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Old 11-16-2003, 09:08 PM   #1
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We are rehabbing a 77 argosy 6 metre tt and have mystery parts under the sink.

There are 2 plastic tracks on the upper surface of the shelf - right hand side - that look as though they used to be useful, but there is no drawer on the tracks. They are screwed to the shelf and look as though they were an original part. Does anyone know what these tracks were for? Are we missing something?
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Old 11-16-2003, 09:11 PM   #2
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There was more than likely a 2 drawer storage unit there and the top and other side is gone.
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Old 11-16-2003, 09:26 PM   #3
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Greetings Janet!

I agree with Brett. My '78 6.0 Metre Minuet has a "half-width" cutlery unit that is immediately below the kitchen sink on the top shelf. It has two oblong plastic drawers that are nearly the perfect size for standard cutlery organizers that I purchased at Wal Mart. The outer shell of the cutlery unit is the woodgrain faced aluminum that matches the cabinetry and the drawers are the familiar plastic bins used elsewhere in the coach only this time in a much smaller size.

I would offer to photograph the cutlery unit in my coach, but it is at Ace Fogdall RV where it is being fitted with a new Dura Torque axle and some other repairs that are needed to get it ready for a planned Alaska trip next summer.

Good luck with your rehabbing project!

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Old 11-17-2003, 08:46 PM   #4
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Here's what my cutlery drawers look like.



Like Kevin's mine is immediately below the sink and just above furnace. Good luck in your restoration.

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Old 11-17-2003, 10:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the photos - we are obviously missing this entire unit - although I suspect ours was originally smaller that the one pictured. It looks like a nice storage.

Does anyone know if this cabinet is available anywhere - or should I just pull out the tracks we have left and use the space another way?
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Old 11-18-2003, 07:16 AM   #6
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Greetings Janet!

I don't know whether the difference in cutlery units is a model year variable ('77 -- '78 -- '79) or a coach variable (6.0 Metre -- 6.7 Metre -- 7.3 Metre), but it seems that there were at least two designs from the factory. My '78 6.0 Metre Minuet has a two bin unit that is approximately 2/3 the height of the unit in Scott's 7.3 Metre '79 Minuet - - my cutlery unit also appears to be about 2" narrower than the one in Scott's Minuet.

While there are many similarities within the Minuets, the "experimental" nature of Argosys means that there are often minor differences among coaches that aren't readily explained. The longer I have owned my 6.0 Metre, the more interesting nuances seem to appear. An even greater number of variables appear when the 6.0 Metre Minuets are compared to their predecessor Argosy 20s.

So far as finding an original cutlerly unit, it wouldn't be entirely impossible. The most likely scenario would be to find one from a coach that is being remodeled by its owner or one from a unit that is being salvaged. I would be surprised to find a cutlerly unit from a dealer's NOS inventory. Replicating a similar storage unit shouldn't be terribly difficult - - finding either two or three matching trays and then constructing a three sided box with the side glides should provide one possible solution. The cutlerly unit in my Minuet is a rivited structure constructed of woodgrain covered aluminum - - it matches the material used in the base cabinets found in the coach.

Good luck with your project!

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Re: mystery parts

While there are many similarities within the Minuets, the "experimental" nature of Argosys means that there are often minor differences among coaches that aren't readily explained. The longer I have owned my 6.0 Metre, the more interesting nuances seem to appear. An even greater number of variables appear when the 6.0 Metre Minuets are compared to their predecessor Argosy 20s.


I agree with Kevin's post, quoted above. My Argosy has some strange stuff no one has seen before, and all Airstream can tell me is, "yes, we built it."
I would try a cabinet maker first to see if he can fab something up that would look good and be useful. It is going to be tough to find something like that which has not been destroyed through time and neglect that would actually be "factory" for your Argosy.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes. We all are suckers for progress reports here.
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Sorry, I didn't realize my photo was so dark. I edited my image.

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