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I recently received this letter with a donation to Barthmobile.
"it appears you have recruited some highly skilled individuals"
My first thought was... it's just little old me... but, that's not true in the truest sense. So, I decided to put into written word, what my mind was thinking and the flood of emotions that came from within those thoughts. Here it is...
It's nice to get letters of support and compliments on the running of our site. I want to publicly thank our "Unnamed Group" of Basement Dwellers who choose to help out on the implementation and feedback on our site. My Friends downstairs have been quite valuable and insightful when I needed feedback and help.
We are fast approaching the 2yr mark since I took over the reins from Dave. I have tried to keep things familiar but fresh... It has been a balancing act for the past 2 yrs. I am enjoying the challenge and I wanted you to know that this has been fun, for the most part, and a little challenging to boot.
This year, the 2nd anniversary falls on the weekend when I will be away from my computer. Back on the one year anniversary of Dave's decision to move on, I posted this letter to the "Basement Dwellers" I wanted to share this with you now so you might know where I was coming from and how I felt back then.
I didn't plan on this, but now that I sit here and write this to you, my extended family, I get this choked up feeling inside. I think of this as my baby, but I know that I'm just the current caretaker for Dave's creation. I couldn't imagine how Dave must have felt when he turned the site over to me. How when I think about this, I get this feeling of sadness if I had to do that too.
What makes this site so great? It's you. That's right, it's you: your valuable content... your level headed responses... your desire to help your fellow RV owner... your rallies... your support... your understanding... everything that you bring to the table...
Here is another letter that I received recently... redacted a little but the flow is still the same.
I can't take all of the credit for this nor would I try, all I've done was offer to keep this site financially afloat while adding content and playing with a few scripts. Because of this, I've gotten pretty good at learning "web building" stuff.
I believe that the punishment for getting my Barth for $500 was to keep this site afloat if the donation stream ran low. Thankfully, for the most part, your donations have kept that from being a bigger issue.
While the preceding paragraph was meant as a lighthearted joke, the following is not.
I hope all is well and that our friendship on this site has made a difference in your life. I know that this is a sappy post, but this is how I felt when I posted it and I wanted to share my thoughts for the day.
I didn't think it was too sappy. I only cried a little bit.
Seriously, Bill, great job and this is a site I enjoy telling people about. It's also been a valuable tool when a gremlin sticks it's head up in the Barth.
Take a bow Billy, you have earned it and deserve it. Without you a lot of us would be clueless on keeping our Barths purring down the road......
Owner of the Coachmen "THE TOY"
Bill, yes, you operate a very fine site. What more can I say? but DITTO to all the GOOD things said above. Dick
29' 1977parted out and still alive in Barths all over the USA
BillNY, We love you.
Don't mess with us old folks, we don't get old by being stupid!
1968 Barth trailer, 1975 Barth Motorhome and 1985 Barth Motorhome
And so say all of us! and he has cool service trucks
88 28' Regal 454
When I first tripped over my Barth and purchased it, I absolutely had no clue as to the whats, hows, and whys of my little orphan. Bill personally called me twice, here in Kansas City, at work, to settle my newbee nerves. Needless to say I was very impressed. Along with Bill's commitment, and the wisdom of you alltimers my family and I now fully enjoy this new addition to our family. I too brag and share about Barthmobile.com to anyone who seems intrested. It truley is a fellowship.
1998 29' widebody
454 Chevy chassis
KUDOS to you Bill NY, don't know where Barthmobile would be without you, and to ALL of the other members who contribute, stand up and take a bow, the information shared here is definately PRICELESS...
36' Barth Regency
3208 Cat 250 HP
Allison 4 speed Transmission, Gillig Chassis
"If it ain't a CAT it's a DOG"
Quality beats quantity every time. It started with the Barth coach itself; it lives on with this site and all the fine folks who contribute to it.
Thanks for all you do.
Bill, the site truly is a wonderful little community - more helpful and friendly than any I've seen in the three yrs. since I've been "surfing" for motorhomes. Your personality is truly engaging and fun also. Thanks so much for keeping the site going.
HI Lorelei, Did you ever purchase a Barth?
Richard & Robin
Yes, we did purchase a coach - a Regency 36 in Georgia, and drove it to Eloy (hell of an adventure), where the engine seized after a fuel line was severed. It will make a nice apartment on our little 2 acre parcel in the Redwoods.
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