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Old 02-09-2009, 08:45 AM   #869
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Good to hear from you both; we've been wonderin' where you've been.

I'm thankful that you have shown us that when the goin' gets tough...well, there are ways around it. Especially now that I've just become a statistic myself, I might be headed down that same path.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:35 PM   #870
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Good to hear from you both; we've been wonderin' where you've been.

I'm thankful that you have shown us that when the goin' gets tough...well, there are ways around it. Especially now that I've just become a statistic myself, I might be headed down that same path.

There are always ways to "get around" stuff. In the last 2 years, we have become very adapt at discovering new ways to do things. It doesn't help to sit around and bemoan your circumstances, at least for us. We have and will continue to pick ourselves up, dust us off and get on with it.

Chuck, and others, hang in there and don't give up. Make it work for you in the future. No matter what "it" is.

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:11 PM   #871
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Sounds like a circus act, "How much stuff can you get in an Airstream".
At times it has seemed almost like a 3-ring circus, with yours truly the ringmaster...

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Especially now that I've just become a statistic myself, I might be headed down that same path.
Accident, or downsized?
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:31 PM   #872
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As promised, a photo of Sophie in her (our?) new home:
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:11 PM   #873
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downsized. actually..."outsourced" might be a better word. They can't stop having what I provide. Whether or not they can get it cheaper...well, lets just say that I can't wait 'till they get the first bill. And yeah, as crazy as that sounds, they made this decision without any actual numbers. Which can only mean that they're simply not going to be around for very much longer, anyway. c'es la vie.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:34 PM   #874
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As promised, a photo of Sophie in her (our?) new home:
Little did that puppy have any idea of just how good a life she was sliding into when she jumped into your truck. I still laugh when I think if that post about her initial greeting of you two.

You have been through an awful lot and shared a lot of your trials and tribulations but also the wins and the fact that you just don't let crap get in the way of making great lives for yourselves.

I've really enjoyed the ups, felt badly when we have learned of the downs, but just know that no matter what happens you guys will shrug it off like rain off a ducks back. Your attitudes and can-do attitudes are an inspiration for many of us.

Good luck with your next adventure.

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Old 02-10-2009, 08:31 PM   #875
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I think you may feel more at home in your apartment by putting aluminum foil on the walls. It also repels space aliens, werewolves and creatures of the night.

Good luck with another step in life. And to Chuck, tough times and I hope things work for you in the future.

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Old 04-28-2009, 11:09 PM   #876
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Plan B

Since Plan A never has a chance, we went directly to our backup plan.
After getting a severe attack of "sticker shock" on used Airstream prices here on the West coast, we took a long, hard, close look at Bertha, and what we would have to do to find a replacement. I've been puttering around in, under, and around Bertha since we moved into our apartment. I decided to start taking stuff apart, and seeing how much would have to be done to make Bertha roadworthy again. Since I felt we had nothing to lose, I started removing things, and opening the floor and belly pan for better inspection. What I found made my hair (or what's left of it) curl. The frame was really only held together by a thin piece of rusted metal at the top, everything else was rusted and cracked in half.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:42 AM   #877
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Those pictures are pretty scary, and they show the thing holds together pretty well because of the way they are built. And, the wheels didn't fall off!

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Since I felt we had nothing to lose, I started removing things, and opening the floor and belly pan for better inspection. What I found made my hair (or what's left of it) curl. The frame was really only held together by a thin piece of rusted metal at the top, everything else was rusted and cracked in half.
I've removed that part, and snapped a photo, anybody a fan of Swiss cheese?:
Hmm. Sounds like a frame-off is called for. Do you know anywhere that you could get that work done...?
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:44 PM   #879
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Hmm. Sounds like a frame-off is called for. Do you know anywhere that you could get that work done...?
Terry does know of a good shop.

He works for one.

It happens to be us.

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Terry,

I love Swiss cheese.

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The thing that amazes me is that there was nothing that indicated that level of damage when was in Bertha at Susan and Brad's during your trip west. Glad that all of you made it there!
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The thing that amazes me is that there was nothing that indicated that level of damage when was in Bertha at Susan and Brad's during your trip west. Glad that all of you made it there!
I also visited Terry's trailer in Flagstaff, AZ which was only a few hundred miles from where the frame let go. I noticed no sag or weakness on the trailer as well.
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