View Poll Results: What material did Argosy use in the floors of your Minuet?
6.0 Metre Minuet - - Aluminum Composite 16 76.19%
6.0 Metre Minuet - - Plywood 0 0%
6.0 Metre Minuet - - Unknown 0 0%
6.7 Metre Minuet - - Aluminum Composite 4 19.05%
6.7 Metre Minuet - - Plywood 0 0%
6.7 Metre Minuet - - Unknown 0 0%
7.3 Metre Minuet - - Aluminum Composite 0 0%
7.3 Metre Minuet - - Plywood 1 4.76%
7.3 Metre Minuet - - Unknown 0 0%
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Old 01-30-2004, 01:44 PM   #15
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Greetings Brett!

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I remember reading somewhere that all the Argosy 's were built in a plant in Versailles, Iowa.
I had always associated only the Versailles plant with Argosy production, but there is reason to speculate that something might have happend in the 1977/78 time frame. (??Could it be that the Minuet, and possibly more specifically the 6.0 Metre, was more popular than Airstream/Argosy anticipated resulting in a change during the time in question?? - - or possibly only during intial production of units with the aluminum composite floor??) In reviewing the 1973, and 1975-79 Argosy literature that I have in my possession, the following address is quoted in all but the 1978 and 1979 literature:

Argosy Manufacturing
60 Vista Drive
Versailles, Ohio 45380

In 1978, the above address is mentioned as well as:

Argosy Manufacturing
15939 Piuma Avenue
Cerritos, California 90701

In 1979, the only address mentioned is:

Argosy by Airstream
107 Church Street
Jackson Center, Ohio 45354

Another interesting observation in reviewing the factory Argosy sales literature, prior to 1979 the literature makes clear that the owner can obtain service from Argosy dealers nationwide. In the 1979 literature, the owner is urged to obtain authorized service from any Airstream or Argosy dealer.

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Old 01-30-2004, 07:08 PM   #16
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Very interesting info and pictures, Kevin.

Thanks for your diligence.

Since I became interested in the Argosy Minuet 7.3 meter last summer I have noticed three or four other units either here on this forum or for sale. The interesting thing is they were all 1979 vintage. Was this the only year for the 7.3?

You seem to have a lot of info on Minuets please let us know whenever you get some of your research published and where.

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Old 01-30-2004, 07:25 PM   #17
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Greetings Scott!

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Since I became interested in the Argosy Minuet 7.3 meter last summer I have noticed three or four other units either here on this forum or for sale. The interesting thing is they were all 1979 vintage. Was this the only year for the 7.3?
So far as the sales literature that I have found is concerned, the only year that the 6.7 and 7.3 Metre Minuets were advertised was 1979. The 6.0 Meter was the only Minuet mentioned in the '78 brochure, and there is no mention of the Minuet series in the '77 brochure. The more inquiries made regarding the Minuet, the more questions there are to consider.

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Old 02-01-2004, 03:18 AM   #18
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Ours is aluminum composite.

The previous own put down a layer of plywood and covered that with carpet to keep his feet warm. Needless to say it doesnt work all that well. It is a pain to keep clean, the storage at floor level doors wont open all the way and frankly it is shot and squishy in spots. I am kinda afraid that there will be floor issues when i take it out this spring.

We are planning on removing that stuff and then laying down a thin corkboard layer and then covering that with those small linoleum squares. Hopefully that will make cleanup easier and look good.


still procrastinating on the drain valve repairs...
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Old 03-22-2004, 01:00 AM   #19
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New Floor in trailer project status:

Complete.


As of this past weekend the Mineut has a new floor. It was a rather painless undertaking.

I initially attempted to use 1/4" plywood. Not a chance. Way too much sag. There was a lot of sag in the floor from about the refrig all the way back to the lavatory. The sag was only between the supports.

Went and got some 3/4" plywood and that seemed to take care of it. I removed the fold down couch, and dinette then cut the pieces to fit(actually, the father-in-law did). So that i would have a better field to lay the tile, we just raised the couch and dinette up 7/8" to rest on the new floor instead of trying to fit around them. The floor doesnt extend any farther under the dinette and couch than the support legs though.

I also took the opportunity to remove the water tank and clean around it and the battery, converter and water pump with the stuff out of the way. Ugg, what a mess can build up in the nooks and crannys after nearly 30 years.

Once the plywood was secured to the floor on went the tile adhesive and 1'x1' vinyl tiles. Thus far the tiles have stayed bonded to the plywood and 3 coats of floor polish have been applied.

While i was doing this, the wife made new curtains.

Those two things have gone a long way in improving the looks and condition of the trailer.

On to the next project which is repairing or replacing the holding tank valves and getting the brakes re-shoed.
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Thanks for the floor info. Our minuet does not have floor sag yet but it is good to know that the fix is somewhat painless.
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