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scubanw3
03-03-2010, 03:13 PM
Greetings Everyone,

The 5th Annual NW SprinterFest will be held on Saturday April 17th, 2010. This year will feature RV conversions done by van owners. Sprinter owners from all over the West Coast have indicated they will bring their pride and joys for all to see and share. Ideas will abound!! And like last year...we'll have a pot luck with the grills fired up for some good old fashion home cookin'. The event will be held in our parking lot, will start at 10:00am and will go until we're done (4:00pm or so). So come join us and share in some Sprinter camaraderie!

And remember, There's A Lot To Our Dot, so visit http://sprinterstore.com/ to see the newest products and accessories we have to offer. Auxiliary fuel tanks, full hood bras and more. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

Hikinginpdx
03-03-2010, 04:30 PM
Sounds like fun, I'm planning to come.

david_42
03-04-2010, 03:42 PM
I'll be there, even though I've postponed my conversion indefinitely.

mackconsult
03-04-2010, 04:45 PM
It's in my schedule book. Although know I feel committed to getting the paneling done in my van, and I am broke :cry:.

jdcaples
03-04-2010, 07:27 PM
Not to hijack the thread, but you'd mentioned a possibility of a lay off in another thread.

Did it happen to you?

-Jon

cedarsanctum
03-04-2010, 09:07 PM
We will be there until noon or 1, then we head south to yet another meeting or 2.

I finally have the Wallas diesel stove operational, and will work on a write up soon. But, you can all check it out at SprinterFest.

Jef

mackconsult
03-04-2010, 10:10 PM
Fortunately I made it threw the most recent cuts. Still employed thank goodness ..... but still broke. $$$ comes in one end and just gets spit back out on the other end :yell:.

Not to hijack the thread, but you'd mentioned a possibility of a lay off in another thread.

Did it happen to you?

-Jon

metalartgate
03-04-2010, 11:54 PM
Sounds Like a good time. I plan on being there with the sprinter no matter if it is done or not.

Question another email I saw said the 18th which is it?

-gary

autostaretx
03-05-2010, 12:59 AM
The primary invitation says Saturday, April 17th (and the 17th is a Saturday, so it's consistent)
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showpost.php?p=85534&postcount=1

have fun
--dick

scubanw3
03-05-2010, 04:53 AM
Finished conversions or not, come one come all. It will be fun no matter what stage your conversion is in. Jef, looking forward to seeing your Wallas stove install.

BTW, my original e-mail did say the 18th but I screwed up. It is definitely Saturday the 17th of April…sorry for the confusion.

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

sikwan
03-05-2010, 06:12 AM
Btw, we do have a calendar just in case these days are mixed up. :smirk:

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/calendar.php?month=4&year=2010&c=1&do=displaymonth

jdcaples
03-21-2010, 03:50 AM
Here's a glimpse of past NW SprinterFests

http://upscaleauto.com/nw_sprinterfest.htm

-Jon

Chandlerazman
03-24-2010, 04:53 AM
I wouldn't mind going, but driving from Phoenix empty would be a waste... Anyone need something hauled?? :hmmm:

OrioN
03-25-2010, 02:22 AM
I'll come if there will be pie...

jdcaples
03-25-2010, 02:50 AM
I forgot, was it turkey pot pie, chicken pot pie, poisonberry pie or George Jefferson's piece of the pie?

-Jon

OrioN
03-25-2010, 04:28 AM
Hmmmm.... possibilities....

last time it was dessert pie...

but, i'm open to a hot baked dinner pie... someone will need to bring an oven... or maybe John has an oven...

That would be worth the 900+ mile drive.

scubanw3
03-26-2010, 04:26 AM
No oven, just a Microwave, a grill and lots of fun.

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

OjiPopo
03-26-2010, 06:09 AM
John,

Can we arrive Friday afternoon and dry-camp there? Alternatively, any boondocking recommendations will be appreciated.

Oji & Popo :thinking:
@ Airstream Interstate Sprinter

autostaretx
03-26-2010, 04:23 PM
boondock
There's a very pleasant Washington State campground ("Seaquest") just east of Castle Rock on State Route 504.

There's another state campground ("Paradise Point") , but it's very close to I-5 at the exit south of Woodland.

have fun
--dick (conflicting schedules will probably prevent my attendance)
p.s. I wonder if you could boondock in the McCoy Freightliner service queue? :shhh:

scubanw3
03-27-2010, 04:21 AM
Dry camping on our lot will not be a problem and if you need to stay a couple of days that will work to. It looks like we will have several people doing this. Our customers dry camp all the time. In fact, we have a View and a Vista Mini Cruiser staying tonight. Hope to see you all of you there!!

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

OjiPopo
03-28-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks, John, for your offer to let us dry-camp on your lot. And thanks, Dick, for the info on alternative campsites.

Oji & Popo @ Airstream Interstate Sprinter

mackconsult
03-31-2010, 06:18 PM
My house is right off of I-205 just north of Portland and plenty of street parking space, so if any sprinter people want to camp at my house and join us for dinner that would be fine. I usually start my fryer up and fry food that goes into my WVO filtering on Friday's.

PM me if you are interested.

autostaretx
03-31-2010, 11:44 PM
start my fryer up and fry food that goes into my WVO filtering
Shocking Truth! Sprinter drivers suffer clogged arteries!(*)
Story at 11...

--dick
(*) does he mean major streets or medical conditions?

OrioN
04-01-2010, 02:00 AM
My house is right off of I-205 just north of Portland and plenty of street parking space, so if any sprinter people want to camp at my house and join us for dinner that would be fine. I usually start my fryer up and fry food that goes into my WVO filtering on Friday's.

PM me if you are interested.

mmmmmmm... deep fried turkey pot pie! :drool:

mackconsult
04-06-2010, 12:28 AM
Paula Dean deep fries everything .....:drool:

Aqua Puttana
04-06-2010, 02:20 AM
Paula Dean deep fries everything .....:drool:
I can't quote Paula Deen verbatim, but she did a show once that included a candy shop. As she buzzed around sampling everything in sight she finally quipped, "They shoulda known better than to let a fat girl loose in a candy store.". Gotta love Paula.

Hikinginpdx
04-09-2010, 05:41 PM
Getting close, is there anything you need us to bring?

ECU
04-09-2010, 05:59 PM
I really really want to go. But my sis needs me in Tenn. that weekend.

mackconsult
04-09-2010, 06:10 PM
Your sprinter :thumbup:

Getting close, is there anything you need us to bring?

WeBeGone
04-09-2010, 07:31 PM
Mackconsult

'Some day I will sell everything, buy a 50 ft sailboat, and turn left at the Columbia River Bar !!!!'

If you ever get to Tacoma you should drop by the boat.

22543

We hope to be at the Sprinter-Fest

mackconsult
04-09-2010, 10:49 PM
You bet, will keep that in mind. I might be heading up in the fall for PSSR's and fleet champs with my laser on top of the van. Will be sure to contact you and swing by.

Hikinginpdx
04-09-2010, 11:56 PM
Your sprinter :thumbup:

Thanks, hadn't thought of that!:bow:

OrioN
04-10-2010, 12:44 AM
Sushi... please...

scubanw3
04-10-2010, 06:32 AM
Remember, we’re having a potluck so bring your favorite dish to share and you should also bring your favorite beverage. The grill will be going if you need to use it. We will have an assortment of snacks, drinks, paper plates, etc. Otherwise, bring yourself and your Sprinter!

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

OrioN
04-13-2010, 07:48 PM
At this point... i'll take kraft dinner...

mackconsult
04-13-2010, 08:38 PM
My wife, kids, and dog are probably coming. We might just bring some kabob's for the BBQ for our lunch.

The sprinter will be warm when we show up so I will run it on WVO for people to check out.

OrioN
04-13-2010, 09:11 PM
I'll supply the propane if i can use a corner of the grill!!

I just bolted up 2 10Gal (16net/68lbs total) tanks where my spare was....

scubanw3
04-15-2010, 05:59 AM
3 days and counting to the 5th Annual SprinterFest! The weather looks good so…are you ready!!! Yes, we’ll have the grill going for Hal. McCoy Freightliner will have a 2010 Sprinter for us to get our little paws on and test drive. And, we will have a couple of special treats. An Earthroamer excursion vehicle and Tom’s 4wd Sprinter!! There will be lot of folks attending. Many new Sprinter owners and some that have just ordered a new Sprinter but have not taken possession yet. They will be very excited to talk and learn about their new purchase. You old timers will need to step up and answer all their questions. So grab your favorite food, drink (and of course your Sprinter) and come on down. BTW, for those who don’t know, the Fest will be held at our shop this Saturday the 17th from 10:00am until were done (see the address below or give us a call for directions).

See ya there, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846

WeBeGone
04-17-2010, 02:08 PM
We are on our way.......see ya soon.....:bounce:

Hikinginpdx
04-18-2010, 01:47 AM
It was great connecting with some old friends and meeting so many cool new people.

Tons of fun,

THANKS for hosting John

mackconsult
04-18-2010, 02:07 AM
Yes ..... Thanks sprinter store for hosting this event. It was great to put faces coupled with sprinter-forum member names. I felt like my van was no match for all the van conversions at the event ..... but it was great to see that sprinters can be more than just a big "contractor looking van".

:hugs:

minigoogoo
04-18-2010, 05:52 AM
Wish I could have made it... had fun at the last Portland gathering in November. :thumbup:

Did anyone take any photos? What was the total Sprinter count?

jdcaples
04-18-2010, 07:39 PM
A big thanks to John and Karen!

There were over 30 Sprinters in attendence this year.

As others have said, it was great to put faces to names and see some pretty imaginative modifications (RV/campers).

OrioN and Buster live full time in a Sprinter-in-progress. That's as hard core as I can imagine.

The food and the conversation were great.

John had just finished putting in one of his aux fuel tanks into a behmoth of a Sprinter RV.

This RV belongs to a great guy named, Chip. The rig was on jack stands so anyone was welcome to take a creeper and review the art and science of John's custom-fabricated fuel extra tank.

Troy from McCoy Freightliner brought a 2010 2500 cargo van for everyone to paw and maul.

Parties like this don't just happen. The community really needs this kind of gathering to share information, meet really cool people, share stories, solve problems and have a great time.

Karen and John Bendit spent a lot of time and energy putting this together: food, shop clean up, tables, stickers, printing up forms to fill out and place on the windshield so everyone knows who owns which Sprinter.


If you're passing Tualatin, OR on I5, you owe it to yourself to stop in and say hi. John's got a lot of experience, a lot of hand-made, custom products and raw talent; all things that can make owning your Sprinter less of a mystery and more of a pleasure.

-Jon


PS: I haven't had time to edit/compress the 171 MB of 30 pictures I took. It'll be a while, but I'll try to put them up.

rb3232
04-18-2010, 08:21 PM
Thanks John and Karen! It is great to put a few more names with faces and to see others I met last year again. All the best, Ross

BBlessing
04-18-2010, 11:48 PM
just got home from a 3.5 hour drive. i set the cruise control at 61 and pretty much kept it there. i managed 20.2mpg on the trip down, and 21 even on the trip back. it was fun, even my darling wife enjoyed looking at all the different ways a sprinter can be upfitted. thanks john and kathy for hosting this event, i was glad we made it down.

bb

scubanw3
04-19-2010, 05:09 AM
This year’s SprinterFest was exceptional! A big thank you to all who attended, bringing their favorite food for the potluck and their Sprinters for all to see. We had 39 Sprinters of all shapes and sizes and a guess-ta-mate of 80-100 people throughout the day. A wide variety of people attended from a couple that had just ordered their Sprinter to people just beginning their conversion to owners that had just finished their conversions. And as usual, there was picture taking and idea sharing galore with lots of food that disappeared by the end of the day.

Karen and I would like to thank those who made it all happen;
Mike Hiscox for registration and window stickers for each Sprinter
Troy Gibson from McCoy Freightliner for supplying a 2010 144” 2500 high roof cargo for us to look over
Jon Caples and OrioN for set up and tear down
Bob Sorrentino for helping get set up and for manning the grill
Chip for letting us put his 2010 Fleetwood Pulse on stands so we could check out his suspension and auxiliary fuel tank up-grades.
Tom Tasso for lending us his 2006 140” 2500SHC 4wd Sprinter
And our staff for their hard work preparing for the event

Attached are a few pictures to show the great fun we had. Each year brings changes and we have some great ideas to make next years SprinterFest even better! Again, thank you to everyone that attended.

Thank you, John
Sprinter Store
http://sprinterstore.com/
A division of Upscale Automotive, Inc.
19460 SW 89th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
503-692-0846
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mackconsult
04-19-2010, 05:20 AM
Here is my blog post on the event:

http://www.mackconsult.com/?p=774

jdcaples
04-20-2010, 12:25 AM
Snapshots - not pictures, not photos but snapshots - of a few Sprinters and some details seen at SprinterFest #5 in the attached PDF.

-Jon

1hen2ducks
04-20-2010, 01:37 AM
Snapshots - not pictures, not photos but snapshots - of a few Sprinters and some details seen at SprinterFest #5 in the attached PDF.

-Jon

Nice snaps. Not a photograph in the bunch.

Thanks, Mike

Altered Sprinter
04-20-2010, 02:41 AM
Nice to see some great picks from the Sprinterfest.
noticing the Grey Nomad crew too:thumbup:
Richard

OjiPopo
04-20-2010, 03:02 AM
Thank you Sprinter Store for hosting a great event.

We enjoyed the company of fellow Sprinters and seeing their conversions in progress.

I've just installed your 'Safe Stor' on the passenger seat box. Great product!

Regards,

Oji and Popo

2005 Airstream Interstate