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Old 05-14-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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7.6 feet and narrower

Can anybody point me to a database where I can find the widths (and preferably also mass and hitch weights) of classic airstream trailers. I am specifically interested in which trailers are 7.6 feet wide and narrower.

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Old 05-14-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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7.6 foot and narrower

check out argosy 'minuet' in classifieds or forums
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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re the minuets: yes I had seen those and untill recently I thought that of the classics the minuets and caravelles were the only ones narrower than or equal to 7.6 feet. Now I understand that up untill a certain year all models were 7.6 feet wide or narrower. It was suggested to me that after 67 all models (except for he minuets and caravelles) became wider, but I'd like to see that confirmed.

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Old 05-14-2009, 05:57 PM   #4
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In 1969 the standard width of the trailers went from 7' 6" to 8'. There are some exceptions to this. I have attached the weight chart.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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thx very much for that!! One question: I saw a manual claiming the airstream hitch weights to be laden, does that mean the hitchweights in your table are ditto (with full gas tanks and water tank but no personal belongings)?

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The numbers on this chart are all dry. No water, no propane, no personal items and no options (awnings, Air Conditioner etc.). A trip to the CAT scale will give you the exact numbers for your trailer.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:06 AM   #7
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Arrow Max Width Hard to find.

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In 1969 the standard width of the trailers went from 7' 6" to 8'. There are some exceptions to this. I have attached the weight chart.

Richard where did you get that width info?

A factory sales brochure for '74 reportedly states that the "Outside Floor Width" is 7' 8". (I hand copied the data and no longer have the brochure which went with the trailer sale awhile back, so I could be wrong by transition error)

Do you know what the exceptions you mentioned were?
I do know that there was some sea-change from '68 to '69 but not sure what all those changes entailed. Would like to find a definitive account.

It's really hard to measure the actual maximum width without a giant pair of calipers so I have to go with the printed numbers.
I guess the widest part of the 70's is just about the height of the bottom of the front windows or just under the oval fixed windows.
Next time I'm in the trailer ('75) I am going to pull a tape at that height inside and then estimate the 2 wall-skin-belt thicknesses. Amazing that I have never thought to do that before.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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I will have to check my manual but I believe my 1981 Excella II is a narrow body. From pictures it is very similar to the Argosy Minuet line but has more windows, cabinetry and slightly different floorplan.
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In 1969 a major change was made to the line. All the trailers grew 1 foot longer and a little wider. I measured the width of my trailer (75 Trade Wind) between the two axles. I dropped a line from the outer edge of the trim around the wheel wells on both sides and marked it. The distance between the two marks was 8 feet.

I believe there were a few 80's units that were narrower as well as some Argosy's.
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Good point Richard I did not think of the plumb line method.
I will try to drop from the belt line bulge area and report back. I will also measure the inside floor width. I have always thought it was about 7 1/2 inside but never actually checked.
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Richard beat me to the plumbbob trick. ;^)
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On the 70's trailers the inside dimension is going to be about 3.6" narrower then the outside.
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The 1980 Caravelles (20, 22, and 24 ft) were 7' 6" wide. They were built on Argosy frames.
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The 1980 Caravelles (20, 22, and 24 ft) were 7' 6" wide. They were built on Argosy frames.
I knew there were a few, but I wasn't sure which one's they were. Thanks for the information.
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