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Old 01-07-2005, 08:51 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if Argosy built a 17' Minuet?

There is a 1978 advertised in Florida w/good skin for $1,500.

I there a link to a good info site?

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Old 01-07-2005, 09:07 AM   #2
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Does anyone know if Argosy built a 17' Minuet?

There is a 1978 advertised in Florida w/good skin for $1,500.

I there a link to a good info site?

Thanks.
So far as I have been able to determine, the only three sizes of Minuets are 6.0 Metre (20' according to factory), 6.7 Metre (22' according to factory), and 7.3 Metre (24' according to factory. The dates of manufacture run from 1977 through 1979. It is not unusual for a coach to mis-identified in an advertisement, espeically if it had to be measured for DMV purposes. I suspect that 17', probably referrs to a 6.0 Metre (probably measured just the body (and a bit generously at that as I believe that the actual length of the 6.0 Metre Minuet is 19' 3" so the body is more like 16' 3"). The best means to determine the actual size is via the VIN (posted on a plate just behind the LP tanks typically on the streetside). The VIN should be formatted as follows:

20D8V1666

First Two Digits = length
First Letter = D (Double Bed Model) T (Twin Bed Model)
Third Digit = last digit model year
Second Letter = Plant Code V Versailles, OH
Last Four Digits = Sequential Production Number.

Some other identifying characteristics include: 6.0 Metre coaches have one operable window on curbside and two operable windows on the streetside; while both the 6.7 and 7.3 Metre coaches have three operable windows on streetside and two operable windows on curbside. The 6.0 and 6.7 Metre coaches are both single axle coaches while the 7.3 Metre is a tandem axle coach. The only literature that has all three Minuets is the 1979 Brochure:



Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 01-07-2005, 10:20 AM   #3
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Does anyone know if Argosy built a 17' Minuet?

There is a 1978 advertised in Florida w/good skin for $1,500.

I there a link to a good info site?

Thanks.
Kevin has the info on the Argosy. I think what you found is the 20' Minuet which has been mislabeled. The body is about 17' long add in the tounge and bumber and it comes out to 20'.
Sounds like a very good buy, snatch it up quick.
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Old 01-07-2005, 11:17 AM   #4
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My "Minuet Collection" stands at a paltry 3 but I do have pictures of a 1978 20' (6 metre).

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Old 01-07-2005, 11:35 AM   #5
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Airstream made 2 different Argosys that are aproximately the lenght as the one you describe. Do not confuse them


They made a 20 ft until 77 and then made a 6 metre minuet - about the same lenght - but the minuets are 8 inches narrower that the the regular argosys. If it says argosy 20 it will be a little wider. If it really is a 78 then it should be a minuet.
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Old 01-07-2005, 01:28 PM   #6
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I saw that ad too and I was really interested 'til I noticed it's in Florida, which is a bit of a trek for us. Can't tell much about it in the picture. If anyone down south gets a first hand look at it I'd love to hear what it's condition is or see more pics.

Doug and I have been on these boards a long time now. At first we thought we wanted a new Bambi, or maybe slightly used so we could redecorate to suit our own tastes after being impressed by what forum member dtbw did. Just lately we've been looking at some of the Minuets and we're getting the bug to go vintage. Are we nuts? [note to Janet and Janet's Husband -- your Minuet is awesome; shame on you for planting ideas in our heads ]

Anyway, we're on the East Coast, where Argosys seem to be scarce. Am I in for an even longer waiting time here? The anticipation is killing me. What's it cost to have something like this towed from far away?

As always, I find this forum a great source of information and encouragement!

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Old 01-07-2005, 01:51 PM   #7
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Jamie - going vintage is not nuts.

If you can be patient and wait, that is......

OlderAirstreams are much lighter wieght thatn the new ones and many of the 6 metre argosys have aluminum floors under that horrid orange carpet - way cool - no rot!
That said, I'm not sure just how much cheaper it is to rehab than buy new but you can pay as you go and control how and when you spend. Best of all you get colors you like and immense satisfaction. We routinely have people approach us at camp grounds, rest areas and gas stops and ask for tours.

Argosy prices are all over the board and if you can find one with the skin in good shape and windows intact for under 3000.00 I would jump on it.

Interiors can be redone and old mechanics repaird or replaced. It can be loads of fun. We have finished most of our planned repairs on our minuet and kinda miss the regular saturday rehab routine! Go figure...
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:00 PM   #8
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Jamie - going vintage is not nuts.
Interiors can be redone and old mechanics repaird or replaced. It can be loads of fun. We have finished most of our planned repairs on our minuet and kinda miss the regular saturday rehab routine! Go figure...
The more I think about it, the more I look forward to the "saturday rehab routine." Originally I thought the old mechanics would be something beyond our skills, but when I see all the information and resources available for this I can't help but think it's do-able.

Doug has more patience than I do, but I'll keep hanging in there 'til we come up with something. In the meantime, if anyone hear's of a nice little Minuet waiting to be loved, please drop me a note. Operators are standing by...
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:09 PM   #9
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Greetings Jamie!

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The more I think about it, the more I look forward to the "saturday rehab routine." Originally I thought the old mechanics would be something beyond our skills, but when I see all the information and resources available for this I can't help but think it's do-able.

Doug has more patience than I do, but I'll keep hanging in there 'til we come up with something. In the meantime, if anyone hear's of a nice little Minuet waiting to be loved, please drop me a note. Operators are standing by...
Even if you are a klutz with tools as I am, Vintage isn't out of the norm. There are several companies out there who specialize in total or particular parts of the restoration process. There are also at least a few Airstream dealers who are Vintage Friendly and seem genuinely pleased to work on Vintage coaches. With both of my coaches, I started out with good, solid, mostly original coaches and then contracted out the restoration as I could afford it.

Something else with the Minuet is its unusual ease of towing. At just 7' wide, it was either 6" or 8" narrower than its standard series contemporaries which means that it is only nominally wider than most full-size tow vehicles. As has been mentioned elsewhere, most of the 6.0 Metres and a few of the 6.7 Metre Minuets have aluminum composite flooring eliminating the worry about floor rot (the composite does, however, pose other problems). It also seems that the Minuets are far more apt to have the dinette configuration, but the original purchaser had the option of front lounge with credenza table or dinette configuration - - luck was with me as my Minuet has the front lounge layout that is my preference.

With patience a Minuet will find you - - or is that vice-versa? I had considered traveling as far as New Mexico to look at a Minuet when that very evening one was advertised within 200 miles of my home.

Good luck with your search!

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Welcome.. We have had a 76 Tradewind which we liked .. until we found a 75 26' Argosy.. we love this trailer .. we have had a lot of repairs to do BUT it is much easier to work on than the A/S........have put in new front floor, replaced 3/4 of the underbelly .. redid half of plumbing lines .. new toilet, repaired valves.. new flooring, new curtains, new recovering of gaucho.. some new hardware on cupboards.. This trailer will be repainted this spring.. With the wraparound windows it is great.. lots of work but it is still worth it.. By the way watch Ebay.. a fellow had 2 Argosys for sale and he is in Connecticut.. don't know if he sold them or not.. if we had a place to store them and work on them.. we would have bid on them.. ..
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Kevin - I was looking at your pictures and saw you had some pages from an Argosy brochure. You wouldn't happen to have those in pdf format would you?

It does seem like the Minuet would be a good match for us. The 6.0 or 6.7 is in the size range we were looking at and even lighter than the new A/S models. We're really trying to stay away from having to get a monster tow vehicle. And they sound very newbie-friendly (how do like that term?). Like you say, we can always call in trained professionals for the stuff we can't handle ourselves. I like the way your Minuet found you. I hope we have such luck.

Happycampers - I saw those Argosys in Connecticut you mentioned. They looked a little bit bigger than what we had in mind. It's too bad because Connecticut is right in our neck of the woods. Can't wait to see your pictures after the new paint job.
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Dougjamie..

If you see Argosies on EBay or other auction sites it's a good trick to copy down names and contact info for sellers..

A lot of the sales don't actually go through, and it's worth time to contact seller a week or so after sale "closes" on site, and ask if it went through, or if they're likely to put it back on market. Often a quick cash offer below sell price on auction will get the unit, or an overbid might result in screwing of actual auction winner... (Hey - I'm not advocating any unethical behavior, just observing how EBay transactions are known to work at times..)

Despite all the legalese on EBay web sites and threats about binding contracts, etc, in most cases the disappointed party in a failed transaction will have to hire lawyer and pursue flaking-out party across state lines in chancy legal action, and in 99% of those it's going to be a loser...

There are threads here on this site about buyers who lost to sellers who took higher bid after close, and sellers who were left in lurch when buyers flaked out... EBay won't intervene unless they lose their fees, and still remedy is to just get another e-mail address and start over.. Caveat emptor, and vendors beware as well...

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Greetings jamie!

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Kevin - I was looking at your pictures and saw you had some pages from an Argosy brochure. You wouldn't happen to have those in pdf format would you?
The only scans that I have from the showroom literature that I have are from the pages with the floorplans. Several months ago, we had an active discussion about both the various Minuet floorplans as well as the Argosy 22 and Argosy 24 with the rear door floorplan; so I scanned and posted the floorplans to go along with the discussions. Currently most of my computer peripherals as well as much of my Airstream/Argosy literature is still among the many packed boxes awaiting my attention since completing the move from Northwest Illinois to far Southern Illinois.

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Oh Oh, Janet's bored!

As a fellow "vintage" Argosy owner, I say go for it! I have to give Janet's Minuet the big thumbs up too - it looks very nice, and better than the non-CCD ones in my opinion (but I do think she and Gary need to get that 25 ft CCD so that I can drool more at the next get together!)

Working on the trailers is half the fun, and it's pretty easy once you read up on it. By the way Janet, my trailer is not busy for the winter, so I COULD bring it around if you're looking for something to do.
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