Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Sunnyvale , California
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 13
Riding too low

Hey gang, I want to find out if my 77 Argosy is ridding to low. Sure feels that way. I measured 23 1/2" at center of wheel from floor to beginning of wheel well on one side and on the other side 22 3/4". Besides for the discrepancy on each side is that low?
I scrape the bumper and the pole with crank on the tongue in and out of my drive way. The small wheels on my bumper are only 4" off the ground.


joe77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,389
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
Ridding too low

Greetings Joe!

The Minuet 6.0 Metre naturally rides a bit lower than its siblings in the regular Argosy line. It was designed to be towed by what were, at the time, considered compact cars (Chevrolet Nova, Ford Maverick, AMC Pacer, etc. as well as mid-sized cars such as the Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare, Chevrolet Malibu Classic, etc.). These coaches provided very little cargo carrying capacity with the OEM axle, so chances are that your axle is worn out or may be seized due to excessive periods of inactivity. To get an idea of how much settling has occurred, park the trailer on a level street or parking lot and then level the trailer and measure the hitch height. I don't have my owner's manual handy, but I believe that the hitch heigh on the Minuet series was 18" -- a quick ckeck of your owner's manual should confirm this fact.

Even with a good axle the clearance is going to be tight unless a new axle is purchased with the maximum departure/down angle which I believe is 32 degrees. The axle on my Minuet was ordered with the OEM settings and I only gained about 1.5" of clearance with the new axle. I still must carefully watch driveways and almost always approach at a sharp angle to lessen the chance of dragging the rear bumper and dump valve apparatus. The factory frame extensions below the bumper on my coach aren't quite deep enough to adequately protect the dump valve mechanism -- I have had to have this apparatus repaired three times in the six years that I have owned the coach.

Good luck with your investigation!


P.S.: The factory suggests that drag wheels on the rear bumper should not be used on Airstream or Argosy trailers as they tend to place pressures on the frame for which it wasn't designed. The extra steel member on the bottom of the bumper extension is considered a "sacrificial" skid plate.
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Softest riding tow vehicle for 4500 lb AS? starflyte1 Tow Vehicles 45 07-29-2009 03:05 PM
Rough riding F350 Dually.. airbags? Airslide Tow Vehicles 43 09-29-2008 09:29 PM
Riding Shotgun - Revisited safari57 Off Topic Forum 38 08-21-2007 01:33 PM
Riding Shotgun after 40 years of driving safari57 Our Community 29 08-07-2006 09:52 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.