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Old 05-06-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Just purchased the argosy and my wife and I are going to be doing some fixing up on it although it is in great shape. We need new cushions and we are going to do some updating on it. Look forward to any feed back on where to get parts, etc. I'll keep everybody updated on our progress.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:15 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the "new" trailer and welcome to the forum. Several years ago I used to make numerous trips to Atlanta with my previous employer and loved that big rock located in your area. The laser shows are great!


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Old 05-06-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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Hi, Casey,

Welcome to the forums.

I have a '75 Argosy 28, so I hope I'll be able to help with some of your questions.

Being from around Atlanta, I can never forget, "Where's Snellville?" on the old Maxie Price TV ads. I knew where Snellville was because I lived in Norcross for a time.

My first advice would be

1. Don't junk the air conditioner if it's not working. The Armstrong is industrial grade and your local A/C guy can get parts for it and work on it.

2. If you have the rear bath, think about putting a shut-off valve in the line going to the toilet. It can have a failure mode that floods the rear of the trailer.

3. If you have a front gaucho/fresh water tank, look carefully for cracks in the water fill. These can lead to bad floor rot underneath.

4. The door gasket is a weak point. Check the plywood under the door for integrity, and make sure your gasket is good.

5. If the fridge hasn't been plugged in, expect a failure of the electric heating unit shortly after you start using the trailer. That's happened to me twice now.

6. Check the floor around the wheelwells. My Argosy has some rot there between the battery compartment and the plastic wheelwell liner.

7. Check the propane tanks to make sure that you have the new, mandated safety valves on them.

And enjoy this new to you travel trailer.

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Old 05-07-2006, 04:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by caseyd45
Just purchased the argosy and my wife and I are going to be doing some fixing up on it although it is in great shape. We need new cushions and we are going to do some updating on it. Look forward to any feed back on where to get parts, etc. I'll keep everybody updated on our progress.
Wecome aboard! We have a few Argosy's, love em all!
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Old 05-07-2006, 01:24 PM   #5
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Welcome Casey, We have owned two 26ft Argosy's and now own a 30ft. They are great trailers. Good luck with your new trailer.
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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Hello, I too am new to this forum and also have a 1975 Argosy 26 that I have been fixing up for a couple months now.

There is a lot of good info here and friendly experts to help us. Check Inland RV's website. they have provided some pieces that I needed. Mine has twin beds and I needed new covers for the mattresses. I got them online from Knox Foam. I provided my measurements and had them in 10 days. Fit like a glove and only cost about $100

If you haven't, spend some time crawling in and around your camper with a mirror and a flashlight. Look everywhere. If you have carpet, pull up the edges and look under it. Try to see as much of the floor where it meets the wall as you can. When I bought this a couple of months ago I looked up at the ceiling for signs of leaks. Wrong - look down. Luckily I only found one. It is around the battery door opening and the extent of the damage was only evident after I removed the door and sill.

Look underneath. My belly pan has corroded around several rivets and needs to be reattached here and there.

You can identify your propane tanks as new if they have external threads where the lines hook up. The knobs shoud be three sided instead of round and somewhere on them they should have the letters OPD (Overfill Protection
Device or something like that.)

The galvanized end caps needed painted on mine and I used Dupont Centari Acrylic enamel automotive paint, sprayed on. That was probably my biggest single expence so far. Close to $200 in materials. 2 Quarts of paint, plus hardner, reducer and primer etc.

Good luck with your Argosy. There are people here much more knowlegeable than myself but feel free to ask me if you have a question. Maybe I can help since we have the same model Argosy.
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