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Old 03-05-2008, 07:37 AM   #239
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The back could be cut off and it would make a great bar or coffee station.
Actually they are going to come with a flatbed and haul it off soon. ( sniff, sniff) I get to keep a few mementos from it though.Just in case I need them on the next one.
It has lots of salvageable parts I have no room for a second one in the driveway though.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:27 AM   #240
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:45 AM   #241
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My goodness, I would never do that

did run down the battery on my power drill a few times though.
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Let me know if anyone cancels...my friends need a spot

Hey guys & gals,

We have some friends that are planning to come to the April get-together. They previously didn't make reservations because they sold their previous camper. Some of you guys may remember them from the Spring 2007 trip. They had the little 1947 Boles "canned ham" type camper. It was restored to a tiki hut type theme. It was sold on Ebay and sadly it was totalled by the transport company on its way to California on a flatbed. They are working to finish the restoration on a recently purchased '62 Airstream. They both have background in design and are very creative. I can't wait to see it.

Let me know if anyone ends up with a spot that they don't need. They're great folks if you haven't me them.

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Old 03-07-2008, 09:05 AM   #243
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My mistake, it was a 1949 Bellwood that they had!


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We have some friends that are planning to come to the April get-together. They previously didn't make reservations because they sold their previous camper. Some of you guys may remember them from the Spring 2007 trip. They had the little 1947 Boles "canned ham" type camper. It was restored to a tiki hut type theme. It was sold on Ebay and sadly it was totalled by the transport company on its way to California on a flatbed. They are working to finish the restoration on a recently purchased '62 Airstream. They both have background in design and are very creative. I can't wait to see it.

Let me know if anyone ends up with a spot that they don't need. They're great folks if you haven't me them.

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Old 03-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #244
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I didn't see inside, but I remember it made quiet a buzz. It is sad for a beautifully restored, or customized labor of love, to make it nearly sixty years and be destroyed on its way to its new owner...and not even rolling on its own two tires but being carried on someone else's trailer!
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:14 PM   #245
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That trailer was fabulous. we loved it inside and out. It reminds me of when my brother sold his 1926 Dodge Pickup and the guy dropped it off his flatbed on the way over a bridge. Yikes.
Musta hurt like my trailer with the tree laying on it.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:57 PM   #246
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So Alan, I'm curious. What happens to the old AS with the slight wind damage? Do they haul that bad boy off?

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You could donate to the 'Airstream Ranch' down in Florida...
Kinda like the 'Cadillac Ranch' out in Texas.

Airstream Ranch's Creator Says He Sees Beauty in Old RVs | TheLedger.com

If you've driven on Interstate 4 between Plant City and Tampa recently, you've probably noticed them. Eight silver travel trailers tilt eastward at a roughly 20-degree angle, wheel sides forward, looking a bit like dominoes caught in freeze-frame just as they begin to topple.

Their wrinkled aluminum skins reflect the sunlight, even on a recent overcast afternoon, creating a diversion that is almost impossible to ignore among billboards and traffic signs along a typically charmless stretch of highway 11 miles west of the Polk County line.

Its creator has dubbed it Airstream Ranch, an homage to both Texas' Cadillac Ranch and a popular brand of trailers he happens to sell at his nearby recreational vehicle dealership.

"People get a big kick out of it," said Frank Bates, owner of Bates RV and the designer of Airstream Ranch, which occupies a grassy plot a quarter-mile west of his dealership fronting I-4's eastbound lanes. "They drive by and see it and enjoy it. It's something to look at."

While Bates calls it art, Hillsborough County officials offer a less romantic description - code violation - and they want it removed. The county has scheduled a hearing on the matter next Friday, and signs at the Bates RV dealership reading "Save Airstream Ranch" direct customers to petitions supporting the assemblage as "a historic Florida roadside attraction." Bates said about 3,000 people have signed the petitions.

Bates envisioned Airstream Ranch last year, as Airstream Inc. was celebrating its 75th year. A Texas native, Bates had long admired Cadillac Ranch, an outdoor display of 10 partially buried Cadillacs in Amarillo, Texas, devised by businessman Stanley Marsh III and erected by the art collective The Ant Farm in 1974.

Though Bates originally wanted to install shiny, pristine Airstreams, as 2007 wound down he bought six trailers from a junkyard to go with two he already owned. In early January, workers using a backhoe and a large crane spent two days burying the trailers nose first, 6 to 8 feet deep. By the time the third Airstream was planted, three news helicopters had arrived to get aerial footage.

Bates, 52, had hoped to include an Airstream from each decade of the company's existence. He settled for trailers dating from 1957 through 1994 and ranging from 16 feet to 34 feet.

Photographers from across the country have swooped in to capture Airstream Ranch on film or pixels. Bates invites visitors to stop at his dealership, where employees can shuttle them by golf cart to the site, rather than stopping along I-4 to take pictures.

"My one mistake is I made sure all the good sides were facing the road (I-4)," Bates said. "The problem is the sun shines from the south, so the photographers always want to take pictures from the south side and always take pictures of the bad side, which I feel terrible about."

As Bates recently gave a reporter a tour, a car arrived from the south, taking advantage of an open gate, and a couple approached the trailers on foot, bearing cameras.

Gene Toole, an Ohioan spending the winter at a nearby mobile home park, said he wanted a photo for a friend who has an Airstream.

"I think it's unique," Toole said of Airstream Ranch. "I know there's an issue with some neighbors. Most people I've talked to are kind of positive about it."

Word of Airstream Ranch recently reached Marsh through a reporter from the Amarillo Globe-News.

"I said, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,'" Marsh told The Ledger by phone. "I don't own the idea of 10 tilted poles. I hope your area and your artists have as much fun with it as I have had with mine. If I were in your neighborhood, I'd go look at it."

If Airstream Ranch is allowed to remain, Bates said he'd like to replace some of the dented trailers with better preserved models. He said students from Tampa Bay Technical High School have offered to landscape the site and install lights so that the trailers can be seen at night. Bates envisions creating a park and playing host to art shows and even weddings.

But the future of Airstream Ranch is in serious doubt. Ed Brill, Hillsborough County's manager of code enforcement, said Bates' violations include improper off-site advertising and misuse of agricultural land. Bates denied the advertising charge, noting the display contains no signs.

Brill said the citations followed complaints from people living in a neighborhood just to the south.

Hillsborough's code-enforcement board, a group of seven citizens, will consider the case at next Friday's hearing in Tampa. Brill's department will present its side, Bates will be invited to respond and citizens also will be allowed to speak. If the board sides with the code-enforcement department, Brill said Bates will be given some time to remove the trailers before he starts incurring fines.

Bates argues that Airstream Ranch is a work of art, and in the lobby of his dealership he displays a letter from Alan Moore, an art professor at the University of South Florida, supporting that assertion. Bates notes that a 1963 Airstream Bambi resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Marsh, told of the controversy, instantly sided with Bates, whom he doesn't know.

"I think the First Amendment gives us complete freedom of expression and is more important than any zoning or local officials," Marsh said. "I think whoever attempts to remove it is a philistine."

Bates doesn't make such high-flown arguments; he just wants to keep his vertical trailer park.

"Everyone in Texas knows Stanley Marsh III because he did Cadillac Ranch," Bates said. "Well, it would be kind of neat in 30 or 40 years if everyone knew Frank Bates because he did Airstream Ranch."
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:21 PM   #248
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Hey guys & gals,

We have some friends that are planning to come to the April get-together. They previously didn't make reservations because they sold their previous camper. Some of you guys may remember them from the Spring 2007 trip. They had the little 1947 Boles "canned ham" type camper. It was restored to a tiki hut type theme. It was sold on Ebay and sadly it was totalled by the transport company on its way to California on a flatbed. They are working to finish the restoration on a recently purchased '62 Airstream. They both have background in design and are very creative. I can't wait to see it.

Let me know if anyone ends up with a spot that they don't need. They're great folks if you haven't me them.

Thanks, Geven
Those guys rocked - from Columbia (SC) or something if I remember correctly? Sad about their rig, it was beautiful.

Between that rig, Alan's "wind damage" and Klattu's last post with buried AS's, I'm getting a little uneasy!
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:36 PM   #249
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I wish they had already picked mine up, it will be Monday. It still is a drag to see it sitting out there with a gaping hole in the roof and rain pouring in. We had a tarp over all of it and took it off as they were coming to get it today. But no show.

Meanwhile ( drum roll ...Brad) we bought a Winnebago!!
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I will be picking it up next Saturday and have it at Springstream of course.
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With regards to the Rally, Shannon and I will be coming up either Tuesday or Wed, and unfortunately, but for a very good reason, we have to leave Saturday afternoon.

I am hoping many of you (if not all) will agree to get together for a shared brunch at 11:30 or so Saturday, in the pavillion. This way we can selfishly see all of you all at one time, have our raffle, and then after some lunchy- breakfasty food and drink...have our tour of homes as we have always done.

We hate that we will miss the big dinner, but consider the brunch a meet and greet warm up for it.

Let me know your thoughts please. We plan on leaving Saturday at 2 or so.
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:31 AM   #250
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With regards to the Rally, Shannon and I will be coming up either Tuesday or Wed, and unfortunately, but for a very good reason, we have to leave Saturday afternoon.

I am hoping many of you (if not all) will agree to get together for a shared brunch at 11:30 or so Saturday, in the pavillion. This way we can selfishly see all of you all at one time, have our raffle, and then after some lunchy- breakfasty food and drink...have our tour of homes as we have always done.

We hate that we will miss the big dinner, but consider the brunch a meet and greet warm up for it.

Let me know your thoughts please. We plan on leaving Saturday at 2 or so.
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Hopefully our new to us Airstream will e a whole lotta fun like the last one.
Group "Pot-Lunch" sounds good to us, let's see who else concurs. Glad you can make it at all!

Congratulations on the new-to-you purchase. Pictures and further description would be appreciated. I assume (scarey as that sounds) that "a whole lotta fun" does _not_ include completely renovating the inside.
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How about some griddles for a pancake feast at the brunch? Kids might like that. I have one I can bring might be able to borrow a couple more..
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We can bring three griddles.

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