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Old 01-13-2008, 07:48 PM   #21
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Reganzo..Congrats on your continued progress and your continued commitment and strength of will...you were born to Airstream!

Do keep us all informed of your progress and when you do finally hit the road, make sure you keep us informed as to where you are and where you're going...pehaps some of us will have the pleasure of meeitng up with you at some point or helping you find a good campground along your path...

Ease on down the road...
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:54 PM   #22
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Many thanks for all the kind words. One thing my wife's stroke has taught me is that you just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and keep going forward. That said here is the latest skinny on my repairs.

I decided to get rid of the pergo floor that a PO had installed, and I am glad I did. Underneath the pergo by the dinette the battery compartment had been leaking and the floor had a combo of wetness and battery acid leaching out towards the rest of the floor. So I removed the dinette,the cabinet and what I will call the credenza that ran along the wall towards the area formerly occupied by the sofa couch. Alas, I found more wet floor! Fortunately, it is only in a couple of spots along the inside skin. The wood is wet but not rotted! I removed the dinette and in front of the wheel well the floor is rotted in about a six inch square. It looks like the wheel well need to be re-caulked. I then went exploring and checked the wheel well on the other side underneath the sink, and thank goodness it appears high and dry! I found a thread on leaks that mentioned a test by Sealtech. I went on their site and found an rv dealer near me that does the test, and it was on sale. I am scheduled next thursday. I want to figure out the leaks before I begin to rebuild. The only issue is the cold today was only 18 degrees where I live, kind of hard to caulk... Well that's all for now...

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Old 09-12-2008, 10:22 PM   #23
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we jumped

It has been a while since I first introduced myself, and I have been busy working on my 88 Limited. At the same time I have been working hard to sell my condo so my wife and me can hit the road.

Well, the condo is under contract and the 88 is just about ready, and my wife and I are getting underway on October 10, 2008 to head south. My wife had a stroke 8 years ago, and our lives were over, but by the grace of God she has recovered more than I had ever imagined. Our situation wouldn't allow us to keep our condo and travel the country in our Airstream, so we decided to sell the condo and take a year to travel this wonderful country.

Virginia Beach is our first destination, and we plan on working our way down the coast into Florida to explore and keep warm. Our plans are very flexable, and we are taking our time. I'd like to thank the members of this forum for sharing their advice and tales of adventure that have kept me going these many months. I do look forward to possibly crossing paths with other Airstreamers in the coming months.

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Old 09-13-2008, 12:13 AM   #24
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WELCOME - you've picked the best time of the year to come to the beach. First you can actually see the beach, and second the weather is nice but not nearly as hot, humid and sticky as it is in the winter. Where are you planning to stay when you come here? Keep us posted. I live in the Beach, and perhaps we can have a 2 stream "rally".

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Old 09-13-2008, 06:02 AM   #25
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When you get to Florida, there are many RV parks you can spend the winter in, basically almost anywhere South of Jacksonville is good...
The place we're in is very nice, fairly close to everything on the West coast of Florida, and most everyone is friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately, we will be gone by the time you get here, but I'm sure they would love to have you stay:
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:25 AM   #26
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Reganzo,
Glad to hear you have everything under control. Don't forget that some of the nice folks on the forum offer courtesy parking. So if you find yourself in need of a "safe harbor" just look in the forum directory for folks in the area that offer courtesy parking and get in contact with them. If you can't locate anybody, put a shout out on the forum. You will be surprised at the responses you get. Also look for Airstream parks. Matter of fact there is one in your home state; Jersey Shore Airstream Haven. There is one in Virginia, though it probably is not along your inteneded path of travel; Virginia Highland Haven. There are also a few in Florida. Their rates are usually less expensive than commercial parks and are very nice. WBCCI membership may be required at some of them. I do not know if you are a member, if you are not and you want to try an Airstream park I would suggest giving them a call in advance or check their web sitess to see what their requirements are.

Good luck and God's speed to you on your adventure.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:30 AM   #27
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WBCCI membership may be required at some of them. I do not know if you are a member, if you are not and you want to try an Airstream park I would suggest giving them a call in advance or check their web sitess to see what their requirements are.
I have seen rate schedules for a couple of them online (and of course can't find them now). They go something like:
1-Non-Airstream, non-WBCCI: $40/night ("any port in a storm" rate)
2-Airstream, non-WBCCI rate: $20/night
3-Airstream, WBCCI member rate: $10/ night.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:28 AM   #28
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Virginia Beach is our first destination, and we plan on working our way down the coast into Florida to explore and keep warm. Our plans are very flexable, and we are taking our time. I'd like to thank the members of this forum for sharing their advice and tales of adventure that have kept me going these many months. I do look forward to possibly crossing paths with other Airstreamers in the coming months.

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Please let me add my welcome and congratulations on moving on.

If you are able to manipulate your own schedule, there is a Forums Rally (The 2009 Can Opener) in the pan-handle (Destin area) of Florida January 9-11th.

Here is the Forum thread with more reading than most "mere mortals" can attempt: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...9-a-44317.html

The Can Opener was started as the first Rally of the year on the first full weekend, but because the holiday is so close to the first weekend, many voted to move it out one week. There is another Rally started for that park during the year-end weekend also, but we cannot make it then. Here is the link for that thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ail-44493.html

I suggest that you look at the Rally Calendar (http://www.airforums.com/forums/calendar.php) to see what other Rallys are coming up and compare them to where you will be (or can be). Rallys are lots of fun, very educational, and each Rally-attender can be as involved or not as desired.

Have fun and keep enjoying life.

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Old 09-13-2008, 08:14 AM   #29
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Hello, I just joined this forum, my handle is Reganzo. My wife 8 years ago had an hemmoraghic stroke, as a result of a rare blood disease called TTP. I quit my job to take care of her, after she was in hospitals, rehabilitation centers for 7 months.
Hi Reganzo and welcome to the Forums.
After backing out many a times from replying to your post for the fear of bringing back the undesirable parts of my memories in similar situation. I feel obligated to honor you as a man with high moral standards and a big heart. Such values are not very common this days and my heart rejoices when I learn that they still exist.
I only hope that what you are doing will bring you as much joy and fulfillment as it brings for your wife. I can assure you that in the end you will be glad for what you are doing. Your kindness deserves a huge reward. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:58 AM   #30
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I hope ya'll are still doing well. There are always trials for us to deal with and it sounds like you have taken good steps for your family
take care and good luck
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:49 PM   #31
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Yes, congrats on your resiliance and the new life. Your experience is similar to ours. I was recovering from 3 major surgeries in a years time when Lynn suffered her stroke. We bought our Trade Wind during our long recoveries even though neither of us could drive. But that Airstream in front of our garage kept us going with projects that the both of us were capable of accomplishing though slowly. We decided to change our Forum user name to reflect just that. First choice was Alumatherapy but decided on a name more 'positive' like FreshAir.
The best of you. We hope you are progressing well.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:23 PM   #32
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Please let me add my welcome and congratulations on moving on.

If you are able to manipulate your own schedule, there is a Forums Rally (The 2009 Can Opener) in the pan-handle (Destin area) of Florida January 9-11th.

Here is the Forum thread with more reading than most "mere mortals" can attempt: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...9-a-44317.html

The Can Opener was started as the first Rally of the year on the first full weekend, but because the holiday is so close to the first weekend, many voted to move it out one week. There is another Rally started for that park during the year-end weekend also, but we cannot make it then. Here is the link for that thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ail-44493.html

I suggest that you look at the Rally Calendar (http://www.airforums.com/forums/calendar.php) to see what other Rallys are coming up and compare them to where you will be (or can be). Rallys are lots of fun, very educational, and each Rally-attender can be as involved or not as desired.

Have fun and keep enjoying life.

Phil
We looked at the rally calender, and we found the Falluminium in your neck of the woods. I made our reservation today and we are in E-2. Being newbies to Streaming we are looking forward to meeting other more "Seasoned" Streamers... Thanks for your kind words, we look forward to seeing you on the road.

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Old 09-17-2008, 06:16 PM   #33
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KOA is adequate

But you'll probably like the Holiday Trav-l Park better. It's almost across the street from the KOA on General Booth Blvd. They do have what they call "supersites" - a bit pricy, but extra large concrete pads which might be better for your wife's mobility.

Both are very (repeat VERY) close to Naval Air Station Oceana - which can get quite noisy if the pilots are doing carrier qualifications. The planes kick in the afterburners about 100 feet off the ground and it will rattle a kidney stone loose! But it's very convenient to the beach and the resort area. Normally the planes don't fly late at night, but they are a good alarm clock in the morning.

There is a nice state park right on the Chesapeake Bay too. Everything there is sand though - loose sand, so that might be a problem. If you're coming down the eastern shore I'd recommend the Virginia State Park on the north side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge - great for an overnighter. I've also heard good things about the Airstream only park in New Jersey. Remember when Airstreaming the JOURNEY is the destination.

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Old 09-17-2008, 06:58 PM   #34
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Glad to hear things are coming together for you. We are pretty sure we'll be at the Falluminum so look forward to meeting you there.
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