...a die-hard Airstream friend of mine once told me that Argosy was a means for Airstream to recover money from Airstreams that got damaged or had cosmetic flaws during construction -- a little Bondo, a little paint, ba-dum ba-ding, you got an Argosy.
That's probably a Six-Meter Minuet (1974-79) or Argosy 20 (1972-73). They were built from 1972 to 1979.
Nope, Paul. That rumor has been floating around for thirty years. The other rumor is that Airstream used marred sections they wouldn't use on an Airstream and just painted them. That's not the case either. You can't strip the paint off an Argosy and find an Airstream. Argosy used steel endcaps rather than the aluminum segments used by Airstream. Argosy was a test bed for features on Airstreams. For example, the wrap-around front windows
you see in this trailer didn't appear in the Airstream line until 1980.
Here's a link to a thread with some interesting Argosy facts.
Here's a link to a thread that discusses Airstream vs. fiberglass trailers.
And, of course, if you're really interested in Airstreams, one of our sister Social Knowledge sites is www.airforums.com
, a site devoted to Airstream and Argosy trailers and motorhomes.