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Old 02-16-2011, 07:49 PM   #15
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Columbus has lots of great places to eat and shop. If you're a shopper, there's Polaris Shopping Center right off of I-71 (north side of Columbus). There is an abundance of excellent food places on Polaris Parkway exit as well. Some are national chains and some are local, but all are excellent!

Carfagna's Kitchen is great Italian food up there! House of Japan is a VERY good Japanese steakhouse. Plus, there are numerous national chains (TGI Friday's, Red Lobsters, etc, etc). There are also Cameron Mitchell restaurants - pricey but delicious!

I've got to stop, I'm making myself hungry.

Enjoy our fair state! Glad to have you with us!
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:51 PM   #16
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For staying at the AS plant, I believe if your AS is being serviced, then overnight stays are free... otherwise it is $10. A great deal and like someone already said - you get to meet really cool people!
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #17
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after we visit the factory were headed up to Cleveland to go to the Rock N Roll Hall of fame
and the Air force museum that withidl suggested that sound really cool.
Just to make sure I am not misunderstanding you. . . The Air Force Museum is in Dayton, Ohio, about 50 miles due south of Jackson Center and kinda the opposite end of the state from Cleveland. . .

If you need a campground near the AF Museum, John Bryan State Park isn't far away.

John Bryan State Park

For commercial campgrounds, the Dayton KOA is supposed to be nice.

Right now we are having a warm spell but don't forget it's still February. . . we had subzero temperatures last week.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:04 PM   #18
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Near Cleveland

We offer courtesy parking at our house. We are about 30 mi. SW of Cleveland. It is about 3.5 hrs. from Jackson Center. We would love to meet you!
The weather here this week is in the 30s and it feels like a heat wave to us, since we have had such a frigid winter. Snow was melting today and it was sunny. But this is northern Ohio and weather will change at a moment's notice.
Let us know if you are headed this direction!
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Did you make it to JC?

Give us a call if you would like to get together for a potluck this weekend! Daytona 500 party this Sunday!!!!!
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Well we made to JC earlier today about noon or so we stopped in and made sure there would be a tour today and there was, we signed up and then went down the street and got some lunch.

Got back with about an hour to wait till the tour so we just hung out there, looking at the the different things and articles the got up on the walls.

A couple cool things they have in the lobby there entertainment center is the back end of a A/S and a couple of desk built he same way.

The tour then started with Don, this ol guy was really cool and had been with A/S for over 50 years. The first thing they show you is the service area with A WCC bike that Jessie James built for them(they won't let you sit on it). And a 1932 trailer they are going too be refurbishing. I do not remember the brand but it wasn't a A/S.

The service dept there is pretty cool and some of the work they were doing was impressive from simple services to complete frame and outer skin replacement to complete interior replacement.

Now the best part of the tour was the manufacture side it was Friday and they had already shut down for the week so we pretty much got to go everywhere and look at everything.
I got to walk up and see freshly cut outer side panels sitting in the jig ready to be riveted
then over to see there new CNC that cuts out the floor in one solid piece.
Then from there there I got to see a European frame which to my surprise was made from galvanized steel. And the brakes were very small drum style. They also had a very small wheel and tire combo on the trailer. The isolation in the floor was made with a inch or a little more of white foam. Other then that the trailer wasn't finished just a roller no interior or even electrical ran.
Then I got to see several A/S's in different stages of completion including two Eddie Bauer editions those are a nice 25 ft er there.
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Thanks to all the invites but we did not bring a trailer on this trip. We are currently looking and after the tour that silver bug has really got ahold of me again.

And I really don't have any pictures because we they won't let you take pictures in the plant
We are spending the night in sandusky and off the rock n roll hall of fame then back home.
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Please update.
Do factory tours still start at 2:00 PM sharp?
And are reservations needed?
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:52 PM   #23
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Please update.
Do factory tours still start at 2:00 PM sharp?
And are reservations needed?
Just took the tour today. 2:00PM confirmed, no reservations required. Go to the Airstream Service Center front door, tours start form there. Didn't see any signs that directed you to tours. Think you can park trailer around back if you're towing for the day.

Honestly I liked the Winnebago tour better. I know i'll get banned for that.
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