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Old 07-13-2015, 06:40 PM   #15
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"Honestly, I'd love to know how much stuff you have that your truck sags. Especially since you're one person." That's dangerous territory asking a woman that question.

(I'm probably on thin ice myself for assigning a sexist generalization like that.)
Yeah I was in the dog house for mentioning to my wife that she has 5 pairs of flip flops yesterday.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:26 PM   #16
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When I was full timing in a 40' diesel pusher for 5 years there was one hard and fast rule.

After everything was sorted and packed properly (took 5 re packing episodes) nothing was added unless something was removed. It worked well for the entire full time experience.


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Old 07-14-2015, 12:02 PM   #17
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Just sold some T-Mobile stock at a nice little profit, so I can't complain, but I've kept my mobile service with Verizon. With all its faults, it seems to deliver.

Never had any service work at Jackson Center, but I did do the tour once. I enjoyed it, learned a lot about AS from the fellow who gave me a private tour (he had worked there for 30-some years), but I left with mixed feelings.

This was several years ago, and things may have changed, but the whole operation seemed more like a supersized backyard workshop than a real factory. Could be good in some ways, as so much being done by hand, but it's a far cry from what you think of when you think about modern automated factories with robots and assembly lines and so forth. Maybe all travel trailer and RV plants are like that?
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:51 PM   #18
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We recently traveled through eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. We had mechanical trouble with our toad, and were trying to arrange a tow, rental car and service. At that moment, it was painfully obvious that we needed to leave Boost and Sprint. We had been getting along with limited cell service, but our little Straight Talk WiFi hotspot (on the Verizon network) ALWAYS had signal, while neither phone did. We sucked it up and went back to Verizon with a contract. I was pleasantly surprised with their customer service. Yes, more expensive, but I sure don't want to be stranded and not able to communicate again.

Same trip, we toured the JC center. We were sad that no one there could answer our questions about our 1994 Diesel Classic. I work for a manufacturer of earth moving equipment, and part of our legacy is the service and parts we offer (and knowledge) of our equipment, no matter the age. Maybe my expectations are too high? AS seems to have forgotten they even made these beauties.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:58 PM   #19
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Satellite or Cell

howdy - after living in a '78 Sovereign (totally customized) for six months next to the Sequoia Nat'l Park on the raging So Fork of the Kaweah river, communication challenges were met with Hughesnet satellite (in the main house) - there wasn't any cell svc anywhere, only a dodgy AT&T landline. After living in Malibu for a couple years I switched out my ATT for Verizon (which was GTE back in the day) to get (only slightly) better service in the Santa Monica Mountains - that makes sense because LA's westside and coastal areas were GTE. The rest was PacBell.
But service provider quality depends on where you are- in Three Rivers, CA, ATT is dominant but barely works and Verizon almost not at all (except for one small spot before you go up the mountain). There is a tower on the west side of Lake Kaweah but that's almost 10 miles away. Even with a new tower in Three Rivers, Verizon is dodgy at best.
Some mountain folks swear by Sprint.
My mission now is to find and assemble the best mobile satellite rig at the best cost. Same goes for Solar. That's life in the mountain west.
I get hired and paid over the internet so any suggestions appreciated
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:18 PM   #20
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Out here in the wide open west, anyone that is serious about cell reception runs an exterior antenna/cell signal booster.
My winter spot Hope Az, At&t is shaded by mountains, most of us have to make calls at the edge of the park to get signal. The verison group use a tower that is 25 miles west, distant but visual. This tower is on the eastern edge of Quartzsite, when it is infested with snowbirds, calls get dropped easily.
I haven't gotten serious yet, I don't use data, not reliable enough for the cost vs coverage.
Now in Flagstaff I'm using the camp wifi, short range signal from the office, but Direcway satellite. Way faster than the system in the local library.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:56 PM   #21
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Laughing at myself. I watched my fuel gauge like a hawk while towing out west - too far between stations to risk going below half full, right? Right. So this morning on the way to work..... ding ding ding, warning you are almost out of gas!

The last leg home left me drained - and the tank too. Off to the local station. Only 5 within the next two miles to choose from.

have a nice night. bye.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:13 PM   #22
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Satellites won't work in North Alaska. Too far above the equator.
Wilson 4G cel boosters work great when in line of site with the rower.
The Airstream Service Center is maxed out keeping up with increased sales. The original 16 of 32 bays are going to need to expand to all 32 to keep up. This means parts will have to relocate.
Be available when they bring your trailer in so you can go over the repairs to be done with the tech. During the day visit the job several times to check on progress The techs will keep you posted of any fixes or necessary changes.
If you see something you don't like contact Rick Marsh, Chris Burch, or Kevin, the shop foreman.
I have never heard them complain of comebacks. Last November, they did a major modification for me with almost 100% no defects. I fixed one item when I got home and I will get them to do the other the next time I am there. Two techs for a whole week.
Be friendly and communicate well. I always tip the techs. The next time I show up they ask for my jobs. I hope the above story is just growing pains. I have always had good experiences at JC.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:48 PM   #23
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I'm hoping for your sake you don't mean "Camping World", instead of Campers World.

Camping World used to be a really good company when David Garvin and his family owned it. Since then, the company has been sold a couple of time, and currently "The Profit" Marcus Lemonus is the CEO.

The company is very bottom line oriented, and frankly couldn't give a damn if they help you or not. Use then only in an emergency, and then make sure they do what they're supposed to do. Be prepared to pay a very high price for mediocre work.

Not trying to break anyone's bubble, but that's the way I see it...

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Sorry to hear about the decline in quality of factory service. With the prices new trailers are commanding you should expect top notch service. There is so few Airstream qualified techs anywhere especially in my area. The few good techs are so busy it takes months to get anything done.
I'm about ready to try Campers World.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:37 PM   #24
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Wierd WEE Western Trailers & Other Impressions.

One thing I did notice especially in Utah and Montana was the number of small and sometimes homemade trailers. I think I saw at least a dozen Casitas, a couple of Scamps, one Trillium (sp?) and then there were - well a couple of old truck beds that had been made into tent trailers or pop-ups or just tent and stuff carriers. I also (unfortunately) saw some very vintage trailers that had become yard sheds, chicken coops or worse. Two old Trail Manors and a Silver Streak... slowly going into the earth.

You know the glitzy big casino towns may be prospering, but the smaller towns with a few sad failing casinos that have the only restaurants in town, rows of vacant shops and housing that is rapidly deteriorating into slums... gambling venues are so widespread that they've finally run out of customers.
Penny Slots have become so pervasive that anyone who pays quarter slots is becoming a "high roller". Walk through the door and you walk into the set of a 50's "B" movie - film noir, with a second rate plot and third rate actors.

I was also quite impressed with the number of motorcycles with trailers - anything from the size of a biggish cooler right up through a couple that looked a lot like coffins - borderline creepy. Saw a large number of trike motorcycles both traditional (2 wheels in back) and the newer style with the two wheels in the front. Lots of Silver haired people keeping up with riding cycles by reducing the odds of sliding and road rash... and generally riding in "citizen" mode. Did meet one old dude with a custom Harley - DUAL engines! Definitely NOT a citizen bike.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:43 PM   #25
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Yes, Verizon in the rural parts of US.

A duramax and a Blue Ox hitch has served us well for a lot of miles. Very stable and an easy hitch to live with.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:11 PM   #26
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"Taking ANYTHING to Camping World would be a very costly mistake!!!!!!"

"I'm hoping for your sake you don't mean "Camping World", instead of Campers World.

Camping World used to be a really good company when David Garvin and his family owned it. Since then, the company has been sold a couple of time, and currently "The Profit" Marcus Lemonus is the CEO.

The company is very bottom line oriented, and frankly couldn't give a damn if they help you or not. Use then only in an emergency, and then make sure they do what they're supposed to do. Be prepared to pay a very high price for mediocre work."




Thanks Lew and Larry. I think I will just wait for Paul at A&P to work me into his schedule. I might have to wait a while but I know repairs will be done right.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:32 PM   #27
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Paula,

How do I tell you how much I admire you?
Before I became TCA (TinCannieAnnie) I was a surgeon. Let me tell you cutting open someones chest or belly is way easier than backing up and hitching a trailer!
So just sending you some love and respect.

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Old 07-15-2015, 11:06 AM   #28
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Lissen smartypants....

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"Honestly, I'd love to know how much stuff you have that your truck sags. Especially since you're one person." That's dangerous territory asking a woman that question.

(I'm probably on thin ice myself for assigning a sexist generalization like that.)
What did it this time was the 3000 Handi Honda generator - and my cast iron collection which keeps growing. Yes a bought another sewing machine too - but I got rid of the newer (plastic lightweight) Janome in favor of the 30 lb 1953 steel geared Singer. The quilting machine is a featherweight - literally.

Then I did a real brain dead move, put in a bed slide without asking how much it weighed... and there was just no way to get enough other stuff OUT though I did donate a lot to the starvation army.

I wants me stuff - and I'm getting a heavy enough truck to carry it. OH, and that will include an electric bicycle in the back of the Eddie Bauer.
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