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Old 09-20-2010, 09:33 PM   #99
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I have been traveling solo in my Airstream since 1995 ('64 Overlander). The Minuet was added to my traveling selections in 2003. The photo below is of me with my Overlander taken in December 2009.



The photo below is of my Minuet with the '75 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.



The photo below is of the Overlander with the '75 Cadillac Eldorado.



Hopefully one or two more weekend trips before it is time to winterize the coaches and put the Cadillac up on blocks until Spring . .

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:04 AM   #100
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Did you install the AC?
Nice rig.......
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:40 AM   #101
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Greetings oldcar29!

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Did you install the AC?
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My Overlander was ordered from the factory with Air Conditioning. I ruined the compressor on the original Armstrong BayBreeze air conditioner by trying to operate at home on an electrical circuit that didn't provide the 20 AMPs required by the unit when the compressor started. The current air conditioner is a Coleman Mach series replacement installed in 1997.

The original owner ordered the Minuet with the air conditioner prep-package, but an air conditioner was never installed. One of the first things that I learned was that the Argosy painted surface is more sensitive to the condesate runoff than the Airstream's Plasticoated surface. My favorite Airstream dealer installed the Coleman Mini-Mach a short time after I purchased the coach in 2004.

Had I known then what I know now, I would have insisted upon an air conditioner with a condesate drain system that could be attached to the existing internal drain tube on the Minuet. It would be a toss-up on the Overlander whether I would go that far as I have never had problems with the sides of the coach experiencing any discoloration due to the condesate runoff.

The photo below is of my Overlander when I was 8 years old and the coach was 4 years old. One of its original owners is in the doorway of the coach. I am the one standing beside the pony's head. The original owners of the coach were regular visitors on my family's farm, and the '64 Overlander was their favorite among the several Airstreams that they owned both older and newer.



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Old 09-21-2010, 09:05 AM   #102
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Welcome to all the new singles!

I have been single camping since 2007 with a (very) brief partner.

My suggestion to all you new singles is just get out there and go! You will meet wonderful people at every stop. If you let them know you are new they will be thrilled to help you and give you advice.

I guess I look at it like every rally and experience is personal what makes it a memory for one person may not be the same. Go and have fun and never look back! If a rally announcement tickles your fancy sign up and go even if it's a big or little one.

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AS'er's are great people single or coupled.

Just my two (2) cents.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #103
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Kevin, thank you for the sharing what I can expect at a rally. I'm excited ... classes for newby's ... just what I need! Have so much to learn: dry camping and have maintenance questions. I have a 1998 25ft Safari. The greatest distance traveled: La Crosse, Wisconsin this summer; otherwise, enjoy the local state parks and Highland Haven Airstream Park in Copper Hill. Virginia has beautiful state parks!

Do the Free Wheelers have a website? Enjoyed your pictures ... thanks for the info and the encouraging words! Karen
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:45 PM   #104
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Greetings Karen!

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Kevin, thank you for the sharing what I can expect at a rally. I'm excited ... classes for newby's ... just what I need! Have so much to learn: dry camping and have maintenance questions. I have a 1998 25ft Safari. The greatest distance traveled: La Crosse, Wisconsin this summer; otherwise, enjoy the local state parks and Highland Haven Airstream Park in Copper Hill. Virginia has beautiful state parks!
I feel certain that you will enjoy the route between Virginia and Southern Illinois. During the 1960s, my family made the trip between here and Danville, Virginia with some frequency. I always enjoyed camping in Virginia . . . in those days, it was usually a pickup camper as my father was determined to have a pickup even though we lived in the city and it was a nuisance to park.

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Do the Free Wheelers have a website? Enjoyed your pictures ... thanks for the info and the encouraging words! Karen
The Free Wheelers had a website at one point, but I know that it was a struggle to keep a volunteer webmaster. It looks like the wbsite has been taken down -- at least I haven't been able to find it through any of the links that I have nor did a Google search turn up anything.

Something you might want to be aware of -- as a first-timer at the International Rally, you will receive some special treatment when registering upon arrival at the rally site:
  • You will be treated to a round of bells and noise makers to welcome you to the Rally.
  • You will receive a First Timers Ribbon for your name badge.
  • Your photo will be taken and displayed on the First Timers Board in the registration area.
During registration, you will receive a goody bag with your official International Rally Program as well as other goodies of varying types.

Also among the more interesting souveniers is an aerial photo of the rally site. It can be fun to locate your coach and have it as a frame memento of the Rally -- it is something the cost around $20 (it has been about 3 years since I last purchased a rally site photo). The photos are usually sold in the vendors area.

Enjoy your coach!

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Old 09-21-2010, 09:07 PM   #105
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Thanks for the heads up! Sounds like there will be fun to be had! Looking forward to this event!! Thanks again, Kevin. Karen
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #106
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Kevin, do you have the patience for a few more questions? You mentioned that people are grouped i.e. vintage gp, singles,...I noticed on the registration form there is even a pet section. Is it necessary to stay in that area if you choose to bring your pet? Meals: is there a banquet, venders or is everyone on their own for meals? Karen
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Greeting Karen!

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Kevin, do you have the patience for a few more questions? You mentioned that people are grouped i.e. vintage gp, singles,...I noticed on the registration form there is even a pet section. Is it necessary to stay in that area if you choose to bring your pet? Meals: is there a banquet, venders or is everyone on their own for meals? Karen
This is an issue that has been the subject of several changes over the past few years. There was a time, if you had a dog and snuck around the pet section rule you could expect to be asked to move. More recently though, parking in the pet section is optional and a call that you can make. If you caravan in, most pet owners stay with their group and all is well unless your dog has separation anxiety and cries or barks when you are away. I have always traveled with either one or two Chihuahuas, and have always parked with the Vintage Club and only had one rally where I had problems with my dog - - it was our first and she didn't quite know whether she liked her Airstream home . . . by the next big rally, she had taken possession of the Airstream and acted just like she did around home. Today, pet owners are interspersed throughout the rally site, but many prefer to be in the pet area as that is often where their friends are . . .

The main rally fee does not include any meals when we are looking at the International rally, but the following often have banquets at the International Rally (you purchase tickets for these events before the day of the event:
  • Unit. Some units will have a meal function that can range from a catered banquet to a Suburban Pool to a local restaurant, or a pot luck in the parking area.
  • Region. Each region typically has a catered banquet.
  • Vintage Airstream Club. The VAC, at the bare minimum, has a catered awards banquet following the Open House. Often the VAC also will have one or more pot lucks during the run of the International Rally.
  • Free Wheelers. The Free Wheelers usually have a catered banquet during the run of the International Rally, but have been known to Suburban Pool to a restaurant when the number in attendance doesnt justify the expense of a catered banquet.
  • Other Intra-Clubs. I am sure that most of the other Intra-Clubs have a catered dinner, pot luck or something along those lines; I don't have the experience with the other Intra-Clubs to comment on that issue.
  • Four O'Clocks/Social Hours: Most units as well as a number of the Intra-Clubs have nightly social hours that usually run between four and five p.m. Depending upon the size of the group, these social hours are often held under the awning of a member's coach. The VAC, for example, almost always has a tent setup near our parking area for our evening social hour and other functions. The Free Wheelers usually meet under the awning of one of the members . . .
  • Airstream Ice Cream Social. Unless things have changed (I wasn't able to make the 2010 International Rally) Airstream hosts an Ice Cream Social at the new trailer display.
  • Independence Day. It does vary from year to year, but there is usually a box dinner picnic on Independence Day . . . box lunches are catered and ordered in advance when this is an offering . . .
  • Vendor "Parties". Not always something that is offered, but at some International Rallys, vendors will have hot dog parties, ice cream and cake, ice water refreshment, soft drink refreshments, etc.
  • Other Socials. Often, there will either be four o'clocks or other types of socials where other (non-WBCCI affiliated) groups will have a scheduled social. These can be quite informal with word of mouth announcement to activities posted on the regular schedule of events. The Yahoo Airstream List hosted by Hunter has always had a social activity during the run of the rally. I also seem to remember that AirForums participants also have a social at some point during the run of the rally. I am sure that there probably others, but these are two examples that I have encountered.
  • Airstreamers and Ice Cream Connection. Either just before or just after (sometimes both), local ice cream parlors will be inundated with Airstreamers as it seems that they are a favorite place to go for a treat at those times.
One thing that I have learned through all of the International Rallys that I have attended is that you rarely have to eat alone unless that is your choice. Over the years, friendships develop and these Airstreaming friends often become a second family - - - I liken the International to attending a huge family reunion in many ways. Many also enjoy the adventure of dining in the local restaurants - - - two of my favorites aren't too very far from DuQuoin - - Tom's Place in DeSoto, and the Giant City State Park Lodge in Makanda, IL. Tom's Place is right on US 51 South of DuQuoin and The Lodge is just a couple of miles off of US 51 to the South . . .

Some examples of the above:



Catered VAC Wagon Wheels Picnic -- 19999




VAC Social Hour at 1999 International Rally



VAC Social Hour at Rally Site 1999



Airstream Dump Station Cha-Cha-Cha Prior to Departure for Vintage Parade onto Rally Grounds -- 1999




Special Event -- 1999 International Rally -- Bicycle Towing Demonstration -- 1948 Airstream Liner (22')

I am really looking forward to the 2011 International Rally now.

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Old 09-25-2010, 02:37 PM   #108
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You are a wealth of knowledge Kevin! I so appreciate the time it took you to share this information! My registration form and fee have been sent in and am really looking forward to this event too! Embarking on something new comes with mild trepidation, which now has resolved. I do plan to bring my westie, unless the forecast is for exceedingly hot weather. On the way back from Wisconsin, July 2nd, we stayed in Ohio (near Toledo) on a farm and had to use the furnace. It got down in the 50's overnight. Walked out to the cornfields and took great pictures of the setting sun on the airstreams and flora. We all wish for moderate temperatures with a breeze.

I will plan to carry supplies that will allow me to whip up a casserole for a potluck or appetizers for happy hour. I often cook at home, freeze and enjoy when I get where I'm going. Less fuss, mess, & dishes= more relaxation time! At Highland Haven, campers gather at the host's site for great conversation and refreshments at 4 p.m. The dogs are invited and have their own chairs! Then, those who care to go together to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Your recommendations for restaurants were welcomed, as well.

I read that my parking assignment will be sent to me in January. Now that I know that I am not mandated to the pet section, I believe my preference would be to camp with region 3. Perhaps, I could call and ask for that assignment. I, at the moment, am a member at large. I have not had the time to visit the 4 different units in Virginia. This would give me the opportunity to visit with some people from the different units about their activities and community involvement. It seems that the WBCCI has difficulty with the changing times. The new president seems to have strong leadership skills as does the new region 3 president. I feel encouraged that the organization will thrive and I look forward to being a participating member. Airstreamers are a community of fine people, of which you are an exemplar member.

Thanks for the pictures in which fellowship abounds! Have a great day and thanks again! Karen
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Me, too. I'm living in the SFBayArea, recently bought a used 22' Airstream & Chevy Tahoe and drove it home from TX. I'm planning a Baja journey for late November (soon!) with my dog. Would like to chat with anybody interested in making that trip, sharing expenses and driving. I'm female, 66, like to laugh, tell and hear stories, listen to music, cook and eat, read, make things, hike and swim, be quiet sometimes, movies. Just like most of us. stephani's home page site
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Hey, there are so many of us solo streamers, would those interested meet up somewhere in Baja CA in December? Maybe Mulege, about halfway down? Or maybe at Richard's trailer park in Los Barriles, 10 miles south of La Paz. He's been blogging on this forum in the 'travels' posting section. He's got a job managing an RV park there. We could get him off to a good start.
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Hello everyone. I have been a solo traveler in my '23 ft. Award for almost 10 years as a full-timer. Finally wore the little trailer out and just completed purchase on Tues. of '06 25 ft. Safari--a trailer I have wanted for some time.

I look forward to seeing you on the road and have considered going to Baja for winter. Have camped on W. Coast of Mex., and loved it.
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