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Old 07-27-2008, 12:09 PM   #141
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With as slow as everything is going with my restoration, I might be tent camping in a BIG aluminum tent. Does anyone have any suggestions for something to bring to the potluck that doesn't require cooking or a refrigerator?? This is not only my first Airstream rally but is also going to be my first time camping in my trailer. This restoration looked alot quicker on paper.

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Old 07-27-2008, 02:39 PM   #142
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We know exactly what you mean. We're in the same boat..no walls, no cabinets, no beds.. We started in January and thought it would be completed by March....hahahaha....NO.....We are trying desperately to get the kitchen in and the air on before the Rally. It will be our 1st rally also. We have missed 2 since we bought our AS last July and do not want to miss this one. We have camped only 2 times in a year. Once at an RV park and once boondockin with our horses. Awesome both times!
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With as slow as everything is going with my restoration, I might be tent camping in a BIG aluminum tent. Does anyone have any suggestions for something to bring to the potluck that doesn't require cooking or a refrigerator?? This is not only my first Airstream rally but is also going to be my first time camping in my trailer. This restoration looked alot quicker on paper.

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Old 07-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #143
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With as slow as everything is going with my restoration, I might be tent camping in a BIG aluminum tent. Does anyone have any suggestions for something to bring to the potluck that doesn't require cooking or a refrigerator?? This is not only my first Airstream rally but is also going to be my first time camping in my trailer. This restoration looked alot quicker on paper.

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One option may be to put something together from Wal-Mart the day of the potluck. A Wal-Mart Super Center is right off Interstate 44 at Exit 226 where you may also exit to MO Hwy 185 and Meramec State Park. It appears to be about 5 to 7 miles from the campgrounds. Several franchise and fast food restaurants and shopping options are in that same area. It is a very busy exit/intersection with lots of semi-truck traffic. Generally we do everything we can to avoid getting off in Sullivan as we travel across Interstate 44 -- not this time though!

One option may be to bring some canned beans, herbs and spices, and a bottle of good salad dressing as a basis for a bean salad. The day of the potluck you could add the remaining ingredients (onion?, celery?) and chill it in a cooler before the potluck. Fruit, cheese and crackers? Chips and salsa? Makings for "Somemores" if there is a campfire? Just throwing out some ideas to help you decide. Folks will understand I'm sure if you don't have a kitchen and food prep ability before the rally.

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Old 07-27-2008, 04:50 PM   #144
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Nick,

Many people on this forum have been in your boat. I want to offer this up to help console you. Like Nancy Mac said earlier, there is a Super Wally World in Sullivan not far from the campgrounds. Chips and dips or salsa, a veggie platter, perhaps a desert that can sit out, or anything you want to bring.

On a side note, you can use our fridge if you need to keep something cold.

If you still want to have some help on your trailer, I have plenty of time before the rally.

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Old 07-27-2008, 04:57 PM   #145
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cheating, but who really would know?

I suppose you could call it cheating, but there are lots of stores and delis that have prepared salads, etc at their deli counter, and if you put it in your own dish, no one knows if you made it or not, if you don't confess!! Not that I would ever in my life do anything like that. A cooler with ice would keep something cold until it was time to serve it. If you don't have a kitchen, it would be a suggestion.
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Saturday Potluck Listing

Maccamper Baked Beans (Ribs for BBQ)
2Wired Corn Cassarole
Cosmotini Deviled Egg Potato Salad
Tin Loaf Fruit Salad
Isadora Guacamole (Fish Fry?)
76Sovereign Samoan BBQ Chicken (Ribs?)
Soldiermedic Smoked Armadillo Eggs

We also plan to smoke a shoulder to have for people on Friday night as well.

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:20 PM   #147
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OK I figured it out. I am going to make a cold fruit salad (watermelon basket with melons, different fruits, etc., one of my favorite things to do) and I will have my guacamole also. If I decide to make anything else like a blackberry cobbler with some of the 30 qts of blackberries I have in my freezer, that will be a bonus. No promises on the cobbler but chances are pretty good. I thought we might do the fish fry a night other than the potluck. Gotta go fishing first.
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Steve glad your back home and on line. Put me down for Peach Cobbler I am trying to talk James into frying some Oklahoma Catfish. We did that on the 4th of July but it took soooooo long in our deep little fat fryer. He said if he had one of those turkey cookers it would be a snap.

We worked on the A/S Fri, Sat James fishing, Sunday was a flop. We had the AC running since Thursday night so it would be cool in the A/S while we work. Well got up Sunday and the one foot adapter cord shorted out, so we have to buy a new one. To top that off the A/S froze up, not sure if that was because of the cord shorting out or we still have a problem with the AC. James is calling the RV place today as it has only been 14 days since the AC was worked on. It is amazing all the little things that need done for finish up. Sunday we were putting the new belly plate on the rear that reaches from the black tank to the bumper. Well guess what we didn't have the right size rivets. A run to Chickasha, OK was a dry run. I will try Ace hardware on the way home tonight, if that doesn't work the Tuesday James will make a run to Oklahoma City. With Gas prices we try and make each trip count. I got the cover off of the goucho off and washed Friday, did some touch up painting. I am still finishing up the bathroom, overhead doors, overhead mirror, we put the closet doors on the wrong sides so now we have to remove and change sides. Need to add some rivets here and there for finish up. James got the breaks working.

James is planning to fish while he is there.

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Jim cooks our trout on the grill, dip it in butter or olive oil, put his special seasoning mix on it, and grill it. Way better than frying, we have found. And fast. But with a limit of 4 trout a day, that's 8 for 2 people (assuming we catch our limit), makes l6 fillets, we need a couple of days of fishing to have enough. Of course we can always bring some with us from our next fishing trip before the rally.
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CJ,

Correct me if I am wrong, but are you using a 30 Amp to 15 Amp converter so you can use your Air Conditioner off a regular outlet? If so this is not a good thing. I had planned on doing the same thing one time, and was told that those units are made for 30 Amps and I would be limiting the life of the unit. If I am mistaken, then just forget what I wrote. I thought that this may be part of the problem.

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CJ, I am wondering if your AC unit is doing what our unit is: the compressor keeps working even after the temperature has gotten below the set point on the thermostat. That could be how it froze up.

Could you let us know what the AC tech has to say? Is it a problem with the thermostat or is it with a relay in the AC unit? We have the original mechanical thermostats in ours and I suspect you might as well. I was planning on replacing our thermostats anyway, but if the culprit is a bad relay, I will want to address that as well. Thanks very much.

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Steve and Laird, I just called James and read him all your emails. He said the cord may have been the starter. So he is going to the RV place in Chickasha and talk to Eddy to make sure he is using the right electrical hookups. I will let you all know what he finds out.
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OK I figured it out. I am going to make a cold fruit salad (watermelon basket with melons, different fruits, etc., one of my favorite things to do) and I will have my guacamole also. If I decide to make anything else like a blackberry cobbler with some of the 30 qts of blackberries I have in my freezer, that will be a bonus. No promises on the cobbler but chances are pretty good. I thought we might do the fish fry a night other than the potluck. Gotta go fishing first.
AWESOME ISADORA!.....It's people like you that get people like me excited about the trip and what to bring. How ambitious you are!

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If I decide to make anything else like a blackberry cobbler with some of the 30 qts of blackberries I have in my freezer, that will be a bonus. No promises on the cobbler but chances are pretty good.
That cobbler sounds fantastic.

I can pick up a load of meat at Trenton Meat Market for the BBQ. I smoked a pork picnic roast this weekend at Babler State Park and it was awesome. Almost as good as Bandana's.
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