep lookin for ya. Didn't find an Argosy for you, but, I found me a sweet little '68 Safari today that I did everything but get on my knees and beg. No sale.....yet.
We will see.
Thanks for the update and for looking in general, but when you tell your better half about this "sweet little '68 Safari" don't you dare blame finding it on me.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:11 PM   #31
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Thanks for the update and for looking in general, but when you tell your better half about this "sweet little '68 Safari" don't you dare blame finding it on me.
Actually I sent her pictures and she loved it. Would like it for Mother's Day.

I had not thought about blaming it on you,but, I will keep that in mind as a future excuse. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:35 PM   #32
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On the other hand

The trailer might be worth $2500, if you parted the trailer out, and sold the leftovers as scrap.
How much do you figure the door, headliners, and windows are worth to people who are trying to repair their baby? I had a heck of a time finding an access door, and a main door lock. I might have paid that much just to get those two parts and be done with the search. haha Seriously, I almost bought a critter infested trailer for $500, just for parts. I decided against it because, I was afraid that I would end up trying to restore it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #33
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Whoa, what a story . . . sorta hurts to be stuck on having just the right thing. FWIW I probably paid too much for my new TT. Less than asking, but likely not enough to cover what it will eventually need. And even then this '90 is not as nice as the classic SS trailers circa 1965-1984 in some design aspects. Of which maybe 3,500 were made in that era. Maybe 2,500 of those still exist. Far fewer of the Sterling model I have. With which I am happy as despite potential problems it was still in very, very good original condition otherwise.

I think that is what it comes down to. Best condition, and maybe not exactly what I want if I am otherwise close. Find something where the pluses outweigh the minuses.

Thanks for the report. Trailer hunting is not for the faint-hearted given the investment we have made. (The money is another story).

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Old 05-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #34
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slowmover: Well, I'm not expecting to find a trailer that will end up being worth (in monetary terms) what it takes to make it really nice. I'm more realistic than THAT. However, there are limits, and this one was WAY over the line.

mandolindave: I actually thought about the fact that the 4 pano windows are probably worth about $1200. I don't think the entry door is worth much, in my laundry list of bad things you may have missed that it was cracked through where a full-sized deadbolt was jammed into it. The KT latch might be worth some parts, but it felt pretty junky.

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Old 05-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #35
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:35 PM   #36
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Looks like Nicholasville, Ky is a hot bed for Argosys. Check out the new thread by Crmpacer.

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Looks like Nicholasville, Ky is a hot bed for Argosys. Check out the new thread by Crmpacer.

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While the seller listed the location in craigslist as Nicholasville, the Argosy was rotting in Mt. Vernon, KY. I suspect Nicholasville is where he lives, the Argosy was near his mother's house he said.

Oh, and I was informed yesterday that the seller's phone number is now answered by a Verizon recording saying that the number is "changed, disconnected or is no longer in service."
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Wow. Just wow.
There are a lot of guys that think they are slick. Sometimes I think they have "well, I was dumb enough to buy it for $$$$, someone else will surely be dumber than I"
I think your offer of 2.5k was a fair price.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #39
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You should be able to get a camp ready Argosy for $3000 not a distressed one.

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Hey, DKB!
What a bummer, that guy is a crook! I have a 28' center bath Argosy (sorry, not for sale...), and will be gutting it, likely for a shell-off with a new custom interior since it is going to be my mobile workshop. When you find your ideal unit, I may have some parts for you if you need them. Also, I'll keep my eyes peeled in New England for another, and would be more than happy to inspect/take pictures for you should one be unearthed around here. Best of luck in your search, these really are great trailers!
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