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Old 02-01-2004, 05:54 PM   #1
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Prices are going up !!!

But this is OUTRAGEOUS http://adcache.rvtraderonline.com/3/2/4/60860424.htm
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Old 02-01-2004, 06:31 PM   #2
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Actually, after doing work and spending money on my 1971 Tradewind, I would not sell it for less than that. The Minuet has the appeal of being "Ultralight", and will definitely always be in demand, IMHO.
This one looks to be in decent, original condition, which would demand a premium to begin with. I think it's a fair price, as long as it is not misrepresented.
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Old 02-01-2004, 07:49 PM   #3
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Prices are going up !!!

The Minuet in the advertisement is actually loaded with options in comparison to many that are out there. Among the factory options that are on the coach are the entertainment package (as evidenced by the radio antenna beside the streetside wing window, the television prep-package, patio light (scare light) and air conditioner. The only desirable option that I don't see on this coach that was on a few that I looked at is the spare tire carrier that mounts the spare behind the LP tanks (reminiscent of the early 1960s Airstreams). When I was looking for my Minuet, it was rare to find more than one of the mentioned options on the coaches that I found available.

There are only a few issues that I note from the photos as follows:

1.) It is missing at least one of its "Argosy" center caps on the factory styled wheels.

2.) It appears to have some issue with the refigerator vent - - the aluminum extrusion on the countertop should be concealed by the lower edge of the vent - - at least according to my Minuet and others that I looked at.

3.) There appear to be issues with the tambours on the kitchen sink cabinet (note the curtain visible in the photo); and I also suspect problems with the tambour on the bathroom vanity as it isn't visible in the photo and is a source of trouble on many of the Minuets that I have seen.

4.) There appears to be damage to the cabinet to the left of the furnace thermostat. The cabinetry in the Minuet is aluminum with a vinyl wood-look finish - - if that is damage it would be a difficult repair issue.

5.) The axle would concern me. My Minuet had about the same amount of its tire visible in the wheel opening before its axle replacement - - it is now possible to see all but the very tread of the tire within the wheel opening moulding.

It is in far better condition than many that I looked at, but it looks to have a few issues - - none of which would be too difficult to solve. The drapes, upholstery, and carpet appear to be original at least based upon the factory literature that I have - - my coach had the original drapes, upholstery, and carpet; but the fabrics were dry-rotted to the point that all were replaced in the restoration/refurbishment process.

I am becoming more convinced that the Minuet is becoming more popular as it is viewed as an alternative to the Vintage Bambis that have become so very valuable in the past few years.

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Old 02-02-2004, 02:19 AM   #4
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6.) Nasty dent at upper rear curbside.

All things considered, still a nice trailer at a reasonable price.


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Old 02-02-2004, 09:14 AM   #5
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guess I got a really good deal on my safari 1.5 years ago...either that, or things have changed.
skin was in really good condition, axles ok, newer tires, NEW FRIDGE, a/c, awnings all around, and an antenna. (ok, the antenna was broken, but I fixed it for about 15 bucks.). Also, most of the tambour was missing, but that's not uncommon, either. Yeah, I had to do a few things to it, but mostly "routine maintenance" type stuff. (replace battery and water pump, remove and replace old sealer, replaced the carptet w/ pergo...).

ALL THIS, for 6k.

good?
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Yep they are

When we bought ours we paid a little less than that for exactly the same model and year. Our body was perfect, but that is where it began. On a trailer this old you will be fixing a few things.
ie: New upholstery, new plumbing, new axle, then you will be set.
Be ready for a labor of Love for sure.
All things considered, for us it was well worth it.
So you just have to ask youself. How bad do I want it.
If you want it bad enough you'll pay the price.
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