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Old 05-26-2007, 07:43 AM   #15
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I called him up last night, and asked if he had time to talk. He said he had a few minutes. He probably thought I was calling to complain. Instead I said I just want to check how you're doing. Didn't say a word about the Airstream. Said he is still at the hospital and his mom is hanging on. Told him our thoughts and prayers are with him and his mom. He the said we will talk Sunday or Monday and he values his commitments. Since he opened the door I said we have our trust in you. The call ended with him calling me friend.
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:50 AM   #16
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Sounds like you handled that with true class. Everyone is always so eager to look for the bad side of things these days. I know the sick feeling you get in your stomach when you think you've been taken after trusting someone. If you have to have a fault, there could be alot worse ones than being too trusting! (I've told that to my husband about myself many times!) I hope it all works out for you & you have gained a true friend! (and new appiances!)
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:07 AM   #17
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Marshall,

Glad to hear that you situation seems to be turning out well. I'm sure that the repair guy's head has not been on straight lately given his situation with Mom, but a quick call to customers would have put ALL of your trepidations to rest instantly.

Let's hope that you get your project done soon.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:11 AM   #18
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I called him up last night, and asked if he had time to talk. He said he had a few minutes. He probably thought I was calling to complain. Instead I said I just want to check how you're doing. Didn't say a word about the Airstream. Said he is still at the hospital and his mom is hanging on. Told him our thoughts and prayers are with him and his mom. He the said we will talk Sunday or Monday and he values his commitments. Since he opened the door I said we have our trust in you. The call ended with him calling me friend.
Wow. Sounds like you handled it really well. I live in Los Angeles, where you learn to be on your toes about these things. The high cost of living here turns the entire population into starving wolves. I hope you get your AS taken care of!

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Old 05-31-2007, 07:11 PM   #19
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The Final Chapter (I hope)

I talked to the fishy rv guy Monday. Said he was in Connecticut to make arrangements for his mother's funeral and would be in Connecticut a week. I asked him if he could tell me where he bought my appliances. He said a supplier but would not give me the name. He said if it would make me feel better he will mail me a certified refund check on Tuesday. I said OK, and I will hold it until he can show me he is able to do the work. On Wednesday I drove into Albuquerque on other business and afterwards went to his address. Which, turned out to be a trailer park in which he lives in his trailer. The RV park office told me they saw him Tuesday. I went to his trailer and he was home He offered to give me my money in cash on the spot. Which he did $2000 in crispy new $100 bills which he says is all he had. (Do you think that had anything to do with I am 6'3" 260lbs?) Said he did mail the check and we can work out the other $600 he owes me when I get it tomorrow. We will see if the check's in the mail. He lives close to a Camper's World which I visited to check on prices on appliances. Turns out he did order mine and they are in the back somewhere but the cashier couldn't or wouldn't tell me if they were paid for. ( He told me 3 weeks ago he paid for them, probably not). Turns out I could buy the appliances myself for a few hundred dollars cheaper than he charged me .

Today I called up the local Airstream dealer in Albuquerque and told him I wanted a quote on an install for new appliances. I could sense the dollar signs on the other end of the line. After telling them what I want and getting ready to make the appointment the voice on the other end asked "and what year is your Airstream Mr. Hall" I replied "1971" They replied "I'm sorry sir, but we don't work on anything more than 20 years old"

But they gave me the name of an other RV guy. I thought to myself "here we go again" another rv moron who knows less than this one does. But, to my pleasant surprise this rv guy knows Airstreams, even better he knows old Airstreams, better yet he says he will work on em even mines. He actualky knows what he is talking about Says he is really busy and won't be able to get to mine for a week . Says I don't need a new fridge he can fix the old Dometic cheap, and probably the furnace, and maybe the Armstrong, and he can slip a new Atwood right in the hole for the old one and use my nice stainless cover. I take it to him Saturday for a looksie
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..The RV park office told me they saw him Tuesday. I went to his trailer and he was home He offered to give me my money in cash on the spot. Which he did $2000 in crispy new $100 bills which he says is all he had. (Do you think that had anything to do with I am 6'3" 260lbs?) ..
Marshall,

You may be big, but you are a pussycat at heart.

You may not remember, but we met you and your wife in Death Valley in November, 2004 and you were kind enough to play, the harpsichord if I remember correctly, after dinner for the El Camino Real Airstream group.

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Sounds like you're on the right track now. Good luck.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:59 PM   #22
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Marshall,

You may be big, but you are a pussycat at heart.

You may not remember, but we met you and your wife in Death Valley in November, 2004 and you were kind enough to play, the harpsichord if I remember correctly, after dinner for the El Camino Real Airstream group.

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Hey Bill,
You made my day. It was at the Death Valley 49r's Annual thing. You know I did start out for Woodstock in 69 but never made it off the NY State Thruway. Death Valley was the next best thing. Miles and miles of RVs.

I have actually been accused of being a pussycat before, but only when I sing. Hence my other screen name Plunknyowl. Did you catch my stage debut at the Coyote Howl? By the way, it was an autoharp. Just like John Sebastian played at Woodstock. Maybe someday I'll make it back to those parts while I've still got some ,teeth. The hair's goin fast, just a miserable excuse for a braid to remind me. I keep on pullin though and wish you the same.

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You made my day. It was at the Death Valley 49r's Annual thing. You know I did start out for Woodstock in 69 but never made it off the NY State Thruway. Death Valley was the next best thing. Miles and miles of RVs.

I have actually been accused of being a pussycat before, but only when I sing. Hence my other screen name Plunknyowl. Did you catch my stage debut at the Coyote Howl? By the way, it was an autoharp. Just like John Sebastian played at Woodstock. Maybe someday I'll make it back to those parts while I've still got some ,teeth. The hair's goin fast, just a miserable excuse for a braid to remind me. I keep on pullin though and wish you the same.

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Marshall,

Now I remember, an autoharp, thanks. You should try another trip to So Cal, the El Camino Real Unit now has a Ukelele band and I am sure that the autoharp would fit right in.

Here is a picture from the Salem International:

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I'm glad things turned out so well. It's nice to be a big tall male. You don't get too many arguments, I bet. He, he... read my last post: "I bet you he is not at his mother's."
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:49 PM   #25
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I'm glad things turned out so well. It's nice to be a big tall male. You don't get too many arguments, I bet. He, he... read my last post: "I bet you he is not at his mother's."
Now that's a thought, the fishy rv guy is reading this thread........

Well the proverbial check (for the balnce of $600) was not in the proverbial mail today. We'll see what the postman brings tomorrow
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Now that's a thought, the fishy rv guy is reading this thread........

Well the proverbial check (for the balnce of $600) was not in the proverbial mail today. We'll see what the postman brings tomorrow
Well? Tomorrow was three months ago. New appliances? Repairs? Check from the mail? Inquiring minds...etc...
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Well? Tomorrow was three months ago. New appliances? Repairs? Check from the mail? Inquiring minds...etc...
Hi Phil,
Tell Sue I said howdy from Tennessee. I was wondering how this turned out myself.
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:20 AM   #28
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The rest of the story

Just got the Trade Wind back from a month on the road: Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Black Hills, Devils Tower, Glacier Nat Park, Capital Reef Nat Park, Cedar Breaks, Zion Nat Park and points on the way in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico.

My wing windows inexplicably blew out on day 2 and 3. My grandson fell in the Flathead River Radids. The good news is I jumped in after him and pulled him out. The bad.... I had my digital camera in my pocket.

The out come of the repairs saga was the expensive repair guy who promised the repair in a week did the work.....in a month. The good news I have new Penguin AC, Atwood hot water heater, water pump, some plumbing repairs and crapper. I could have done it myself.

Oh by the way. I never put in a new fridge. A size near my RM60a is no longer made and would have to go small or redo my cabinetry to fit a bigger one. This size is perfect. Against the forums advice I rigged the fridge to bypass the propane safety valve. I has worked fine for the month. My rationale is the fridge is directly vented to the outside, and the burner flame is about the size of a pilot light. I think you will get more gas from a blown out stove pilot than from the fridge burner blowing out, which it never did. I did put in a propane alarm however and cut an access hole in the bulkhead next to the door to be able to visually check and manually light the burner as you cannot get at it from the outside access door.

I did have the Penguin freeze up on me once in Glacier NP on a warm, humid day. Otherwise no problems with the new appliances.

I am picking up a new NP30 furnace for the rest of the money RV repair guy #1 owes me.

Also I put in a cot type bunk similar to the old Airstream optional ones. It installs, removes and dissassembles in <5 minutes and stows invisible under the gaucho mattress. I used aluminum tubing, bimini top boat hardware and portable display booth frame clamps. I had an upholstery guy do the canvas. The only problem was developing a lottery system to see which grandkids get to sleep in it. I will do a separate thread if there is interest.

Met 3 or 4 forum members on the road including: a 60s Overlander guy who runs the vistors center in Manitou Springs CO and told me Garden of the Gods RV Park does not let in any trailers more than 15 years old, a couple from NC in a 25' 2005 CCD who are just starting to full time it, a couple from Missoula who have a real nice 73 Trade Wind in original condition.
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