Just another quiet day . . .

Today was another quiet stay-at-home day. I spent most of it still going through stuff, filling up more trash bags to throw away.

Both of us were still kind of full from last night’s visit to the Shady Maple Smorgasbord, so we just had coffee this morning, using some of the pumpkin spiced beans we got at the Amish market yesterday. Turns out they’re not as ‘pumpkiny’ as the ones we got from Dunkin’ Donuts last week. Oh well.

About 3pm I took a bunch of trash bags to the dumpster, and then went down to the ranger station to pick up our Priority Mail package of mail that our daughter Brandi sent us.

Then about 5pm we headed out with Nick and Terry to A & M Pizza for dinner. This was our second visit, and it was just as good as the first time.

Tomorrow we’re all going to drive over to the Harrisburg area to do some sightseeing.

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Thought for the Day:

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies." – Groucho Marx

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Since today’s blog is kind of short, here’s what we were doing 3 years ago.

It’s a Duesy!

Originally posted on October 30, 2009

Today was an early day…a VERY early day.

We got up at 5:30 AM and left the rig in our toad about 6 am on a 130 mile trip south to Decatur, IN. We wanted to be there by 9 am to take the American Coach factory tour at their plant. We left early because the weather was pretty bad, with a lot of rain and wind. With all the wind, I was glad we weren’t in the rig.

But before we hit the Interstate, we stopped off at McDonalds for a quick breakfast sandwich.

We got to the American Coach plant in Decatur about 8:45 am, right on time.

We were really surprised to see how full the parking lot was, considering the condition of the RV industry.

American Coach Factory

After filling out a form, a gentleman named Tom came by to be our tour guide. Unfortunately we were not able to take pictures inside the facility, but it’s really amazing how the RV’s are put together.

In this case American Coach starts out with a pre-built chassis/engine combination from Spartan Chassis that looks like this.

Spartan Chassis

These are complete ready to run units just waiting for an RV to be built on top of them.

The floor and the walls are built up from welded aluminum tubing that form a single unit. Then the carpet / tile / wood flooring is added and the cabinets / furniture are installed. Finally, the roof is put on and the rig is moved into the paint area to be painted and striped.

It takes about a week from start to finish to build a rig and roll it out the door. They are presently building about 30 rigs a week, around 1500 a year, and at this point business is increasing by about 5 more rigs a month. Good news for the RV industry.

Our tour took a little over an hour, and after it was over, we drove over to American Coach Service to buy some parts for my coach.

Leaving there, we headed about 30 mile south back to Celina, OH where we were a month ago for the Gypsy Journal Rally. We wanted to eat lunch at La Carreta, a Mexican restaurant that we really enjoyed while we were there.

After lunch we started back toward Elkhart, stopping in Auburn, IN to visit the Auburn – Cord – Duesenberg Museum.

Founded in 1874, the Eckhart Carriage Company was a successful manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages. Frank Eckhart had not only the foresight but also the engineering ability to steer the buggy company into the “Age of the Automobile.” His Auburn Automobile Company prospered, particularly after E.L. Cord was brought in to run the business. Cord was both inventive and astute, and in 1929 created his own company, which, among other things, bought out the Duesenberg Automobile Co.

Despite the enthusiastic public response, sales were disappointing. The estimated production figure of 500 cars per year was never matched and eventually only 481 Model Js were constructed. Being extremely expensive, the Model J was popular with the rich and famous. Among the owners were many greats from the showbizz industry like Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, James Cagney and Greta Garbo. Various kings and queens were Model J owners as well. Part of the Duesenberg legend is based on the many famous owners.

Styling and engineering failed to overcome the fact that Cord’s vehicles were too expensive for the Depression-era market and that Cord’s stock manipulations would force him to give up control of his car companies. Under injunction from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to refrain from further violations, Cord sold his shares in his automobile holding company. In 1937, production of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs ended.

The building that now houses the Museum was the original Art Deco headquarters / showroom of the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles, and it’s beautiful in its own right.

ACD Building

And the inside is even more outstanding.

ACD Building 2 ACD Building 3 ACD Building 4 ACD Building 5 ACD Building 6 ACD Building 7

I won’t bore you with all the details. I’ll just show you pictures of these beautiful automobiles.

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ACD 19 ACD 10 ACD 11 ACD 12 ACD 13 ACD 14 ACD 15 ACD 16 ACD 17 ACD 18

Leaving the museum we drove back to Elkhart through more heavy wind and rain.

And arriving back about 5 pm, we immediately headed out to dinner at Ryan’s with Nick and Terry.

Tomorrow we start getting ready to leave here on Sunday afternoon.

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6 Responses

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Greg!

  2. Happy Happy Birthday, Dad!!!! Lowell and I are going to look at Old Folks Homes for you this weekend. Since your used to the RV life I’m thinking an Efficiency apartment will do just fine, right? (;

    Xoxo

  3. Happy Birthday Greg. Lynn and I hope you have a great birthday and a wonderful coming year.

  4. Thanks, Jeannie

  5. Brandi,

    I’m disappointed.

    What happened to the substandard nursing home you promised me?

    Or is this a step up?

  6. Thanks, David.

    Stay Safe.

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