Eye Opener

img_0413Our second full day at “the mothership” began with our 7 a.m. wake-up call, as the tractor arrived to take Cloud 9 to the service bay. On Day 1, a list of warranty items were addressed, all very minor. For example, we needed a smoke alarm re-attached, a few rivets replaced, some knobs and handles repaired, a couple screens reset. We also asked for overall systems checks and general maintenance. Day 2 would be a bit more extensive, as we had a soft spot in our floor inspected and strengthened, and a small leak under the refrigerator investigated.

After the warranty work, we opened our wallets to some extras. For example, we had a dimmer switch installed to tame our exterior floodlight, and we had a complete inspection of our wheels, brakes and bearings. But the eye-opener was a pricey rear-view camera system.

It was well worth the investment. For the first time, we would have a clear view from the back of the Airstream, which addressed a serious safety concern.

While Cloud 9 was being serviced, we visited the headquarters of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI), where we met Barb Langston and Julie Rethman, two of four paid staff who help manage one of the largest RV organizations in the world, with more than 12,000 members and 122 camping units.

By late afternoon, we took the second part of the Airstream factory tour that we ducked out on the day before. This time we saw the facilities where the International motor coach and the Basecamp are made. Some of those operations are housed in the original Airstream factory acquired by Wally Byam in 1952.

For dinner, Cliff prepared a fine grilled salmon and roasted corn. Meanwhile, Jon prepared the coach for an early departure the next day.