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Old 09-03-2002, 11:05 AM   #1
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Minuet 6.0 History?

Just wondering if anybody knows the history behind the Minuet 6.0. Specifically, why did Airstream design the 6.0. Was it because they wanted to offer a scaled down version of the standard Minuet?????
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Old 10-02-2002, 06:24 AM   #2
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I belive the Minuet was the ONLY Argosy to have a model name. All the others were just Argosy ## (length). I would assume since the smallest Airstream at the time was a 21 foot model, they just used the same frame and lopped off a foot. Also in the 70's Argosy was a stepchild in the Airstream family so they had to be smaller than the airstreams, usally by 1 foot in each size.

Today we are one big family but there used to be a definite devide between the brands. Also in the Argosy line all of the stuff that need to be tested was used, that is why you have the wrap around windows and Airstreams of the same vintage do not. The Minuet gave Airstream access to a budget concsious buyer, and got people out there using an Airstream product and dreaming about the day when they could own a "real" Airstream.
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Minuet 6.0 History

From what I have been able to learn through research since purchasing my 1978 Minuet, the model was a result of the energy crisis and the downsizing of potential tow vehicles. The sales literature that I have suggests Doge Aspen/Plymouth Volare, Ford Granada/Mercury Monarch, Chevrolet Nova/Pontiac Ventura and similar vehicles as potential tow vehicles.

In 1977 Argosy lists a 20' trailer, but not a Minuet. It has the standard 7'8" floor width of the rest of the Argosy line. According to my owner's manual, the 20' (or six meter) Minuet was the only 20' trailer and its width was 7' rather than 7'8" throughout the rest of the line. In the 1979 sales catalog, the Minuet with a 7' floor width was available in 20' (single axle), 22' (single axle), and a 24' (tandem axle) model. I haven't seen literature for Argosys after 1979.

The one curiosity that this brings up is the fact that I can't remember ever seeing or hearing of a Minuet that wasn't the 6.0 meter 20' unit.
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