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Old 11-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #15
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Stan,

If you are planning to head to the Southwest in January, there is another venue you may wish to check out. The Western Area of FMCA has their annual rally in Indio, CA (not too far west of Quartzsite, and also along I-10). As we have in the last 2 years the Alpine Southern California chapter will be caravanning in together so we can park together. It's not an Alpine rally, but by parking together, we can share stories and get to know each other better. The FMCA rally also has lots of RV stuff to buy, whether you need it or not, though I don't think it is as big as the Quartzsite RV tent. There are also lots of seminars where you can learn more about RVing. This rally usually ends up with about 1200 - 1500 motorhomes. In any case, any Alpine is welcome to join us (and any SOB friend that is an FMCA member), so if you are interested, let me know and I'll put you on the list for caravan details as we get closer.

The dates this year are: FMCA Indio rally Jan 11 - 16 (including our caravan day) and Quartzsite is Jan 20 - 25. So come join the fun and get to know a whole bunch of Alpiners! We'd love to meet you!!
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Stan- FYI, since you are new to motorhoming, SOB means Some Other Brand besides Alpine. There might have been a misunderstanding about that once, or so I heard.
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Stan, not sure what year this was, might have been 2006 or 07. We had a great time with the ACA group. The picture shows all Alpines. There was 152 that year. Go and enjoy.

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Old 11-07-2010, 09:03 PM   #18
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Oh, shucks...I forgot that SOB might be interpreted in a different way! Thanks for the assist EMike!!

Tom, that is a great pic!! A perfect way to show Stan what it's like!
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:54 PM   #19
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Stan- a recommended stop is the Bowling Green, Ky Corvette factory (check ahead as sometimes need reservations for tour) and the corvette museaum across the highway
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I'm personally looking forward to seeing all the folks I have only talked to herein. Meeting all in person will really help to know you. And seeing all those alpines will make my heart glad to know I'm not alone.
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Stan,

If you are planning to head to the Southwest in January, there is another venue you may wish to check out. The Western Area of FMCA has their annual rally in Indio, CA (not too far west of Quartzsite, and also along I-10). As we have in the last 2 years the Alpine Southern California chapter will be caravanning in together so we can park together. It's not an Alpine rally, but by parking together, we can share stories and get to know each other better. The FMCA rally also has lots of RV stuff to buy, whether you need it or not, though I don't think it is as big as the Quartzsite RV tent. There are also lots of seminars where you can learn more about RVing. This rally usually ends up with about 1200 - 1500 motorhomes. In any case, any Alpine is welcome to join us (and any SOB friend that is an FMCA member), so if you are interested, let me know and I'll put you on the list for caravan details as we get closer.

The dates this year are: FMCA Indio rally Jan 11 - 16 (including our caravan day) and Quartzsite is Jan 20 - 25. So come join the fun and get to know a whole bunch of Alpiners! We'd love to meet you!!
10-4 we would like to meet as many forum members as we can too....and thanks for the invite. We are just considering our options at this time...really in the infant planning stages. I expect that we will go north from Quartzsite to the Grand Canyon if we go any farther from Texas. The DW thinks she would like to see it at least once.

We will know more a little later in the year and let you know then.

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Stan- FYI, since you are new to motorhoming, SOB means Some Other Brand besides Alpine. There might have been a misunderstanding about that once, or so I heard.
Thanks for that Mike..It was a little confusing...'cause I didn't think I had any SOB friends that are FMCA members ( I may have a few that are a little crusty tho..ha hah)

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Stan, not sure what year this was, might have been 2006 or 07. We had a great time with the ACA group. The picture shows all Alpines. There was 152 that year. Go and enjoy.

Great Picture...Now there's some Alpines...looks like a great turnout.

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I'm personally looking forward to seeing all the folks I have only talked to herein. Meeting all in person will really help to know you. And seeing all those alpines will make my heart glad to know I'm not alone.
Yeah...what Monty said...me too!

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Stan- a recommended stop is the Bowling Green, Ky Corvette factory (check ahead as sometimes need reservations for tour) and the corvette museaum across the highway
I had forgotten about that...definitely a stop if we make the Carlisle trek..

Thanks for the reminder..
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Whatever anyone tries to relate here, be prepared for a total shock. This is a town of 2000 people in the summer that has in past years swelled to just short of a million with 250,000 RV's across the desert probably 20 miles in all directions. 90% of the cars have tow bars, 50% of the traffic in town is an RV, and that beautiful shot of all those Alpine's is pretty average but not as nicely organized. As mentioned, arrive with tanks empty (or full depending), and well stocked for food. It's not unusual for the 2 stores in town to look like the day before a hurricane (or day after an EQ out here).
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Whatever anyone tries to relate here, be prepared for a total shock. This is a town of 2000 people in the summer that has in past years swelled to just short of a million with 250,000 RV's across the desert probably 20 miles in all directions. 90% of the cars have tow bars, 50% of the traffic in town is an RV, and that beautiful shot of all those Alpine's is pretty average but not as nicely organized. As mentioned, arrive with tanks empty (or full depending), and well stocked for food. It's not unusual for the 2 stores in town to look like the day before a hurricane (or day after an EQ out here).

Wow ...20 miles in all directions ?? Total shock is right...even the description is mind boggling. I guess the golf cart I was thinking about bringing along might be a little short winded to tour the event...!

Is gasoline/diesel plentiful?

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Yes, there is a Loves Truck Stop as you enter from the west, several other "Quick Stop" type station around town.

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