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Old 08-24-2009, 07:10 AM   #601
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Looks beautiful Sergei!!!
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:57 PM   #602
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Hello Sergel, tonight I ran into your storey. Read every word (it's really late or should i say early in the AM) until finished. What a story and a wonderful and beautiful rig. I now need to start over with my '68 14' Tradewind.

Don't stop with the story . . . where are you now? Where are you headed next. I'm in Florida. Put the West Coast of Florida on your tour. The best of traveling for you.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:18 PM   #603
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Sergei,

I'm right behind Judy on reading every word of every post....fascinating! Don't you ever think of selling that wonderful piece of art; it would be such a shame to that, after everything you've put into it.

When you get down to Texas, you are more than welcome to visit us and stay for a bit. We have a RV shelter with full hookup, which houses our Sovereign comfortably.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:57 PM   #604
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Hello Ya’ll.

I’m back. Back and re-enthused.

Last winter I made my long-hoped-for first trip to Africa. In February I flew to Cape Town, rented an AVIS car and made a 26 day self-drive loop up along the Indian Ocean to Durban, across to and then through Lesotho and back down to Cape Town, 4428 klicks later.

It was a wonderful, invigorating experience.

On Monday I pulled the trailer out of winter storage at the Aylmer Fairgrounds and parked it under my old shade trees.

Soon I’ll be back, finishing up final details with the Sprinter and the Argosy. I think I’ll probably want to have rock guards and a Zip Dee installed before I pull out for Newfoundland.

Folks enroute: let me hear from you if there are fairgrounds or farmyards on the way that I can park on.


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Old 04-21-2010, 06:56 AM   #605
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Sergei!

So good to hear from you. Your trip all the way around the African continent sounds amazing, I'm so glad you were able to do it.

May your trip around the North American continent be amazing as well! And of course I hope to meet you if you stop in Austin. The Pecan Grove RV Park is still there for the time being, so make your reservations early when you're headed over.

The BBQ and/or Tex-Mex and the beer and/or margaritas are on me when you do stop by.

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Old 04-21-2010, 11:28 PM   #606
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i have one word Sergei,,,, YAY,,,, donna
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:28 PM   #607
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Hi Sergei
Welcome back.
I do not know your routes on the the way to NF but it may be a good idea to start another thread asking about "other parking options" for this trip.

There are many Airstreamers up that way that may have available parking (wbcci) Airforums and new TAC club members that can help.

If you cruising through Nova Scotia I read that Craig Dorsey of www.vintagevacations.com has moved his operation from southern California and is even planning a campground. That would be an interesting visit.

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Old 04-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #608
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Sergei!! Back in the house!!! My offer of pizza and beer in New haven still stands!!!
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:07 PM   #609
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Very cool looking Argosy. We just had ours painted in the last two weeks and are finishing up the inside to be ready for Wyoming in June, 2010 If you want to see ours go to search and put in jjustice and it will come up.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:21 AM   #610
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jjustice,



I did and yours looks very cool too.

Here are some shots of the whole rig for you:




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Old 06-02-2010, 06:52 PM   #611
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The original tie downs used to secure the Mini proved unwieldy. It took forever to unbundle (and figure out) the pile of spaghetti they seemed to be – and then the tight Mini wheel wells made for even more difficulty.

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I wondered if a single strap around each tire might work and when I saw a professional car hauler using that very method while delivering Mini’s in Toronto I quickly threw away my initial set and started again.

(The car haul, incidentally, had progressed through the same spaghetti bundle to single belt metamorphis.)

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Now I can tie down all four wheels in less time than it took to un-puzzle a singe wheel strap.

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:56 PM   #612
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Looks great, Sergei! Do you winch the car on or drive it on?
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:10 PM   #613
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I winch I had that rig... :: sigh ::
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:07 PM   #614
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Grant, Aage - nice to hear that you like it.

I drive the car up and back it down comfortably now but I will keep the winch operative in case it's ever needed.Like a private tow truck. ( Hope not).

Grant, was there a scrap of the grey laminate left over? I'm going to replace my infamous Ikea salad bowl sink with a real vessel sink. My experiment didn't work.

In case I have to recover the bath counter was there any laminate left over?

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Old 06-04-2010, 01:19 PM   #615
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Sergei,, glad to see you are road ready now,,,, hop in, point,,, and go,,,,, donna
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:36 PM   #616
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Grant, was there a scrap of the grey laminate left over? I'm going to replace my infamous Ikea salad bowl sink with a real vessel sink. My experiment didn't work.
In case I have to recover the bath counter was there any laminate left over?
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Yes, I have a piece of the laminate that we used on the table and shelf over the sink that is 17.5" by 42". I also have a piece of the same pattern but a bit thicker that is 20.75" by 26.25". It is a leftover scrap from the kitchen counter in our house which is the same pattern.

You're welcome to either or both.

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Old 06-07-2010, 04:07 PM   #617
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Grant, thanks.

I drove over to the Tillsonburg library to write you but forgot the measurements in the trailer! I think the pie shaped piece I might need is about 22" by 25". Your kitchen left over may work but it will be close.

I'll re-measure tomorrow and write you again.


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Old 06-09-2010, 08:03 PM   #618
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I'd sing that song called "Memory", but I can't rememebr the lyrics. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my memory the most...
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:15 AM   #619
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World Cup Fever

While I was in South Africa last winter (it was summer there), MINI dealers were giving special slip-on national “flags” to local Mini owners, in advance of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

The dealer in Bloemfontein, Free State was kind enough to grant one to a Canadian visitor and my Mini had been proudly wearing them now that the festivities have broken out worldwide.







Even if Bafana Bafana didn’t enjoy a miraculous victory over Uruguay yesterday South Africa remains a Land of Miracles.

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:58 PM   #620
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Shower curtain for a minimalist



Originally, I wanted my minimalist bathroom to have no shower curtain spoiling the lines or chopping up the space.

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But that proved unrealistic. There will always be some splash and overspray on the floor to clean up that way.

When I stumbled upon a stainless steel wire device meant for hanging fabric curtains at IKEA recently, I sensed I might have found something that could work with the unique curves of the Airstream.

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The secret is that the wire holders swivel and bend up to 180 degrees.

One end is affixed to the curved ceiling/wall and bends down; the other end runs straight out from the partition wall. The wire is tensioned from this end.

Then I went to Tractor Supply Company and bought some nickel-plated swiveling chain hooks.


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An inexpensive plain white EVA curtain, found at my small town hardware and folded in half works perfectly.

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