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Old 08-09-2009, 05:41 PM   #589
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My kinda ďcampingĒ

ďCampingĒ at the Aylmer Fairgrounds while I complete the trailer is just great.

Iím in the shade of 2 or 3 giant old trees, just in front of the Cattle Barn, alongside the old racetrack.

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Things will be even nicer once I get a black Zip Dee awning.

The fairgrounds are in the middle of the town, close to everything, but nevertheless secluded. I love it.

This is the way I hope to travel: parked behind somebodyís red barn or on a sports field somewhere, not in trailer parks.

All my systems Ė air conditioning, heating and cooking are humming along, working perfectly. My water and sewage disposal is about a 100í run, near the barn. My Sani Con macerator easily handles it.

The 163 rd annual edition of the Aylmer Fair is running this weekend so the Wiltsie brothers have allowed me to park my outfit over at their place for the few days.

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Iíll be back under the trees next week.


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Old 08-09-2009, 05:56 PM   #590
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Lovely rig, Sergei, just lively.

Makes me a bit nervous though, you parking under that big old tree. Old trees are known to often shed limbs in medium weather, which could provide some drama for you. But maybe I'm just being paranoid.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #591
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Hello Sergei.... Sure looks pretty... hope to see it some day... any chance you are headed this way ?
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:55 PM   #592
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Hello Friends,

Bernie, Marcus, Skip, Soldiermedic and some others saw my post on this recent thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ale-39559.html

and expressed concern, maybe dismay, that I was giving up on my project.

Iím not. Itís just that the thread served as a kind of reality check for me.

The reality is that I was 69 when I bought my first trailer, the Argosy. Thatís an age when some Airstream owners are already thinking of selling their coach.

Now, four years later but closer to completion, Iím at an age where a whole lot more owners have sold.

I didnít start out to build something to sell and I still hope to get out on the road with my really cool rig. And drink Texas wheat beer with Utee and eat pizza with Skip.

The agreeable nature of my situation at the Aylmer Fairgrounds this summer has helped bring back some of my enthusiasm as well.

But I have to face the fact that Iím getting older, not younger, my project has used up a lot of time and no one in my immediate family is interested in having the thing.

So, if someone looking for something classic but totally unique and original came along, particularly someone whoíd take the whole shooting match Ė the Mercedes, the Mini and the Argosy matching set- I might part with it.

But I hope they will come along after Iíve been out on the road for a time ..Ö..

Sergei
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:51 AM   #593
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Hi Sergei,

I completely understand your reasoning, and I am certain you will make the best decision possible for yourself, your family, and your friends. Your campsite at the Fairgrounds looks lovely, I'd have a hard time leaving it too, especially during your summer!

Perhaps you'll get rolling down to the South when winter rolls around. If so, you obviously have plenty of online friends who'd love to meet you and chat about your adventures over some cold beverages.

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Old 08-10-2009, 11:02 AM   #594
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Hello Friends,

Bernie, Marcus, Skip, Soldiermedic and some others saw my post on this recent thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ale-39559.html

and expressed concern, maybe dismay, that I was giving up on my project.

Iím not. Itís just that the thread served as a kind of reality check for me.

The reality is that I was 69 when I bought my first trailer, the Argosy. Thatís an age when some Airstream owners are already thinking of selling their coach.

Now, four years later but closer to completion, Iím at an age where a whole lot more owners have sold.

I didnít start out to build something to sell and I still hope to get out on the road with my really cool rig. And drink Texas wheat beer with Utee and eat pizza with Skip.

The agreeable nature of my situation at the Aylmer Fairgrounds this summer has helped bring back some of my enthusiasm as well.

But I have to face the fact that Iím getting older, not younger, my project has used up a lot of time and no one in my immediate family is interested in having the thing.

So, if someone looking for something classic but totally unique and original came along, particularly someone whoíd take the whole shooting match Ė the Mercedes, the Mini and the Argosy matching set- I might part with it.

But I hope they will come along after Iíve been out on the road for a time ..Ö..

Sergei
Glad this horse has finally got out of the barn....but it looks like it is still penned up in the corral. Remarkable that a trailer project tread that has gotten 62,828 views and still has not hit the road to adventure. After all, that was the original purpose this machines where built.

I think Sergei will have more reason to keep and use this project trailer after it rediscovers the open road. Hope that happens before the FOR SALE sign gets taped on.

As to the age of Airstreamers giving up the travelling life for the rocker, I think Sergei needs to attend a few rallies and try to keep up with the 80 and 90 year young people we just camped with in Vermont this week. Some were travelling with their fifth trailer since the fifties and others had just started in their seventies.

One was John Fuller. He showed us photos of has first California whaletail pulled by a now classic 56' Buick roadmaster. While at this rally he helped set up events, decorated his trailer with full scale photos of the UCONN women's basketball team for the Rally sports theme contest. He also proformed opening and closing ceremonies that come with every Regional rally. I couldn't keep up with him either.

Another couple was there from South Carolina in their 1962 Bambi. They have owned it for the last 20 years and also own BMW motorcycles. I am guessing they are mid sixties. Just imagine where that trailer has been. At the beginning of the Vintage open house he walked over and asked if our trailer was Ohio built. Than said, "would you like to have this?" It was an Ohio 1962 licence plate. Very cool for vintage geeks like us.

Steve from Vintage Trailer Supply stopped by and shows us the new Wally Byam Caravan sign his is selling. Very nice. Rich Luhr did a show on National Parks and Colin Hyde was there and spoke on structural challenges on trailers. Excellent presentations. Maybe we will see Sergei at a rally someday with a presentation on his project?

So we hope this technology platform hits the road and get it's high proformance sneakers a little dirty at a campground or rally someday soon.
Gary
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:26 PM   #595
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Hi Marvin and Annie. Nice to hear from you. Are you guys in Peterborough for the summer? When will you head out for Texas?


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Old 08-10-2009, 03:30 PM   #596
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Hello Sergei.... Yes we are home in Peterborough until Oct 8 and then we head to Texas... Going to the Lombardy for Labor Day w/e with the Ontario WBCCI... you might want to join us..
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:45 PM   #597
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Good Customer Relations

Last week the handle on the Dometic SeaLand Concerto toilet (it both provides water to the bowl and operates the flush mechanism) snapped off in my hand.

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I was astonished to see that the shaft it was attached to on this $600 toilet was made of PLASTIC and called the factory in Ohio.

( It's unlikely that a steel shaft would ever have snapped in two)

The receptionist began to steer me to their distributor in Canada but when I mentioned my concern about the plastic shaft she quickly switched me to Customer Relations. They equally quickly sent out a free flush mechanism, which tells me that this might be a known issue with the toilet.

I received it on the second day.

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I didnít ask for a new handle, thinking I could remove the broken stub of the plastic shaft. This proved impossible. When I called again, they sent a new handle for free too.

I asked for the name of the president of the company and Iím going to send him the broken pieces because the replacement looks no different from the original.

I may be wrong; maybe theyíve addressed the issue with a different plastic but it isn't steel. If the president is as 'on top of things' as his Customer Relations department he will follow up on this.

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Old 08-10-2009, 09:58 PM   #598
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Sergei,
A short two months before my mother-in-law pasted away at the age of 89 she hitched up her trailer and went solo for a two week trip up to B.C. It's what kept her young! We'll be having no more of this I'm to old cr*p

-Bernie

PS. You've done the hard part. Now it's time to retire and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #599
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Back at the Fairgrounds

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More than fifty years ago Frank Wiltsie started his truck body business using these old wooden scaffolds, long retired. Iíve borrowed them to install the radio and TV antennas.

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The radio antenna gives the old Argosy a contemporary look. The roof is filthy dirty. While we have the scaffold up Iíll borrow Vinceís power washer to clean it.

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Iím building the aluminum housing for the radio receiver on my tree-shaded workbench.


Roaring hot outside these August days. Cool as a cucumber in the LG cooled interior.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:33 PM   #600
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This is the galley shelf and housing for the extractor fan. The construction is entirely tube and sheet aluminum except for the laminate top and wood trim that DavidsonOverlander did for me.


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Old 08-24-2009, 08:10 AM   #601
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Looks beautiful Sergei!!!
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Hello Sergel, tonight I ran into your storey. Read every word (it's really late or should i say early in the AM) until finished. What a story and a wonderful and beautiful rig. I now need to start over with my '68 14' Tradewind.

Don't stop with the story . . . where are you now? Where are you headed next. I'm in Florida. Put the West Coast of Florida on your tour. The best of traveling for you.
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