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Old 09-16-2016, 02:45 PM   #169
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Marcus just sent me this link, real fun to watch with great ideas.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:31 AM   #170
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So, back on the forum now. As described, the weather became very bad, we went to the fabolous "Reichsburg" in Cochem! Whenever you may visit Germany and you can visit just ONE castle, take THIS ONE!!!Click image for larger version

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St. Christophorus, the Patron of all Travellers!
This castle was sooo impressive! Build in 1100, it became a ruine in the differnet wars and centuries, late in 1800 a wealthy family bought it as a "summer residence" for "cheap as chips", but the ourchase contract was made under the circumstances, he had to rebuild it to the original plans 1:1! Not cheap anymore.....!Click image for larger version

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entering the inner castle, only with guide!!!
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What a vieuw!!!
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The interior was a bit "dark" dor today's style, but very impressive.
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Mats was faszinated by these Armors! Big knight & small knight...!
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We tried to do the best we could with the rainy weather, the visit if the castle was nice break!
Even if the boys felt a bit "boring"...!



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Old 09-18-2016, 08:47 AM   #171
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After visiting the castle, we went "downhill", to discover a bit Cochem:
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A very steapy walk, narrow little roads, no cars at all....!Click image for larger version

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A little snack, then we left Cochem to the next evening spot, hoping the rain will stop soon....
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But it became worse...:
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The last vieuw to the fantastic Cochem castle, we left "river down" for the last "over-night" spot.
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On our way, we saw this guy, for sure not a "happy traveller"...! In these moments, it's good to remember, HOW delighted we are, that we CAN travel free and in luxury....! We never should forget about and be thankfull to our lord!

Arriving in the "lower Moselle" district, our last RV park before reaching iur "target" Koblenz.
A cosy spot beside a little marina, but.... Rain, rain, rain :0(
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We were not arguing about, Anja made a PERFECT dinner, by "cleaning out" fridge and freezer:
Oriental Pineapple Salad with mintleafs and Shrimps, Tomato-Mozzarella Salad and Spaghetti Napoli as main course! Who cares about "a bit rain", with this vieuw, family and fine food!
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Good, we have hugh "ZipDee" Awning, it protected us from the heavy rain!
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Had to set the rafter very tight and to lower one side, gallons of gallons of water!

We had to go inside, in addition to the rain, it came a strong wind on top!
(hate to roll the awning in wet, but what should i do....!
We're hoping for the next day!


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Old 09-18-2016, 09:06 AM   #172
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A new day, a new chance!
Got up early, rolled out the wet awning and had a refreshing breakfast!
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OK, i was not that refreshed, i had to get up at night twice, because if the bad weather to lower Antenna and "save" the patio furniture....! 🙄!
We left in heavy rain for the last miles to Koblenz, bikes still on the rack 😢!
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Leaving the RV park was not easy, the pavement was "soaking wet", the jacks (with pads!!!) were 1/2 in the wet ground.
We arrived in Koblenz in heavy rain!
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But....! Arriving at the mythic "Deutsches Eck" (the german corner), the clouds opened up, we could park Bangles safe and discover Koblenz!
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:30 AM   #173
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The main target was to arrive in Koblez at "Deutches Eck", by bike...!
But we arrived there at least together! I tried to park Bangles just at the Point, where the Moselle float's into the Rhine, but this was a "foot-walk" area. See the Kaiser Wilhelm church and my 1/2 legal drive into the park-area for busses!
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Then we -finally- arrived by foot there! ...and the rain came back!
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The "Kaiser Wilhelm" monument!
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Heavy rain, VERY heavy...!Click image for larger version

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Anja in Front of the Rhine, Moselle comes in from left side.
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a vieuw "up" Moselle
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and a vieuw "down" the Rhine. The cruiseship comes from the Moselle into the Rhine.
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Regardless the rain, ee had fun! We bought nice souvenirs : 2 Umbrellas!
See here the maybe best way, after an Airstream, to discover the Moselle or Rhine: A river cruise! The finest cruise ships are from...: AVALON, an US brand! We were deeply impressed from the ship!
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Look at these cruiseship passengers (US reIdents!), they travel thousands of (expensive!) miles and : Souvenir pictures from "BANGLES"...😀😀😀🇺🇸👍🏻!


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Old 09-20-2016, 11:22 AM   #174
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The tour "Moselle-Saar" valley endet here!
We have spent wo derfull days together with our beloved "Bangles".
We met many other RVers, NO other Airstream at all.
Beside a little "fix" of a hoseclamp and some cleaning of old electric conections Bangles ran absolute flawless. WHERE EVER we arrived, we made a big splash, NEVER, regardless HOW we "blocked" little & cozy villages with her "American-size", we got in trouble. Allways people gave us "thumbs-up" or smilled and took pictures.
My boys told me later, this was one of the best holydays they had...!
This make's "daddy" proud of course.
Every hour of work, every cent i spent in her, was "it" worth.
Thank you all for following this "journey", We are back home now, while i finish my "travel-report". The next trip with Bangles will a "buisiness-trip", we use her -of course- as our "Hotel" during trade shows. Maybe i will post a few pictures from TENDENCE show in Frankfurt/Main, will check, if it is "worth" to be done!
Enjoy a few more Pictures from our last day in Koblenz, by-by for now!
Happy Airstreaming dear All!!!
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"Chicken walk" arround the monument!
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This is the "Ehrenbreitstein", a military forced Castle from 1600.
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Picture taken EXACTLY st "Deutsches Eck", you see the ship going "up" the Rhine, coming out of Moselle. (invisible here, it's back/left)
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A 3 hour walk in the rain, a wonderfull lunch, it made him tired!
Good to travel in a motorhome!
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See this!
Other guys have "bigger toys"! See'n on the "Autobahn"!


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Old 12-17-2016, 06:13 PM   #175
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Hey Girls & Guys!
Now, as we probably have finished this Christmasmarket season, i wabt to say at least "Hohohohoooo" from the Hamburg Christmasmarket!
I am here now since more than 4 Weeks, many unexpected things happened this year...!
(Bangles was a -sorry- "bitch"!)
Water heater : failed!
Furnace : failed!
LP system: leaking!
Front air springs : blew left!
Windows : 2 of them frame leaking
OMG, my "baby" needs more attention...!
I will post some new pictures soon, will see, when i an free.
Be curious!!!!
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See my worst "news"...!
I cracked my rear bumper, due to a manouver default.....? (Sun was in the rear, could not see clear, the RV park is very "tiny" here...!
Has anybody an idea, where to get a new rear bumper???
Also a "2nd hand is OK. Fortunalely, i bought allready the "belly wrap" back in 2014 as a "spare"...!
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:59 PM   #176
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Marcus thanks for another interesting post of your adventures.
Love the pics too.

I'm thinking that you may be able to get that bumper welded back together and reinforced in the back. To get by till one shows up for you.

Mele Kalikimaka. ( Merry Christmas ). To you and family.

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Old 12-17-2016, 07:27 PM   #177
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Yeah, I did just about the same thing to my rear bumper and it welded back in shape fine. You have to look hard to find the weld.
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I was searching for a replacement (both front and back) for Peanut last year and they are no longer available (new), so welding your one, or getting a used one is probably your only choice.

Because I could not get new, we are using the bumpers from my old donor for Peanut.

That said, the original rear bumper on Peanut had only a slight kink, no tear and could probably be straighten. A few months ago, another member was asking if they could have it, but if they didn't you are welcome to have that as a starting point for repair!



In the spring, I am going to ship a part consignment of spares (windows and parts), so if you are not in a rush I could add the old bumper to the parts (it should not increase the price of shipping very much).
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Hey, that's REALLY great! By the way, i have an old ARGOSY 24 to part out, as well. Does this bumper match "Bangles" rear!!! It. a 1977 ARGOSY 24. The bumber got also a "hit" once, but it's better than the total cracked from Bangles.
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Hi, some more pictures from this year's "adventures"...!Click image for larger version

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Leaving Grefrath, to hit the road to Hamburg!!! (proud Marcus...!)
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First trouble: Water heater failed!
I have bought ine as "spare" in 2014, once we were in the US, but AURSTREAM sold us the "wrong one" 😡, without "engine support"!
So we left the "Kettel" inside and changed ALL other parts, now it work's again "flawless"!
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Next was the furnace....!
Ordered imediately by AMAZON (shipping & import tax was more than the furnace price...!)
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Bangles was more a "pigstable" or workshop, than a motorhome....!
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I could not get the LP system leak free, due to the german "cut off valve" (slightly differen size of the 10mm valve and the 10,6mm US cooper line...!)
But i found a "brave" Plumber in Hamburg, he fixed it perfect at 10:00 PM for NO MONEY...! (Thank you Jörn again!!!)
OK, later more, need to open the booth now!!!


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Hey, that's REALLY great! By the way, i have an old ARGOSY 24 to part out, as well. Does this bumper match "Bangles" rear!!! It. a 1977 ARGOSY 24. The bumber got also a "hit" once, but it's better than the total cracked from Bangles.
I believe only the 1974-1976 Argosy had different bumpers, but as we have found with Peanut things like the banana wraps which should also be the same between later Argosy and the Classics....aren't.
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Marcus,
You are safe? Bangles was not in the Berlin Christmas market where th terrorist drove thru? Just saw the news and thought of you and your family. Hope all are safe.
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