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Old 11-30-2005, 09:39 PM   #29
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Oh, I bet it was another tambour!!!
If it were a '78, I would be virtually certain of the idea that is would be a tambour. The shape of the opening (the rounded corners) make me think that it may have been a solid vinyl-clad aluminum door (all of the cabinetry in the Minuet was vinyl-clad aluminum as a weight-saving measure).

On the '78 Minuets, the cabinet below the kitchen sink had vertical sliding tambour (slid right to left) at least those that I have seen from the Versailes, OH factory. I seem to remember the same being true of the '79 Minuets that I have seen, but the shape of the opening doesn't seem to correspond to what I remember seeing on the tambour equipped coaches.

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Old 11-30-2005, 09:52 PM   #30
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Where can we find some pics of other Minuet 7.3?
There aren't too many photos of 7.3 Metre coaches on the net that I have encountered. The page below is the Minuet page from the 1979 showroom literature:



There are a few photos of 7.3 Minuets here on the forums including:

http://www.airforums.com/photo...&searchid=1468

http://www.airforums.com/photo...&searchid=1468

Good luck with your investigation and decision!

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Yep, thats it, at the bottom of that brochure!
The tag I found on the side of the coach calls for 775-R15 tires and 35 PSI. Isnt that a little low on tire pressure?
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air pressure...

Judging from the pics, it probably came with car or truck tires, hence the lower air pressure? I'd definately get the ST tires (the orginals were also probably bias ply).
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Yep, thats it, at the bottom of that brochure!
The tag I found on the side of the coach calls for 775-R15 tires and 35 PSI. Isnt that a little low on tire pressure?
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I think you left out a couple of numbers onm your tire size, maybe 225 75R15? Or 7.00 R15? Anyway, if the 35psi figure is correct, and you get ST tires, which you should, don't go over 50 psi on the new tires, even if the inflation pressure on the side of the tire is higher. In fact, look carefully at the wheels, they may also have a maximum inflation pressure stamped on them. If they do, don't inflate over that figure.
As far as the rust goes, if you have no serious pitting, or holes in the frame, just clean off the rust, and put some POR-15 on it.
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The awning is there attached to the coach but the retracting springs have jumped loose, is this something easy to repair? Its a carefree awning. Do you think I can repair this awning? Can the awning ends be taken out and springs be re-wound or something?
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Congrats!

I haven't been on in a couple days, but it looks like you've done well. To confirm what was already said, yes, the wheelwells are plastic. I'd say your rust issues are relatively minor from the looks of your shocks.

It has only begun... enjoy the Air-Dreams!
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Old 12-01-2005, 07:51 PM   #36
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The awning is there attached to the coach but the retracting springs have jumped loose, is this something easy to repair? Its a carefree awning. Do you think I can repair this awning? Can the awning ends be taken out and springs be re-wound or something?
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Usually when the spings do what those did, they broke internally. You can wind it up by hand, and make sure it is secured by using a bungie cord, or rope, to hold the awning from unrolling while you are driving down the road.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:46 PM   #37
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dumb*** question

How do you tell from looking at them whether you are looking at an Argosy or an Argosy Minuet. I'm getting excited about two I've seen, and one definitely has a wood floor - 1973. The 76 looks a bit different.

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How do you tell from looking at them whether you are looking at an Argosy or an Argosy Minuet. Tin Lizzie
Not dumb.... There is a sure fire way to tell the difference. Minuets are narrower by 6 inches than regular argosys. Some Minuets had wood floors.... usually rhe longer ones - but not always.
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:51 PM   #39
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Minuet vs Argosy 20, 22, 24

In addition to the width reduction -- Minuets had an outside floor width of 7' while the standard Argosy coaches had an outside floor width of 7' 8" -- the Minuets were only produced during three model years -- the line began (evidently late) in the 1977 model year and continued through the end of the first series Argosy production in 1979.

Prior to the introduction of the Minuet, the Argosy 20 carried the same floorplans as the Minuet 6.0 Metre -- it had the wider 7' 8" outside floor width that could easily be seen by comparing the front lounge (on models so equipped) as the Argosy 20 had a street-side armrest on the lounge that was not found on the Minuet due to the decreased width. The Argosy 20 production run seems to have begun during the the first year of Argosy production and ended following the introduction of the Minuet 6.0 Metre.

So far, I have heard reports and witnessed the composite aluminum floor in a large number of the 6.0 Metre Minuets (but not all -- have seen plywood floors in one late 1978 and one 1979 6.0 Metre), and have also witnessed one 6.7 Metre Minuet with the composite aluminum floor. The only 7.3 Metre Minuets that I have heard reports on have noted plywood floors -- but the number of 7.3 Metres that I have seen is quite small so it is quite possible that there may be a few 7.3 Metre coaches with the composite aluminum floors. Every Argosy 20 that I have encountered seems to have had the traditional plywood floor.

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I knew we needed the details from Kevin. Always glad to see your posts!!
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7.3 Metre Minuet Photos

Greetings mtnman!

I love your Minuet! This is the model that I too would love to own! I have been trying to collect 7.3 Metre photos in hopes of one day finding one that I can restore. Here are the some that I found on Ebay - according to the listing, the VIN is 24T9V6142 - perhaps someone could confirm for you that this is infact a 7.3 Metre Minuet as the Ebay add called it a 24 foot. BTW, you asked about value, someone paid $3550 for this one on 8/7/04.

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Yep, thats it, at the bottom of that brochure!
The tag I found on the side of the coach calls for 775-R15 tires and 35 PSI. Isnt that a little low on tire pressure?
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My '78 Minuet came with its brand new, never on the ground spare tire and wheel -- it is a load range C, Good Year Marathon belted-bias ply tire. The inflation recommendation, according to my understanding, reflected the tandem axle configuration on the 7.3 Metre as my single axle 6.0 Metre requires the same inflation pressures according to the manual. On my single axle, however, I tend to run at the maximum inflation pressure posted on the sidewall of my Good Year Marathon load range C radials as I am within a very few pounds of my GVWR for the coach when traveling.

When you purchase new tires for your coach, ask your tire dealer for an inflation chart for your tires -- the chart should indicate the weight carrying ability of the tires at various inflation pressures. With the pressure/weight capacity chart and the GVWR rating for your coach you can arrive at a plausible minimum inflation pressure

Good luck with your Minuet!

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