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Old 11-02-2002, 04:05 PM   #1
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I just bought a 20' Argosy Minuet, 6 metre in not bad shape. It is a 1977 model. The floor is not plywood, but styrafoam insulation sandwiched between heavy gauge aluminum. The owner before the owner I bought it from, who had it for some 15 years, says that he believes this was done at the factory. He is in his mid 80's now, and sure had fond memories of the trailer. The missing years are about six after the trailer was built. Some knowledgable folks have told me this must be a restoration. I am just curious.

I really like the Argosy. It needs new axles, but I have all winter to sort that out. The person I bought it from was pretty hard on it.

Thanks for the informative posts!
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Old 11-02-2002, 04:43 PM   #2
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Photos...Photos!

Congratulations on your "New" Minuet. The floor system sounds very interesting. What is the interior floor covering? I have been reading this forum for on and off for months and I don't think I have read of such flooring material.

Have fun with it.
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Old 11-02-2002, 05:13 PM   #3
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Hello Barbwire- As you can tell from our user name, we too have an Argosy. Ours is a 6.7 (22') model, 1978. We have had it since Sept. when my husband drove to Canada to pick it up. We love it, even though it is showing some of its years! It is still in great working order considering. We are interested in your unusual floor! We may have to replace at least part of ours close to the door as it has rotted. Would love to see pics of it, if possible - course it is probibly covered with something??!! You didnt give your location? Secret? Its always fun to find out where all these AS are living and the local conditions they are exposed to. If you are trying to solve the curiosity re your floor and whether the AS factory did it, you might try calling them or e-mail and see if techs there might know if that type of floor was ever special ordered or something? Anyway, nice to have you around. Leigh
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Old 11-02-2002, 05:25 PM   #4
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum!!

We have an Argosy MH and are very aware of the Argosy history. Argosies, as you probably know, were the test bed for new ideas to Airstream. AS tried the ideas on the Argosy line, and if they were a success they were offered in the AS line.

That floor might have been original, but you might not ever find confirmation of it. As I understand it, there are very few records of all the different things AS tried. Also, the floor could have been a custom order.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new Minuet.
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Old 11-02-2002, 05:36 PM   #5
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Hi guys,

I have pulled the carpet back in several sections, and looked under the grey water tank, undid part of the underbelly, and looked in the battery compartment. The whole floor is aluminum. At first I thought someone had just laid some aluminum over old rotten plywood, but there is not a bit to be found. There are a couple of spots where the plumbing goes through the floor to drain things. 2 sheets of heavy aluminum sanwiching about an inch of styrafoam. This has sagged a bit over the years, but still feels solid enough to me. Under the table, where there was no traffic, it is very solid.

I'm in Montana. I'm still figuring out the forum. I just did a quick sign up. I will figure out how to post pictures. I do have a digital camera. I will have more time later this evening. If anyone can give me a quick rundown on how to put a photo up it will be appreciated. Got some busy stuff to do.

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Old 11-02-2002, 06:39 PM   #6
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Posting Photos, etc.

Here's a link to a thread that answers questions regarding posting photos:

Link to Photo Posting Q&A

Also, try clicking on the "forum" button at the top of the home page screen. The button is second from the left in a row of buttons beginning "home", "forum", "usercp" and ending with "search".

On this new page you will see the threads ordered by category and sub-category. There is a section under "Airstream Community Forums" titled "About these forums, How-To's & more..." that will be a help to you.
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Old 11-02-2002, 07:11 PM   #7
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This is a start. No real dents. Needs some paint on the forward tin.
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Old 11-02-2002, 08:32 PM   #8
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New Argosy owner!

Greetings Brabwire!

Welcome to the world of Vintage Airstreaming and Argosy ownership. I have been a Vintage Airstreamer since the mid 1990s, but just acquired my 1978 Minuet 6.0 Metre in August.

It good to see the photo of your coach as I finally have something to show my dealer regarding where the spare tire is supposed to be mounted - - he concurred with me that the option was offered but had no idea where to install one - - mine had the original spare tire and wheel with no monting location. The original owner of 25- years usually towed with a pickup so he stored the spare in the pickup bed - - there just isn't enough room in my Cadillac's trunk to carry a spare tire for the trailer. I am also glad to see where the Argosy emblem should be mounted in front - - mine was removed but never re-installed after the front and rear domes were repainted some 10 years ago - - the emblem came with the trailer so I don't have to go on a scavenger hunt for that item. So far, the only parts that I seem to be truly missing are the emblems that were attached ahead of the Minuet 6.0 Metre script on the sides of my trailer - - the backing material is there, but I have yet to see what kind of emblems were attached in those locations.

Curiosity is getting the best of me, is that a radio antenna on the streetside between the front wing window and the first side window? I have been considering installing a radio in my Minuet and didn't know where the factory might have routed the antenna or for that fact where the radio might have been located in the trailer. From the picture, it appears that you have the orange/gold/tan interior package - - at least I thought that I recognized the countertop in the photo. Incidentally, is your Minuet the front dinette model or the twin gaucho model? Mine is the twin gaucho model but I understand that it was a special order option.

I am still waiting to get my Minuet back from the shop - - it isn't clear yet whether it will just be a bearing replacement or a bearing replacement with brake rebuild - - will find out early next week. I am also going to check to see if there is anything unusual in its floor structure - - I know that it is solid throughout - - my '64 Overlander taught me to check for that issue before purchase - - but I didn't explore to see what the structure was like. It is like taking a trip back in time as the interior is absolutely original - - a bit worn, but that will be taken care of with some of Arlene Fowler's restoration talent in the not too distant future. I haven't had my Minuet home long enough since I purchased it to get some pictures - - the only chances I have had were during gloomy weather - - or while it has been at my mechanic's where it is parked in the back-lot with a background that rather resembles a junk yard.

I am beginning to think that half of the fun of owning an Argosy (at least the Minuets) is discovering just how many nuances there are when comparing units of similar age.

Good luck with your Minuet and welcome to the world of Vintage Airstreaming and Argosy ownership!!

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Old 11-03-2002, 03:37 AM   #9
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I am sure that the spare tire mount here was done by a previous owner. There was some talk about this in another thread elsewhere on this board. The Airstream tire mount was underneath the front of the coach. If I ever find that thread again I will post it here.

The PO bent the jack off the front of this one, and mounted a new one on the side of the tongue.

I will be posting more pictures. How about some more pictures from the rest of you?

If you want a closup of anything, just ask.

This one has the original aluminum tanks with the new connectors. Also the side windows are plastic instead of glass. I heard they did this on the 79, and looks like on the 77 too.
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Here is part of the interior. The black line is not a crack, but some coaxial cable the PO installed. The orange bar next to the window conceals the power and antenna lead to the radio. My owners manual shows the radio installed in the upper compartment to the front. It should face out. The PO here cut holes on the side of the upper compartment and has the radio and speaker holes through the end peice. Where were the original speakers mounted?
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:48 PM   #11
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Hello Barbwire - I just got a chance to look at this thread since you posted your pics. Fun to see!! I keep hoping to get my husband to sit down and load some pics of ours into the forum. We only have pics right now of pre-restoration as we really have not had time to before winter set in. Just having brake attachment and wiring added was $$$$$$$ although when we towed it to its winter home, it was great. Ours to is all original. The color scheme was gold, brown and beigh. Our goucho cushion material is getting pretty bad, will have to replace and as i said it looks like floor in front of door will have to be worked on.

Our radio is also mounted inside front upper cabinet with hole on side cut out. The speakers are just laying inside the cabinet right now and we have no outside antenna. We also have dinette instead of front/side goucho setup. We might like to see a close up of how your dinette table is mounted to wall. We have some kind of swing arm arrangement, but Price (hub) says it is awkward to put up and down.

We have the medallions on the outside of ours. If we get to it this winter and remember the camera, I will try to get them posted. I am excited that there are more Argosy owners coming on board. I like seeing all the AS, but like sharing info and learning more about our little Minny Driv'r. (Silly me!!) Leigh
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Old 11-07-2002, 11:41 AM   #12
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Hi Leigh,
The table can be a pain to put up and down if you don't have the cushions out of the way. I have not played with this much so far since there are so many more important things to work on. I have found if I remove the skinny cushion first, and then raise the side cushions half way there is not much of a problem. One lifts the end of the table so the clips on the back of the table release from the wall mounts, and down it comes. My table leg needs a little work since it will not lock in the retracted position. Also I put the skinny cushion in last. Just seems easier.

I am looking for a break controller right now. The two most popular seem to be the Jordan Ultima 2020, and the Tekonsha Prodigy. I'm still doing research on this. What break controller did you end up with?

I basically have no color scheme. I have no idea why the PO decided to spend $350 to recover in dark blue. The original orange carpeting is still in the compartments.

If you get to the VACList do a search for 'boat'. There was talk about using epoxy to repair the wood at the door. It is the same method they use on the hulls of big wooden boats.

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Will Henshall from that list. I was saving some of this before I realized my floor was all aluminum. It even runs underneath the walls.

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The other method.

3) Using runny epoxy to slowly rebuild sections using the rotten wood as
an initial former, with temporary pieces underneath to make molds, which
is exactly how old wooden boats are repaired.

I was really put off using epoxy by talking to a few good folk. It is a
dangerous chemical and if not done right is actually not strong enough.
It is hard to get the strengthened new bits tied into the walls
properly. You have to have used epoxy before, you MUST rent breathing
gear and the fumes will off gas for about 2 weeks at least.

If I had researched this avenue more I actually WOULD have used this
method by the way in my case over the complete floor replace. Look on
line for places like http://www.rotdoctor.com/ for more info. Re the
strength issues - hey they use this on old wooden boats - think about
the strength required there and the consequences of failure out at sea.
If you can fix up a boat hull, I figure you can fix up a trailer floor.
I did a lot of fiberglass work as a kid with my dad.
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The original thread also spoke of repairing sections by replacing parts of the floor. Very difficult.

Hope this helps.

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Old 11-07-2002, 01:21 PM   #14
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Good info

Thanks Barbwire -

Your hinge arrangement looks just the same. I wil have Price look at your post to see if he follows that routine for up and down.

Your leads to floor fix sounds interesting and sound!! Did not go there yet, but certainly will. So nice to have additionaly help over some of these "bumps".

I asked Overlander 64 if he would post a list of all he has accomplished or wishes to in the future as he seems to have done alot already and having it all in one place to refer to would be really nice.

So much to learn, so little time. LEIGH
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