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Old 08-11-2005, 11:55 AM   #15
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Dave,

Thanks for the positive comments. It is nice and sunny right now since the drapes aren't in, hopefully will get those this week or next. We purposely made it bright to try and keep it light and airy. Also, we tried to stay along with 70's color lines with an updated twist. I can't handle the orange too much. Your trailer looks cool. If it weren't for the fact the previous owners took such great care to keep things original, we would have opted for something like you have done.
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Old 08-11-2005, 02:16 PM   #16
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Is that a flat screen tv? Hubba hubba! Also, it looks like you installed a folding countertop... what a great idea. I have the same Argosy, but she needs too much work for me. One day I'm going to put her in the shop for a much needed makeover.

Does anyone else have a problem with the 'rolling' cabinets coming out of their grooves all the time? I may need to have all of mine replaced, if that's possible....

Great ride, you will have lots of fun!
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:50 PM   #17
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Is that a flat screen tv?
Yes, that was my husband's VERY FIRST PRIORITY. He had to make it cable-ready and equipped with flat screen. Believe me, that wasn't my first priority.
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:45 PM   #18
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T.V. or Not T. V. (sorry, couldn't resist )

Hey Janet,
My daughter brings a lap top for DVDs, a game boy for games, and
an IPOD for tunes. I don't remember her ever using any of them. I
usually use T.V. as a sedative, but I am usually pretty tired when bedtimes comes around when I am camping.
For me it's about being together, outside, and meeting people.
IMHO.....Whenever you're in your Airgosy (sp)......It's either your birthday,
New Years Eve, or your Honeymoon. I think that it might be a law in some states.

Staying original or customizing is a personel choice. Condition,taste, and funds
all play a big part. Mine was in bad shape behind the scenes.

For the record here....I think tires, brakes, and bearings are all the first priority. Dave
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:54 PM   #19
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Dave,

I agree with you, camping is all l about meeting people and slowing down a bit. I rather listen to music or read a book than watch TV. My hubby grew up boating, I grew up camping so he is trying to accomodate me which means I have to concede to his TV addiction. Since the mechanics checked out, the first thing to add was the TV. As far as original verses complete remodel I think both are cool. I'm amazed at some folks creativity and others strict attention to original detail.

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Old 08-14-2005, 09:48 PM   #20
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Introduction - minuet 6.0 metre owner

Greetings Janet!

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

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I agree with you, camping is all l about meeting people and slowing down a bit. I rather listen to music or read a book than watch TV. My hubby grew up boating, I grew up camping so he is trying to accomodate me which means I have to concede to his TV addiction. Since the mechanics checked out, the first thing to add was the TV. As far as original verses complete remodel I think both are cool. I'm amazed at some folks creativity and others strict attention to original detail.

Janet
The appeal of the Minuet cannot be denied, and yours is looking great! I agree with your husband, one of the first comfort priorities on both of my coaches was to provide for television connections -- working antennas as well as connections for my DirecTV system. My '78 was a one owner and all original when I purchased it -- I couldn't tolerate the orange shag carpet and the orange plaid upholstery was worn out so both were replaced. I also chose to go the laminate flooring route as carpeting with my Chihuahuas was just not practical, and the upholstery choice was made to reflect my desire to retain the original orange countertop (it was in near mint original condition) and incorporates orange, gold, tan and green in an autumn print. While the orange countertop wouldn't have been my first choice, with the reduction of other oranges in the interior it actually has resulted in a pleasant interior.

I just returned from a 17-day trip with my Minuet. It towed beautifully, and all systems performed as intended (except the late model Coleman air conditioner that was a victim of a voltage surge/spike during a thunderstorm at the WBCCI International Rally in Springfield, MO). The trip included time spent in both Colorado Springs, CO as well as in Estes Park, Co. With the surge in fuel prices, it was somewhat comforting to know that the trailer only reduced my tow vehicle's MPG by 2 MPG below its typical solo mileage.

I would echo Matthew&Gigi's advice regarding the front window rock guards. The deep-wrap wing windows are very expensive to replace, and the last that I heard, the only way to get the clear version that was standard in our coaches was through salvage -- the deep wrap replacement windows available through Airstream when I last checked (almost three years ago when I was justifying the expense to have a rock guard installed) were available only in the gray solar tint.

Good luck with your coach, and again, Welcome to the world of Vintage Minuet ownership!

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Introduction - minuet 6.0 metre owner/Tambour Question

Greetings wardster!

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Does anyone else have a problem with the 'rolling' cabinets coming out of their grooves all the time? I may need to have all of mine replaced, if that's possible....
The tambour material similar to that originally used by Airstream/Argosy is readily availabe from two sources, and it is possible to modify currently available tambour guides (available from the same sources as the tambour) or find replacement tambour guides through patient watching of the various Airstream classifieds as well as on-line auctions. The original plastic laminate tambour in my uppoer cabinets had become badly deformed over the years so I asked the Fowlers to replace it with new Birch veneer laminate tambour, and the results were nothing short of fantastic. You can find replacement tambour and accessories at:

Winona Manufacturing, Winona, Minnesota

Tape-Ease Fine Veneers and More

A second option is to rebuild your existing tambout by carefully removing the panels, then cleaning the backs and gluing either canvas or muslin backing to the tambour slats. A search of the Forums should retun a more in-depth description of tambour rebuilding processes.

The one thing to keep in mind is that the tambout pulls are very difficult to replace and are generally reused whether rebuilding the existing tambour or replacing the original with new tambour.

Good luck with your coach!

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