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Old 10-29-2007, 08:11 PM   #267
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This past Sunday I had the privilege of meeting Terry and Marie as they swung through after the wedding for an overnight stay at the Georgia Mtn. Fairgrounds. I got to see Bertha as big as day, she's looks great, is quite a gal and is serving them well. All their hard work on her has paid off. Terry showed me first hand that the "Fibber Magee" closet effect can also exist in the overbed compartments.

Internet access for them right now isn't always accessible, but when they can I know they have more stories of their traveling and fulltiming adventure to share ~ just ask them about Route 64 through the "hills".

Godspeed Terry and Marie, and travel safe.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:10 PM   #268
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~ just ask them about Route 64 through the "hills".
We have returned to our point of departure, little the worse for wear. We had a sway issue that has been temproarily resolved, and it looks like the campground wi-fi is going to take longer than Nov. 1 to get online (Embarq can't be bothered for now with such trivial things).
We nearly rammed a tour bus on a hairpin curve on US 64, we managed to avoid the bus and the vertical cliffside by about an inch on each side.
A couple of the curves were so sharp, we reached the limit of travel on the sway bar, and bent the trailer hitch on the truck.
And then there were the 9%-11% grades...18mph, wide open in second gear. To quote Scotty, "That's all she's got, Cap'n, I canna Give ye any more!"...
We'll post pictures and more descriptions after we get internete service again, hopefully in a few days.
We enjoyed meeting our fellow forums members at Falluminum, and wish we could have met all the participants. From all reports, the "Not Ready for Prime Time Campers" were great.
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:04 PM   #269
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HOLLY SMOKES!!! Sounds like a read adventure. I guess that exta 7 feet of camper really matters in hair pin country. When I have towed in that general corner of the country the Trade Wind stayed well behaved in the tighest of curves. I am suprised that yours wasn't. Can't wait to see the pictures!
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:03 PM   #270
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Sounds like you are set , but consider North Tx Airstream Community ...you can buy a lot for $2,000-$5,000 with full hook-ups.There are also villas ...low Tx taxes ....great community...close to Dallas/Fortworth. There aren't alot of frills to the community , but there is golf close by , as well a big lake. The site is: northtexasairstreamcommunity.org. So take a look . They're furbishing the terraport at this time.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:35 PM   #271
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Dang, we were in Brevard over the weekend. Wish I had known you were coming thru. I would have bought you that beer I owe you at the best Irish Pub in the world!

We drove the Hwy 64 stretch between Brevard and Highland recently. I gotta tell ya big guy, I would have never attempted that with the Airstream! Good on ya!

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Old 11-02-2007, 10:13 AM   #272
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Its been a while.

Howdy. I haven't been on the forum for a while due to coaching a 9 - 10 year old football team and other things thats been keeping me busy. Now that the seasons done I can get back to the old AS. I read about the Hwy 64 trip...Holy S-curves Robin! Ga 75 through Helen is a mediun tough pull but about half way up you could stop at the Top of Georgia AS Park. Its just a few miles off 985 north of Atlanta. Too late now though. I hope things are well with you. I'm going to have to do some reading and catch up here on the forum. I also hope to take Bigeasy out before long.
Until next time... Rusty.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:25 PM   #273
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Ga 75 through Helen is a mediun tough pull but about half way up you could stop at the Top of Georgia AS Park. Its just a few miles off 985 north of Atlanta. Too late now though.
We passed the TOG park on the way back down to mountain, we had started from the North, instead of South, where we normally would come from. Maybe next time I'll listen to Mapquest when it tries to route me an extra hundred miles around the most direct route--it may be for a good reason...
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:32 PM   #274
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It's not just an adventure, it's a job...

Some of you with the patience to read through this whole thread will have noticed we replaced the non-functioning fridge in June with a new unit. After only 6 months of ownership, and 38 days' use, it failed completely, after giving us problems over the last several days.
It seems the cooling unit went South on it, not an expected condition on such a young unit. The place we got the fridge from is either sending us a new cooling unit, or a whole new replacement. The issue there is, they don't have an identical replacement unit, so we may have to replace just the cooling unit. The other units they have are too small, or too large to fit the space we have, and it will take a while to get one. This is time we will be living out of a picnic cooler...We got this unit because we didn't want more fridge problems after we began fulltiming. Sigh... I'll let y'all know what we end up with, and what happens, in a future post. And the fun never ends...(sorry, Gunny)
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:41 PM   #275
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Geepers Terry, what a crappy thing to happen.

When you mentioned it had gone south I was thinking "but he's already in Florida - how much further south can it go without a passport?"

Hope the repair is not a painful experience, and please keep us posted.

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:45 AM   #276
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The new cooling unit is here! The new cooling unit is here!

The Big Brown Truck brought a replacement cooling unit for our fridge today. Now I can stop blowing on our food to keep it cool.
I'll take some photos of the process, and as soon as we get better internet service, I'll upload them along with the other gazillion photos from the last couple of months.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:05 AM   #277
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Hi Terry
I just saw your post "And the fun never stops".
I fully understand and you are welcome too use it.
It should be Airstream's logo!!!
I don't fully understand the failure of you frig., but if you put a computor fan inside and wire it too the light, it will allow the frig too work less to keep temp down.

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Old 11-08-2007, 11:37 AM   #278
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Hi Terry
I just saw your post "And the fun never stops".
I fully understand and you are welcome too use it.
It should be Airstream's logo!!!
I don't fully understand the failure of you frig., but if you put a computor fan inside and wire it too the light, it will allow the frig too work less to keep temp down.

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Gunny, the computer fan is one of the things I did a couple of months ago to combat the warm fridge issue we all seem to face. If anyone else wants to perform this upgrade, the fan is about $8, and dropped our fridge temp by about 5 degrees, worth it IMHO. I have pics of that install, too. I put a small toggle switch in the motor circuit so I can switch it off in cooler weather, it is very quiet.
From what the fridge people say, there may be "construction debris" in the system blocking the cooling tubes to the fridge. The temp of -4 in the freezer is atypical, and indicates all the cold stuff going there, instread of being distributed. I guess all the "debris" finally got stuck where it wouldn't allow the cold ammonia to move anywhere any more.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:35 PM   #279
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The new cooling unit arrived Thursday as promised, and I spent Thursday evening removing the fridge, removing the old cooling unit, and replacing it with the new cooling unit . I then replaced the fridge in its hole, and waited 24 hours to power up the fridge again.
I got oe Friday evening, and turned everything on. After 4 hours, the freezer was 25 degrees, and the fridge was 60, and this morning the freezer was 0, and the fridge was 45. Looks like a successful repair. When I get reliable internet service again, I'll post some pictures.
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:13 PM   #280
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Congrats Terry. One less thing to worry about.

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