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Old 07-11-2013, 05:59 PM   #29
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The reardoor was: 24R7-S5119 and is no longer in service.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:07 PM   #30
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Greetings Bex!



Thank you for posting the document. It is the first confirmation that I have encountered in any form that gave the California plant as the location for production on an Argosy. The VIN S code made sense for California when placed in the context of Airstream VINS, but any inquiries to the factory in Jackson Center have resulted in the company line that all first generation Argosy travel trailers were produced in Versailles, OH. To me, at least, this confirms suspicions.

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I wonder if the document is there because its was made for the Canadian market perhaps? Maybe some form of legislation required the information for importation?

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #31
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:39 PM   #32
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Greetings Bex!

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I wonder if the document is there because its was made for the Canadian market perhaps? Maybe some form of legislation required the information for importation?

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You are likely correct . . . something of a permanently attached certificate of origin. My '64 Overlander had something similar during the time that it was owned by its original purchasers . . . the second owner removed it from the interior of the pantry door next to the refrigerator. I am wondering what happened to the certificate on my Minuet . . . I purchased it from its original owner and he included anything and everything that came with the trailer but I haven't found a certificate inside of any cabinet or anything other than purchase orders/receipts in the trailer's manila envelope.

I am truly enjoying following this thread . . .

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #33
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There are a couple of other units within a half hour of me. One for sale the other is a permanent lakeside holiday home.
I will knock on the doors of each and see what I can find out about them, get the Vin's at the very least I guess, and see if the same document is stuck in those as well.
And yes, this thread is a great idea.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:14 AM   #34
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Thanks Bex and Kevin - glad to be here.

With respect to Ohio ser #s vs California ser #s I was wondering if the California Argosys were made after those made in Ohio - I.e. that all production of some models of Argosy were moved from OH to CA. This theory would suggest that S California ser #s would be higher than V Ohio #s. However, I noticed in the VIN listing a V (Ohio) 20 ft Argosy with a ser # higher than my S (possibly California) Minuet.

Having just acquired our Minuet, I'm going to start to scour the trailer to see if I can find any other indication of build location. (I checked the locker above the fridge as suggested - no manuf's label or plate there).

With my 1953 Triumph TR2 sports car, starting with the previous owner I managed to track back through 8 owners to the original owner. This 85 year old advised me that he special-ordered the car from England in 1953, before they were sold at dealerships in North America. Thus I found out I had only the fourth Triumph TR to come to North America.

I'm thinking if I similarly research the ownership history of our Minuet, someone from its past might shed some light on its origins.

Thanks for all the quality work you guys are doing - every club needs your kind of glue to keep things together.

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Old 07-12-2013, 06:58 AM   #35
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Hey Last Open Road, I see we are neighbours!
I would love to see your TR2. We had a Spitfire back when we lived in the UK (I decided we had to sell it to buy a newer, more practical car,....... idiot!) from the mid '70's, last of the chrome bumpers.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:24 AM   #36
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Add me to the list, Vin# 28T5S5204 rear bath twins.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:59 AM   #37
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Hi Bex

Greetings BEX

Yes we are neighbours!

As a new member , understandably I can't send a PM - I was going to send you my e-mail address so we don't bore our fellow streamers with sports car talk. If you like, send me a PM with your e-mail.

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:26 AM   #38
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Following up on BEX's suggestion, I went through our "California" S Minuet, but couldn't find ant sign of the document/plate that BEX's and Kevin's have.

Doesn't mean it didn't have the document at one time - like Kevin's it may have been removed at some point.

Kevin makes a good point: this label/plate in the locker above the fridge could have been an extra requirement for Argosys/Airstreams sold in Canada. After all, all beer sold in Canada regardless of country of origin must have "bier" as well as "beer" on the label to comply with our English/French bilingualism policy!

Possibility: if our 'S' Minuet we have up here in Canada doesn't have this label, it may be because the trailer was originally purchased in the USA, and then subsequently brought to Canada. However, Kevin's Argosy - located in the US - also had this label. It must have come from Canada at one time ........ we would like it back, please!

I'm quite enjoying this chase......

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I like reading all the updates .....great job and keep it going !
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:14 AM   #40
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(Updated) Wow, our list is getting long and filling in.

"We would like it back, please!" ...that's funny Last Open Road

Janet...I'm not sure what you mean by no longer in service but I noted that by the vin#.
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780 represent!
I am just west of Edmonton, and picked up my Argosy in St.Albert a couple of years ago. let go of a little surfside (fiberglass) and still am accepted into their circles and camp outs, though the potential camping with other argosy's kinda makes me giggle with childlike anticipation (think ed grimly from sctv...*its a Canadian thing*).

I have one question before I post my id.
what is the difference between the double bed and the twin bed?
I have a lovley 1979 minuet, the dinette is a bed, and the couch pulls down into a bed. but there has been a lot of awesome modifications by the last owner.

also... I would like to post some pics on my profile. any hints on how, I'm kinda new at this but love the community.
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Greetings Janel.P!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Minuet ownership!

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I have one question before I post my id.
what is the difference between the double bed and the twin bed?
I have a lovley 1979 minuet, the dinette is a bed, and the couch pulls down into a bed. but there has been a lot of awesome modifications by the last owner.

also... I would like to post some pics on my profile. any hints on how, I'm kinda new at this but love the community.
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The 6.0 Metre Minuet was only produced as a Double floorplan (unless an exception to that generalization appears as it often does with Airstream/Argosy) as the front lounge as well as the front dinette convert into what was considered to be a double bed.

Good luck with your Minuet!

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