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Old 07-08-2003, 09:55 PM   #21
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I've lived in the NW all my life, and everyone out here knows summer stars on July 5th :-) You can't imagine how many times we've had to put up with soggy fireworks and indoor picnics.

I didn't realize the International was planned around Wally's b-day. I wondered why they would plan the rally for one of the biggest holidays of the year, when lots of people get together with family. I know we'd be the black sheep of the year if we skipped out on the family 4th of July picnic for a trailer rally.

Frankly, a HUGE rally like the international doesn't interest me nearly as much as the small local events, otherwise I'd be a lot more disappointed that they are all planned for so far away. You'd pretty much have to be retired to be able to drive all the way across the country, attend a weeklong rally, and then drive back home.
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well, Burlington is a good "theoretical" choice for good weather in July...average high is around 80. BUT, as murphy's law would dictate, we had warmer than normal temps last week. Oh, well.

I was intrigued by the comment that some place in NS was in the running for an international rally; that, too would be a good weather spot, although far, far away for almost everyone. It almost never gets hot there. many of the hotels dont' even have A/C. of course, the ONE time I visited, they had a very unusual heat-wave. (mid-upper 90's and sticky). we were very lucky to have a hotel room that did have a/c. It was actually much cooler in Boston that week than it was in NS. So...I guess the point is that you'll never be able to predict the weather more than a couple of days in advance.

Oh, and as for the "fairgrounds" comments: where else would you find a place to park 1500 trailers for a week?
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Smile Rally pictures

You can see the pictures that were published in our local paper (The Burlington Free Press) by clicking here.

We met Don Elliott and Priscilla the cat in the vintage area. Nice folks, nice kitty ...

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Old 07-09-2003, 06:37 AM   #24
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Oh, and as for the "fairgrounds" comments: where else would you find a place to park 1500 trailers for a week?
If someone volunteered a farm for the purpose, I would think that even with the 90 degree or hotter temperatures, it wouldn't be as bad as being spread out across an asphalt parking lot that helps add to the heat. You would just have to hope that there wasn't much rain to cause a mud pit.
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If someone volunteered a farm for the purpose, I would think that even with the 90 degree or hotter temperatures, it wouldn't be as bad as being spread out across an asphalt parking lot that helps add to the heat. You would just have to hope that there wasn't much rain to cause a mud pit.
An Airstream Woodstock?

BTW... very nice coverage in the Burlington Free Press. Thanks for posting the link!

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I would think that most farms are busy..um ..."farming". 1500 airstreams can't be good for the crops. now in the winter...that might work.

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check out http://www.mytravco.com they have had a couple of "trav-stocks".

(found this site because the webmeister posted info about my old skyliner antenna.....)
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I would think that most farms are busy..um ..."farming". 1500 airstreams can't be good for the crops. now in the winter...that might work.



check out http://www.mytravco.com they have had a couple of "trav-stocks".

(found this site because the webmeister posted info about my old skyliner antenna.....)
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I can see it now... the Summer of Airstream Love... Jefferson Airstream... Blood, Sweat, and Airstreams... Chicago Airstream Transit Authority... Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Airstreams...

Amfab???

Sorry... just got carried away...

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The sanitation commitee looks friendly and inviting (press pics)

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2000 to 2003 Tradeup??

I saw the picture of the woman moving things from her "old" 2000 unit to a new 2003 unit. Now, I have to ask this, why would someone do this? Unless the "old" one was wrecked or had some quirk they did not like maybe? I know someone will say, "Because they can!" One member of our unit has had 8 Airstreams in the past 20 years or so. Maybe I am just lucky that I found the "One" the first time?

qqq, how would you like to see those guys knocking on your door at 1 AM because your grey water is draining on the ground?
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There's a big country concert at Fort Laramie OH this week... hundreds of RVers camping out. And we've had almost a week of severe thunderstorms and heavy rains.

http://www.countryconcert.com/

The news showed miles of RVs waiting to get in, and what a mud bog some parts of the campgrounds have become... guys with big 4WD trucks towing others, and bunches of guys helping push RVs into place. Seems as long as there's beer, everyone's having a great time. The actual concert location is on higher ground so the water isn't a problem there.

Doesn't strike me as an ideal place for an Airstream rally though
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I saw the picture of the woman moving things from her "old" 2000 unit to a new 2003 unit. Now, I have to ask this, why would someone do this?
The caption said they traded a 34 for a 34 with slide-out. Guess they wanted more floorspace.
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trading up!

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I saw the picture of the woman moving things from her "old" 2000 unit to a new 2003 unit. Now, I have to ask this, why would someone do this? Unless the "old" one was wrecked or had some quirk they did not like maybe? I know someone will say, "Because they can!"
Yep, RoadKingMoe got it right. The accompanying article (which is not on the Free Press website anymore) says they wanted "more space." They plan to spend most of the year in the A/S once hubby retires. They also said, "We're spending our retirement money now. We sure aren't making it in the [stock] market!"

Still, I can imagine the depreciation hit was pretty massive. The 34-ft slide out model was reportedly about $80k. The difference between that and what they probably got on the trade-in must be enough to buy several nice vintage units ... Oh well, if you got it, spend it! ;-)

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There's a big country concert at Fort Laramie OH this week... hundreds of RVers camping out. And we've had almost a week of severe thunderstorms and heavy rains.

http://www.countryconcert.com/

The news showed miles of RVs waiting to get in, and what a mud bog some parts of the campgrounds have become... guys with big 4WD trucks towing others, and bunches of guys helping push RVs into place. Seems as long as there's beer, everyone's having a great time. The actual concert location is on higher ground so the water isn't a problem there.

Doesn't strike me as an ideal place for an Airstream rally though
OK, so you need to have someone volunteer a farm with 3000 concrete pads poured.
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This is something I just cannot get my head around.

You come to a rally withg a trailer full of stuff to enjoy the events and time with friends, and then you trade up or down and spend 2-3 days moving and re-organizing all the stuff so you can use your new unit.

We had a member of our unit do this at the Sarasota rally and they were drop dead tired after making the swap, and we saw very little of them at functions after they made the deal.
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I agree...but I think it happens alot!

When we were at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Rally last fall, 3 couples (all friends!) from our Unit alone played musical chairs! One couple traded in their 2000 30' for a 2002 28' and then another couple from our group bought the 2000 30' and traded in their '76 Safari. Another couple traded in their 1999 Bambi for a 2001 70th Anniversary Edition...so there was lots of moving around going on! I figure that if they all ended up happy...what's giving up one rally for long term enjoyment!

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Gotta do what you gotta do. I'd have little reservation of swapping trailers at a rally if I went to one. Tired or otherwise.

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Old 07-09-2003, 02:35 PM   #37
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From what I was told by some of the old timers in our unit, the International Rally is one of the best times to buy. The dealers at these rallys give their best prices. Our local dealer holds a big rally at the state fairgrounds every other year. Ususally he brings in 5 or more units. At the one I attended I saw most of the new units sold and in one case the dealer not only sold a new unit there but he also sold the unit that was traded.

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What's the big deal, Eric?

Heck, out here people reportedly swap WIVES now and again.

Before you get too excited, you should know that you can't swap your wife for an Airstream, a good Lab, or a fly rod. I checked. You have to take SOMEONE ELSE'S wife in return. Kinda defeats the purpose.


Uhhhh...... my wife is standing behind me, isn't she? Gotta go.......
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Cloud....that was pants wetting funny!

BTW Jack, if that is the case at the rallys, then maybe you should keep clear of them if they have any Classics at them!

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Eric, the pots already simmering. We are headed up to the dealer again this weekend to compare new 31' Classics with dinettes. One is a slideout. Patty also talked about going to the Bill Thomas rally at the state fair grounds in September. He usually brings up a goodly number of units. The turnout is usually 350 units or so and all sites are full hookups.

Who knows what will happen....

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