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Old 10-31-2008, 05:06 PM   #43
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I would be interested in seeing where your crank down stabilizers are mounted if you have a pic,
or maybe a drawing?? My husband bought some of those & has never mounted them because we were not sure where they should go??
Here's pictures of the installation of crank down BAL stabilizers we added to our 77 Minuet 6.0 this year. We attached them to the frame of Scatter Bug - they are working out wonderfully.
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:29 PM   #44
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Hmmm - I have been corrected by my husband-our to be installed stabilizers are called "scissor jacks". Would it be the same idea to mount. And could you tell where the frame was underneath? (we have not been wayyyy under yet)
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Hmmm - I have been corrected by my husband-our to be installed stabilizers are called "scissor jacks". Would it be the same idea to mount. And could you tell where the frame was underneath? (we have not been wayyyy under yet)
It's the same install for "scissor jacks" as for BAL stabilizers.

The frame on our Mini is kind of like studs, every so many inches there is a support piece. We found them within minutes of banging around on the underbelly of Scatter Bug. I'm thinking yours will be the same.
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:22 AM   #46
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Hmmm - I have been corrected by my husband-our to be installed stabilizers are called "scissor jacks". Would it be the same idea to mount. And could you tell where the frame was underneath? (we have not been wayyyy under yet)
Something to keep in mind with the scissor jack type stabilizers is that they typically will extend below the bottom of the rear frame horns that are designed to take the brunt of the force when the rear of the coach drags on pavement when encountering deep dips in the road surface. My first set of scissor type stabilizers were drug off of my Overlander because they were mounted too far toward the rear. Knowing the difficulty that I had with the scissor stabilizers on the Overlander, I went with the BAL stabilizers like the ones used on current Airstreams for my Minuet -- the coach has had pavement contact with the rear frame horns several times, but the BAL stabilizers have escaped unscathed.

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Old 11-02-2008, 03:38 PM   #47
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I just picked up my Argosy. Inside is in pretty good shape. Body as well. The bathroom door is gone as well as the the sliding door under the sink. Holding tank leaks pretty bad, lot of rust on axel and around tanks ( I guess that is why there leaking). Any advice would be apprciated!
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WELL, howdy there Squid - nice to have you and another 6.7! You are going to be soo happy & pleasantly surprised with you new very handsome Minuet. We have had our "Moonunit" for just over 5 yrs. Many friendly owners here to help you w/any ?? If you have trouble w/manuvering on site, let us know, its a bit confusing at first. Thanks for posting here-would love to see more pics!
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Moonunit...Kool and fitting name! Have 3 more pics of outside..Your right about Navigating the site...
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Kevin - thanks for the heads up on the scissor jacks, I told my husband! Yikes on scraping them off! But I still wonder if anyone knows about that mystical mounting plate that is suppose to be under the trailer? We were out taking some pics of things in Mini we need to replace, and in looking under her, we could see nothing that looks like a plate? Have you any clue?

Squid - can't wait for the inside pics?!!!! We have family/friends in and around Austin. Do you or have you ever been to Hudson's on the Bend. Cheffy Jeff is a friend of ours.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:22 PM   #51
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But I still wonder if anyone knows about that mystical mounting plate that is suppose to be under the trailer? We were out taking some pics of things in Mini we need to replace, and in looking under her, we could see nothing that looks like a plate? Have you any clue?
Leigh, You are NOT looking for something that looks like a plate, nor a flat piece of metal exactly. The mounting plate that many have referred to here is an axle mounting plate. It is about 5 ft. long, 1 flange is about 3 in. and attaches to the frame, the other flange is approx. 8 in. and connects to the axle. Its purpose is to spread the impact of the weight of the trailer over a reinforced area to connect to the axles. When using this mounting flange as a jacking point you are putting the jack under the lowest edge of the flange. Thereby spreading the weight of the trailer to the frame just as if it were supported by the axles. Lifting the trailer off the ground from any other point puts the entire weight of the trailer or a good portion of it on an area of the frame the size of the top of the jack. That is why stabilizer jacks are NOT used to lift the trailer. The balancing stabilizing jacks on our 6.7 meter mount at the frame on one end and a crossmember at the other.
They should not be used for changing tires, long term storage or to take the weight off of the axle. As many have stated this can flex the trailer frame and do permanent damage. Think of this plate as a piece of angle iron.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:47 PM   #52
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We posted some photos on the axle replacement and there is a photo that may help you see. Larry drew a pencil circle around the piece, but it is very light and you will have to look closely.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:56 AM   #53
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So this is my first offical post. I bought a 77 Minuet off Ebay two months ago and this weekend I'm finally able to go and pick it up. Not my first trailer, but I'm pretty sure this will be the most fun. I'm amazed at all of the good info on this site. I'm sure once I get my "prize" home, I'll be asking all kinds of questions.
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I'm writing in blue as I got a note from Campman that the red/orange was hard to read and I want everyone to have the benefit of all the great info being posted.

Lou/Larry, thanks for taking the time to reply & post the pic - I guess somewhere I thought I read there was some kind of actual spot that showed where the axle mounting plate was - something w/a big X on it for aXle mounting plate!!!! Maybe the newer AS's have it. I was trying to find out more cause when we do get our new axle we will probably want to lift "Mini" during the winter to prolong it's life.

Jim - I think its great that you made this your 1st official post and look forward to when you have your new baby home & can let us share all your excitement. There are so many very nice, helpful people who post at airforums. I wanted to have 1 area where the Minuet people would be able to share anything they might come up against that is unique to these trailers. Not that others might not share, but just so we dont have to hunt too hard to find out more about the Minuet. It is a wonderful, fun, sturdy little trailer.

One other question that has come up for us is the placement of a 12v plug receptical in each of your trailers? In the Owners Manual there is a drawing on Pg 90 showing electrical outlets. The solid dot is suppose to be the 12v standard and on the 6.7 drawing it shows 3. 1 is in the bath (we have that) 1 in kitchen area (nope) and 1 up front (nope). Does anyone have more that 1 and are they in the areas pictured? I'm curious as "standard" I thought meant it should be there?


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One other question that has come up for us is the placement of a 12v plug receptical in each of your trailers? In the Owners Manual there is a drawing on Pg 90 showing electrical outlets. The solid dot is suppose to be the 12v standard and on the 6.7 drawing it shows 3. 1 is in the bath (we have that) 1 in kitchen area (nope) and 1 up front (nope). Does anyone have more that 1 and are they in the areas pictured? I'm curious as "standard" I thought meant it should be there?
Our Minuet has only ONE 12v. plug installed as original. The one that is located in the bathroom under the mirrored cabinet, streetside. Larry has wired in an extra one by tapping into the fuse panel under the front gaucho. He put a long cord on it. I sleep with a CPAP machine (sleep apnea) and I want to be able to use it while boondocking with battery power. Works great!
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:02 PM   #56
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Excellent to see someone trying to bring together all the owners of a kind. My unit is a 79 (built in 78)6.0 Minuet. Former owner had recently installed: new axle, tires, converter & battery, new water heater and plumbing, reupholstered cushions (dark brown, but ok for now), new Carrierr air-heat unit (too unsightly for the small unit..and too noisy), new gas tank, new Reese weight and stabilizers. When I got it the unit had sat for a few months. Some previous owner had smoked, so took everything out, washed down with TSP (trisodiumphosphate) and the goldblack of the smoke rolled off to reveal a like-new interior. I am amazed that the whole unit is so very, very intact and solid. Really well built and just like new.
Since I got it, the following has been done:
1. totally new sewer system and valves
2. furnace thoroughly checked and works fine
3. all exterior lights cleaned and working
4. toilet seal repaired
5. wire screening added behind all exterior openings, e.g. furnace exhaust
6. all window and screen door screens replaced (made a big difference)
7. added fire extinguisher-fire alarm-CO2 detector
8. installed solar rock shields, but only on the two curved windows (have the center one, but found that I can see all traffic from my truck rear window through the clear two windows of trailer really well...could not do it with the tinted shield in the center) I found the installation a breeze and instructions in package were clear and complete. Super good service from Inland RV on order. Actually this was the very first thing I did, as I found that buying a replacement window was super expensive. The rock shields are like insurance.
9. Installed T-moulding on table, bookshelf, and small shelf....hard to find in the color orange, but did from internet.
10. Bought aftermarket hubcaps just like the old, original ones of steel, but these are cheaper stuff...still look nice.
11. The last thing so far was to spruce up the color inside, as the dark brown of the cushions was just too drab. I love real red orange....so put material on masonite to insert into upper cabinet doors, on ends of cabinets, above the table where the padded trim is located....and it really shines now. Also installed plastic trim in that channel under the padded area above the front windows. That was one of the most difficult jobs to do.
NEXT: The next job is to repaint the steel end caps and do some touch up on the rest of the unit, including wheels. Ordered orange inserts for the belly line and other line, but they do not fit...or I am too dumb to figure out how they go in. Seem far too big. Need to get a spare tire, too.
I never cease to be amazed by this forum. I just read today that someone wanted to know if others had the 12V (cig.lighter) placements. I knew I had two, one on left front by table, and one above kitchen counter. She said she had one under the bath cabinet. Low and behold, I went to look and sure enough, I have one too. And I thought every inch of the little camper had been examined!!!! New and fun surprises everyday.
Hope this posting wasn't too long, but you asked for it. Thanks for all the input from all you others in this forum.
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