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Old 09-07-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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First trip - big coincidence!

Before I relate our serendipitous Airstream experience on the road - first let me give a shout out to Patrick at Colonial Airstream. We'd never been in an RV or Airstream when we bought ours sight unseen. He's a great teacher and very dedicated to his job.

During the early Labor Day weekend we stopped at a campground near Ohio
Caverns to make our final delivery. I know, I know...we could have used the Terra Port and taken the tour, but we were working and arriving late. We checked in Woodall's for the closest one and called ahead. (That's a clue!) We came out in the morning and were surrounded by a group of nice people who were going from the back license plate to the decal on the door that said 1931 -2006 with puzzled looks on their faces.

They wanted to know what year it was, and refused to believe it was a 2007 - until they came in. Once inside all it took was a look around and almost in unison they said, "2007 31 Special Order." Wow! They knew it. Most of them had worked on it just a month earlier. What is interesting to me, and I never thought of it until they mentioned it, was they each see their little piece of a unit, but never get to see it all together.

We learned a few things that day! If you want to know something about a company, don't ask the president...ask the line! One funny thing was that the air gets a little "blue" when the insulation guys have to put bubble-wrap in the walls. Fortunately, for us those guys weren't there, and we skedaddled before they could show up!

I can't say enough good things about line-men/women, or about Deb the owner of the campground. (Who at one time worked on the Argosy line.) We pulled out of our spot and chatted until almost 4:00 pm. Even on their precious weekend off, they were Airstream all the way. They are the company's best ambassadors!

Next comes post pictures...right? Well, we blew a head gasket in our truck right as we got back home and part of the connection for the digital camera is in the truck in the shop. On it we have sequential pictures of Patrick demonstrating the procedure for the deploying and un-deploying the awning. Guess the awning stays down until the truck comes back.

All in all it was a fun and exhausting trip...and we still say Go Airstream!

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Old 09-07-2006, 04:32 PM   #2
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What a coincidence! I think I have pictures of Pat Botticelli showing me how to operate my new Airstream. He knows his stuff.

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Old 09-07-2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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reeagle: Darned tootin he does.

I'm sure we were one of his bigger challenges being total N00bs. The reason for the sequential pictures on the awning operations was that my hand was cramped from taking notes. Big shout out to catsandi for that tip.

Yep! Pat's da man.
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