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Old 12-28-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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I stepped in "it" now!

Hi there Argosy other Argosy owners! I can say that now, because I'm one too!

I think I "stepped in it" 'cause I know nothing about these and as usual I jumped with both feet.

Molly B. (for now), belonged to Squid, and I have tried to read as much about as I can here.

Don't really know where to begin, guess with the possible leaks before it starts raining again.

Can't figure out what some things are or what they are for, so I'll be asking lots of questions.

Thanks to all of you, so much fun!

Someone told me today that AS is the Cadillac and Argosy the Chevy - gee I always liked Corvettes better anyway!

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Welcome Vicki and congrats on the Argy. Leak investigation would be tops on my list. As for any questions... Please feel free to ask. Plenty of members here who are more than willing to help.

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Old 12-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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Someone told me today that AS is the Cadillac and Argosy the Chevy - gee I always liked Corvettes better anyway!

Vicki
In reality, Airstream used Argosy much like GM used Oldsmobile. They introduced the "Hydramatic" transmission in the Olds a year or two before putting it in the Cadillac. Same with the automatic headlight dimmer, "Wonderbar" radio tuner, and who knows what other items.

The large wrap around windows showed up in Argosy before Airstream, and others may know of other items that were "previewed" in Argosy.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:44 PM   #4
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What year and model is the trailer. Is it a Minuet? How long is it?
Twin or double bed etc.? I own a '74 - 26' model. Have done a lot of work on it. Be glad to help answer any questions I can.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:44 PM   #5
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Congrats. My wife and I bout a 1972 Argosy 22' in October. Cleaned up and we have spent 10 nights and pulled about 3000 miles. Can't imagine anything else.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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Molly B. (for now), belonged to Squid, and I have tried to read as much about as I can here.
Congrats! If I remember right from Squid's pictures, that is a pretty nice trailer you got there. Hope Squid is moving on to another Airstream and that you keep the line of adventures coming.

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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She is a minuet 6.7 with the dbl. bed.
I could not believe how nicely she pulled on the way home - like a dream!

I am so looking forward to this task and terrified at the same time. Already trying to come up with a color scheme!

Thanks for the encouragement, I'll need every bit of it.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:17 AM   #8
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As for leaks, the gaskets for the plumbing vents are a good place to start sealing. New ones are inexpensive and easy to install. (Or change over to a newer style vent that has a cap on it.) If it hasn't been done already, replace the rubber seals on all the windows and the door. Be sure the vent closes securely onto its foam seal. For seal materials and the adhesive, look at Inland's web page. Better yet, call them.
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I stepped in "it" now!

Greetings Vicki!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy Minuet ownerhsip!

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She is a minuet 6.7 with the dbl. bed.
I could not believe how nicely she pulled on the way home - like a dream!

I am so looking forward to this task and terrified at the same time. Already trying to come up with a color scheme!

Thanks for the encouragement, I'll need every bit of it.

V
I am sure that you will enjoy your Minuet more each day that you own it. The 6.7 Metre with its plentiful windows has an airy environment that makes for excellent camping regardless of the weather conditions. As you explore your Minuet, you may learn things that you didn't expect such as:
  • The interior cabinetry is made from vinyl-clad aluminum to save weight. This process included both upper and lower cabinets.
  • You may find that the coach has aluminum composite floors. Some, but far from all of the 6.7 Metre Minuets were equipped with aluminum composite floors. The aluminum composite floors came with one advantage -- no floor rot -- with the trade-off that your floor covering selection is limited to either carpeting or laminate with a cushion backing.
  • The coach is 8 inches narrower than the standard Argosy coaches. The Minuet measuers 7 feet at the floor while the Argosy coach measure 7 feet 8 inches at the floor.
  • You will also likely discover that the side windows are acrylic rather than glass. This was a measure taken to reduce weight and make the coaches towable by a larger number of the the downsized 1970s American automobiles -- along the road, however, prior owners may have replaced the acrylic with glass due to crazing or yellowing. Unless badly yellowed or crazed, the acrylic can be brought back to life utilizing products designed for the acrylic windows utilized in small aircraft . . . . I purchase my acrylic window care products from Aircraft Spruce online.
  • The front wing windows on our Minuets are the same as those utilized on the standard Argosy, but the center front window is approximately 8-inches narrower than the standard Argsoy. What this means is that to protect our extremely valuable wing windows, we must utilize the standard (narrow-body) Airstream 3-piece rock guard and modify the center section to gain the necessary protection. The rock guard will cost about as much as replacing just one of the wing windows -- and the replacement won't match as the new deep-wrap wing windows are solar-gray-tinted rather than clear as the originals were.
Good luck with your Minuet! Enjoy getting acquainted with your coach!

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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There are no leaks and the windows are indeed glass.....and I will be signing off on this forum for the near future. A true wealth of information!
Thanks to all...
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