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Old 08-22-2012, 10:38 PM   #113
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Very glad to hear things are sorting out for you. We were away at some vintage trailer events when you posted so apologize for the late reply.

We know the lure of the West Coast having done the trip almost 25 years ago with seldom a regret. We miss old friends and family, but not much else. Weather wise though it is a shock with the much higher rain content but it is well worth it with the early spring, late fall, mild winter and lovely rest of the year. We can use another Airstreamer on the wet coast.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:03 PM   #114
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I will not have any further issues with my frame once it receives the appropriate engineered fixes.

Sorry I did not get back sooner - but I did not have anything else new till the parts were on their way.
Pardon me for intruding here but I am somewhat curious about the rest of the story here.

Has this frame received the appropriate engineered fixes?
Is a local welder applying the fixes?
Is an Airstream Authorized Service Center applying the fixes?
Is this frame repair finalized?
What was the outcome?
Are you satisfied?
Are you planning on posting any additional photos of the repair or repair process?

I realize you must be very busy with moving.

I assume (No t-shirt thank you) you are going to move after the frame repair.

I hope all will work out okay for you. God bless you.

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:54 AM   #115
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.........Pardon me for intruding here but I am somewhat curious about the rest of the story here......

Has this frame received the appropriate engineered fixes?
Yes it has August 7

Is a local welder applying the fixes?

Yes I went with a local welder to reduce costs as much as I could and to have less risk in taking the trailer on the highway

Is an Airstream Authorized Service Center applying the fixes?
NO - closest one is 6 hours away.

Is this frame repair finalized?
[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Yes it is and will be better than new - ha that is an understatement. I am confident with the welded braces and gussets supplied by Airstream and the welder was more than qualified to do the welding as per Service Bulletin #133 also instructed by the Airstream Service department.[/COLOR]

What was the outcome?

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Two bracing mounts were welded behind the rear wheel and 8 of the 11 gusset (outrigger) supports were welded. The three in the front of the trailer were not installed at this time due to time and financial constraints. It is a lot of work to remove the under belly aluminum. I had advice from Andy Thomson that in all likelihood the front three outriggers would not be affected. I will look at having them welded during the winter when I have more time to remove the belly panels in the front.[/COLOR]

Are you satisfied?

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]I am more than satisfied. Randy at the Airstream factory has been most gracious, helpful and supportive of this unfortunate situation. He was prompt courteous and we have settled the monitory amount such that I have not been out of pocket![/COLOR]

Are you planning on posting any additional photos of the repair or repair process?

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]I only have a few crappy photo's taken with my iphone, when I returned with the trailer it was pouring with rain - the underside was covered in a chalk gravel mess from the camp road. Also the last thing I was going to do was to take my wheel off my baby - as I have taken them off at least a dozen time, doing brakes and removing the panels in the back ready for the welding job to be done - to save on labour costs. They needed replacing anyway as they were corroded. Thus I could not get my big camera in between the wheels to shoot the brace properly - but have posted what I took anyway.[/COLOR]
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[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]PS you can never judge rust by a photo by the way - this shows rust from over night after them getting wet.

I am in the process of reinstalling the rear panels and sanding down exposed frame and spraying on a good coat of "Rock Guard" to protect from road salt. I was thinking of por-15 but for the hassle and expense Rock Guard does just as good at retarding rust and protecting against road rocks.

I realize you must be very busy with moving.

I have had recent developments in my freelance contract that has been renewed which I am thrilled about - however that foregoes my plan of moving out west. I will need to stay on the east coast during the winter so that I have closer more economical flight/drive access throughout the winter.

So I am back to my original plan of over wintering in Charleston SC. I have found an RV mobile home park - small family park just outside of Charleston that will accept my little trailer until I wish to upgrade in the future to a more permanent type of park model. I have also confirmed the site I am on here in Stirling for next year - so will stick it out in the 22' to regain my financial footing.

Sorry I have not got back sooner - my contract has me working incredible hours these last 3 weeks. We launch the new History Moments Series September 29th. It has been a lot of fun, but lots of comp time in post and research as well as onsite shooting.[/COLOR]

I assume (No t-shirt thank you) you are going to move after the frame repair.

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Ha - nope - might come up with one after this - I am taking her out for a 2200 run some time in October to Charleston and back to complete my contract for this season, and hope to head back down for the rest of the winter late November early December.

Just in the short 10KL at 40 mph in and then 80 mph return I noticed a big difference - can't explain it - but women have an uncanny ability to FEEL things when they tow (or at least I do) she seemed to "track" better for lack of a better description. She rides nice and high in the back too. Guess I could say I am not dragging my ASS around anymore.[/COLOR]
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #116
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All great news. Especially the job situation. Charleston is a very pretty place.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:00 PM   #117
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Sounds like it is all coming together. Charleston is one of our favorite places. This must have to do with History Moments? Is this for Canadian TV? It'll probably get here someday. Can you tell us more about that?

By the way, some men can actually feel things too.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:43 PM   #118
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Hi Gene;

I work for Peter Lockyer, who was a Documentary Producer for CBC ottawa for a long career. He retired, and returned to his home town of Picton, Ontario to look after his ailing father.

He became involved with the care of the local heritage cemetery and took a keen interest in the loyalist history of the area. He had done his University Thesis on the Canning Industry in the late 1700 - 1800's and I suppose his calling was local history.

He started his company History Lives Here Inc. over 10 years ago.

I was doing a story on diabetes and had done a few micro - documentaries on Peter's experience going through the Edmonton Protocol. I needed a local angle for my entry to the local School Newspaper qnetnews.ca (if you search my name sharonkallaste you can pick up on the some of my school work submitted.

I was following the history of Dr. Collip - one of the four medical Dr.'s that invented Insulin. I stumbled across the Belleville diabetes office and set up a meeting to meet this fellow Dr. Pearce who had spent 3 years creating a personal archive on Dr. Collip - WHY - because he Dr. Collip was born in Belleville and Dr. Pearce wants to memorialize him - Insulin is one of the most important medical break throughs of our time. - Insulin has saved and continues to save billions of lives around the world.

The Edmonton Protocol is an extension of the work performed back in the 1900's.

A secretary at the diabetes office knew Peter Lockyer, and when she saw my work and how I loved history she asked me if she could pass on my business card.

Two weeks later I had a call from Peter, interested in two stories I was working on. I was coming up to the end of my last term in Photojournalism and needed to find an internship with a media specialist - so not waisting an super opportunity I so much as asked to work with him and he said Yes. Kept me on for the History Moments Series 2012 and I am now the History Moments Project Manager - our 2012 series launches September 29th and we start working on the 2013 series right away in October.

I am responsible for sponsorship recruitment, research providing Peter with a full information digest in which he extrapolates the Magazined article and writes the scripts to the 2 minute History Moment (micro documentaries). I also of course shoot contextual still photographs as well as video, archival sites, people, places and artifacts to use in various videos for the series.

I am so very lucky to have completed my Photojournalism Associates Degree and walk straight into the area of the industry that I wanted to go into - Documentary work.

Peter Lockyer is a fantastic gentleman to work with. History is an amazing place to soak yourself into. This area here of course was pinnacle to the development of Canada.

Of course being an British Immigrant I take a great interest in the Loyalism of the area.

I have not arranged anything as yet with any type of Connection from Charleston - but I want to spend the winter researching the "Black Loyalists" that fled the south to Canada and the whole story behind the south and slavery.

I had an amazing opportunity this summer to shoot the War of 1812 Reenactment that took place off the shores of Bath Ontario - known as the "Flight of the St. George. Peter is hoping to secure a contract for a documentary of the shooting we did Canada Day Weekend. Only three media were granted to be aboard the ships - he wanted stills along with video - so I was taken aboard as the still shooter. It was a very difficult shoot to capture the enactment without "civilization" in the frame Oh lord what a shoot - five hours in sweltering heat and we had to wear period costume to boot!!

You can see some sample of his previous History Moment Series on his site historyliveshere.ca

Although short they are really well done.

I am thrilled with what I am doing and hope that over the next year my hours will increase - we are expanding into new territories creating new series in counties in the area. There is no shortage of historical events, activities and people of significance - it is an endless source of interesting information.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:26 AM   #119
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Sharon, Sounds wonderful. So glad everything is coming together. Hope to see you soon..
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Sharon, sounds great. Job and Airsteam are coming together. Loyalists are called Tories by US historians. I taught history decades ago and the US revolution was a fascinating part of my studies. The War of 1812 was depressing for the US and few here know what a beating we took from Canadians. Americans did not understand why Upper and Lower Canada didn't want to be part of the US and attacked with poor organization and intelligence. News of Canada is still hard to come by here and I regret that.

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