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Old 03-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #85
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After a long day of travel, and treasure hunting everyone was dog tired

We were able to refuel with great food and drink around the campfire.

The kids enjoyed roasting peeps around the fire, and we even were treated to a dutch oven cobbler!
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:32 PM   #86
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Thanks to Peter and Marie for there work in hosting this rally. Fun to see old friends and make new ones. I started out on the road out 5 to 10 mph ended up @ 35 , had a piece of molding on frig cabinet that was loose before fall off . I think higher speed is better .
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:41 PM   #87
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Thanks Peter and Marie for setting up the trip! It was good to see everyone again.

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #88
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I also want to thank Peter and Marie for all of their hard work setting up this great adventure. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones.

As Bruce said above, we drove into the CG at 10-15 mph but drove out at 30 mph which was much smoother for us, but not the trailer. Not only did we pop 4-5 rivets we had a couple of latches and handles fail, have 2 small cracks on the inside of the refrigerator door, and 3 beers popped their tops making a big mess. I replaced the rivets, fixed the latches and handles and cleaned up all the spilled beer. I have 1 left over screw and washer and I have no idea where they go.... I think next time I will go slow and try not to break anything else. But having said that, I think it is all part of the boondocking adventure. Thanks again to everyone for helping all of us to have such a great time.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #89
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I took a "before" picture when we were ready to leave the campground. Everything that had popped open on the way open was taped in place with blue painter tape, hoping that it was merely vibration wobbling things loose. We went out at about 30 which seemed less jarring, at least in the truck.

Wish I'd brought my camera back with me when we stopped at the pavement to unlock the hubs. Sliding upper cabinet doors were on the floor, as were the stove cover and most of the burner supports. But nothing was broken. We lost half a dozen eggs in the fridge on the bone jarring rattle ride at 10 mph on the way in.

As you say, Scott, it's part of the adventure.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #90
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and 3 beers popped their tops making a big mess.
Wait, you had beer left in the fridge at the end of the rally?

I didn't stick to my go slow strategy like I said I would. It was rough at 5mph and 20 seconds into it I realized it was going to take an hour and half to reach pavement. I did air down all the tires and didn't put the WD bars on the hitch until after we reached pavement. 35mph was much better.

No popped rivets, but about a dozen screws backed out of lots of things. We used half a roll of Duct Tape. We've already placed an order for the same parts Bruce broke.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:09 AM   #91
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A couple of years ago, on a lightly rippled road to a campground north of West Yellowstone, all of our cabinet doors came off and dumped their contents on the floor. In addition, the refrigerator came open and the oven door came off, both dumping their contents, too. It looked like we had taken our Bambi, turned it upside down and shook it until everything dumped on the floor.

Right after that, I drilled holes all the way through all of the hinges and cabinet doors; and I replaced the wood screws with bolts, flat- and lock-washers, and nuts, and secured them with Loctite. We haven't had any similar problems since then.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #92
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Thanks to everyone!

Thanks for all the nice words and to everyone who came and made it a success. I must say, the thing I have been surprised about most with these rallies (being only my second), is that all Airstream owners are genuinely nice and have a great sense of humor. It was probably that positive attitude that kept me from getting Marie's sickness until Monday. As soon as the rally ended, and I was back to the humdrum of work, my mental defenses gave in...

But the sickness did have one upside-- plenty of time at home to start researching next year's rally! I really like the lake/water idea and will try to find a nice site for boondocking on a lake shore somewhere. The river canoe idea is also up there on the list. And we'll have to repeat the geodes thing again at some point, and try out some new dig sites.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #93
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It was really nice to meet everyone. Jan and I had a fantastic time. We drove slow on the way out and everything was intact...no problems at all. Continuing our journey, we arrived at Usery Mountain Park in one piece and this is a beautiful place. We are next to a couple from Oregon with an Airstream and I think I have them convinced to join the forums!. Here is a pic from our new location...
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:00 AM   #94
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Wow, Steve - that's a picture for the books. And it's giving me a serious wanderlust.
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Just checking in on the forum, we have been cracking open geodes like giddy children. This trip was a blast and we are so appreciative of the beautiful airstream community for including us "future" airstreamers.

We especially wanted to thank Peter and Marie, for their work in planning and hosting. I love seeing the pictures you guys have posted, it was truly delightful to meet you all and share this adventure with you. Next time you see us we hope to be hauling a shiny piece of aluminum, pronounced al-you-mini-umm ; ) - thanksChris

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #96
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OK....who is responsible for me buying a rock tumbler? I guess I'll have to take responsibility. Jan and I definitely have geology fever. Can't wait to tumble some agates from the opal mine!
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:25 PM   #97
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I've been googling how to slice and polish the faces of rocks. If anyone has any insights, I'm all ears. I can't even locate a place where I could have a geode sliced if I didn't want to invest in tooling that I won't use again any time soon.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #98
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Hey all you Rally nice people! So fun getting to know you all. Just had a wonderful time. Great pics!
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