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Old 09-09-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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just purchased 77 minuet.concerned about frame.are they bad about bending like the longer ones.where can i buy an axle? thanks.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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HELLO AND WELCOME. THE MINUET IS A GREAT one. It does not have the same problems as the longer models. You can get an axle at any good trailer shop ....I use a quality horse trailer dealer. If they are good they have many other generic items like lights, AC units...everything an RV dealer has usually without the RV markup. If you do it yourself...Southwest axle and Redneck in the area around here are excellent.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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thanks very much.all this is new to me so bear with me.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #5
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No one answered your frame question, I see. The longer the trailer, the more susceptible it is to rear separation and other frame issues. If your 6-metre has the metal floor, it's more or less immune to the structural issue that's common to wooden-floored Airstreams, which is the rotting of the subfloor fore and aft where the interface between the shell and the floor is compromised. As long as the frame itself is sound, your odds are pretty good!

Do you have something protecting the panorama windows when towing? No one makes new clear ones, replacements are either take-offs from a scrapped trailer, or "solar gray" tinted ones like new trailers.

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Nothing protecting glass.They are in good shape.Any ideas?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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The standard rock guards can be modified to fit a Minuet. The panorama windows are the same size/shape as full-width Argosy and modern Airstream trailers with panos, but the flat center window is narrower.

Here's a thread describing the process.

Several forums members (myself included) have tried removable softer protectors. It wouldn't stop a brick, but should deflect/spread the force of normal stuff kicked up by tires enough to protect the glass.

You can see mine here. They're Sunbrella fabric over high-density foam, and attached to the Argosy with "Common Sense" fasteners that are riveted to the skin. Some people have made their own, I wanted them quicker than I could likely make them, and had a company in Canada make them that had already made a set for Smokeless Joe's lovely modernized Argosy, so they had a pattern.

I like the fact that the soft covers don't obstruct my view through the trailer in the rear-view mirror, that view through the trailer is nice when towing. The center window is flat safety glass, so it would be possible to have another made without too much financial discomfort.
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