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Old 02-11-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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What's this Argosy Minuet worth?

I have come across an Argosy for sale, and thought someone here might be able to help me assess the deal.

It's an "Airstream Argosy Minuet 1978, 22ft. Very good condition" Before I say what it's listed for, what do you think would be a good price?

I wish I knew more about it, esp. a floor plan and GVWR.

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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Greetings CB!

Welcome to the Forums!

First, the relatively easy part of your question regarding floorplan and empty-weight. The attached image is for 1979 models, but the 1978 floorplans were identical and weights were essentially unchanged.



As you can see in the scan, the empty weight for the 6.7 Metre (22') Minuet is 2,725 with a hitch weight of 280 pounds. I don't have the GVWR figures immediately available but belive that the GVWR is approximately 4,000 pounds. The loaded hitch weight will likely approach or be slightly over 500 pounds. With the relatively light hitch weight on this coach, it is often advisable to travel with a full water tank to increase the hitch weight to between 12% and 15% of actual trailer weight.

The one variable with the interior is the front lounge area. The lounge was standard and the dinette was a $50.00 factory option. Everyone has their personal favorite, and mine is the front lounge -- I would never utilize the dinette -- just too confining -- but to each his own -- this is a very personal preference.

I hesitate to comment on price as the value of all RVs are fluctuating due to the current economic conditions. Prior to the current fluctuations, I would have expected the price to vary between $2,000 (needing near total restoration) to $7,500 (presentable and ready to use). Something to be aware of with these 6.7 Metre coaches is that there is a slim chance that you may encounter one with the composite aluminum floors -- there weren't many 6.7 Metres built with this feature but there have been a few that have been found.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 02-11-2009, 11:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great reply.

Here's the deal: Airstream Argosy Minuet 1978, 22ft. Very good condition

The photos show it is the front lounge version. I guess there just is not table anywhere? Two sofas?

What do you think about that posting?

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It would be HIGHLY unlikely that a trailer of that age has never had a leak.
But, you never know. Since you live in the area, why not run over and take a look? If you aren't comfortable, maybe you can find an inspector from the forums to go with you? There are a number of folks here who do that as a service, good luck.

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Old 02-12-2009, 07:59 AM   #5
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Greetings CB!

From the photos, I can verify that, at some point, the exterior has been repainted. The color leans more toward RV white than the Argosy beige that was utilized in 1978 (this isn't a problem, just something to be aware of) -- originally, the tongue, banana wraps, and rear bumper would have been painted a highly metallic copper. The interior appears to be nicely preserved. Provided the coach checks-out in regard to lack of rot from leaks and the appliances can be verified to be working as stated in the ad, the coach is priced within the ball-park (IMHO).

Good luck with your investigation!

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P.S.: The coach's dining table is what is referred to as a "Credenza Table" -- it folds into a small cabinet to the right of the door as you enter the coach.
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Hello all! Well C.B. I hate to burst your bubble, but we bought it a few weeks ago. I don't know why that guy didn't remove the ad. We did not pay what he was asking, but think we got a pretty good deal. Some things he said were B.S., but the leak issue seems to be true. There's been a small leak from a window by the side gaucho, but it was nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little caulk.
Good luck finding another one and when you do, let's go camping!
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ISomething to be aware of with these 6.7 Metre coaches is that there is a slim chance that you may encounter one with the composite aluminum floors -- there weren't many 6.7 Metres built with this feature but there have been a few that have been found.
Kevin, what do you mean "be aware" of the composite aluminum floors? Good/bad, etc.??? FYI - this unit has the aluminum floor and we're trying to figure out how to level them a little. We looked at the forum link ya'll did earlier on that subject. Any suggestions?
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Greetings Beth!

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Kevin, what do you mean "be aware" of the composite aluminum floors? Good/bad, etc.??? FYI - this unit has the aluminum floor and we're trying to figure out how to level them a little. We looked at the forum link ya'll did earlier on that subject. Any suggestions?
Beth
The composite aluminum floors are great as long as you are aware that they are there as they do impact the selection of floor coverings. One of the reasons for the thicker carpet pad and the thick shag that was original in the Minuet was that it was needed to disguise and hide the rivets that attach the composite panels to the coach's frame. There are really only two solutions -- go back with pad and carpet -- or go with a laminate flooring and add something like Armstrong's Quiet Step Underlayment. My 6.0 Metre Minuet has the composite aluminum floors, and the Armstrong Laminate floor covering with the thickest available Quiet Step Underlayment have worked out beautifully -- this coming season will the fifth since the interior was refurbished.

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Beth, not a problem. It's still a bit early in my plan to make a move on something like this, but if it was a good deal and checked out as adequate, I might have gone for it. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Are you familiar with the May 15-17 rally in north Georgia? Check the site calendar. I'm not an RV owner of any type, but plan to be. Airstreaming is a real possibility and at this point I figure to make a day trip there on the Saturday. Mayhap I'll see you there. I would love to see your coach.

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Greetings Beth!
The composite aluminum floors are great as long as you are aware that they are there as they do impact the selection of floor coverings. One of the reasons for the thicker carpet pad and the thick shag that was original in the Minuet was that it was needed to disguise and hide the rivets that attach the composite panels to the coach's frame. There are really only two solutions -- go back with pad and carpet -- or go with a laminate flooring and add somet
hing like Armstrong's Quiet Step Underlayment. My 6.0 Metre Minuet has the composite aluminum floors, and the Armstrong Laminate floor covering with the thickest available Quiet Step Underlayment have worked out beautifully -- this coming season will the fifth since the interior was refurbished.

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Kevin, I looked back over our thread discussion on these floors right after we bought the Minuet 2 weeks ago. We were actually at Home Depot last night and were going to look at the floors you had recommended, but couldn't think of "quiet step" but we'll look later - other things to do on the trailer in the meantime.
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:26 AM   #11
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Kevin...some time ago you stated this about the 78 minuet: "originally, the tongue, banana wraps, and rear bumper would have been painted a highly metallic copper"...
Is this true of the '79 6.0? I have never seen any of the original pictures in old ads that show other than the same color of the unit in total. My '79 was, as common, manufactured in '78. I would appreciate your thinking. Thanks a lot, Dan
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Look at Vintage Airstream Photo Archives for pictures of '79 Minuets. None seem to have the bronze lower painted areas, though most may well have been painted since new.
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The copper color referred to on Argosys is only on the very bottom and may not be consistent on 79s. I attached a pic of our 77 during an axle upgrade a few years ago and you can see the sections that were really dark copperish.

The sales literature here shows a picture of an Argosy with banana wraps that are the same color as the body
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Out-of-Doors Mart can fax or e mail you a list of all paint color charts for trailers and motor homes of the Argosy years. It is a helpful guide when restoring the Argosy trailer.
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