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.