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Old 07-16-2008, 09:08 AM   #43
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i'm getting the feeling that the truck might just start on the first try.

if it just makes a noise, the audio from a cell phone to one of you helpers might steer you to the problem. i wish you represented my town!
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:29 PM   #44
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I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope that Ken is alowed into the port tomorow.
Our Vanessa seems to be real cooperative with Ken now.
I can't thank Ken enough for what he's doing.
I hope the truck gets on its way to me on the 26th

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:31 PM   #45
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Update: I took the day off and made it into the Port. It took some time (and paper shuffling), but I eventually located the truck. The battery is fine. It would seem the starter solenoid is shot (or that is my shadetree mechanic guess.) The starter looks like a two-bolt drop out, but the exhaust manifold makes it pretty tight work. The purpose of this trip was to locate the vehicle, secure Remco's paperwork and do a preliminary diagnostic. While I think the starter is a good bet, there could be ignition or other electric issues. The truck is a '79, after all.

The truck's not as bad I feared. It has a cheap "Krylon" paint job. They shot over some serious rust on the firewall. I told Remco that I'd worry a bit that they a painted over some body rust... an unpleasant thing to discover. I didn't see any obvious evidence of an accident. The interior was rough, but about what I'd expect from a nearly 30-year-old Chevy. Since Remco is a much better mechanic than me, I'm sure he'll have it pulling his Airstream on the Autobahn at 200 kph.

So, what's the plan? I referred Remco to an excellent professional mechanic familiar with the port and who has worked for me in the past. I'm giving the mechanic my notes on the vehicles location and all of the information necessary to secure access to the port. The only downside for Remoc is that mechanics charge money while Good Samaritans work for free. Hopefully, I've broken enough trail for the mechanic to arrive at the port, find the vehicle quickly, swap in a starter, make any other repairs necessary to get the truck and get the Chevy on the ship before it sails.

I did take a number of high resolution digital photos for Remco. My lovely bride will download them and email them to me so I can forward them to Remco. He can take a look at visual information a bit more objective than the Ebay ad.

By the way, thanks, Ricky. I wish more people in my small city felt the way you do. Of course, if I had to write you a zoning violation or some odd thing, you might not look so kindly upon me. Of course, there's probably an Airstream exception some where in the Code...

I'll stay in contact with Remco and the mechanic until the problem is resolved. Hopefully, I won't need to spend any more time on hold with ATI or trying to explain "customer service" to young Vanessa. I'm wrapping up things at work so my wife and I can take a road trip vacation to Chicago. We're trying to find time to do a bit of vintage travel trailer scouting, but family obligations (and Cubs tickets) make this touch-and-go. Oh, and I'm trying to manage vehicle repairs of my own to make sure I'm not calling Remco from the side of the road.

By the way, if my wife "forces" me to buy a vintage Westcraft or Spartan, I hope you folks will still let me stop by.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:35 PM   #46
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Thanks for the update hampstead. You really outdid yourself. Good luck on the trailer search.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:46 PM   #47
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you've got a really sharp red tape scissors!

enjoy that vacation, you might need two after the last week!

say, if you find a trailer maybe vanessa can help you get it shipped

great update.
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:29 PM   #48
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I contacted the mechanic and we try to get him to the port early next week.
So bit a little bit of luck the truck can be here by the 7 th of august.
I also recieved the pics hampstead made for me.
Looking at the pics made me send a Email to the trucking compagny that brought the truck to baltimore.
Acording to the trucking company they replaced the battery with a NEW one.
But Hampstead already told me it was not new.
On the pics I could see that it was exacly the same as the one in the Ebay ad from the truck.
So I asked them for a explaination.
Hopfuly I can update here soon with the message that the truck is on its way.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:24 AM   #49
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Hi Remco,
sorry to hear you're having these problems with your TV. My only observation on the problem is that money is best spent in the US where spares are comparitively cheap and plentiful. I'm seriously considering a stop at an Airstream dealer for service and fix for the next trailer I import. A friend over here had a faulty alternator on a Jeep Cherokee - it cost him $800 for a new one! I have "encouraged" US suppliers on ebay to send spares to me by offering "big moolah" for the shipping and still saved money as against UK suppliers. Good luck with it all!
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:19 AM   #50
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I believe this saga is coming to a conclusion. While I'm officially on vacation, I checked my email this morning to find a note from my assistant. My local mechanic has repaired Remco's truck. It is now operational and, God willing, it should be loaded on the ship. I retrieved the title from the glove compartment and send them airmail to Remco's shipping company in Belgium.

I don't have a report yet on what was wrong, but the mechanic purchased two starters because the '79 Chevy has a ninety-something swap in engine and no one was sure which starter it needed. In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't figure this out covered in dirt and oil under Remco's Chevy at the Port of Baltimore.

Vanessa needed one final bit of encouragement to schedule access for the mechanic. With my "red tape machete," I gave her one final "gentle" nudge. She's too busy being sure she was right about everything to have learned much about customer service. As such, I would recommend against using ATI USA for your Airstream or TV shipping needs.

So, as our story ends, Remco is waiting like an expectant father for his 1979 Chevy dually. His wife is waiting for Remco to put the truck on the road so they can resume the "Aiststream life." Vanessa is still waiting to answer a telephone that has been ringing for two days. As for me, I'm justg waiting to find our vintage travel trailer. Thanks to everyone who has contributed the kinds words and positive encouragement. Perhaps Remco can end this thread with a picture of the Chevy towing his AS?
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:57 AM   #51
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may karma bring you your wishes, you've earned it. if nothing else, it's got to make you feel good!
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:09 AM   #52
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What a great story...this is the way things used to be done in America...someone needed a 'hand' and help was offered without hesitation...no 'what's in it for me' attitudes!

As we travel through life, many of us have the opportunity to provide small acts of kindness to those we meet...we can only hope they will pass it along to those they meet...
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:34 AM   #53
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Great Job Hampsted38!!!
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I realy hope the hambstead is right and that I have the chevy here soon.
It should have left the USA on the 26th and I requested our dear Vanessa to Email me the bill of lading.
Up till now I did not recieved it.
So I won't be supriced if the chevy is still @ the docks in Baltimore.
Hambstead did a realy great favour to me I'll only can say thanks and I hope that whenever he needs a trailor inspector or any other assitance that some people remember this.
Thanks again for all the great support.

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Old 07-30-2008, 06:00 PM   #55
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The chevy did not make it on the vessel that`sailed on the 26 th
But it is on board a vessel now that left the 28 th.
ETA for Zeebrugge belgium is august 10th.
2 or 3 days for the paperwork, so with a bit of luck I have the truck here around the 14 th.

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Old 07-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #56
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Remco... you gotta post some pix when she arrives! Hopefully, everything works out just peachy-keen!
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