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osolow 02-16-2011 09:26 AM

Headed to Jackson Center, OH
 
My wife and I will be headed to Cleveland at the end of the week and i thought i would take a little detour and Go do the factory tour on Friday.

and was wounder if anyone out here has any good suggestions on places to camp on are way up there? We will most likey stop for the night on the north side of St Louis in Illinois some were or dive on through will decide on the road.

Plus hows the weather up there in Ohio ?

withidl 02-16-2011 09:57 AM

If you haven't already, make sure you visit:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force (formerly the United States Air Force Museum) is the official National Museum of the United States Air Force and is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. The NMUSAF is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum.[2] More than 400 aircraft and missiles are on display, most of them indoors.[1] The museum draws over 1.3 million visitors per year and is one of the single most visited tourist attractions in Ohio.[3] Admission is free.

I've been there 3 times, never gets old.

Castaway 02-16-2011 12:00 PM

There are 2 State Parks close to JC. Grand Lake St. Marys and Indian Lake. I do not know if they are open this time of year but Grand Lake # is 419.394.3611. The weather on Friday is supposed to be 56 with 30% chance of rain. They have a tour on Fridays but the factory is not in production.


Gary
30 miles from the MotherShip

osolow 02-16-2011 12:13 PM

Hey thinks Ill give the park
a call
i emailed Airstream but have not heard anything back yet will probably call this afternoon

the Air Force museum sounds really cool

A W Warn 02-16-2011 12:23 PM

Make sure you are at Jackson Center on time for the scheduled tour. They will not wait on anyone. Just one tour per day. I learned from experience. You can stay right there at the factory's onsite campground if you like, very inexspensive.

I stayed at Indian Lake back in October, about half hour from Jackson Center. It is a good place to stay. There is a choice of waterfront or wooded spaces. Here is their website. Ohio State Parks - Indian Lake State Park

Alan

fmr.capt.evi 02-16-2011 01:13 PM

Friday is a great day to take the tour......no noise, and easier to snoop around without being disturbed by those pesky workers!

clancy_boy 02-16-2011 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by fmrcaptevil (Post 952660)
Friday is a great day to take the tour......no noise, and easier to snoop around without being disturbed by those pesky workers!


Very true, the Friday tour is typically longer with all the time devoted to questions that can be answered in a normal tone. Camp at the factory teraport for very little cost, they have wifi and full hookups - if you arrive late, just pull in and park. Wifi password is available from the guard in the guard shack. Just pay in the morning when you sign up for the tour on Friday. I bet if you buy something from the store they would let you stay for free. fridays are typically their slow camping day.

Mike

Splitrock 02-16-2011 03:13 PM

That should be a nice trip. I've traveled Ohio quite a bit. I like the people there a lot. I'll be watching for the pictures.

hookshot 02-16-2011 03:20 PM

Today it is 60 and sunny, tomarrow is to have a little rain but warm as well. We are at Richmond, IN about 120 miles south west of Jackson Center. It's a lovely tour and quite informative, we have been their several times. Over the years we have owned 2 Airstreams and 2 Argosys, presently 26' Argosy.

Hook Shot

osolow 02-16-2011 06:08 PM

Thanks all we are very excited about going we are thinking were going to leave Thursday night just to make sure we get there with enough time.

after we visit the factory were headed up to Cleveland to go to the Rock N Roll Hall of fame
and the Air force museum that withidl suggested that sound really cool. If anybody else have any good suggestions Or places to Eat would be cool to know of.

I was watching Man VS Food A couple of nights a go and he was in Columbus OH and he went to a couple of cool looking places "Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant" and Thurman Cafe,Ohio Deli

any other suggestion's?

osolow 02-16-2011 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A W Warn (Post 952642)
Make sure you are at Jackson Center on time for the scheduled tour. They will not wait on anyone. Just one tour per day. I learned from experience. You can stay right there at the factory's onsite campground if you like, very inexspensive.

I stayed at Indian Lake back in October, about half hour from Jackson Center. It is a good place to stay. There is a choice of waterfront or wooded spaces. Here is their website. Ohio State Parks - Indian Lake State Park

Alan


GOOD to know thanks very much

Mikethefixit 02-16-2011 06:19 PM

Thanks SplitRock
We like you too.

pmclemore 02-16-2011 06:26 PM

While in JC, make a point to camp at the Terraport rather than at an RV park. There is nothing like just being in JC and meeting whoever else shows up. It is one of the things that makes Airstream ownership special.

And it's free.

Pat

DanB 02-16-2011 07:23 PM

Melts in Lakewood. About a 1/2 hour west of downtown Cleveland. Melt Bar & Grilled - Home

Stancato's in Parma for Italian Italian Restaurant Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio Best Restaurants

Got a place to stay in Cleveland yet?

61Ambassador 02-16-2011 07:49 PM

Columbus has lots of great places to eat and shop. If you're a shopper, there's Polaris Shopping Center right off of I-71 (north side of Columbus). There is an abundance of excellent food places on Polaris Parkway exit as well. Some are national chains and some are local, but all are excellent!

Carfagna's Kitchen is great Italian food up there! House of Japan is a VERY good Japanese steakhouse. Plus, there are numerous national chains (TGI Friday's, Red Lobsters, etc, etc). There are also Cameron Mitchell restaurants - pricey but delicious!

I've got to stop, I'm making myself hungry.

Enjoy our fair state! Glad to have you with us!

61Ambassador 02-16-2011 07:51 PM

For staying at the AS plant, I believe if your AS is being serviced, then overnight stays are free... otherwise it is $10. A great deal and like someone already said - you get to meet really cool people!

Nuvite-F 02-16-2011 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by osolow (Post 952783)
after we visit the factory were headed up to Cleveland to go to the Rock N Roll Hall of fame
and the Air force museum that withidl suggested that sound really cool.

Just to make sure I am not misunderstanding you. . . The Air Force Museum is in Dayton, Ohio, about 50 miles due south of Jackson Center and kinda the opposite end of the state from Cleveland. . .

If you need a campground near the AF Museum, John Bryan State Park isn't far away.

John Bryan State Park

For commercial campgrounds, the Dayton KOA is supposed to be nice.

Right now we are having a warm spell but don't forget it's still February. . . we had subzero temperatures last week. :blink:
.

loudruff 02-16-2011 09:04 PM

Near Cleveland
 
We offer courtesy parking at our house. We are about 30 mi. SW of Cleveland. It is about 3.5 hrs. from Jackson Center. We would love to meet you!
The weather here this week is in the 30s and it feels like a heat wave to us, since we have had such a frigid winter. Snow was melting today and it was sunny. But this is northern Ohio and weather will change at a moment's notice.
Let us know if you are headed this direction!

DanB 02-18-2011 08:40 PM

Did you make it to JC?

Give us a call if you would like to get together for a potluck this weekend! Daytona 500 party this Sunday!!!!!

osolow 02-18-2011 09:11 PM

Well we made to JC earlier today about noon or so we stopped in and made sure there would be a tour today and there was, we signed up and then went down the street and got some lunch.

Got back with about an hour to wait till the tour so we just hung out there, looking at the the different things and articles the got up on the walls.

A couple cool things they have in the lobby there entertainment center is the back end of a A/S and a couple of desk built he same way.

The tour then started with Don, this ol guy was really cool and had been with A/S for over 50 years. The first thing they show you is the service area with A WCC bike that Jessie James built for them(they won't let you sit on it). And a 1932 trailer they are going too be refurbishing. I do not remember the brand but it wasn't a A/S.

The service dept there is pretty cool and some of the work they were doing was impressive from simple services to complete frame and outer skin replacement to complete interior replacement.

Now the best part of the tour was the manufacture side it was Friday and they had already shut down for the week so we pretty much got to go everywhere and look at everything.
I got to walk up and see freshly cut outer side panels sitting in the jig ready to be riveted
then over to see there new CNC that cuts out the floor in one solid piece.
Then from there there I got to see a European frame which to my surprise was made from galvanized steel. And the brakes were very small drum style. They also had a very small wheel and tire combo on the trailer. The isolation in the floor was made with a inch or a little more of white foam. Other then that the trailer wasn't finished just a roller no interior or even electrical ran.
Then I got to see several A/S's in different stages of completion including two Eddie Bauer editions those are a nice 25 ft er there.

osolow 02-18-2011 09:18 PM

Thanks to all the invites but we did not bring a trailer on this trip. We are currently looking and after the tour that silver bug has really got ahold of me again.

And I really don't have any pictures because we they won't let you take pictures in the plant
We are spending the night in sandusky and off the rock n roll hall of fame then back home.

markdoane 08-30-2016 07:23 PM

Please update.
Do factory tours still start at 2:00 PM sharp?
And are reservations needed?

HiJoeSilver 08-30-2016 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by markdoane (Post 1843730)
Please update.
Do factory tours still start at 2:00 PM sharp?
And are reservations needed?

Just took the tour today. 2:00PM confirmed, no reservations required. Go to the Airstream Service Center front door, tours start form there. Didn't see any signs that directed you to tours. Think you can park trailer around back if you're towing for the day.

Honestly I liked the Winnebago tour better. I know i'll get banned for that.


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