Never underestimate the power of the internet to connect old friends and make new ones! Sometimes those new friends are virtual and although you may not have met them in person you form connections….
Such is the case with Avion owners. There are at least 4 very active Facebook groups exclusively for Avion owners. Kevin and I have gotten to know dozens of folks quite well through these social networks and learned so much about how to take care of and love our Avion from them.
There are Avion Facebook sites that focus on:
- Sharing tips and product sources
- Taking Avions on trips around the country, campground reviews, beautiful views
- Avion Rally Events (yes, there is one for the IN, TX and AR rallies),
- Renovation projects (interior and exterior), how to’s
- Avions for Sale.
- Hey–there is even a FB page just for becoming part of the now annual Avion Christmas Card Exchange club!
Most of us patrol through all of them if not daily…at least weekly. If you do not belong to these groups do a simple search using the keyword “Avion” or “avion trailer” and they will pop up. I believe all are by being approved to join the group, its easy–just ask to join the group.
Kevin and I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to travel to some rallies and actually been able to shake the hand, and give a hug to those we have “met” and gotten to know through these FB pages. It has been simply wonderful.
Now for a “next level” connection and the main reason for this post….
There is a fellow Avion owner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin named Glenn Reinle. We have never met each other, but have exchanged many conversations about tires, reno projects, tips and techniques….He has seen photos of our Avion, we have seen his and he is a subscriber (I think) to this Pewter Palace blog!
So in mid-November…out of the blue, Glenn sends me a PM and says…“Hey, Luisa isn’t this the same canvas as your awning?” OH YES IT IS!!!- I shoot him back immediately!!
Glenn proceeds to share with me a marketplace listing on his Milwaukee facebook marketplace that shows an ORIGINAL ZIP DEE FOLDING chair WITH FOOT REST ATTACHMENT! WOW!!! super duper I am ecstatic! Yes, it matches our awning that we had purchased new from Zip Dee in 2017.
Not only does Glenn unselfishly share this listing to me…he volunteers to contact the seller, pays a visit to the seller to see the chair in person to make sure its in decent shape, springs are tight, etc, and after feeling it is worth the price ($80) being asked, he purchases it for me so I can just send him the money as a reimbursement through our paypal accounts. You can see the canvas is vintage, not perfect but thats fine with us as long as it was not dry rotted (he checked that out) What a guy, what a friend!!
So our fabulous Zip Dee Chair with matching canvas (and the very hard to find attachable footrest lounger piece) is sitting patiently in Glenn’s garage in Wisconsin waiting to come to its new “Mama” when we meet in person at the Silver Avion Fellowship Rally this summer in Indiana!
How awesome is that! This is surely a case of a fellow Avioner going above and beyond the call of duty to think about and support a fellow Avion fanatic!
Thank you Glenn! Can’t wait to meet in person!