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Originally Posted by EricFarewell
You guys are great, thanks for the heads up on the Rally, the height, and your own trip!
I expect to possibly move up to a larger tow vehicle later this year... So I don't mind buying something at the edge of what I can pull now.
Those new Toyota Tundras look amazing :-)
Something that I might add to what has been posted about the Argosy coaches, and particularly the Minuets, is that another side benefit of most 6.0 Metre (20') and some 6.7 Metre (22') coaches is the composite aluminum floor. With one of these coaches that has composite aluminum floors, you avoid one of the big worries -- flloor rot -- these floors pose only two issues -- one is the tendency to develop "low spots" if exposed to heavy foot traffic -- and floor covering options are rather limited (when I had the floors redone in my 6.0 Metre Minuet, the only practical choices were carpeting or laminate with a supplemental cushioned underlayment to compensate for the rivet lines). In addition to aluminum for the floors, the Minuets also utilize vinyl-clad aluminum for the construction of the cabinets so there is little wood to worry about rotting or degrading -- the vinyl-clad is nice enough that I didn't even realize that the cabinets in my Minuet were vinyl-clad aluminum until I was cleaning up the coach after purchase.
The Minuets are unbelievably maneuverable due to their narrower stance, yet due to their open interior layouts they still are quite liveable. I generally travel for six or more weeks each summer, and for the last two years the Minuet has proven its practicality, comfort, and most importantly its economy of operation (the coaches are narrower as well as a bit lower overall (interior ceiling heights are the same as other coaches, but the coaches tend to have a lowered ride height as they were designed for towing by the down-sized family cars of the late 1970s). Typically, my 6.0 Metre Minuet only reduces my fuel economy by about 1 MPG with the Suburban and just a bit less than a 2 MPG reduction with my Cadillac.
The Minuets are available in 6.0 Metre (20'), 6.7 Metre (22'), and 7.3 Metre (24'). The two shorter coaches are single axle while the longer coach is a tandem axle model. The 7.3 Metre coach is the only one of the three that has a "separate" bedroom area (center coach can have either a pull-out double or twin beds on opposite sides of the aisle). The two smaller coaches typically have either two lounges that convert into beds -- or one lounge and a front dinette both of which convert into beds.
I will admit to being a big fan of the Minuets. To me, they have among the brightest and most open interiors of any of the Airstream products of the late 1970s. The only coaches that I have been in that seem to have comparable amounts of window space in relation to coach size are the Airstream Caravanners (25' tandem axle models) that were considered to be somewhat of a specialized floorplan for rallying and caravanning.
Good luck with your search!