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Old 01-17-2019, 12:52 AM   #71
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To jeffmc306 - I've traveled to JC twice now in last two months and both times stayed 11 miles from the factory at a Best Western in Wapakoneta. There is a restaurant about 2 or 3 miles from the motel - Marie's Wood-fired Kitchen and Drinks (https://www.jmarieskitchen.com) that has possibly the best bison burgers I've ever tasted. The place is a favorite of locals, can be very busy but often you can get seats at the bar for meal service. Lastly, the Jackson Center factory customer lounge area has lots of recommendations for restaurants - and you will see that many Airstreamers love Marie's.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:46 PM   #72
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Visited JC - Thanks to all for the tips!

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To jeffmc306 - I've traveled to JC twice now in last two months and both times stayed 11 miles from the factory at a Best Western in Wapakoneta. There is a restaurant about 2 or 3 miles from the motel - Marie's Wood-fired Kitchen and Drinks (https://www.jmarieskitchen.com) that has possibly the best bison burgers I've ever tasted. The place is a favorite of locals, can be very busy but often you can get seats at the bar for meal service. Lastly, the Jackson Center factory customer lounge area has lots of recommendations for restaurants - and you will see that many Airstreamers love Marie's.
PatLee, thank you (and all the other posters) for sharing your tips! We stayed at the Best Western, had dinner at Marie’s and lunch the next day at The In Between.

We drove by the new Airstream facility and the ironwork is up. That’s one big building compared to the current assembly building.

We missed seeing our new GT in final assembly by one day! Gary, our tour guide found a production manager who located the VIN on his spreadsheet. He said “it will make the turn tomorrow” from fabrication to joining with the frame.

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay another day but we did see other GT’s getting their interiors installed. Hoping to get the call from our dealer soon that it arrived safely.

Thanks again to everyone for your tips!
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:29 AM   #73
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PatLee, thank you (and all the other posters) for sharing your tips! We stayed at the Best Western, had dinner at Marie’s and lunch the next day at The In Between.

We drove by the new Airstream facility and the ironwork is up. That’s one big building compared to the current assembly building.

We missed seeing our new GT in final assembly by one day! Gary, our tour guide found a production manager who located the VIN on his spreadsheet. He said “it will make the turn tomorrow” from fabrication to joining with the frame.

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay another day but we did see other GT’s getting their interiors installed. Hoping to get the call from our dealer soon that it arrived safely.

Thanks again to everyone for your tips!
Thanks for sharing...hope to make it there in the fall for some work and cushion replacment. Will have to try Maries!
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I have a 350 Ford Diesel 8' bed truck is 21.8 long, want to tow a 27' globetrotter wife is petrified it is to long (50'). Can anyone give advise. Are we going too long? Would like to buy a 2019 this month.
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Ordered a Globetrotter. Now what?

We’re the same length overall. We have a 250 super duty standard bed, crew cab, and the 27’. First trailer for us. We’ve been taking it slow and have it at home so we spend time in on a little each day. What are your storage plans? We built a pole barn 32’x12’ and should have made it 14’ wide or more. It’s fine; just a little nerve wracking backing it in there and newbies. We have less than 4’ of clearance on the sides. We just need more experience. So far so good tho. We take driving trips so I can practice. Hitching and hauling isn’t a problem for me with the Equalizer hitch. Backing into nearby campgrounds went ok after about 5 tries. LOL. Everyone promises it’ll get better with time. Overall now for us it causes stress, but it’s also fun. We’re exhausted sometimes, but it feels good like we’ve accomplished something. We’re learning so much and learning how to communicate much better! It’s actually bringing us closer. We HAVE TO rely on each other.
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I have a 350 Ford Diesel 8' bed truck is 21.8 long, want to tow a 27' globetrotter wife is petrified it is to long (50'). Can anyone give advise. Are we going too long? Would like to buy a 2019 this month.
We have an F250 standard 6.5' bed with our 28'. I like the stable platform pulling the 28' AS with this combo. Not sure the longer 8' bed is what I would get. Many folks have the F250 and 350 with 27-33' AS's with standard 6.5' bed; not sure I would want the longer 8' bed unless I needed it for work reasons?
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