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Old 05-11-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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Argosy Question

I currently own a standard 1975 Argosy 22 foot trailer. Is the standard as sought after as the Minuet? It seems like by what I have seen the Minuet is more sought after? Is the difference worth the extra price for the Minuet? What are the exact differences?
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Minuets are narrower - making them easier to tow behind a smaller vehicle. But... that also means they are smaller to camp in....

Also many of the 6 metre minuets (a little under 20 feet) had aluminum floors making them lighter. All argosy's both standard and argosy minuets, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. There weren't so many 22 footers made and I think they are highly cool.
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Thanks Janet. Have you been in a Minuet? I was looking at one on line but it does not look near as spacious as my Argosy. I also noticed an Argosy online that had a rear door. Were many of these made?
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Thanks Janet. Have you been in a Minuet? I was looking at one on line but it does not look near as spacious as my Argosy. I also noticed an Argosy online that had a rear door. Were many of these made?
A quick look at Janet's signature lines will answer your question.
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Hi again Denise -- I thought my 24' Argosy was spacious. The outside shell dimension is maybe just upward of 7' 9" wide. In 1994 or so Airstream did expand trailers longer than 22' to be 8' 6" wide. A friend was considering purchasing my Argo and his familiarity was with modern RVs -- he thought the Argosy seemed cramped. I've been in a couple Minuets -- they're downright petite compared to the Argosy but in fairly high demand due to ability to be towed by mid-sized SUVs. Without even spreading your arms to gauge the trailer width you can tell it is a Minuet due to a fairly light C-channel frame (compared to the box beam of Argosy and contemporary Airstreams).

Rear doors are something of a rarity and in high demand. Janet was lucky to snap one up. See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...post-8752.html and nu2argosy's photo gallery: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...00&userid=4115
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Old 05-12-2007, 05:45 AM   #6
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Sounds like the standard and smaller Minuet both have there positives and negatives. I have camped in a Serro Scotty and will never go back to something that small. It felt like I could get from one side to the other without even taking a step! Just kidding but they are small. Are other vintage Airstreams around 22 foot comparable in size to the standard Argosy width? Also if the painted Argosys were so popular why did Airstream stop making them? I had a friend that currently owns an Airstream tell me before they bought there vintage one they went to look at the new Airstreams. He said when he walked inside he did not feel like the quality was as good as the vintage one. Of course that is his opinion. I have never been in one of the new ones but have seen pictures online and there beautiful but there is something that draws me to these older Airstreams? I wonder in time if the newer Airstreams of today will ever hold the same value and be in as high demand as the vintage ones currently are?
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Old 05-12-2007, 06:54 AM   #7
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22' are way cool!

Denise,

The 22' models are way cool - better than the Minuets in my opinion. They have a wasy cool layout / open design inside and with the lightweight on 2 axles, make for great towing. I just bought a 58 22' Flying Cloud, but it's a single axle. Still, 22' are a great size. I've put some photos up on the blog:

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(22 foot) , an Overlander (26 foot) and a SOTR (30 foot) and a 1965 Caravel (17 footer) and a 1973 Argosy 24 - 2 feet longer than yours but still a nice size - that is for sale for $2000.

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Old 05-12-2007, 07:34 AM   #8
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Your right about the great open design inside on the standard. The Minuets look small inside. I did not know the difference between the standard Argosy and that of the Minuet when I bought mine in March but I am glad now I bought the standard that has more open space and a great inside design. I thought maybe I had made a mistake in not buying a Minuet but I think instead of going for what may sell for more later on or whats in high demand for now, one just needs to buy what they love and will enjoy.
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