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Old 03-31-2011, 08:03 AM   #71
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Wow Tom!! It looks fantastic! Great work by Frank as usual!
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:49 AM   #72
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What a great little Argosy, looks like you are in for many good miles together!
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:20 PM   #73
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the unfortunate part about this Mini is now I have a thing for 70's trailer too!!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:23 PM   #74
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the unfortunate part about this Mini is now I have a thing for 70's trailer too!!!
LOL. Fake woodgrain (even vinyl-wrapped aluminum) is contagious. I'm not sure we could ever give up that front wrap window.

Although I flip through Winnick's book and dream of real wood and 13 panels and copper or aluminium polished walls...

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Old 03-31-2011, 06:07 PM   #75
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all in your second trailer...
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #76
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Silly me ... I bought two 70's trailers. and the one I like the best is the one I'm selling. Although I've not been trying too hard of late.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #77
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Accessories make the trailer

Buying more stuff.


Bestop tire cover for the spare, nicely color-coordinated in "spice."


After seeing the (more creative) vanity plate on Vintage Thunder, the most famous Argosy in the world, I needed a vanity plate of my own.


And the ultimate accessory. In the eternal words of Bob Barker, it's a BRAND! NEW!! CAR!!!!! (that just happens to look a lot like the 2005 that we traded in on this 2010.)


Trailer in action, boondocking at a riverfront site at Wilgus State Park in Vermont. Lots of fun playing "Watch the Battery Monitor As You Turn Stuff On and Off!" The LED lights hardly draw anything, which was nice.

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Old 06-25-2011, 11:18 PM   #78
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Hey Tom. Nice work. I thought I'd check things out. Are you still towing with the odyssey? If so what's the weight of your trailer and tongue weight. If you have some pics of your distribution hitch that would be interesting to see. My bubble weighed in at only 2800 loaded with a tongue weight of 282lbs. I call that a perfect 10 percent up front. I'm towing without anything extra and it seems to tow fine. Thanks for the reply on my thread too. Cheers. Ted
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Hi Ted - I still tow with our Odyssey, when I'm not borrowing tow vehicles from work. The Odyssey is more convenient, especially for hauling the kayaks.

I have the transmission and power steering coolers and the hitch on our 2005 van reinforced by CanAm; I actually cut it off and had it welded locally into our new 2010. CanAm also sold me and set up the Eaz-Lift weight distribution and a Reese friction anti-sway.

I haven't measured the trailer, but I estimate loaded weight around 3300 (it's about 2700 dry) and tongue weight around 550 (400 is the original spec.)

It tows very, very well - if we get a 23' International at some point, I'm going to keep on towing with the van. I've driven enough other tow vehicles to know that this one handles very well, and I've talked to enough factory engineers to understand tow ratings and why they are what they are. (No one tows heavy loads with minivans/it isn't important for marketing, so they don't bother doing the validation work, despite the van's excellent dynamics.)

I used to tow a T@B teardrop that weighed less than your Bubble just on the ball. Towed that trailer nearly cross-country and back. After nearly 7000 miles of towing the Argosy, I can definitively say the heavier trailer tows better. The weight distribution stuff gave me back steering feel, one of the reasons I bought the Odyssey in the first place. (The Oddy drives really well for a minivan.)

I'll post a picture of the hitch work later this week when it's all hitched up and ready to go to the Bash.

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Time to say farewell

After three years (and a lot of time and $ invested), it's time to say farewell to our lovely Minuet. We upgraded to a 2007 Safari SE 23' to get some more space and all of those flashy mod cons. (But the old trailer is built better and is a heck of a lot simpler.)

We'll miss our Argosy, but hope that it goes to a good home. It's in the classifieds on this site.

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Tom,
Congratulations on your new trailer! I'm sure it'll be sad to see the Argosy go, but I hope she goes to a good home. She's a beauty!
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Your kayaks look like they are really long. How much overhang do you have? How much room to you have between the kayaks and the trailer?

We just bought a tandem kayak that is 3 feet longer than our Jeep. We're going to put on a front receiver and a Thule goalpost at the front to support the beast. We welcome any advice you have about towing a trailer while car-topping a l-o-n-g kayak.

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Yeah, they are long - 16' long. The kayaks overhang the van by a little over three feet - not quite as much as the length of the raised tailgate on the van. I never measured the clearance, but it's about a foot.

The trick we use is a set of Thule Slipstream kayak racks. They slide back to facilitate loading, and then slide forward and lock in place for transport. The extra 18 inches or so that they provide is essential. You're essentially doing the same thing with your front receiver - putting the boat as far forward on the tow vehicle as possible.

Happily, the new tow vehicle (coming soon) lets me mount the kayaks further forward on the car, giving more clearance.

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After three years (and a lot of time and $ invested), it's time to say farewell to our lovely Minuet. We upgraded to a 2007 Safari SE 23' to get some more space and all of those flashy mod cons. (But the old trailer is built better and is a heck of a lot simpler.)

We'll miss our Argosy, but hope that it goes to a good home. It's in the classifieds on this site.

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