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Old 12-03-2002, 02:47 PM   #71
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My name is Joe Hall. I am approaching age 54. My hobbies include camping, hunting and fishing. I am the Washington, D.C.-based government relations director for a large Florida company. I commute weekly to south Georgia, where my wife and son reside on her family's large farm. Prior to this life I was an Army Chief Warrant Officer, retiring from active duty in 1988. The highlight of that career was 444 days as a "guest" of the late Ayatollah Khomeini. I was raised in Oregon and grew up camping; first in a two-man tent, where we could hike up above the tree line for living as basic as it gets; graduating later to larger tents, and finally to a series of trailers leading up to a motorhome. I got away from camping for a few years due to work, travel, what-have-you. I never lost my interest. After a two-three year hunt, I found a wonderful opportunity to buy an '86 31' Sovereign in almost mint condition. My wife, Sherry, teaches school in Adel, Georgia. She is having more fun working in a decorating theme than I would have ever believed possible. I think we are both in love with the old metal monster and are scheduled for another outing that will include New Year's Eve. I have learned a lot of information from the different Airstream web sites, and feel a debt of gratitude to you oldtime Airstream owners and operators. Thank you.
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Old 12-03-2002, 07:43 PM   #72
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Well, here goes...

My name is Brad. My wife, Julie and I purchased our '59 TradeWind in northern CA and brought it home the day before the disasters in NY and Washington DC. We were really excited to get her home but those horrific events set us back for a few days, kind of numb, you know? Once we got started on the seriously-needed restoration, it was Katie bar the door. Stripping off four layers of paint, tearing out old cast iron and copper plumbing, wiring in a 12 volt system, refinishing the original Honduran mahogeny wood, etc. Our first trip, other than to the shop for a new axle with electric brakes to replace the dreaded hydraulic, was to central Michigan to visit relatives. Had an absolutely fabulous time, much better than we ever could have thought.

Now more about us. I am the Facilities/Operations Manager at a post-secondary technical college with over 100,000 sq.ft. of space in 6 different buildings. Currently, I am doing this without any staff. Makes every day very interesting. Julie is the office manager for a staffing service. Before our Airstream, we used to go to the northern Oregon coast almost once a year in the fall because its just so beautiful. We now are making plans for extended weekends around the southwest with our Silver Twinkie.

We plan on attending some of the vintage rallies, maybe a couple a year. Attended the one in Santa Maria and met the nicest people.

I enjoy flyfishing and collecting still-affordable bamboo flyrods and Julie is an avid reader, couple of books a week it seems. Really enjoy this site and other Airstream one as well.

See ya down the road...
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Old 12-03-2002, 07:46 PM   #73
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Well, here goes...

My name is Brad. My wife, Julie and I purchased our '59 TradeWind in northern CA and brought it home the day before the disasters in NY and Washington DC. We were really excited to get her home but those horrific events set us back for a few days, kind of numb, you know? Once we got started on the seriously-needed restoration, it was Katie bar the door. Stripping off four layers of paint, tearing out old cast iron and copper plumbing, wiring in a 12 volt system, refinishing the original Honduran mahogany wood, etc. Our first trip, other than to the shop for a new axle with electric brakes to replace the dreaded hydraulic, was to central Michigan to visit relatives. Had an absolutely fabulous time, much better than we ever could have thought.

Now more about us. I am the Facilities/Operations Manager at a post-secondary technical college with over 100,000 sq.ft. of space in 6 different buildings. Currently, I am doing this without any staff. Makes every day very interseting. Julie is the office manager for a staffing service. Before our Airstream, we used to go to the northern Oregon coast almost once a year in the fall because its just so beautiful. We now are making plans for extended weekends around the southwest.

We plan on attending some of the vintage rallies, maybe a couple a year. Attended the one in Santa Maria and met the nicest people.

I enjoy flyfishing and collecting still-affordable bamboo flyrods and Julie is an avid reader, couple of books a week it seems. Really enjoy this site and other Airstream ones as well.

See ya down the road...
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Old 12-03-2002, 08:28 PM   #74
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I'm Phil and my wife is Lynda. Married 28 years and live in Bellflower, CA, near Long Beach. I'm an Architect and Lynda is a high school English teacher. We're in our VERY early 50's so we have many more years before we can go on really long trips.

We bought the Airstream (75 Overlander) this past summer, after using borrowed or rented RVs over the past 30 years. Vacation days of my youth were spent is a 16' home-made trailer bought 20 years old by my dad for $300 in 1956. Have been vacationing annually at San Clemente State Beach in Orange County, CA since 1956.

Now that the kids are out of the house (Erin, CAL '01; John, U of Redlands '06) we love the freedom to take off for short weekend trips. We're big college football fans, so all we need for a successful weekend vacation is a nearby RV park with cable TV. We'll watch 4 or 5 games on Saturday and generally just relax.

Unlike most of you, I am not "handy" at anything. No woodworking hobbies or anything like that. About all I can fix in my Airstream is a really good batch of spaghetti!

Our dream is to retire to close-to-full-time Airstreaming - We long to attend the International Rallies and Vintage rallies, and go on caravans to Hudson Bay, Mexico, Nova Scotia or Alaska. Probably 5 -10 years away...

We jusy like to relax when we vacation - no tourist activities. We've attended one WBCCI unit rally - it was a nice weekend. We look forward to more.

We also hope to meet some of you, too, somehow, somewhere...
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Old 12-03-2002, 09:04 PM   #75
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Hi:
I'm Gord, I'm 60 and still working because I love my job as a Water Bomber pilot for the Province of Manitoba. I live in Winnipeg and am based at Thompson Manitoba during the fire season. Thompson is north of the 55th parallel. I also live in my 79 31 ft. Airstream all summer which is quite cozy.

I don't mind the boondocks as long as there is 30 amps of power, good running water and a sewer pipe.

When I'm not on standby, I'm out killing fish.

The aircraft I fly is the Canadair CL215 powered by a pair of
Pratt & Whitney R2800s.
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Old 12-03-2002, 09:19 PM   #76
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Hey FLYFSHR,, Come on up to Thompson this summer and show me how to Fly Fish.

Lots of Texans in the campground last summer.
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Old 12-03-2002, 11:22 PM   #77
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Sounds like it might get cold up there, got any cactus?

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Old 12-03-2002, 11:51 PM   #78
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Who are we?

My name is Kevin, and I am a member of WBCCI, the Free Wheelers, the Vintage Airstream Club, and the Computer Club. I am five years older than my '64 Overlander International. The Overlander was my introduction to camping when it was new and owned by friends of my family. The original owners sold the trailer in 1980 while I was in college, and I lost track of the trailer. In 1995 I decided that I just had to have an Airstream, and after months of searching ran across the coach via a blind classified advertisement in Mendota, Illinois. It was a year later that I learned that this was the same trailer that had introduced me to Airstreaming in 1964.

My parents never cared much for the idea of camping, but did give it a try in 1969 when they purchased a truck camper. It was a 1969 Chevrolet C20 pickup with an 8.5' SunWay cabover camper. The SunWay never remotely compared to camping in an Airstream. With student teaching looming in my immediate future, I needed a place to live for a few months, and purchased a 1980 Nomad to tow behind my '65 Dodge. The Nomad was a disappointment, and I sold it after less than three years in 1983 - - it would be twelve years before I was ready to return to camping.

My non-camping years were spent getting my career underway. My teaching specialty is Business Education, and for a time I was an Educational Technology Coordinator. My career has taken me through teaching Typewriting on manual and electric typewriters to Keyboarding taught on Radio Shack TRS 80 Model III and IV computers - - then to Apple II/II+/IIe/IIgs - - followed by IBM Personal Computers (8086/8088/80286/80386/80486/Pentium). My current textbook even supports instruction utilzing voice recognition equipment if the school has the resources to provide such devices and software.

Teaching has taken me to three states and a number of different communities in Rooks and Osborne counties in Kansas, Grant county in Wisconsin, and Alexander and Mercer counties in Illinois. As a teacher in an agricultural area, we still have a 10 to 12 week Summer Break which allows me the freedom to travel extensively in either my Airstream or Argosy.

Caravanning and rallys are two of my favorite summer activities - - especially when a Vintage Open House is involved - you will always find
"The Long, Long Trailer" playing in my VCR during the Vintage Open House. My Chihuahua traveling companions will welcome visitors even without the 2-kibble toll that they get from some visitors.

As a Free Wheeler with no siblings and very few relatives, traveling becomes the focus of my leisure time. The friendships that I have developed through Airstreaming have helped me to feel like I have a giant extended family. There are many times that I wish it were possible to thank my trailer's original owners for introducing me to Airstreaming 38 years ago - - unfortunately, they both passed on less than 10 years after selling the Airstream in 1980.

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Old 12-04-2002, 11:15 AM   #79
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who we are...

Hello. I'm Debi from Maryland, very close to the VA and WVA borders. I'm (gasp) early forties, originally from the Washington Metropolitan area and still commute there to various jobsites as a union commercial electrician.
Went cross country a coupla' years back and camped in bear country in a tent and popup and aside from being wide eyed scared spitless each night I had a blast. But that adventure assured me that purchasing a travel trailer was on the agenda. Had AS envy since first site and basically bought the first one I looked at (instant gratification era). Aged ten years towing it back down the Penn. Turnpike and another month backing it into the driveway.
It's a '74 overlander landyacht international and when my parents come to visit they won't sleep anywhere else!
No military service- just an ex-brat. My father was 10 navy-10 air force and 18 NSA/Pentagon.
While reading these posts I am truly amazed at the accomplishments in your lives and thinking to myself I had better get my butt in gear!
Have fun and be safe- and please buy American/Union!!
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Hi Team....
Was in the technical side and worked in office products, copiers, banking, and then a supervisor in the Printing Systems Division. Retired at 50, a couple years ago.

My interests in the past have been car oriented. Rallying, Drag racing, and custom car building. I owned and drag raced a 1969, 427 Corvette and a 1970, 360 AMX 4 speed. I then went on and built up many custom cars. My favourite was a 1975 AMC Pacer. Yes, the infamous bubble car. I saw great design potential in the Pacer and went to work creating an "exotic sports car".

I am used to people telling me I can't do something. When that happens I get to work and do it.

My interest now is smaller, high tech power plants thus our Quest as a tow vehicle.
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Old 01-20-2003, 05:46 PM   #81
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We like reading about others on this forum; in someway it makes you real people more than just typing in questions, etc.

Our names are Brenda and Larry Kistler Ryan. I prefer to be called Kistler--to a lot of things

We are both 63 years old and moved to Tucson 2 years ago coming next Memorial Day. Both of us worked for Los Angeles City Schools and retired from that in 1993. We have two sons; one is 44 and the younger 41. We have three grandchildren (older son's); a grandson 17, grand daughter 14, and one grandson 10.

In 1993 we moved to Olympia, WA; because of climate and needing medical help, we moved to Tucson.

Tenting out of the car trunk, tent trailer, Terry TT, Vactioneer 5er, Class C Jamboree, and now our Airstream have allowed us to enjoy travel. We espeically enjoy going back to KS and OH--the places from where we came to CA from in the late '50s.

For me the advice on the forum is invaluable because I am not exactly mechanically oriented--was a HS Counselor. Brenda taught English and worked in "special programs". Neither of us pack wheel bearings.

It is really nice "meeting" you all.

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Hi, my name is Darrell. Im 36 and been married for 16 yrs now. We live in SouthEast Alaska on a island up here. My hobbies are, hunting, fishing, cigars, good scotch, online games, and model building. (large type models such as the Cutty Sark ships).
This is our very first airstream to work on.
Ive read that some of you guys are pilots. Ive been in a airplane crash once about 6 years back. The plane was a DC something or another, A big silver plane with twin engines. Sorta like the original Flying Airstream!! LOL. The plane was heavy with people and goods, the pilot was learning, he banked to steep to the left and came down way before the runway. We lost the left wheel and strut and started to slide downt eh runway on the left wing and turning. We were doing a 180 and looked out the window to see us heading towards the ditch. Thats when I stuck my head between my legs and prepared to roll. We didnt roll, thank god, and came short of the ditch. To top it all off, the airline didnt even say sorry or offer a free flight lol.
We have currently 2 projects to work on, one being the airstream and the other a 26' Bayliner Cabin Cruiser 1973 model. Inboard 350.
Hope to get a digi cam one of these months and post some before and after pics of the airstream.
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Old 01-27-2003, 08:57 AM   #83
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The Rubyslipper..."no place like home".JJ and Deb Gaskill,from Kansas.Bought the 1995 31' Classic Limited in May of 2002.JJ has been involved with nuclear power plants since construction days back in middle 70's. Has been all over the US working at numerous power plants while I stayed behind raising 4 kids. Our baby graduated back in May and is attending college.We are currently "fulltiming" and have been in the middle of Missouri since May.As soon as the current job contract is finished we will head out to the next.Where ever that may be.Hopefully someplace warmer...
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Hi RubySlippers:

Im a part time power plant operator here. We got Cats running the town. 1000Kw, 885Kw, and a 600Kw gensets.
Havent run into any operators except you so far.
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