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 01-29-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
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Greetings All!

My curiosity is about to get the better of me in regard to the use of Aluminum Composite Floors in the Minuet series. Minuet owners, as well as previous owners of Minuets, would you please advise what you know about the floors in your coaches? I know that mine is among those that came equipped with the Composite Aluminum Flooring, and when the interior was refurbished the aluminum was covered with Armstrong Quiet Step Underlayment and Armstrong Laminate flooring - - so far, after a year the new floor coverings are proving to be an excellent addition.

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Old 01-30-2004, 01:37 AM   #2
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Our minuet has aluminum flooring. But ... we're not sure it's actually a minuet. The original sales reciept says minuet but the The serial number eflects the "20" designation and the word minuet doesn't appear anywhere on the Trailer. Maybe it was a transition year...
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Old 01-30-2004, 04:24 AM   #3
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The aluminum flooring was used to reduce weight ,it consisted of 4' sections of aluminum panels with styra-foam in the middle. It had quite a bit more give than plywood flooring.
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Old 01-30-2004, 09:50 AM   #4
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I'm replacing my black tank so I've had a good look at the floor in back of my 1979 Minuet 7.3 meter. My black tank rests on top of my floor. I had to remove the sink, toilet and shroud to get to my black tank.

My floor is definitely plywood.

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Hi Kevin - I don't want to commit to a vote on our Minuet yet, but I'm pretty sure she has the wood composite. Have never seen anything but wood under the gauchos and there is a place right in front of the door that is going to need fixing cause it has rotted out and has a hole in it. A call to AS factory might yield some info. Do you have the 800#? Wish you and your Argosy had been able to stop and say hello when you were here in Colo. Oh. well, maybe next time.
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What if you don't own it anymore?? My Minuet has gone to someone here locally who I think reads the forum but doesn't really participate.

Anyhow,

Mine was a 78 6.7 metre and it had the plywood floor, actually right around a 1/2" thick so they were definitely thinner than the typical Airstream floor which is approximately 3/4".

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Greetings Chas!

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What if you don't own it anymore??
Please do cast your vote. My main reason for posting the poll is curiosity, the actual statistical side isn't the main concern. I have been considering a request to write an article about the Minuet series and Argosys in general, and am in the intial phase of gathering facts to help organize an outline.

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Greetings Janet!

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But ... we're not sure it's actually a minuet. The original sales reciept says minuet but the The serial number eflects the "20" designation and the word minuet doesn't appear anywhere on the Trailer. Maybe it was a transition year...
Based on my research thus far, there is one major distinction between the Argosy 20 and Minuet and that is floor width. The Argosy 20 has an outside floor width of 7' 8" while the Minuet has an outside floor width of 7' 0". Another indicator of the difference, at least in coaches with the front lounge configuration, the Argosy 20 has an upholstered arm on the streetside of the sofa and the Minuet does not.

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Old 01-30-2004, 10:26 AM   #9
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Greetings Leigh!

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A call to AS factory might yield some info. Do you have the 800#?
You are one step ahead of me. It is on my "To-Do" list as I get further into this research project. I have also been asking my Airstream a number of questions about Argosys each time I have one of my coaches there for service.

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Wish you and your Argosy had been able to stop and say hello when you were here in Colo. Oh. well, maybe next time.
I am planning on attending the Rocky Mountain VAC Rally again this year. It looks like I am going to have a little more free time following the Rally this year so will likely do a little touring around Colorado before returning to Illinois. Will almost certainly spend a few days in the Denver area as my uncle and his family live in Arvada.

I don't know whether I'll be towing with the Cadillac or the Suburban. It just may be the Cadillac as I have always wanted to drive to Pikes Peak in a convertible with the top down - - have made the trip with my '80 Toyota Corolla, '83 GMC Conversion Van, and '85 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - - just not in a convertible - - yet.

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Thanks for the info I'll measure it tonight when I get home.

One of the strange things like Janet said is the serial number.
A20M7SXXXX
A = Argosy
20 = 20'
M = ? not in the books that I can find.
7 = 1977
S= So. Califonia built.

I believe this is true, just wonder about the M = Mid-Bunk?
It is set up with a forward table which converts to a bed, also a couch in middle on the street side wich converts to a bed.
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Greetings Gary!

I haven't run across any reference to an "M" in a serial number for Minuets, but your theory certainly makes sense. While I haven't been able to get confirmation from any literature or sources, I suspect that the Minuet must have been a mid-year introduction for '77 as the '77 factory literature that I have only lists trailers from '22 to '28. Possibly, there exists somewhere, a '77 introductory brochure for the Minuet. By '78, the Minuet 6.0 Metre was featured on page 3 of the Argosy sales brochure - - no mention of the 6.7 or 7.3 Metre Minuets - - all three are illustrated in the '79 Argosy sales brochure. The floor plan that you describe was one that would have been available in the Minuet as can be seen in the following information on the '79 Minuet:



or the slightly different '78 Minet 6.0 Metre:



Argosy may have been the experimental division for Airstream, but it seems like the Minuets must have been a "hot-bed-of-activity" during the '77-'79 time frame. Although it does make a great deal of sense when viewed in light of the energy-crisis of that period - - I know that many of the Brand X manufacturers were producing "special-light-weight" models as I purchased one new in 1980 - - a Nomad special light weight 18 (I doubt very much that it has survived as it was falling apart when I traded it off in 1983).

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The 20' floor plan looks like it is the right one with the exception of the stove layout.
We have a 4 burner stove/oven [Magic Chef]. I think this may have been a option, or maybe that's what was laying around at the time.
I will measure the width and set all doubt to rest, as to the Minuet or not.
The aluminum floor has not shown to have any problems, we have the original 3/8" rubber pad and have added an industrial grade of Burbur carpet over that.
When we purchased it, the original orange shag was still there. It was stock up until we changed the carpet out.
A while back there was a thread on it. Became known as the over priced Boise Minuet.
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S= So. California built.
I remember reading somewhere that all the Argosy 's were built in a plant in Versailles, Iowa. This is the same plant that produced the classic motorhome if I am remembering it right. I don't think there were Argosy's built in Cali.
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Geeze Thanks Brett

Just when you think your safe. Now I'm really confused but what's new?
The "S" was for SoCal. in the S/N code, but now I think you have an interesting point.
Anyone have the difinitive word on if they were only built in
Versailles, Iowa? Could this be a weirdo built in SoCal?
The mystery continues, stay tuned for as the Argosy turns.

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