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Old 06-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Honey I shrunk the Argosy

We are now the proud owners of a second Argosy. The first being a 1974 28 foot.
We just picked up a 1978 Minuet 6.0.
It “seems to be” in good shape. But I will be going through it with a fine toothcomb.
I’m sure I will have many questions like I did with the 28.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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haha love the title and the trailer looks pretty sweet too! Congratulations
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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You need to stop washing them in hot water...
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Inside looks good. The axle - not so much.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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We are now the proud owners of a second Argosy. The first being a 1974 28 foot.
We just picked up a 1978 Minuet 6.0.
It “seems to be” in good shape. But I will be going through it with a fine toothcomb.
I’m sure I will have many questions like I did with the 28.
What's with the power cord hanging down from the ceiling? Strange bit of pre-wiring...
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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What's with the power cord hanging down from the ceiling? Strange bit of pre-wiring...
That was a question I was going to post.
There is an outlet in the ceiling. And the Air Conditioner is plugged into it.
My question: was the outlet factory for adding an A/C?
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:22 PM   #7
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Guesstimating from the inside and outside views, installing the AC near that ceiling outlet would place the AC unit directly over the axle (a logical location) and leave you the forward vent in which they seem to have installed the AC unit you have now.

Does the AC that's installed drain out the drain tube?
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #8
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Guesstimating from the inside and outside views, installing the AC near that ceiling outlet would place the AC unit directly over the axle (a logical location) and leave you the forward vent in which they seem to have installed the AC unit you have now.

Does the AC that's installed drain out the drain tube?
Yes it does. So I assumed if it came without an A/C from the factory that is was set up for one. Drain hose and 120 in place.
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Yes it does. So I assumed if it came without an A/C from the factory that is was set up for one. Drain hose and 120 in place.
Sloppy engineering, you increase tongue weight and lose a vent and gain unsightly cord loops. It could be remedied by moving the ac unit aft and install a fantastic fan in the freed up vent, IMHO.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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Yes it does. So I assumed if it came without an A/C from the factory that is was set up for one. Drain hose and 120 in place.
Ok I was wrong. I saw the drain tube coming out the belly on the side. But when I just now ran the A/C it was dripping down the side of the camper from the roof.

Solution: buy a fantastic fan. Move the A/C to the center by the outlet. Install fan where A/C was.
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Ok I was wrong. I saw the drain tube coming out the belly on the side. But when I just now ran the A/C it was dripping down the side of the camper from the roof.

Solution: buy a fantastic fan. Move the A/C to the center by the outlet. Install fan where A/C was.
We're planning on a ac unit for la tortuga probably next year unless we stumble upon a great deal. Halfway between the vents there is an a power line in the ceiling for wiring up the chiller.
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Ok I was wrong. I saw the drain tube coming out the belly on the side. But when I just now ran the A/C it was dripping down the side of the camper from the roof.

Solution: buy a fantastic fan. Move the A/C to the center by the outlet. Install fan where A/C was.
That's the right solution, at least in the long term.

You might also consider the MaxxFan Deluxe, it works like a fantastic fan plus one of those big honking covers that lets you leave the vent open in the rain, but folds down to a compact package about the same height as a closed Fantastic Fan. Now that Fantastic Fan has trimmed their warranty a bit, the 2 brands are neck-and-neck.
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Greetings tiger!

Welcome to the world of Vintage Minuet ownership!

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That was a question I was going to post.
There is an outlet in the ceiling. And the Air Conditioner is plugged into it.
My question: was the outlet factory for adding an A/C?
You have already learned that from earlier posters that your Minuet's air conditioner wasn't installed in the factory-designed location. My 1978 Minuet 6.0 Metre also went through life without air conditioning prior to my purchase from the original owner. One of the documents in my Minuet indicated that the air conditioner prep was an inexpensive option that had been installed on the trailer (I suspect that the option may have been near universal installation). When I had Ace Fogdall RV in Cedar Falls, IA install the air conditioner on my Minuet, the location specified by the factory resulted in the ceiling electric box being within the cutout (at the very edge) when the opening was cut for the air conditioner installation.

I suspect that your hitch weight may be around 600 pounds with the forward location of your Minuet's air conditioner as mine is around 550 pounds (loaded for vacation with full water tank) with the factory specified location.

Good luck with your Minuet . . . I am sure that you find it to be a very enjoyable coach!

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