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Old 05-14-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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Our new-to-us '78 Argosy Minuet, 6 metre (20'), needs new tires and battery. We've replaced these before on our 30' Classic, a much heavier girl calling for heavy duty accessories, but what does this petite little Minuet need? Thanks in advance for your recommendations for both tire (make, rating) and battery. We trust forum advice ~G
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Our new-to-us '78 Argosy Minuet, 6 metre (20'), needs new tires and battery. We've replaced these before on our 30' Classic, a much heavier girl calling for heavy duty accessories, but what does this petite little Minuet need? Thanks in advance for your recommendations for both tire (make, rating) and battery. We trust forum advice ~G
Believe it or not, it takes the same size tires and batteries, just less of them.
Since the Minuet only has two tires, the ones you put on should be load range D, and a single group 27 battery instead of a pair of them.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:59 PM   #3
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Terry, talk about great forum help...I had no more than edited our signature when you answered for us I love your response...same stuff, just less. We're gonna love this little trailer! Do brands matter here? ~G
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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My 22' trailer only needs "C" rated tires per the manual, weight of the trailer and weight rating of the tire. There isn't that much weight to be concerned with a heavier tire. D rated tires will cost you more anyway.
My trailer only has room enough for a Group 24 size battery. I would assume the Minuet is along these same lines.

On edit: I see you have single axle trailer. You probably need the heavier D rated tires as Terry suggested.
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Greetings Georgia!

The Minuet has a smaller batter compartment and even the Group 24 is a tight fit. My Minuet still has an older style Univolt so I generally buy the least expensive RV/Marine battery from Walmart - - I anticipate no more than a year from a battery as the older style Univotl has a terrible tendency to boil the battery's electrolyte.

I have run ST225 75 R15 load range C tires on my Minuet since acquiring it from its original owner. This arrangement has worked well for me. The one thing that I would suggest is to be certain that the tire store installs new steel valve stems.
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I have run ST225 75 R15 load range C tires on my Minuet since acquiring it from its original owner. This arrangement has worked well for me. The one thing that I would suggest is to be certain that the tire store installs new steel valve stems.
Kevin, I was wondering if you had anything like an owner's manual for your Minuet, or just the factory literature on it? It would be very useful in the future if you did, we could go by that rather than using Airstream specs.
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Thanks, Kevin and Crispyboy, for your experience and info! Okay, so we next need to check the vintage of the Univolt to see if it's one of the burn-em-up old ones or if it's been replaced and is newer. We will need an owner's manual, as Terry discusses above, so wondering how/where to get a copy of one, since I suppose it's impossible to get a real one that has survived for decades. Thanks again, to all. We have to so much to learn again! ~G
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Greetings Terry!

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Kevin, I was wondering if you had anything like an owner's manual for your Minuet, or just the factory literature on it? It would be very useful in the future if you did, we could go by that rather than using Airstream specs.
Yes, I have both the 1978 and 1979 Minuet owners' manuals as well as original sales brochures for both years.

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Greetings Georgia!

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Thanks, Kevin and Crispyboy, for your experience and info! Okay, so we next need to check the vintage of the Univolt to see if it's one of the burn-em-up old ones or if it's been replaced and is newer. We will need an owner's manual, as Terry discusses above, so wondering how/where to get a copy of one, since I suppose it's impossible to get a real one that has survived for decades. Thanks again, to all. We have to so much to learn again! ~G
You may get a surprise in regard to the original owners' manuals. I have seen several NOS 1978 owners' manuals offered on e-bay - - in fact, I purchased one to keep in my display of Argosy literature - - it is still in its orginal cellophane wrapper. Even if an NOS or good used original manual doesn't show up, Airstream does off reprints of Argosy manuals at this link.

Good luck with your Minuet - - I am sure that you will enjoy its easy-tow characteristics!

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