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Old 09-05-2002, 11:00 AM   #15
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Thanks to all for the big WELCOME! My husband called last night on the road (he now has the Argosy-got to think of a name) from Indiana. He picked up the Argosy outside of Vancouver. Says it is in immaculate condition. David (previous owner) had just put on new tires, packed bearings and cleaned it top to bottom. We cant wait to "christen" our trailer with a family outing - although probibly not till next Spring, with kids in school. Price (husband) is getting early start trying things out on road back. He is very happy with trailer's towing stability - was given the stabilizer(equilizer?swaybar?) but wasn't able to attach yet. Even so, he says the trailer is tracking really well behind our Tahoe, yea! I cant wait to see it, add personal touch items. Well, guess I'll know more later. Thanks again - I also think this is a great place to hang out and get to know others with like interests. Leigh
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Old 09-05-2002, 11:53 AM   #16
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I can remember the excitment driving from TN. to AZ. to pick up my trailer. The pictures I saw before purchasing it looked great but when I drove within eyesight of the trailer parked in an RV lot where systems were being checked, I got goose bumps. I know you can't wait to see your trailer when your husband arrives and I bet he can't wait to show you how everything works.
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Old 10-11-2002, 06:08 PM   #17
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This is interesting? We were at our local DMV trying to register our 78 Argosy. Almost done when clerk asked if the trailer had been weighed. Huh? Well, she could not find the weight on the title. My husband indicated the title came from Canada and showed her where it said "veh. wt - 01138. He indicated that would be in kilograms since the trailer came from Ontario province (french). This was a new one for the Colorado DMV!!! We almost had to leave without registration and have it weighed (which would be hard because it is being wintered in Buena Vista - 2 1/2 hr. from us), but we finally talked them into going to GOOGLE.com and using conversion tables! The interesting part is the tables converted the 01138 kg to 2508.8348 lbs. For some reason, I thought it would come out weighing more??? Anyway, if someone knows the dry. nothing much in it, weight of a 1978. 6.7 metre (thats 21.976ft). Argosy Minuet trailer. I would sure love to know. For that matter, I would love to see an owners manual. I really want to get to know more!!!!! Leigh
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Old 10-11-2002, 08:41 PM   #18
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Greetings Leigh!

I just checked the owner's manual for my 1978 Argosy Minuet and learned the following:

Factory Empty weight without options: 2,450 pounds
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 3,500 pounds
Total Allowable Weight for Personal Effects: 1,050 pounds
Gross Axle Weight Rating: 3,000 pounds
Factory Axle Weight (Without Options) 2,055 pounds
Total Allowable Additional Weight on Axle: 945 pounds
Tounge Weight (without options): 395 pounds

The owner's manual goes on to list the weight of all of the available factory options as well as how it is distributed between axle, and hitch weight. The manual is really very interesting reading if your trailer didn't come with one. It is much more complete than the owner's manual that came with my '64 Overlander - - I guess that is the difference between a first try and the 14th annual revision of the concept. I suspect that a copy of the manual can be purchased from Airstream in Jackson Center, OH - - I believe that Helen Davis is the person to contact there. You can find contact information for Helen Davis at:

http://www.airstream.org/faqs.html#manuals

I have only had my Minuet since August, so I am still getting to know its quirks. Luck was with me as I purchased it from the original owner so have most if not all of the literature that came with the trailer.
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Old 10-12-2002, 04:27 PM   #19
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About 2 weeks ago we bought an '86 Argosy 29' and are trying to learn what makes it tick. At this time I have a circuit board for the water heater ordered, and when that comes in I will have the wheel bearing inspected and repacked and also 5 new tires put on. I have posted on other parts of this site lately, but when I saw this thread I just had to jump in. I know zip about these so far, but I really enjoy the way everyone helps and seems interested in each others trailers. Does the '86 have a model name or is it just Argosy? This has a head in the center road side and the bedroom at the rear. Also, is there a water shut off for the toilet? I can't get water to run into the bowl (well, not from the trailer at least). I hate to be long winded, but I really enjoy this forum!!
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:05 AM   #20
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It seems that the Minuet is the only Argosy to bear a model name. I suspect, but cannot prove that this was a move to distinguish the Minuet series from the standard line. The Minuet was not only shorter, it was also on a narrower chasis - - or at least the floor width was less - - Minuet floor width of 7.0 feet and regular line was 7 feet 8 inches. While I have never encountered anything other than the 6 Meter Minuet, the 1979 factory sales literature lists in addition to the 6 Meter, a 22 foot Minuet with a single axle, and a 24 foot Minuet with tandem axles.

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Old 11-11-2002, 04:09 PM   #21
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Look everybody, I finally got a Price tied to the chair!! This one I am putting here to show we actually have a trailer. Price is threatening to use Mini Driv'r for a recording studio if I don't lay off. I'm noticing that the picture makes the trailer look like it has rainbow tinting on the side. This picture was taken by PO so don't know why the camera he used created that effect. Leigh

Update, we now have some pics posted in the Member Gallery. Price had to go into our computer and change format to JPEG as they were taking way to long to upload in other format sent to us by PO.
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Old 11-11-2002, 07:46 PM   #22
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I have to say that this is the first photo of an Argosy that I've seen with three windows on the side like yours. What does the inside look like? It looks in great shape, although are you sure it didn't come from Mexico? I've never seen so much sand from Canada? The Western beaches around here are all rock! I'm excited for you, I think "Mini" will give yu many years of pleasure. Please post interior shots when you have the chance (including that shiny new handle )
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Old 11-11-2002, 07:53 PM   #23
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I have to say that this is the first photo of an Argosy that I've seen with three windows on the side like yours. What does the inside look like? It looks in great shape, although are you sure it didn't come from Mexico? I've never seen so much sand from Canada? The Western beaches around here are all rock! I'm excited for you, I think "Mini" will give yu many years of pleasure. Please post interior shots when you have the chance (including that shiny new handle )
Marc

Now I've had a chance to really look at your trailer's configuration - the water heater and battery are AHEAD of your wheels. In my Argosy, both are behind the wheels (battery and then water heater). Is your univolt in the front? (mines in the back bathroom closet. And is your fridge in the rear? (it looks like a fridge vent in the back roof area). Where is the baathroom? Yours also appears to have the TV antenna on the roof - I thought mine was an aftermarket item, but after seeing two different Argosy's with the same crank up feature, I guess it was an option. I don't really even like to watch TV, but for some reason, I'm just tickled by putting the antenna up and down. My wife just laughs at her "boy." (what can I say, I like toys!)
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Old 11-11-2002, 07:56 PM   #24
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Hi Mark -- YES!! I just posted pics in the Members Photo forum. I'm so proud!!!

Another thread re Argosy's had much discussion on Argosy 22' & 24' Minuets. Ours is a 22'. Texas Minuet is also a 22' and there is now a 24' on board. We have the three windows on the streetside and an extra window on the curb front right next to the door (between door and front wrap window on that side. Hope you like the other pics posted. I will try more tomorrow. All we have right now were taken by PO. Our trailer is put away (2 1/2 hrs) from us, but we will go visit her soon and I will get pics of before and after with new handle . What a blast!! Leigh
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RE: Windows

Greetings Leigh!

The photos of your Minuet are fantastic. I concur that the extra windows do make a difference. It is a difference that you will really appreciate if you take the trailer to an International Rally. I had thought that the extra curbside window would be a nice addition when I was reviewing the literature. Any extra ventilation can be a boon during the typical hot spell at the peak of the International Rally - - every operable window was appreciated at the International Rally in Dayton, Ohio (1999).

I may finally get a few photos of my Minuet 6 Metre now that it is back home in my driveway.

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Leigh,
Great pictures (and good work Price! - I hope you're untied now! ) Pictures are worth a million words. That is a really great layout in your trailer. I really like all the windows, must be bright! That is the one thing that attracted my wife and I to the Argosy line vs. the Airstream - we really liked the wrap around front windows and how they let in the light. I'll be working on our trailer over Thanksgiving - I'll take and post pictures then. I like the white tambor doors you have, and the wood looks lighter then the post -70's brown that we have. Currently, I'm sewing up the new cushions, and have plans to replace the table and countertops soon (then the fridge, install the new wood flooring that I bought on sale, buy a generator..........I have enough projects to keep me happy for a long time )
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:37 AM   #27
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I have been a silent witness too long...Leigh has gotten my attention so many times to look at the pictures of everyone else's trailers, I decided that I would join in the revelry too!

I have much to learn, and this certainly seems like the right place to be to do that. So, by way of introduction I'll just say that I am clueless about some of the items/distinctions of Mini. Like the Univolt...I haven't found it yet because I don't know what it does or what it looks like. I DO know about the AC/DC transformer (which is under the front goucho on the streetside, by the water pump and battery compartment, and the breaker box is located above the refrigerator, in a cabinet, on the streetside. What does the Univolt look like? Do all Argosy's have them?

Next, the TV antenna...I'm like you, I probably will never use a TV in the trailer, but our kids will DIE if they don't get to. I have tried to pull the crank handle down, as instructed, but it doesn't move. Do I need to climb up on the roof and undo some fasterner or something?

Did Leigh mention that we are going to put a cork floor in Mini? It's light weight and waterproof (when sealed properly) and has a natural look to it. PLus the added benefit of not trapping sand and other unmentionable substances..did I mention the kids?

Well, that's my two cents worth for now, but...like Arnold says...I'll be back!

Price

p.s. I still want to put a recording studio in Mini!
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RE: Minuet Anatomy

Greetings Price!

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Like the Univolt...I haven't found it yet because I don't know what it does or what it looks like. I DO know about the AC/DC transformer (which is under the front goucho on the streetside, by the water pump and battery compartment, and the breaker box is located above the refrigerator, in a cabinet, on the streetside. What does the Univolt look like?
You have already found the Univolt. Univolt is the term that Airstream/Argosy uses to describe its version of the AC/DC transformer or power converter.



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Next, the TV antenna...I'm like you, I probably will never use a TV in the trailer, but our kids will DIE if they don't get to. I have tried to pull the crank handle down, as instructed, but it doesn't move. Do I need to climb up on the roof and undo some fasterner or something?
It shouldn't be necessary to climb onto the roof to release the TV antenna. It is possible, however, that a previous owner may have tied the unit down for some reason - - possibly stripped gears. It is possible that the controls may be frozen or stripped. The gears that operate the antenna should still be available from most well-stocked RV dealers. I know that I have seen them at my regular dealer's when I have been shopping for parts. It might be worth spraying some lubricant around the control shafts to see if that helps to free up the mechanism.

Good luck with your project!

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