Oshkosh – A Turbulent Start

We are thrilled to be at Oshkosh and anxious to get to the airport to meet N. Clement Weathers (Bob) and his plane, Show Girl when they arrive.  Torrential downpours overnight drizzle off to low skies and slowly awakening airports.  We figure we have plenty of time for breakfast before Show Girl is wheels down at Oshkosh.  Yeah – that is before we try to open the door.  That’s right, we try to open the one door out of the coach and it will NOT open.

We are trapped in the coach and Storm is livid.  How can something else break so soon after our triumphant exhaust repair? Again we scramble to figure out how to deal with this situation. I am speechless and Storm has a lot to say but none of it is printable here.

I have heard of people getting locked out of their coach before and they solved the problem by climbing in a window and opening the door from inside.  I hope that the opposite will work for us so I hang out of the living room window and yell for help whenever someone passes the RV.  A lovely lady on her way to the bathhouse stops and after she quits laughing at us, I give her our keys. She tries to open the door with no success.  Storm insists that he needs to get outside to work on the door but it is a 10′ drop from our window to the ground. Our hero lady moves a huge, heavy picnic table all by herself to a position under the coach window and Storm is able to escape without breaking any of his limbs.

He quickly deduces that the door can only be repaired by taking it apart from inside so he climbs back in.  Long story short a simple 1″ spring has fallen out of the door and 2 hours later, Storm has that replaced (thank you RV Park owner for having a spring) and the door back together.

In the meantime, the sun melts away the clouds over EAA Airventure and planes began to flood into the traffic pattern.  Bob and Showgirl dodge their way through the aerial bullets ricocheting through the fluffy clouds over the airport and land safely before we can get there.  Once we have the Prius wheels down in the parking lot, we relax under the shade of Showgirl’s wings and enjoy the exciting airshow courtesy of the private planes landing at Oshkosh before the start of the airshow on Monday.  Check out this video and experience the ambiance that is Oshkosh T-1:

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

2 Replies to “Oshkosh – A Turbulent Start”

  1. The adventure continues! You two are having tremendous experiences in your first year on the road. Its a good thing your documenting them because in five years you’ll forget half of the fun your having.

    BTW I sold my bike to a 27 year old Coast Guardsman from Suffolk, VA, Terrie’s will be up for sale soon.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      In five years?? Heck we are lucky to remember 2 weeks ago now 🙂
      Great news that bike sold easily though I am sure you will miss it. I know that Terrie will be crushed when hers is gone.

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