Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Airstream Terraport - Airstream Factory, Jackson Center, Ohio (May 2017)

It seems that we head to Jackson Center, Ohio once our repair list get long enough. Jackson Center is where the Airstream factory and service center is located for Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream trailer.

Rosie being towed into a service bay

We ended our Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) Springtime in Kentucky Caravan about four hours away from Jackson Center, so it seemed like a good time to schedule a visit to the service center. The problem was that we would arrive on Friday and our service appointment was on Monday. How is that a problem?

There normally isn't too many things to do over the weekend in Jackson Center. But this weekend was different in that the Dayton Hamfest was taking place and it was only 45 minutes away.

The Dayton Hamfest is the largest gathering of Amateur Radio enthusiasts in the world. More than 30,000 hams were descending on Dayton that weekend and that had to be a sight worth seeing.

Becky wanted to stay in Rosie and work on some watercolor paintings. That left me to head down the Interstate to Dayton for the Hamfest.

Becky with her original watercolor painting from the Springtime in Kentucky WBCCI  Caravan

I've been to big Hamfests before in Atlanta, Huntsville and Orlando. These don't compare to Dayton. I was very glad that things worked out so that I could experience the Dayton Hamfest.

Monday rolled around and Rosie was moved to the service bay. Our list wasn't too long, but it took two days to put Rosie back into tip-top shape.

Rosie in Airstream's service bay

We left Rosie at Airstream's Terraport on Wednesday for a quick trip to Cleveland. This gave us an opportunity to visit Cleveland's world-class art museum plus for me to drop by the Cleveland Clinic for my annual checkup. We enjoyed the museum and the reports from the tests ran at the Clinic were good.

Driving into Cleveland

The Art Museum

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There are four camping loops in the Terraport. Each is named after an Airstream model.
  • There are eight back-in sites in each loop.
  • Each site is paved.
  • The sites have 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical connections. Actually, two sites share the same power connection box so one trailer has the 30 amp feed and the other has the 50 amp service. The people who parked next to us needed the 30 amp feed and didn't have a 50-to-30 converter cable. We had a converter cable so we moved over to the 50 amp power service and let our camping neighbors use the 30 amp plug. It is always a good idea to travel with some conversion cables because you never know when you will need them.
  • Each site has water and sewer connections. Our sewer connection was slightly uphill behind Rosie. It took every extension we had to reach the sewer. It was a challenge to confuse gravity by lifting segments of the sewer hose when we dumped Rosie's tanks.
  • There is a dump station at this park. The trailer parked next to us had to use it since they didn't have a sewer hose long enough to use the connection at their campsite. We gave up on trying to use the sewer connection at our site and used the dump station when we left the Terraport.
  • AT&T placed a weak voice and data signal over our site. Campers with other cell providers said their service was also weak to nonexistent.
  • I think we have learned where to park in order to use the Wi-Fi provided for the service customers. While it isn't the fastest connection to the Internet, it was adequate for our needs.
  • We were able to receive TV signals from ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC and PBS. We saw digital signals from Antenna, Bounce, Comet, GET-TV, GRIT, ME-TV, MY-TV and one station that aired Ohio high school sports games all day and night.
  • This is a pet friendly park.
Once our repairs and our visit to Cleveland were completed, it was time to turn Rosie south and head home.

The sign greeting us when we returned from Cleveland -- The Terraport was CLOSED for Alumapalooza

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