Any ideas where I might find such a beast?
The problem that you may encounter is that the manual for 1977 Argosys from Secretarial Services mentioned below probably does not cover the Minuet. It seems that the Minuet was added to the line during the '77 model run and wasn't mentioned in the 1977 Argosy manual that I have - - there is a section in the 1978 manual that mentions the Minuet, but it is a part of the full-line Argosy owners' manual for 1978. You can find copies of these manuals from:
<quoted from Vintage Airstream Club website>
Q: I need an owners and service manual for my Airstream. Where can I get one?
A: The first owners manuals were published in 1964. Prior to that, the owner received a brown envelope containing parts lists and other helpful information on the accessories in his trailer. The VAC has started making these available in the Members Archive section. A service manual with instructions for performing service operations did not exist until 1972.
You can get photocopies of owners manual (1964+) and service manuals (1972-1986) from:
Helen Davis Secretarial Services
PO Box 484 Sidney, OH 45365
Prices are about $33 and $70 respectively. After 1986 the Owners Manuals included available service information
Also as I get ready for this cross country trip this summer what do I need to have checked out?
Since I am not mechanically inclined and wish to avoid on-the-road repairs if at all possible, I generally have the following inspections/services performed by my Airstream dealer on my coach each season:
1.) Repack wheel bearings, inspect brakes, shocks, tires, and axle(s).
2.) System check LP delivery including main regulator and all appliances. Clean burners/flues on refrigerator, furnace, and water heater.
3.) Check air conditioner for proper cooling and service as necessary.
Prior to taking the coach to the dealer, I perform the following check to identify any winter damage that may need repair:
1.) Fill water tank and observce for any leakage.
2.) Pressurize water system looking for leaking pipes, faucets, or joints. Check low point drains to be sure that they can be fully closed - - each year I find that one or two of these have failed and allow water to drip.
3.) Fill and flush holding tank(s) observing for dump valve leakage or other points of leakage.
4.) Operate all electrical appliances on both 12-volt and AC circuits observing for any inoperable items or items that aren't functioning to satisfaction.
5.) Check coach for seals, windows, or door alignment issues that need to be addressed on pre-season trip to dealer.
Will I be laughed out of Airstream rallys with my little blue egg?
That is part of the fun of Argosy ownership. You aren't locked into a particular color. At the various WBCCI and Vintage Airstream Club functions that I have attended, Argosys have arrived painted in a variety of colors - - one of the most striking was one painted Rose Haze Firemist (an early 80s Cadillac color). The objective at most of these WBCCI/VAC events is to enjoy your coach, and if the color suits you then there is no real reason to change. I suspect that the color on your Minuet probably is similar to the blue on my Cadillac towcar - - I have toyed with the idea of painting the trailer to match the car, but then it would be a strange combination with my emerald green Suburban.
I want to join Wally Bayam's club but don't seem to be able to locate the Vin# or serial #. On the side by the door there is a plaque with #'s but they seem to be about California inspection. Where would I find the #'s?
The VIN and related manufacturing numbers are usually on an aluminum plate attached to the front panel below the windows (usually just above and behind the LP tanks on the streetside). If you have the factory spare tire mount on the tongue of the coach, you may have to remove the spare tire to see the plaque. The serial number should take the form of:
20=the length in feet as advertised by the factory
D=the sleeping arrangement D=Double Bed/T=Twin Beds
7=the last digit of the model year
V=the Versailles, Ohio assembly plant
####=the sequential serial number
Good luck with your investigations!