Wow what a trek!
weeerrreeee back! - and in one piece we might add - but not without misshap(s)!
Terry great shots - we missed half the people at the rally by the looks of the photos.
For our first BIG Rally and first BIG trip with our MoonBeam - overall we had a great time - socializing! We missed all the seminars, skipped some of the Entertainment - okay all of it!!!! but it was sure nice to put some faces to avatars!
We had a great time getting cleaned up for the open house - and loved that whole aspect of vintage!!!!! However - we still have ear ache from all the sirens!!!
We know it has been tradition having the vintage up front - but there has to be a better way - to showcase the vintage and provide group parking in the back - and still promote the open house - something to gnaw on and possibly make some recommendations for the future.
We also thoroughly enjoyed our special waterfront lot/spot with power cord/box under about 6 inches of rain Sunday morning - hence being the last of the vintage units left out on the field - got kind of lonely!
We had mentioned mishaps.....just a few and we are still lovin'it.....
Snow storm through NY and PA - nice driving for us Cannuks - easy does it!!!! but put us about 2 hours from both planned stayovers that had Power - so we toughed it out at the FlyingJ and did the winter camping brrrrr - 0 degrees F we were sure glad we had Taz and Haily or we may have been a Headline!
.....lower right rear panel - 7 popped rivets - North Carolina
.....front left wing window - poof - coach filled with glass and the torential rains South Carolina had for us soaked EVERYTHING! Rubber Maid Boot Matt came to the rescue and made it all the way home too! (we are now on the hunt for a replacement window - but in the mean time have an appointment with some lexan when it gets warmer.
....Virginia saw a trip to Campingworld - for a new inteli-power, blue buggy and hot water heater and patio mat (good when you have dogs) - yeah all the conveniances...so we thought!!!.
.....arrived safely at Sarasota Rally a day later - needed a day to dry and clean up the mess from the broken window (Thanks to Happy Campers and their Daughters place and shopvac in Palatka!!!)
...found out quickly that you must not gab during set up - especially if you have not devised a routine yet! As we were out on the sandy beach road we thought a bit of water might be in order - so while standing around gabbing in the back ground our MoonBeams water hookup was going right in and then right out through the bottom - pays to winterize correctly! and that is all I have to say on that topic. 5 days later all leaks were fixed AND lasted all of 1.5 days before the hot pipe sprung a leak in the joint (not Petes plumbing) and the original filter seal went. So back to the water jugs! however we both managed to get a hot shower in (seperately- as we would have to be contorsionists to fit in our shower together).
....Sunday morning at the Rally saw visions of our awning making its trek home without us - but we managed to get it safely in with only 4 screws ripped out - and she remained duck taped up for the rest of the trip!
....Sunday night thought we were having a water nightmare - as no water was on and yet we could hear running water at the back just as we retired for the night - false alarm - just some dog that had a full bladder and decided the back of our trailer would make a good spot - would sure like to find that dog owner!!!!
.....found a bracket under the trailer that made a perfect tether spot for the girls - until they saw a little dog at Paradise park that they thought was their pal Toby (Happy Campers puppy) 5 rivets popped and one scared Haily and dissappointed Taz...
.....the trip home also not without mishap....
.....circle check circle check circle check - oops missed once - and yes raining again pooring in Georgia just pulled out onto the I95 and the side of the trailer looked different - that is because the door was wide open and the light on inside!!! YIKES - made it to the next exit - and much to our suprise not a thing was missing nor was anything wet - that is what we call aerodynamic!...
.....during a small on and off the step dropped down - no biggy there....
.....PA roads was pretty tough on the coach and our mirror dropped down on the clossed door - and the closet was a complete mess, along with a few loose screws - new shocks and possibly an axle may be in order!...
Now we are home safely - facing another 4-5 weeks of winter - yuck!
Oh did we mention that we were offered 14K for our Trailer during the open house!
And for all those who were there - after a long night and trying morning weighing all the pros and cons to not only selling our prized Globetrotter - but ending/continuing our vacation with two big dogs - Peter and I decided to SELL! If the gentleman still wanted her after veiwing a '70 Safari Sunday morning - that was postponned till 1:00pm due to the storm. One hour after our decision we got the call - he had bought the Safari!!!!! a one owner in perfect condition - really hard to find -and for half what he offered us (in writing - no less) phew that was close!!!!!!
Although we know our girls preferred to be with us rather than at home - but the sticks stayed in the car - golf clubs that is and they were not too happy about having their collars on 24-7 - they did squeek in a trip to Sanibel Island - Dog friendly Beaches - on leash!!! Haily sampled a bit too much sea water and promptly spewed it back on the way home - Taz sampled a couple of sea shells with no consequense - but take a warning - leave the Island before 2:00 or you will have a 2.5 hour trip to get off the island - unbelievable traffic!!!
Sorry to be windy!!!!
PS nice to meet all those that we did......and hope to meet more of you as we start to travel more - would like to attend more Vintage Rallies in the Eastern Seaboard States.