We were excited to begin the day attending the Airstream corporate presentation – a packed affair. Getting there early, we sat through the SkyMed program put on by Justin Humphreys and Will Klein. This is a service that will fly you from anywhere in the world to your home – in the event of a major medical crisis. It will also arrange to have your rig driven home. Come on, Tom – what peace of mind that would be!
The Airstream CEOBob Wheeler and Justin Humphreys, leading sales and service, were full of interesting statistics, demographics, reports, and projections for the company. Their summary of the strides Airstream has made in the past years since the big recession in the industry, and their predictions for future growth were all triumphant! I was happy to hear that the 16’ Sport was the biggest selling unit – taking away that honor from the 25’ Flying Cloud! They say this is due to having younger buyers who want to be more mobile. I also heard about a new program Airstream to “register” your Airstream if it has a name – they will send you an engraved little sign with the name on it! Got to register The Silvermine . . . and His!
It was fun meeting new people and running into people we already knew; I guess that is what the rally is supposed to be about. Tom and I checked out to go to lunch and come back to the trailer to let Charlie Button out – with plans to link up with others in the afternoon.
The 1:00 meeting on "Apps for Travel" was very good, and I attended the first part and then rushed off to meet up with Sue and Diana for some girl exploration – crafts, quilting, etc. We in turn met up with Tom and Terry after their tech session was over. I made Tom go look at the 2017, 25’/twin bed, Flying Cloud . . . .already looking to trade up our 23'??? (They call it two-foot-itis!)
Supper was our first cooking gathering back at the trailers in the parking lot, and Dan and Dawn, accommodated all of us with tables under their awning. Aaron, Stephanie, and baby Madeline (fairly recent members of NOVA) joined us with a bottle of wine.Then, at 6:30 we were off to the 7:00 meeting for daily announcements. The entertainment/singer was very good, but some of us left early with our own evening entertainment in mind!
Although it didn’t seen like a very rally-correct pursuit, I wanted to clear the truck bed of all the junk, and load up in lawn chairs for a trip around the fairgrounds to see all of the Airstreams. . . redneck style! It was much too far to walk it all – and this has been on my truck-bucket-list since we first bought it. Tom accommodated us, and Dan and Dawn joined me in the bed of the truck and we drove off to pick up Danielle. It was a lovely evening with perfect temperature, and the sun was behind the trees . . . needless to say, we garnered quite a few comments as we drove around. Tom even crossed the main highway and drove around the fairgrounds proper, where we did a drive-by of the building just as the entertainment session was getting out. Then, on an inspiration, he drove us to the ice cream stand up by the cattle barns . . . where we all unloaded for a treat. All in all, the tour was about an hour and I was able to get plenty of pictures of the silver beauties.
I am not sure how many airstreams are in attendance. I do know that the first 500 were able to have full hook-ups, and after that the fairgrounds was able to install additional water and electric for many more with a pump-out service. But, a lot of people had to cancel because of the floods devastating the area. The last I heard was that there were only two airstream units that did not end up with water and electric! Today, I qm going to search out the exact number of airstreams and attendees to include in my blog.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown