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Old 10-02-2007, 07:33 AM   #15
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Congratulations, Randy, on your retirement!
And the 35-day trip to celebrate the occasion.

Thank you for sharing this event with photos and commentary.

A number of us eagerly await your detailed report re:Airstream’s response to issues that we’ve discussed here that also concern you.
Items such as…

The skin corrosion issue (BTW, I’m seeing some of this on my aluminum wheels by the hub).

Equalizer hitch setup, possible warranty issues, etc.

Frame rails open-ended in front… Why doesn’t the factory close them?
What do they suggest we do to prevent water, salt, and mice from entering?

And any other issue that you can remember that we discussed that still seems unresolved.

Thanks and will follow your thread with great interest.

SilverGate
I had the tech look at the Equal-i-zer installation as it is now with the gas line dropped. He told me that the warranty is unaffected by this modifcation. Before the trip, I followed Josh's instructions and really got the hitch dialed-in now. Now, the truck squats equally front and back, the bars are parallel to the frame, and the trailer is parallel to the road. Tows like a charm, much better than before. I'll post a complete report on what I did on this thread ttp://www.airforums.com/forums/f464/equal-i-zer-hitch-setup-report-34484.html when I get some time.

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Old 10-02-2007, 08:33 AM   #16
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Howdy Randy -- Good to get a progress report. Are you still headed up to Michigan? We were in SW Wisconsin this last weekend. The color report is that you will see yellow ashes and some maples turning -- probably about the same latitude as mid Michigan.

Can any of our Detroit members comment?
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:03 AM   #17
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Great to have you out on the road...

Couple of tidbits I will toss in that I learned in my last month on the road. I find that after day after day after day of getting ready to pull out in the morning that I can be forgetful - so a "last minute" checklist on a little yellow sticky on the dash next to the gear shift lever helps. I even read it out loud to myself before putting the truck into Drive...

- Main Jack
- 4 Stabalizer Jacks
- Doors locked
- Fans shut
- Elec/Water Hose
- Refer Vent
- TV Antenna
- Stairs Up

Then, I always leave my drivers side window down until I am out on the highway or wherever. This already saved me once because I had forgotten to lift the main jack up and as I just started to pull out I heard a scrape/boink that was not normal so stopped and there was the main jack still down. Didn't seem to have hurt anything, but then again I always have the main jack on a piece of 2x6 cause somebody once told me that was a good thing to do (in case you ever pull out leaving it down it will slide off and have a little ground clearance).

Anyway, I think it works good to leave the window down for a while and keep the radio off until you get out on the main roads.

Best Regards, Dave

Add check propane holder- Once mine had been loosened and it was just luck I caught it and that there wasnt an accident. Don't forget there are often idle hands in a campground.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:04 PM   #18
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Howdy Randy -- Good to get a progress report. Are you still headed up to Michigan? We were in SW Wisconsin this last weekend. The color report is that you will see yellow ashes and some maples turning -- probably about the same latitude as mid Michigan.

Can any of our Detroit members comment?
Yes we are heading into Michigan. Torch Lake will be about as far north as we will get.

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:07 PM   #19
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Day 5 – Jackson Center

Today was our second service day, and as promised, they were at our site before sunup (7:00 a.m. sharp) to tow Daisy back into the shop. We sat in the customer lounge for a while enjoying the free coffee and doughnuts, and Pat knitted while I did some more catch-up posting. I took a shot of Daisy in the bay waiting for her technician, and one of a vintage unit they are polishing in the shop.

We headed out to get something more substantial than donuts and to visit our old neighborhood in Dayton. We lived in Dayton for seven years while I was in the Air Force. On the way back to JC we went through Troy, OH. We don’t remember Troy from when we lived here 30 years ago, but it sure is a nice little walking town now. I loved the Indian sign at the sports bar.

When we returned to JC, Daisy was back at her site—all work was completed. Here’s a couple of pictures of her new beltline. We got Daisy reconnected and took the Airstream Factory Tour at 2:00 p.m. The tour is informative and you get to see a lot of the construction process. It takes nine days to build a trailer and they build 35 a month. All are sold before construction starts. The Airstreams being built for Europe were interesting: narrow, and kind of weird looking with their unique tires, wheels, braking and heating systems. They don’t allow any cameras on the tour, so no pictures from that.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:14 PM   #20
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Tips for the Terraport

When we arrived here, we were somewhat clueless as to the rules of the park, so here’s a few tips and things we learned while here:

• The Terraport is three circles of eight sites each. Everyone backs-in like spokes of a wheel. Those of you with rear dinettes and living quarters won’t have a very good view.
• The Terraport has water and sewer at each site, but only one electrical box between each two sites with a 20a, 30a, and 50a plug. Bring a 50a to 30a adaptor cable because your neighbor may already be in the 30a plug.
• You will need at least 15 to 20 feet of sewer hose depending on how far to the rear of your Airstream are your drain connections.
• Don’t deploy awnings or slide-outs as they interfere with the places left for you or your neighbor to park their truck. It would also be a pain to have to deal with these to make the 7:00 a.m. tractor pull.
• Leave your sewer and water hoses connected to the port fixtures, and leave a doormat or something else of little value behind to mark your spot as taken when your trailer is in the service center.
• When you pull in don’t take a spot that is marked with items as above.
• Have an appointment if you want any service done.
• Know what your site number is when you register for service.
• Bring an alarm clock, because you have to be out of your trailer, disconnected, and ready to roll by 7:00 a.m.

Hope this is helpful for anyone coming here for the first time.

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:17 PM   #21
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Into the Void

This may be my last post for a few days. Tomrrow we leave JC and head into a technology free zone, otherwise known as my sister-in-law’s place in Tipton, MI, which is nothing more than a crossroads. The last hi-tech item to come into her home was the TV remote. We’ll be there for three nights, so unless I can find an Internet Caf&#233; somewhere, I’ll be off the air until this weekend.

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:20 PM   #22
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I'm stting in a coffee shop in Tecumseh, MI while Pat and her sister visit some of the local shops. An update on our travels here follows.

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:22 PM   #23
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Day 6 (10/03/07) – Jackson Center, OH to Tipton, MI

Today started out with a beautiful sunrise as the tractor made its rounds picking up trailers. I wanted to get a shot of the factory with the logo illuminated last night, but it didn’t come on until after I lost interest. Here it is at sunrise. The big AIRSTREAM on the factory looks pretty cool all lit up at night. Shortly after sunrise though, it started raining. Since we were done with our maintenance, we had a relaxing morning and a leisurely breakfast while we waited out the showers.

The rain ended about 10:00 a.m. and I took a walk around to get a couple final pictures. I took one more of Daisy’s birthplace, and one of the holding yard where the baby Airstreams wait to be sent to their selling dealers. This lot was fairly full when we arrived a couple days ago, so a lot are on the way to their new owners. I also took some pictures of the museum pieces sitting in front of the service center, but they have been posted many times already here on the forums.

We finished packing-up, hitched-up, and pulled out of the Terraport. After one more stop at the Airstream Store for an apparel item Pat decided she wanted, we were underway. Our route today was due west from JC to hit US-127, north to US-12 in Michigan, then east to Tipton. The land here is very flat and dotted with many farms and small towns—we could be traveling through Kansas if the fields were wheat instead of corn. The roads were smooth, straight, and easy to follow, except for the detour at Van Wert, OH.

About 15 miles south of Van Wert we encountered a Road Closed-Detour sign. The detour took us about five miles west then north again to Van Wert. As we got into town, we spied a nice city park and stopped for lunch. Somehow, we must have missed a sign, because when we continued our travels, we ended up in town and 127 was still closed. We took a parallel side street thinking we could cut back over to 127 when the construction ended, but the side street ended before the construction. We had to make a u-turn and had just enough space to do it. Eventually, we figured out how to get out of town and avoid the construction.

That experience confirmed to us that Daisy’s 23-foot length fits our traveling style perfectly. Prior to that we have taken her around small town squares, up and down narrow, twisty mountain roads, down side roads, and through big cities. I can’t imagine doing that with anything much bigger. We don’t foresee a trade-up anytime soon.
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We have your courtesy parking spot all warm and ready...if you get close to our area! We have been following your trip. Sounds like you had quite a list of things to do in JC. Have fun!
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:32 PM   #25
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Another Internet Cafe stop while Pat shops. I've already seen the town and taken a few pictures, so time to get caught up.

Looks like I screwed up my day count. The postings above should have been days six and seven. I'll get back on track now.

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We have your courtesy parking spot all warm and ready...if you get close to our area! We have been following your trip. Sounds like you had quite a list of things to do in JC. Have fun!
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Lou and Larry,

Looks like we will be heading south from Plymouth, MI when we leave Michigan. We're going to try to meet some friends and family in Tellico Plains, TN before we head to the Faluminum rally, so we won't be coming your way this time. Thanks for the offer, maybe we will get to use it for a future trip.

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Day 8 – Day 9: Tipton, MI Area

These two days have been mostly relaxing, visiting with family, and touring the small towns around here: Brooklyn, Tecumseh, Dundee. The weather has been very good, almost too hot. We packed for cooler weather, so we’re hoping as we go west and north tomorrow we’ll see the temperature come down. We’re beginning to see the fall color, but it hasn’t peaked yet here in SE Michigan. According to the Michigan web sites, we should be in the peak of the color when we travel north from here.
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Day 10 – Tipton to Holland, MI

The first photo here was our parking place at Pat’s sister’s home. They own Port-to-Port miniature golf course, and live behind the course. We had a level spot with water and electric, not a good view, but the price is right.

We left Pat’s sister’s home in Tipton, MI quite a bit later than we expected, so instead of back roads today we took the interstates. We only had about a 160 miles to drive, and we wanted to get to Holland State Park before sundown. We arrived here about 4:30 p.m. The beach campground was closed for the season, which was disappointing. There they have full hook-ups and are on the Lake Michigan waterfront. We are in the Lake Macatawa Campground about a mile back from the beach. The price is also disappointing, $27.00 per night for a level site with 30a only. We’ll be here for three nights, and then we will have to refill the fresh tank, dump the waste tanks and move on.

We are starting to see some more fall color, but until the temperature drops, it won’t reach its peak. The weather continues to be very warm for this time of the year. Today the car thermometer hit 90 for a while. The news tonight says that by Wednesday we should see the highs only in the 60s. Finally we may be able to wear some of the warmer clothes we brought.
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