Project Vintage Thunder

The latest on Project Vintage Thunder, by Airstream Life magazine. Sponsored by George M Sutton RV, Reese hitch, Dometic USA, PPG Paint, Axis Products, GSM Vehicles, and Zip-Dee. Vintage Thunder is an "honest" RV refurbishment and travelogue. We tell you what really happens ...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Jackson Center, OH

Vintage Thunder has landed in Jackson Center, Ohio. Under a beautiful summer sky we pulled onto the grassy field right next to the assembly building. The parkers had reserved a special front-row spot for Vintage Thunder, right at the corner of Bambi Lane and exactly where everyone would see us. We didn't even have time to set up before people started showing up and asking questions.

Here's a Vintage Thunder FAQ list, based on what we were asked today:

"Why did you paint it?" It's an Argosy. It was already painted. We just changed it to something more dramatic.

"What year is it?" It's a 1977, although you can't tell from the outside anymore.

"Why didn't you put the Argosy logo back on?" Because we like to confuse people!

"Where did you get that cool aluminum for the interior?" Airstream, of course.

So far today we have given at least a couple of dozen tours. There has been a near-constant parade of people, especially when the Airstream staff showed up to install our Zip-Dee awning. Yes, Zip-Dee has become an official sponsor of Project Vintage Thunder, and we are grateful to Bob Miller (president) for his generousity. The awning went on in about 40 minutes with two guys working on it. It looks great, and it's a terrific finishing touch for the trailer's exterior. I expect we'll get a lot of use out of it this week, with a mixture of sunshine and thunderstorms expected.

The nice thing about an awning is that it basically doubles your entertaining space. It's really an outdoor living room. I have never enjoyed my own awning before, so it's a special treat to have one now. It's also surprising how people congregate in the shade of the awning as soon as you deploy it. This Zip-Dee awning is going to change how we enjoy Vintage Thunder -- in a good way.

Now it's 9 pm and the band playing under the big tent has packed up, and the sun has set, so things are quieting down. We've had fun riding bikes (Emma and I) around the grounds, meeting subscribers to the magazine, and chatting with Airstream associates from every department of the company. Tomorrow promises to be another big day.


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