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Old 06-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #211
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I absolutely agree with your comments, Steve. Gail not only has a fabulous '53 Clipper, she's a heck of a trailer backer upper!

Although, your '91 sure is a sweet coach with room for multiple musicians!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #213
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Hi everyone! Rick and I had a fabulous time at Alumapalooza--I finally got around to blogging about it! Here's a few happy memories from us!

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #214
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Hi everyone! Rick and I had a fabulous time at Alumapalooza--I finally got around to blogging about it! Here's a few happy memories from us!

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Hi, great blog letting some of us who weren't able to go, know what happens there. I wonder though, if someone with a quiet generator could have let the people with the medical needs tap into their generator or use their generator at night. I think I would, if my generator has enough power.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:03 AM   #215
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Hard to say... they were nice guys and really friendly, but they really didn't interact with folks much, so there wasn't really an opportunity to offer (as well, we only had a single gallon of gas, since we only planned to use ours for charging and quick cabin warm-ups). It also didn't bother us as much as our other neighbors (I used to have an efficiency apartment with a much louder fridge). In the end, they left a day early (without advanced notice)--I suspect there were bigger issues--I just hope it came out ok for them.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:32 AM   #216
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This was going to be our first Alumapalooza. Every since we bought our Air Stream 345 we wanted to go to Jackson Center to see how our Air Stream was built. Most of the rallies we had attended we was the only Air Stream 345 or motor home there. Ours got a lot of attention. So after washing, cleaning, and doing our routine checking over the Moho we headed out on Memorial day. Like we said this was our first and we was a little excited cause we thought we would get to see a lot of Motor homes. We hooked up our Jeep Wrangler and headed out after stopping for gas. About 1 mile past Corbin, Kentucky we had smoke rolling out from under the coach. When I pulled off the road I checked the dog house. As I lifted it flames shot out all around it. I slammed it back shut and told Regina to get out now. I had to go back to get her purse and our cell phones so we could call 911. What a sick feeling to watch you motor home go up in flames. We started taking a lot of photos to be able to show the insurance company. We lost our pride position that day. This Air Stream 345 did not deserve to go out like that. Not to mention all of the things we had inside of it. My wallet, computer with all our photos of the motor home, clothing, camera and who can remember what else.The next day we went up to see what we might be able to salvage. On the way we called Alumapalooza to let them know that we would not be at the rally cuase our motor home had burnt up. Then I asked if we could get our $325.00 back for our rally fee. The guy [I didn't catch his name] said the we could not get it returned cause we did not cancel before May 1st. I told him that I was on our way and that our motor home burnt to the ground. All he could say was He could not return it. I then called Jackson Center. I explaned to the lady I was talking to what had happened on the way and what this guy said. She referred me to another person. She gave me a number to call and it was the voice mail of the first guy I talked to. Then I left him a message again about the situation we was in. He returned our call and said that he was busy and would get with us after the Rally. The guy we talked to is about as sensitive as a rock. Every place else we had reservations for gladly returned our money after we told then what had happened. So we are not to happy with the way Alumapalooza treated us. We would never attend an Alumapalooza again.

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:17 PM   #217
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This was going to be our first Alumapalooza. Every since we bought our Air Stream 345 we wanted to go to Jackson Center to see how our Air Stream was built. Most of the rallies we had attended we was the only Air Stream 345 or motor home there. Ours got a lot of attention. So after washing, cleaning, and doing our routine checking over the Moho we headed out on Memorial day. Like we said this was our first and we was a little excited cause we thought we would get to see a lot of Motor homes. We hooked up our Jeep Wrangler and headed out after stopping for gas. About 1 mile past Corbin, Kentucky we had smoke rolling out from under the coach. When I pulled off the road I checked the dog house. As I lifted it flames shot out all around it. I slammed it back shut and told Regina to get out now. I had to go back to get her purse and our cell phones so we could call 911. What a sick feeling to watch you motor home go up in flames. We started taking a lot of photos to be able to show the insurance company. We lost our pride position that day. This Air Stream 345 did not deserve to go out like that. Not to mention all of the things we had inside of it. My wallet, computer with all our photos of the motor home, clothing, camera and who can remember what else.The next day we went up to see what we might be able to salvage. On the way we called Alumapalooza to let them know that we would not be at the rally cuase our motor home had burnt up. Then I asked if we could get our $325.00 back for our rally fee. The guy [I didn't catch his name] said the we could not get it returned cause we did not cancel before May 1st. I told him that I was on our way and that our motor home burnt to the ground. All he could say was He could not return it. I then called Jackson Center. I explaned to the lady I was talking to what had happened on the way and what this guy said. She referred me to another person. She gave me a number to call and it was the voice mail of the first guy I talked to. Then I left him a message again about the situation we was in. He returned our call and said that he was busy and would get with us after the Rally. The guy we talked to is about as sensitive as a rock. Every place else we had reservations for gladly returned our money after we told then what had happened. So we are not to happy with the way Alumapalooza treated us. We would never attend an Alumapalooza again.

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Hi, certainly Alumapalooza could make an exception in this case; It's not like they just changed their minds and had somewhere else to go. I'm sure Jim and Regina could send you some pictures if you need proof.

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James,

You know, last year we'd hoped to go to Alumapalooza, but I found out I was going to lose my job a week before the event, so we had to cancel out so I could start job hunting.

While I sympathize with your circumstances, it never crossed our minds to request our registration fee back when we were forced to cancel on short notice, even though our finances were exceptionally precarious at that time. We knew that other folks had been turned away from the rally for our slot--and that contracts were signed and vendors paid based partially on the event fees we paid--and that in the end, the rally was a volunteer-run event. It wasn't the fault of the organizers that I had to stay home on short notice. They weren't responsible for my inability to attend--so why should I ask them to personally assume the cost of my registration fees?

I think we all feel sad that you had such a miserable trip and didn't make it to the rally. That was an awful shame on many levels.

However, when you signed up for the rally, you did sign that you would honor the cancellation date. Your going to have to decide for yourself how to react to being held responsible for that.

It also appears that you called Airstream, which did not organize the rally--so I don't think anyone could help you. They were probably on a mad scramble to make you happier as best they could...
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Jim and Regina we are so very sorry you have lost your lovely Airstream. We are very happy you were not hurt. The Airstream can be replaced, you can't. Bless You Both, Kate
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On the way we called Alumapalooza to let them know that we would not be at the rally cuase our motor home had burnt up. Then I asked if we could get our $325.00 back for our rally fee. The guy [I didn't catch his name] said the we could not get it returned cause we did not cancel before May 1st. I told him that I was on our way and that our motor home burnt to the ground. All he could say was He could not return it.
At least you were not hurt, you can always find another motor home.
When you registered for Alumapalooza, you were given the option to purchase cancellation insurance. If you purchased the insurance, all you have to do is follow the instructions for canceling. If you did not purchase the insurance, the responsibility and cost for not attending, for whatever the reason, is yours exclusively.

And if you check back in this thread, you will see I had an accident with our tow vehicle a couple of weeks before departure. I also did not purchase the insurance, but at no time did I blame Alumapalooza for my lack of foresight. I was able to piece our truck back together just in time to attend, but it could very easily have not happened.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #221
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At least you were not hurt, you can always find another motor home.
When you registered for Alumapalooza, you were given the option to purchase cancellation insurance. If you purchased the insurance, all you have to do is follow the instructions for canceling. If you did not purchase the insurance, the responsibility and cost for not attending, for whatever the reason, is yours exclusively.

And if you check back in this thread, you will see I had an accident with our tow vehicle a couple of weeks before departure. I also did not purchase the insurance, but at no time did I blame Alumapalooza for my lack of foresight. I was able to piece our truck back together just in time to attend, but it could very easily have not happened.
Hi, I wonder if Alumafandango offers this insurance, I didn't see anything about it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #222
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Unfortunately the trip cancellation insurance we offered for Alumapalooza is not available for Alumafandango, for reasons beyond our control. We're looking for alternatives now.

But a number of companies offer trip cancellation insurance that you can buy independently, and also some auto policies and roadside service programs include a benefit for trip cancellation. It's a good idea, if you aren't comfortable with the refund policy you're agreeing to at time of registration.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #223
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In 2011 we planned to attend our first Alumapalooza even though we did not own an Airstream. We paid in advance the walk in entry fee and had reservations at the Hampton Inn at Sydney. Shortly before our departure my wife's father went into the hospital and we were not able to go.

Fortunately we were able to cancel the hotel reservation in advance of its no cancellation period. It did not occur to us to ask for a refund from the organizers of Alumapalooza. We understood the no refund policy when we paid our fee. Plus at the time we changed our plans we recognized the event organizers would have already incurred the expenses associated with our commitment to attend. It was not our fault my father-in-law got sick and it wasn't Alumapalooza's responsibility to refund us the money because he did. I'd have felt the same way if our inability to attend had been due to an auto accident, my employer requiring me to stay home and work, my wife being sick, or any other personal reason.

The operators of Alumapalooza did the right thing in holding to their cancellation policy. They assumed the financial risk of putting on the event and deserve to be paid by the people who committed to attending and for who they incurred substantial costs. Furthermore it would not be fair to others who paid and didn't attend (for whatever reason) if Alumapalooza made even one exception to the no refund policy.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:48 AM   #224
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We signed up for Alumafandango last week, and the cancellation insurance was added for 20$,,, While I certainly feel for your problem,,, I can see why they can't make an exception as it wouldn't be fair to those who did pay for insurance. Think of it this way: If you don't have fire insurance on your motor home, should you still get your loss covered just because your nice folks and are deserving. So please don't let this ruin it for you,,, get another Airstream or fix yours up, and come next year,,, we look forward to meeting and friending you down the road.
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