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Old 01-24-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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So I am looking to buy a travel trailer to gut and use for my boutique. I came across this listing and I need to know what questions to ask and what to look for. i don't know much about Airstreams yet, but from looking around, this seems really cheap so I assume there are problems. (I did message this person to see if it's still available and he did tell me that the date on the pic isn't correct. It's a 1976.)
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Old 01-25-2017, 07:29 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum teacake254. Nice pictures of the Argosy. Put new tires on and go, if it's not close to home. Since your going to gut and use as a boutique, all you need to worry about is the floor. Put down pergo or something similar to spruce it up. Make sure the air conditioner and heater are working. You might be able to sell the interior in the forum classifieds, to recoup some of your expenses. There is a similar trailer in Lucketts Va being used for displaying antiques inside. Good luck on your very cool boutique.
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:24 AM   #3
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If you are going to gut it you only need look at the frame, skin, door, and floor.

It will have to be painted outside and that could go as high as $5,000 if sprayed.

You will not use the heater as it is noisy and poor distribution once the interior is out.

I would consider a heat pump AC and electric heat for ease and space considerations.

Once gutted put a man made flooring system in. Andersen is easy to work with is small spaces.
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Welcome to the forum teacake254. Nice pictures of the Argosy. Put new tires on and go, if it's not close to home. Since your going to gut and use as a boutique, all you need to worry about is the floor. Put down pergo or something similar to spruce it up. Make sure the air conditioner and heater are working. You might be able to sell the interior in the forum classifieds, to recoup some of your expenses. There is a similar trailer in Lucketts Va being used for displaying antiques inside. Good luck on your very cool boutique.


Thanks so much. This trailer is actually like 5 minutes from me so that's a plus!
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If you are going to gut it you only need look at the frame, skin, door, and floor.

It will have to be painted outside and that could go as high as $5,000 if sprayed.

You will not use the heater as it is noisy and poor distribution once the interior is out.

I would consider a heat pump AC and electric heat for ease and space considerations.

Once gutted put a man made flooring system in. Andersen is easy to work with is small spaces.


Thanks! What about axles on these? That seems to be a common concern in the trailers in other threads. Also, for painting the outside, can any auto painting shop do that?
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I would think an auto body place could paint it.
You might consider split system A/C for low noise/current draw.
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I had assumed it was going to be a fixed location.

If the trailer is going on the road and the axles are torsion type then will most likely need replacement. If the are spring type you are dealing with a much less expensive item and may not even need replacement.
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Good Price. If you are gutting it post the interior parts, someone may be able to use them.
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