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Old 12-07-2006, 12:17 AM   #15
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Hi Georgia, I just asked my daughter if she would like to attend today too. I am very excited that we can come together like this. It will be so much fun.

But I didn't do a thing. Vickie picked the location, Jamie picked the date, Suz met with Vickie already in person and has an idea of caravanning to this rally from the midwest forums rally and a get-together sooner for an afternoon of getting better acquainted (cool ideas!) And Steph has graciously offered her home as a place to gather and meet. And me, I am just too excited to keep from posting!
Just a little mis-communication about Midwest caravaning: I actually was thinking it would be going TO AND/OR FROM Moraine View since the RSSR (Rivettes Summer Solstice Rally) is more than a week later. And if we went to RSSR on the same trip out, what ever would we do with the guys ??

Now for RSSR

See, when I asked ,"Where are we going and when is it going to happen?" and said we'd be set to go by the end of Dec. I wasn't kidding. It was what...a whole week ago now?? Yes .... WE CAN TOW IT ! ! !

OK, now this length and age thing won't be a problem. We'll just re-locate and spend our $$ elsewhere.

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Old 12-07-2006, 12:53 AM   #16
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Good job on the rules Sharon !! I laughed out loud. Think I'll frame that list!!

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:25 AM   #17
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What would we do with the guys...ummm...stash 'em? It's always good to have a guy stashed on the side, don't you think? Oh Stop it, you know I'm kidding.

That's the spirit Suz. If they won't waive the restrictions who needs people that don't appreciate us. Hrumph!

You did! You called it, and you got us busy and all reved up and energized to work on it together until we hashed it out.

Steph has come through again and offered to check out some campgrounds and even get us photos!

Here's a couple of campgrounds also in the area.

Indian Valley Campground and Canoe Livery Middleville, Michigan

indoor pool
full hookups
canoe trips
http://www.michcampgrounds.com/india...index-main.php

Yankee Springs Recreation area Gunlake- Modern

electric hookups
horseback riding
challenging mountain bike trails
30 miles hiking trails
swimming beach
access for fishing or boat use

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandt...fo.aspx?id=511

http://www.midnrreservations.com/campgrounds/searchcriteria.cfm

reservations can be made online for Yankee Springs for our dates in 2 more weeks (6 months in advance.)

Hungry Horse Campground Dorr Michigan

http://www.hungryhorsecampground.com/

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Michigan/Dorr.html

swimming pool
hiking trail

I will continue to try and reach the private campgrounds that are unfortunately now closed for camping for the season. (yup, it's Michigan) and possibly somewhere warm right now.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:04 AM   #18
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Sharon .. Sounds like a great idea... Helllo Carol.. yes we will mark it on our calendar... Like Sharon said.. I don't know how far along we will be with it... must have the sealand in by than though... we are thinking about doing the complete reno next year minus the paint job
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WoW! Sorry to be AWOL while you were all out doing the homework. Seems like we should be able to come up with a place that will accept any of our tin tents. I like the location of that Happy Horse campground. Looks like a good place to take off from to get out and see the area. Any of you Michiganders (or is that Michigeese? ) ever been there before?

Sharon -- now there's a set of rules I can live with! Good job! Any chance we could hook up and caravan part of the way to Michigan? Any other northeastern Rivettes who want to caravan for a SASSI Summer Solstice?
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:11 PM   #20
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It is all your fault.....

You made me cry! with all your supporting comments - that I grovelled and got down on my hands and knees and begged Peter not to sell my trailer... It worked

Seriously - we, after 6 days of agony just could not go through with it.

You look at the pictures of MoonBeam over and over it just made us sick to think we were selling her.....but for everyone else on the forum it was Chucky who got in touch with MOONBEAM to set up the hostage situation, so that we were forced to pull her off the market....in order to eat and survive.

And for all those interested - snooze you loose......

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Old 12-07-2006, 08:22 PM   #21
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It is all your fault.....

You made me cry! with all your supporting comments - that I grovelled and got down on my hands and knees and begged Peter not to sell my trailer... It worked

Seriously - we, after 6 days of agony just could not go through with it.

I think it was our Bambi, Ms. Sally, who maybe got in touch with Moonbeam and suggested the hostage situation. She knows how every time we're away with her alone we love her all over again and would never part with her.

Besides, every couple needs two Airstreams, don't cha think? That's our goal anyway.

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Old 12-08-2006, 11:07 AM   #22
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We Can Tow It Pow-Wow

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Next weekend we will be having our first We Can Tow It Pow-Wow! Want to get together and try to map out some plans on getting regional Doe tows
together? Michelle (TheCatsandI) will be coming all the way to Michigan to host this pow-wow.

Can't make it this time but have some ideas, let us know.

Summer Solstice Rally (June20-25, 2007)

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*Sharon (GT6921)
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I think it was our Bambi, Ms. Sally, who maybe got in touch with Moonbeam and suggested the hostage situation. She knows how every time we're away with her alone we love her all over again and would never part with her.

Besides, every couple needs two Airstreams, don't cha think? That's our goal anyway.

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Just maybe - if MOONBEAM settles down from her traumatic ordeal I might talk to her about traveling an extra few days and hook up with Ms. Sally. And they can reiterate how their sneaky plans worked....

Thinking of popping down to Boston area hook up with a few massholes we met last year to say hello if they are in town - then travel up with you to the Rivette SSS.

I would then have to hook up With Annie's Marvin in Elkart Indiana for some serious RV surplus furniture shopping Drop off the Hubby and either pick up Annie or maybe we could convince the guys to go their way and we go ours and just meet up with them after the Rivette SSS on the Monday and then carava up to our place for whoever is going that way....

Lots of ideas for some neat hook ups - just have to get intouch with the calendars and maps and see how things can pan out.

But it would be cool seeing Ms. Sally and MoonBeam together.
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:29 AM   #24
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Just maybe - if MOONBEAM settles down from her traumatic ordeal I might talk to her about traveling an extra few days and hook up with Ms. Sally. And they can reiterate how their sneaky plans worked....
Sharon -- if you can't meet me in Mass., we can meet up at a halfway point that's convenient for both of us. I'll be traveling across New York State, then over through Canada to Michigan.
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Smile Update on solstice rally, date but location tbd

Hi all,
Just acting as secretary reporting the minutes of the rivette emails on the subject of the solstice rally.
Since we last posted here the rally location changed as Jamie decided not to attend the seminar in Michigan. However, most of us have saved the date! First location for your consideration is Jackson Center, Ohio.

Sharon (GT6921) suggested that we consider Jackson Center. Paula (Foiled Again) took that ball and ran with it. Here's what she learned (posted with her permission from an email)

I (Paula) spoke to Mr. Eli Carder at Airstream - in their marketing department. He's interested and intrigued, but pointed out that we'd probably have to "primitive camp" as they had done at the Homecoming. He's going to check with upper managment to see if Airstream is interested in sponsoring it - or even having it there. He instantly recognized that woman RV's were an unusual demographic, and might be newsworthy. He wondered what our rally would be like and wanted an outline.Suz and Jamie had some great thoughts about organization. Some concern was raised about shower/restroom facilities since we'll be boondocking. Other thoughts as to what else can we do while there? Ok let me know if I missed something. Hope to hear from rivettes in other states (summerkid are you there?)Thanks for all the great ideas and input I am so happy that we can work on this together!
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Well, I've been checking in on this thread periodically thinking that maybe there would be a way I could at least fly in for the weekend...combined with a visit to my sister in Kalamazoo, MI. Then I clued in on the proposed dates...June 20-25...not gonna happen, at least for me. It overlaps with the start of the International Rally in Perry,GA. I think it's a great idea to have it in Jackson Center, but my guess is it would be better attended if it didn't overlap International...Airstream Corp. is always very well represented at International, would anybody be left at the facotry?

Oh well, I don't expect that my comments count for much, as I'm not able to be two places at once...just some food for thought! Maybe another time...

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Old 01-06-2007, 03:19 PM   #27
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Shari - VERY good points

Shari, if we overlap the International I am sure we won't get good attendance. I don't go to big rallies; my preference is for smaller rallies. I don't have my Blue Beret handy, when is the international? And should we revise dates?

I've been to one very traditional rally (which shall remain nameless) that left me feeling like I'd just spent a week at a church revival. No booze, daily prayers and a Sunday service. One size does NOT fit all, but that isn't the type of event I'd attend again.

Here are a few ideas of stuff I'd like - and of course I hope others will add their own:

Factory Tour
Airstream sponsored basic maintenance seminar
Tour of each others Airstreams
at least one pot luck dinner
wine tasting - fine wine and best "cheap" wine (this can be a hoot!)
lunch of heavy "horses douvers" (can't remember how to spell it) and gossip
Swap meet - trade your trailer trash (life laundry)
Backing up practice for new Rivettes
Some kind of local tours/activities

This part of Ohio is rather flat so I don't know if there are good trout streams, nearby state parks, etc. It's rural... so maybe there is a cheese factory, llama or buffalo farm, etc that we could visit. Historical stuff? Well there is a bicycle museum in a nearby burg. Don't know if there are any outlet malls, but there are surely auctions... and there may be some Amish communities, though I generally think those are farther east. There is a BIG airstream dealership only about 22 miles south of Jackson Center. They'd probably LOVE to have us descend on them.

If we stayed at Jackson Center or an RV park near there, I would love to take the tour of the factory and I'd very much hope they would put on a Maintenance seminar for us. I've always believed that most women are far more mechanically inclined than they realize, and that they only lack experience. I was seriously considering paying someone to winterize my Sparestream, but JohnHD did a very good thread with pictures that was 100 times better than the famous factory handbook. Saved me $200, and taught me it's a 10-15 minute job if you know what the heck you're doing! Even if some of us know how to torque our lugs and use a propane sniffer, anyone can benefit from a refresher. I've never greased my own axle bearings, so that is something I'd like to see. Watching a panel being replaced would also be something to see. I know at least one Rivette has changed a tire on the road, but here again LEARNING to do it before you HAVE to do it is a better idea. I recently let the battery go too low in my 22, and had to hand crank the unit up and down.... after recharging I went back to using the motor.... then a day or two ago I was told I should have synchronized the motor. OOPS. It seems to work, so I must have lucked out.

On Fridays the A/S factory often lets workers leave early if the week's production is done, so that is the BEST day to listen to the tour, but you get more noise and more action if you go another day. The tour takes a minimum of two hours... I'd certainly like to do it again. If we do decide to do Jackson Center, and they agree to do a maintenance seminar, then at least one full day would have to be devoted to the factory.

Other stuff to propose for an agenda - Gotta have the obligatory tour of each others units.. that seems to happen spontaneously even if it's not a formal event, but the problem is that if we are singles we can't host visitors and tour at the same time. When a rally is 10-15 trailers, you can just serially visit one trailer at a time, but if you have 30, I'd suggest forming two groups, hosts and visitors. Everyone tours 1/2 of the trailers while the hosts show work in progress, modifications, Storage ideas, etc. Then roles shift and the hosts tour... Everyone gets to see 1/2 of the trailers at least.

Just random ideas to start the pot boiling... I'm very amenable to whatever ideas all y'all come up with.

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International is 6/27/07 - 7/04/07. I originally planned to go, but got scared off big rallies after attending my first region rally, so we're not going to International this year. But it's no problem for me if others want to move the dates around for those who are attending International. Does anyone want to throw out any alternate dates for consideration? Any dates we have to rule out for anyone?
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