International Rally, Day Two
The subtitle of this blog should be, "Why Rallies Beat Service Appointments" -- read on.
The first thing I did yesterday was walk over to the Airstream vendor tent (about 1/4 mile away) before it got too hot. I dropped in on the Dometic reps and set a service appointment to check the freezer door problem I mentioned earlier in this blog. At the appointed time, the service tech came over and told me:
(a) the freezer door latch is not adjustable (I knew that already)
(b) the freezer is behaving normally, in that the frigid air inside the freezer sucks the door inward, compressing the seal.
(c) the compression of the seal is what is causing the 1/4" play in the latch
(d) therefore, this condition is normal
Then he did a very tech-like thing: he removed the existing door latch assembly (3 screws) and replaced it with an identical new one. This accomplished nothing, but at least he was able to say he did something. I have a receipt to prove it, which will undoubtedly make me feel very good the next time my food defrosts... *sigh*
I was thinking that we'd be back to the blue tape solution, when a "real Airstreamer" came by. I'm talking about one of those folks who have used their Airstream all over the country. She said to just get a small tension rod to keep the food from falling forward onto the door. DOH! What a perfect, simple solution!
And that's why going to rallies is sometimes way better than getting service appointments.
We spent last evening visiting Paul and Mary Kim Waddell and their daughter Virginia over in the vintage 3 amp section. Paul did something I had thought of doing (but didn't have the nerve to do!) -- he installed a kiddy pool at his trailer to beat the heat. But Paul is not the sort of guy who likes to do things halfway, so he bought a 12-foot diameter pool, three feet deep, complete with filtration system and chlorine, and filled it overnight with cool water.
Well, let me tell you, this pool has been the hit of the 3-amp vintage section. With no A/C, a swimming pool is perfect. There were at least six people in it all the time last night, while Paul and some other friends barbecued chicken and burgers from everybody. It was so much fun, we are certain that next year there will be a rule against swimming pools. We're going to call it "The Paul Waddell Rule."
Earlier in the afternoon, Airstream's president Dicky Riegel showed up at Vintage Happy Hour with photos of his recently restored '55 Flying Cloud. Needless to say, everyone wanted a look. It is one of the finest refurbishments I've ever seen -- an ideal mix of old and new, done in a way that was sensitive to the original trailer's aesthetics. I'll try to run some pictures in the Fall issue of Airstream Life.