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Old 04-20-2011, 07:49 AM   #1
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Hello from Michigan

I would like to introduce myself and acknowledge that I have been lurking on this forum for... well, quite some time. My wife Mary, RN and I, School Psychologist are lifelong RV enthusiasts and currently reside in our membership park in an 86 Excella during the summer at Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, MI. I'm fairly certain that there are some neighbors here, because our campground has been an "Airstream Park" since the mid-70s, probably one of the last ones in the nation. Mary and I are very active outdoors and when the urge strikes, we haul our other trailer an 02 Scamp 16 around the country looking for excitement. At this point, retirement plans are taking shape and we hope to acquire a 25-27 foot used Airstream to add to our fleet. For the right situation, we would be willing to travel during the summer to inspect a quality unit that may need some TLC. I would also be willing to give an opinion to others, who may be interested in learning more about potential purchases in West Michigan, primarily around the Grand Rapids or Traverse City areas. My wife thinks that I'm a loner, but I consider myself to be a RecLoose.

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Old 04-20-2011, 07:54 AM   #2
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Hey Don, glad to see another MI Airstreamer. My wife and I are planning to head up to Holiday Park this summer to check it out. Best of luck hunting.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Always glad to 'hear' from other Michiganers. I was transplanted to California in 1952 by my parents from Detroit and Boyne City. I loved growing up in the Wolverine state.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:11 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums, Dan! I'm sure you'll find more good Airstream information concentrated here than you'll ever be able to absorb. (I'm still absorbing!)

One thing I've always liked about the forums is the willingness of knowledgeable members to inspect trailers at a distance for prospective buyers. There is a kind of checklist of things to watch for in older ones, pretty much as you'd expect from any brand that has been around for quite a while. So if you find one, let us know first so that perhaps one of us can jump over and take a peek before you wind up crossing country for all the wrong reasons.

Again, welcome to the forums!


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Old 04-20-2011, 08:15 AM   #5
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:29 AM   #6
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Howdy and welcome to airforums.com, Don and Mary up in the UP!

How about some photos of that fabled Airstream Park? I've heard lots about the few that still exist, but pictures are few and far between.

Glad to see that you "decloaked" and came out of lurk mode. It's way more fun being able to ask questions and share your knowledge.

One last thing, why limit yourself to 27'? You won't pay any more for the last four feet, and the added storage and lounging space can sure come in useful...
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:38 AM   #7
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Lots of MI folks

Michigan has lots of great Airstreamers! We really enjoy joining the Metro-Detroit bunch for the informal airforums rally that they have in August. As a matter of fact there is a new thread that has been posted by "dragnwagon" who is our usual host. Metro-Detroit 2011 will be fun. We are hoping that Dave will soon post the date and place. Join us!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:43 AM   #8
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Howdy! We have an Airstream Park in Michigan? I didn't know that! Cool. Brad and I will have to get ourselves over there sometime. Welcome to the forums.

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I remember a thread 3 or even 4 years ago for an attempted AS rally within a former drive-in movie. I think it was to be in the Saginaw area. Did that ever happen?
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:55 AM   #10
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The drive-in rally plan sounds familiar, but not sure of the time or place or recall having it here in Michigan. We had several Louapaloozas and some Rivette rallies 3-4 years ago that I helped host. Maybe someone else remembers the drive-in rally. That does sound neat!

Also we have the Tin Can Tourists annual rallies in Milford at Camp Dearborn every spring and fall. Lots of Airstreamers there too, May 19th to 22nd, 2011 for the 14th Annual Gathering. http://www.tincantourists.com/rallyregistration.php
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Hi Don,
Ill be moving to Traverse City this summer, hope we can meet sometime!
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Hi Don from Upper Michigan and WELCOME to the Forums. What a great place to learn!! My wife and I discovered your little secret last summer. We planned a visit to northern Michigan which included about four days in TC at your campground. We were really surprised! We MIGHT find one other AS in the campground but seldom more than that. You can imagine our surprise to find 77 other AS in this camground.....plus a storage space for another 150 or so within the fenced in area. We had a great time talking with some of the AS owners and finding out their winter areas (mostly in FL). Great system that has been worked out there - call ahead and the crew had pulled your AS to your site and its all ready and waiting for you. We enjoyed our visit to the TC area and really enjoyed our drive up the Leelanaw for the day - visiting lighthouses, shops and restaurants. I'm surprised more AS owners aren't visiting the park - its a wonderful place to stay.

Until our next trip north.......keep the sunshine warming your souls. We love northern Michigan.
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Okay,That settles it,that Campground is an hour away, We will have to check it out now...
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I didnt know that. Is that an AS only MEMBERS ONLY Park or can anyone visit???
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