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Old 08-14-2016, 02:40 PM   #1
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First RV Rally Decision

We are planning to go full time next summer. We haven't bought our motorhome yet, but we know we want to get a small class a diesel pusher. We need to learn stuff and understand what we're getting into. There are two major rallies next spring that I'm aware of. Both seem to have great reputations and education seminars. Since we can only pick one, as newbies with no real experience would you all recommend RV-Dreams rally or Escapades?

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Don't know where you live, but if you can get to the
Hershey, PA rv show in September, you can learn an
incredible amount in a short time frame. Way bigger
event than any rally.

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Old 08-14-2016, 03:38 PM   #3
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Have never been to either of those you named, but we are Escapees members so I'd take that one.
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Escapees offers a "Boot Camp" seminar to learn about RVs. It has a lot of folks attending.

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Old 08-16-2016, 04:50 AM   #5
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Our maiden voyage in our coach was to an FMCA Rally and it was well worth it in several aspects.

+ There were several planned additional and upgrades I was able to have performed at the rally. I had our tow assembly installed on our coach/toad, had service work performed and had some accessories installed, all right at our parking spot in the rally campground. Talks about convenient. I arranged some of these before hand and at one point four different service teams were working on our coach. Some of the work was done the day before the rally actually started.

+ We spent much of our time in seminars and learned so, so much that we did a second rally a few months later just to catch some of the seminars we could not fit into our busy calendar.

+ Many of the vendors selling goods and services offered a rally discount and I made sure to ask for a discount if they didn't mention it.

+ I you are considering an accessory or upgrade and looking at two or more offerings, a rally is a great place to compare them directly and hands-on.

+ It is very important that you get the corner weights of your loaded RV (full fuel and water) as the actual weight is critical to properly adjust your tire pressures. A coach weighing service is available at most rallies but book a weight time early as they sometimes run out of time to do all the coaches.

Of the two rallies you mentioned I would suggest "Escapades". It is put on by the Escapees, one of the best groups out their to join, in my opinion. They also have a Boot Camp for new RVer taht would be worth considering.

Enjoy. We bought our coach a little over two years ago and we've only been back home for about 6 months since then
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