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Old 05-04-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Mini Cooper Clubman & Matched Argosy

I could not resist letting you all see this combo. I looks great and is almost dangerous due to distraction of other drivers. The Argosy was painted using the Mini Paint colors.

It is a blast to drive, the handling is just amazing you can literally throw it from lane to lane and blast around freeway ramps. Performance is excellent with the turbo engine, it cruises quite effortlessly at 70 MPH.

The suspension is very tight, it may have 1/10th of an inch of sidesway in the tires and suspension along with the very short overhang it is just a great handling car for this size trailer. The only downside is a very firm ride on rough roads.

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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Cute, Andy, really nice!

It's a 20-footer, the Argosy?
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:50 PM   #3
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Andy, Great combo!

The Argosy looks just like an AS with the paint job.

Stiff ride? Are you using a W/D hitch with really light spring bars? Probably wouldn't make much difference with the weight of the car!

I been lookin' at the Coopers, too bad we can't tow a car behind the trailer!
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:45 PM   #4
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Terry, you can do it this way too:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...-18448-40.html

See post #555.


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Old 05-04-2010, 11:34 PM   #5
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Have you seen the new 2011 mini cooper countryman, a awd cooper with 18" tires. If yours if for real, maybe the countryman would be a good hauler
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:39 AM   #6
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:20 AM   #7
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The Mini Rides pretty firm with or without the trailer tires are 205/40 18" so there is not a lot of sidewall to absorb the little road seams. We have an equalizing hitch on it with a friction sway control. The sway control does not seem to make any difference but it is cheap insurance.

Our biggest concern was if we could build a receiver for it but it turned out to be fairly simple.

The Countryman may not be as good a tow vehicle. If the power is the same the extra drag from the 4WD will reduce performance. The taller centre of Gravity and larger tires may not be as precise handling, I would imagine they are tuning it for a smoother ride as well.

Here is a hitch picture.

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What a great looking combo Andy. The first two cars I owned were Mini's back in the late 60;s. Even back then the handling was superb.

Thanks for the update/feedback re the handling and performance of the combination.
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Cool!

Andrew,

That is just way too cool! Can't wait to see it in person.

Thanks for sharing.
PS - you going to bring that combo to Alumapalooza? It would sure open some eyes!
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So, you are towing the Argosy not the Pacer? What does the Argosy weigh and is there a factory towing capacity for the Mini?
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all you need to do is extend those towing mirrors one more foot ;-)
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Nice Lookin Outfit. But it looks to me like theres a TAIL Waitn to Wag the DOG. But its yours and no one can convince you its an accident waitn to happen.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:52 AM   #13
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Andy, is that the 20' Argosy that was in the lot when I bought the Minuet? If so, that's quite a transformation. Regardless, good-looking trailer and tow car combo!

I've sat in a Countryman - it has a lot more room than the Clubman.

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I think that Andrew has had this idea in the back of his noodle for a long time.

Way back when I was just starting out on my Mini Sprinter Argosy project, 4 or 5 years ago now, Andy said to me “ Why don’t you just set the MINI up to tow a Bambi?”

If I hadn’t been emotionally committed to my own idea by then I might have done it.

There will be lots of comments from this Forum’s Tail Wagging The Dog crowd but nobody in North America knows more about setting up a vehicle to tow than Andrew Thompson does.

I’d comfortably drive anything that he designed and built.


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