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Old 08-30-2009, 08:08 PM   #155
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Add me to the list with my 1977 Minuet 6.0 Metre. I spent hours reading this thread and looking at profile pics, particularly all the great mods, before buying.

Thanks again to overlander64 for answering lots of arcane questions on PM for me, and thanks to myboyburt for talking up her Minuet at the NEU rally we visited. And even though he doesn't have a Minuet (poor guy), got to thank biggoofball for getting me hooked on Argosys.

Tom, sounding like a speech at the Academy Awards
Congrats on finding a 77 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre, they are the bomb!

Oh, don't think I didn't have a friend of ours check our barn to insure our "Mini" was still there after I read here on the forums that you had found one.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:16 AM   #156
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Add me to the list with my 1977 Minuet 6.0 Metre. I spent hours reading this thread and looking at profile pics, particularly all the great mods, before buying.

Thanks again to overlander64 for answering lots of arcane questions on PM for me, and thanks to myboyburt for talking up her Minuet at the NEU rally we visited. And even though he doesn't have a Minuet (poor guy), got to thank biggoofball for getting me hooked on Argosys.

Tom, sounding like a speech at the Academy Awards
Ooooo I got thanked!

Again, I cannot wait to see it!!!
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:25 PM   #157
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Another Minuet “Newbie” added to the mix…

We acquired a Minuet 6 Metre a few years ago and have only used it for our annual trip to the beach in ME so far. Per the VIN tag it is a 1977 model year manufactured in Versailles, May of that year. Unfortunately the original 1977 Argosy sales catalog I just bought doesn’t even show the Minuet line??? Maybe it starts in the ’78 literature???

The trailer is all original except for the hot water heater which the previous owner replaced. A lot of potential restoration work is in order, but even as is it meets the basic needs! We will definitely poll the experts in this group about a frame inspection before starting the over due axle, wheels & brakes replacement next year. Who knows what another New England winter might wear down...

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Old 08-31-2009, 02:56 PM   #158
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Greetings Marc and Rhonda!

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We acquired a Minuet 6 Metre a few years ago and have only used it for our annual trip to the beach in ME so far. Per the VIN tag it is a 1977 model year manufactured in Versailles, May of that year. Unfortunately the original 1977 Argosy sales catalog I just bought doesn’t even show the Minuet line??? Maybe it starts in the ’78 literature???

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The Minuet 6.0 Metre was introduced in 1977. The only literature I have found for the Minuet 6.0 Metre was a one-page flyer introducing it as a new trailer in the line. I haven't been able to decipher the date code on the flyer, but have come to the conlcusion that the line was introduced some time after the regular model year change. From what I have been able to determine the three Minuet models were introduced in a staggered fashion -- I just haven't been able to learn the precise dates when each of the Minuets was introduced.

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Old 10-08-2009, 02:09 PM   #159
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Glad to see forum members are still adding to this post w/Minuet info and questions

We have a new situation that I will ask help with here...
We noticed a wet floor in a side cabinet next to the fridge and on out onto the middle of the floor running toward the heater. Thought at first something was leaking from under the fridge, but after returning home from short camp trip, we discovered a hole in the plastic inner wheel well cover. We think there is a larger hole/opening also along the edge that is parallel to the side of the trailer. Are the inside plastic wheel covers still available or can something like vulkum be used or should we try another approach?!!
Does anyone else have cracked inner wheel covers?
PS We discovered the leak because it only happened while on our trip during wet weather and we believe the tires threw the water up thru the holes.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:16 AM   #160
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More obscure data for the fires of speculation:

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There has been a tremendous amount of speculation regarding the 1980 Caravelles. They we 7.0' like the Minuets and were offered in the same three floorplans with the only marked difference being that the 22' (6.7 Metre) Caravelle was a tandem axle if my notes are correct. Whether this was done to utilize inventoried (or contracted) frames for the discontinued Minuets hasn't been confirmed or denied so far as I am aware. I have seen both the 20' and 24' Caravelles, and the floorplan is essentially the same as the similar sized Minuets.
The most recent revisions to the Airstream corporate website, has placed a brochure for what could best be described as the "still-born" 1980 Argosy line. This adds to the speculative question whether the 1980 Airstream Caravelles may have been produced utilizing frames originally destined to be utilized in the production of 1980 Minuets.

1980 Argosy Brochure Pages

I will admit to being very curious as to how late in the process the decision was made to discontinue the Argosy line. The scans appear to be from a larger brochure that would have provided even more detail.

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Kevin, the other thing I found very odd in that brochure - Argosys without the front panaromic window! Wonder if they were doing a bit of cost-cutting, or maybe they were running out of the wrap windows (since no Airstream had them at that date)....

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Old 12-21-2009, 12:27 PM   #162
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Greetings Tom!

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Kevin, the other thing I found very odd in that brochure - Argosys without the front panaromic window! Wonder if they were doing a bit of cost-cutting, or maybe they were running out of the wrap windows (since no Airstream had them at that date)....

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I didn't catch that -- hadn't really looked that closely -- was too shocked to find that such a brochure had been published. Another inconsistency is that the florrplans show just a single center front window while the one coach pictured has the wing windows from the contemporary Airstream line.

Kevin

This gets more curious all of the time -- it does appear that there was an unerlying economic issue pushing the developments.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:44 PM   #163
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Hello fellow Minuet owners! A mystery has been bugging me about my 77 6.0Metre.

On the streetside, near the rear, about five feet up, there is a little crystal-like thing on the outside. What is it?

I've seen it in other pics of Minuets, so I know I'm not alone.

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little crystal-like thing

tom, it lights up when you plug into shore power, when your trailer and shore power have the same 'phase', black wire to black wire, it llights up. some electrical code i guess, jeff
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Thanks! I, ummmm, can't say that it's ever lit up (and we've obviously had it plugged in to shore power, both at home and camping). I'm going to go on the premise it's busted, rather than figure that every outlet I plug it into is screwy.

Got to say, I was hoping it lit up when the gray water tank was full - now that would be nice to know...

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I have that on my Argy too, Tom! Never knew what it was either. And I've never noticed it lit.
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Skip, only your Argosy has one - none on the Overlander? Again proof of the excellence of Airstream's "budget" line.

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Old 02-12-2010, 07:41 PM   #168
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I am not certain, but I believe that the reverse polarity light came along around the time that the Univolt became standard. My '64 Overlander had such a light, but you had to open the one-stop-service-compartment to see it as it was mounted on a panel just inside the stree-side of the compartment. I don't know precisely when these lamps were placed on the outside wall . . . . my guess would be 1969 or 1970, but that is only a guess. The little light should only illuminate when there is a problem - - I have only seen one of mine illuminate once -- it was in a campground and I requested a site on a different electrical circuit in hopes of getting away from the problem.

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