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Old 04-15-2009, 01:34 AM   #21
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Great that you are having a good time there. Yes, the Newell folks are very gracious to us all. That is what is truly remarkable. We can be owners of Classics, the 2000 model and the newer ones, but the Newell philosophy of treating everyone with class is what sets them apart from the crowd. It is no wonder that Karl and Alice Blade are number one in this business and the people that work with them are competent and loyal. Let's all hope that the economy comes around and continues to reward this great company and their leadership.

Safe travels to us all tomorrow.

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Old 04-15-2009, 12:27 PM   #22
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Very nice sequence of your trip Clarke. Looking forward to updates on the Rally. Sure wish I could be there to meet all the Newell owners. Next best thing? Watching your updates. Did I hear some Elvis in the background? Thank You for your posts!
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:33 PM   #23
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Cheapest diesel I have seen in Texas is 2.15 right now. Thought I would pass that on, so you can make your fuel stop at the border if needed.

See ya on Friday.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:41 PM   #24
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Left the Newell factory in Miami around 8:30am and started our trek south to Bullard, TX (just south of Tyler) for the family wedding this Saturday. Got back on I-44 down to Big Cabin, OK where we left the Interstate for HWY 271 which we followed all the way to Tyler. We had around 400 miles to drive and knew his would be a long day without Interstates to bypass the local towns, but we enjoyed the change, even if it did take us 9 hours of driving....er, I should say it took me 9 hours of driving while Elaine kept me plied with snacks, fruit, soft drinks, etc. I got off the highway in McAllister to take a break and check the oil and spied a Supercuts, which is my "hair salon" of choice. So, I walked over and got the haircut I should have before I left Ontario. Got back to the Newell and drained 3 quarts of 40wt into the 6V92 and got back on our way. We also stopped at a Wallmart for about an hour earlier in the day (just off the highway) and did some bill paying while Elaine took care of a conference call she had scheduled. Arrived in Bullard around 7pm.

Here are some pictures of our temporary "home" for the next 4 days
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:35 PM   #25
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It's sure nice to have ample Coach parking. Hope the wedding is a nice memorable one. Thanks for all the great posts and pics.

It really pumps us up in admin to see the "Livin' it up in a Newell" forum getting put to its intended use.
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:02 PM   #26
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Here's the YouTube link to the video and still shots taken on Tuesday on our way from Oklahoma City to Miam, OK, and our tour of the Newell Factory. Wednesday's video will be uploaded later today.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:28 PM   #27
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Hey Everyone:

Well, we don't have the cool videos nor Mustang rally to report on, just a very windy drive south so far. We have made it to Lubbock, TX and are holed up with heavy hail and wind and rain. Could be an interesting night. Hope to make Austin by tomorrow evening. 303 is purring like a kitten and no problems encountered, just scenery and small towns. We have taken south from Limon, CO and enjoyed the history along the way, mostly two lane roads. John Clark, in charge of almost everything except sales and production, I think at Newell, told me to take the side roads less traveled. He said the Newells are built for that and it is quite interesting. So far, he is right on. See ya'll in a few days. As you can see, we are picking up some of the lingo already. LOL

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Old 04-17-2009, 01:52 AM   #28
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We made it to Kerrville tonight. Will be in Austin tomorrow.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:07 AM   #29
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Got a call from Tom McCloud this afternoon. He, Michael Day and Wally Arntzen are travelling together to the rally. They are overnighting tonight in Kerrville, TX, probably at a Walmart, and will be at La Hacienda tomorrow sometime. We'll head out from Bullard, TX Sunday morning and hopefully be at La Hacienda early afternoon. Will probably take us 5 hours of driving. It's been nice taking a day off from driving. We covered around 2,000 miles in 7 days, and I was ready to stop last night! See ya'll in a few days...see I'm already getting my Texas groove back on!
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:54 AM   #30
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Michael, Wally and I left Arizona Wednesday afternoon. we traveled together and it has been a ball. we talk like kids on the CB's and compare how things are going with temps, and everything else you can think of. spent the nite in Las Cruces last nite and we are in Kerrville Texas tonite doing almost 600 miles today.

the pictures are of the 3 of us. mine is the bergundy, michaels the white and wallys the gray.

be in Austin Friday morning

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Old 04-17-2009, 11:43 AM   #31
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Good morning:
I'm packed and ready to roll. Can't wait to get to Austin! My living area 6 Cat AGM 8D batteries are toast. I left the merge switch on trying to charge my starting batteries(which I have now replaced) and thought that the temp sensor between my Outback inverter and upper middle living area battery would turn off the charger. Wrong! I'm glad we'll have plug-ins at the resort.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:53 PM   #32
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Looking forward to seeing Wally's coach....good to see another classic out there!
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:16 PM   #33
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The rain started (with lightning/thunder) around 12pm today here in Bullard, TX....supposed to get 3" by tonight, and it will rain all day tomorrow...why does that always happen on wedding days??? Had to drive into Tyler to the Verizon store to get my Blackberry fixed...stopped getting e-mail in New Mexico. "They" say that just happens sometimes....now I know how to fix it. Had 267 e-mails, and text messages to wade through...ugh!!!

Elaine and I took a 12 mile road bike ride this morning before the rain started.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:33 PM   #34
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Hot and Sunny in Yuma, AZ
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:46 PM   #35
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Karen and I are leaving Sunday morning about 8:30 AM and should arrive at about 6:00PM that same day. Matt & Connie Russo (express1) will be traveling with us. The weather forecast is warm and clear so we are looking forward to a great day traveling.

Matt is in the market for a Newell (1990-1995) so if any of you are in a selling mood let him know. He is going to take his time looking simply because there is so much to see out there. I'm sure he will be asking a lot of questions like we all did when we were newbies.

We all are excited about meeting everyone and putting a face with the name/user ID.
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Thanks a lot Steve......LOL!
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We all are excited about meeting everyone and putting a face with the name/user ID.
Same here, Tuga....looking so much forward to meeting you and all the others!
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:43 PM   #38
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Good Morning from Corpus Christi,
I left Houston through rain, thunder and lightning back to Corpus Christi to pick up the family. We will see you'all in Austin tonight. Also, Sunday is Debbie,s birthday. We will have cake and coffee at 2:00pm for anyone thats wants to stop by
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:46 PM   #39
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Hello Everyone:

Safe travels today and tomorrow to all. There are about 7-8 Newells here already and we are anxious for the rest of the group to join. The RV park that Tuga chose, is very very nice. The infrastructure is first class and the weather is going to cooperate starting later today.

Hey Clarke, any way you can bring some of the wedding cake?

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Old 04-18-2009, 04:06 PM   #40
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Will be happy to bring some wedding cake, if it doesn't get soaked by the downpour....it's 11am and it has been raining steadily again for the past 2 hours. Looking forward to some good weather tomorrow on our drive down to Austin! Should take about 5 hours.....we're aiming to get out of here by 8am tomorrow, which would put us in Austin around 1-2pm.
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