1977 Argosy 24
Up for sale is a true Americana Classic. This 1977 Argosy (Airstream) motor home continues to be a timeless treasure. It's a 24 foot model with a four burner stove, oven, gas/electric refrigerator/freezer, vent-a-hood, Onan Generator with 378 hours on it, replaced carpet last year with 25 year wood flooring, NEW drapes, Thermostatically controlled furnace, COLD roof mount air conditioning unit, NEW (within the past year) hot water heater, NEW (within the past year) plumbing fixtures in kitchen and bath, two batteries, cruise control, two electric roof vents, roof mount extendable TV antenna, complete set (six) of NEW radial tires (maybe 100 miles on them), rust free straight body, all powered by a well maintained General Motors 454 engine with 55,748 miles and SMOOTH shifting automatic transmission, original Owners Manual as well as appliance and system manuals. NO roof leakage or signs of ever having leaked. That is one of the beauties of the Argosy/Airstream design. No plumbing leaks. Straight ride and drive. I recently replaced one of the exhaust pipes and replaced the exhaust manifold gasket. I did not replace the donut gasket for the new exhaust pipe and probably should have. When the engine is cold I hear an exhaust leak. Once the unit warms up I no longer hear it. Should be an easy fix.
The drivers cabin has two high back swivel captains chairs and is surrounded by a great view of the open road. NO cracks in ANY of the windows or windshields. Front dash air conditioning is intermittent. Blows good, but not as cool at times. Sure signs of needing a charge. AM/FM/Cassett stereo (Cheap aftermarket stereo) with speaker controls to send tunes throughout the motor home.
The living area of this unit has two sofas that pull out into full size beds, swivel chair that is currently not installed. This can be installed or not, depending on your taste, and long pull out dining table. The interior lighting is excellent and adds a great ambiance. Great views through the many windows and upper aircraft style scenic windows. LOTS of interior storage.
When I purchased the unit there was a dent in the rear quarter panel and some rust on the front and rear upper steel panels. I have taken and had the dent repaired and repainted. I also had the body shop remove all signs of rust and repaint the two upper steel panels.
We have taken many trips to our favorite camping site and I average around 11-12 miles per gallon. The 380 mile round trip is a very pleasant, comfortable, and affordable trip. Even with the high cost of fuel we find this week-end entertainment relatively inexpensive with this sweetheart of a coach. She has MANY years of service still in her since it only has 55,748 miles. Very easy to drive and can park most anywhere. Maneuvers in and out of traffic very easily. No problems merging into traffic as the 454 engine has more than enough power. If we weren't purchasing a larger unit I would keep it for many more years. We have met so many people out and about that have come up and want to see the inside or ask questions about our Argosy. I have had all systems checks annually for the last few years and because of this have replaced water heater and recently had roof air conditioning unit serviced and re-charged.
The negatives are far outweighed by the positives but I want to point them out anyway. There is a slight leak in the gray water drain valve. My Service Center suggested I pull it out and lubricate it with something that will enable the slide to seal all the way. Nonetheless the leak is very slight. The dash air conditioner needs to be charged. The dash stereo works but really is a cheap stereo. I just take my XM Radio with us and use satellite radio while traveling. The Onan generator is a great generator but I think needs a stronger fuel pump. It works great, but sometimes in the EXTREME North Texas heat will vapor lock and die until it cools down. This only happens when the temperature gets pretty hot. A stronger fuel pump is inexpensive and can be purchased at most auto parts stores.
The unit is located in Winnsboro, Texas which is roughly 100 miles East of Dallas, Texas just South of Interstate 30. I have tried to be as open about any and all features, functions, and issues pertaining to this unit. NO WARRANTY should be implied as this is sold AS IS. However, Buy with confidence on this honey of a coach. If I had any concerns about this motor home I certainly wouldn't be taking 300 to 400 mile camping trips with my 1 year old grandson along.
Asking Price: SOLD 9/2005
Location: Winnsboro, Texas
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