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Old 07-26-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hello all..

As I have posted, we sold the Overlander, but have to skip the VAC rally in CO, to get this baby to Las Vegas on Saturday. How crazy is my life???..

We're taking 44/40 out, and since we haven't traveled with even our safari but once, we may be pulling into a campsite along the way, and resting in our newly sold, electrically screwed up, Airstream....It's so shiney, we should get some nice pics....

So, if your out this weekend, on the roads, and ya see a green F150 pulling a shiney 27 footer, honk and wave, because we'll need some encouragement...LOL

Hope to stop into the rally Sunday and meet everyone, since we're paid up, I hope they'll let us in///

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Old 07-26-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hey Ron...sorry you won't be able to attend the whole rally, will you be staying Sunday night or just stopping by? Your site will be waiting for you...unless anybody wants to attend last minute 7/30 - 8/2...PM me if you do?

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Old 07-26-2004, 02:33 PM   #3
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Bummer - gonna miss you - hope you can make it on Sunday

Also hope you got a really big deposit on your trailer if you having to take it all the way to Vegas

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Old 07-26-2004, 03:55 PM   #4
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Hey Ron...sorry you won't be able to attend the whole rally, will you be staying Sunday night or just stopping by? Your site will be waiting for you...unless anybody wants to attend last minute 7/30 - 8/2...PM me if you do?

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of course we're staying Sunday night, we're rooming with you....LOL

We will be trailerless, so probably won't stay, but will spend all of the time we can there. It's very importaint to me that I (we) meet some of you. You have all been so wonderfully supportive. It's not a total loss, at least there's next year, and we will have SO MUCH MORE TIME to spend on the Safari. but it will never be as beautiful as yours....

Looking forward to Sunday.

Oh, delivery deposit is $2000. So, yes, It should be safe....

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Hey Ron...sorry you won't be able to attend the whole rally, will you be staying Sunday night or just stopping by? Your site will be waiting for you...unless anybody wants to attend last minute 7/30 - 8/2...PM me if you do?

Shari
Dang, if only I had a tow vehicle, I'd sneak in and take Ron and Tony's site. Next year for sure!

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Old 07-26-2004, 04:36 PM   #6
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Just sport a goatee

No one will notice you're not me.... my avatar is awfully small...LOL
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No one will notice you're not me.... my avatar is awfully small...LOL
to admit that he has a small avatar

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Must be those 2 glasses of wine I had a lunch. Oops, back to work.

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Old 07-26-2004, 05:14 PM   #8
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You're bad....

I may have to report you...LOL...!!!! How funny....
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:38 PM   #9
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BUST!!!...Bust or BUST....

Well, we left Thursday Morning around 6:a.m. and arrived in Vegas around 10:00 Saturday. 18 hours of driving the first night alone...We made several stops on Route 66, and tried to stay at vintage hotels..... OK, two of them, the first was GREAT, the second, Friday night, was absolutely revolting... Pure dirt and grime (including a dried up towel over the shower curtain rod, that wasn't ours). But we only had a few hours of sleep, so we just slept completely clothed.

When we arrived at the buyers house, he wanted to check the water pump... and the heater, and the water tank... all of the things that I didn't know if they worked or not, (as stated in the Ebay disclosure) and insisted on filling the water tank, which indeed leaked. He needed it for burning man, and didn't feel that this was the airstream for him. He asked if we could come to a deal, over the $2000 deposit that he gave me, and, well, we did. Deal is, I take the trailer, and the cash and head to the VAC rally in CO.

Did I mention that the 'Check engine' light came on right after we left, and I found that the truck couldn't carry the weight of the trailer, (we installed the fridge, and microwave two days prior to departure)... We were very much looking forward to dropping the a/s so that the truck could (hopefully) recouperate.... I didn't have the trans. cooler installed, since it appeared that I wouldn't be going throught the CO mountains with anything in tow.

So, we hung out in Vegas for a few hours, and then headed for CO. We saw, by far, THE most beautiful scenery on the way. Just past Vail, CO, we headed south on 9.... WOW!!!! Came upon 'South Park' CO, which was unexpected, and many other great little towns.

By the time I arrived at the rally, 2450 miles, and only aprox. 80 hrs. after we left St. Louis, I didn't even feel as though I was pulling anything, it was so natural. We had even come to accept the ever moaning engine, that was all too often pulling at 4000 rpms....

From there, off to Fort Collins and Poutre Valley, 2.5 hrs north, Monday, then back that night to CO Springs, for Tuesday, and Pikes Peak... AWESOME... then back to Ft. Collins Wed. and home on Thursday, for the worst trip through Kansas...worse than I EVER imagined.

So, through all of htis, we ended up pulling the airstream, which we never slept in, 3896.4 miles for no reason what so ever. But what an adventure, huh???

So... anyone want a partially rehabed airstream Overlander??? I have one I have to get rid of. LOL..

We'll get pics up soon. Some 600-700 total....

Just thought I'd keep you all posted!

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Old 08-06-2004, 05:45 PM   #10
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So you earned $2,000 for your time and trouble? Not bad, although not very smart of the guy who gave you the deposit. He would have been a lot better off flying in to STL. I bet you would have been more kind if he had turned the unit down locally.

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Well my son's, you handled the situation well and we're sure you got plenty of R&R on the trip (just kidding).

However, I, being who/whatever that is, would have probably gone back to the guy dressed in my finest camofloge and imitation LL bean boots, my fake ID, a really big sidearm, and a rather large frown on my face begging that he reconsider.

What you did will keep you out of license plate fabrication business, though.

Best wishes.

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Old 08-06-2004, 11:11 PM   #12
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Daddy!!!

I hope we handled this situation as you taught us....LOL

I think we did OK, just unhappy that we haven't rid our lives of this Overlander... especially since there is a nice woman trying to pawn off a 31 footer on us, for a very nice price....Hmmm...what would you do????


For the cash, we did OK... I think.

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We made several stops on Route 66, and tried to stay at vintage hotels..... OK, two of them, the first was GREAT, the second, Friday night, was absolutely revolting... Pure dirt and grime (including a dried up towel over the shower curtain rod, that wasn't ours). But we only had a few hours of sleep, so we just slept completely clothed.


ron, when i was a road warrior, we called them fleabags......you knew you were in a really bad one when you woke up the next morning, and the roaches had moved the bed to another part of the room.... glad to hear you enjoyed the scenery though....i bet you wanna go back...
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Hey Ron & Tony,

At the VAC rally, I saw your trailer but didn't see either of you guys. You must have slipped in and out under cover of darkness or maybe it was my inability to see through all of the margaritas. BTW, its not everyone that gets paid to learn how to tow an Overlander. I'd say, after all of the frustration, you did all right.

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