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Old 10-26-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
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Help set a world record...3/15/16

For Immediate Release...

There will be an Official Attempt to set a NEW World Record for the Largest Motorhome Convoy In the World.

The application has been approved and the date of the attempt will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016. All manufactured, motorhomes are welcome and invited to be a part of this Once-In-A- Lifetime Event.

It will begin at the MarchFest Rally in Conyers, GA, hosted by the National Indoor RV Centers, March 12-15, 2016 (see attached flyer). At the Rally, we’ll get everything and everyone ready for the attempt. On the day of departure, we’ll form a convoy and travel a prescribed course to the site of the FMCA Family Reunion Rally in Perry, GA.

The current record is held by Italy with 672 "caravans" as they call them in Europe. We want to set the record American Style, with a thousand motorhomes! At highway speeds (with safe driving distances) we'll be 50 miles long! Come be a part of history.

Please Save the Dates and include this Once-in-A-Lifetime Opportunity in your travel plans. It will be EPIC! Come be a part of setting an INTERNATIONAL WORLD RECORD!

REGISTER ONLINE: Marchfest

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For Immediate Release...

There will be an Official Attempt to set a NEW World Record for the Largest Motorhome Convoy In the World.

The application has been approved and the date of the attempt will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016. All manufactured, motorhomes are welcome and invited to be a part of this Once-In-A- Lifetime Event.

It will begin at the MarchFest Rally in Conyers, GA, hosted by the National Indoor RV Centers, March 12-15, 2016 (see attached flyer). At the Rally, we’ll get everything and everyone ready for the attempt. On the day of departure, we’ll form a convoy and travel a prescribed course to the site of the FMCA Family Reunion Rally in Perry, GA.

The current record is held by Italy with 672 "caravans" as they call them in Europe. We want to set the record American Style, with a thousand motorhomes! At highway speeds (with safe driving distances) we'll be 50 miles long! Come be a part of history.

Please Save the Dates and include this Once-in-A-Lifetime Opportunity in your travel plans. It will be EPIC! Come be a part of setting an INTERNATIONAL WORLD RECORD!

REGISTER ONLINE: Marchfest

Watch for Announcements in all the Motor Home Magazines!
50 mile long convoy someone nfs life a traffic nightmare! Have local traffic enforcements folks been alerted to this nightmare which is coming their way.
It would better to do this at Quartzite where there are wide open spaces,
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:53 PM   #3
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This could be interesting.

HOWEVER...keep in mind that "caravans" in Europe are often more like our class B rigs and no toads.

Let's face it, this is MASSIVE no matter how you slice it. Trying to jam everyone onto the route as quickly as possible would be a disaster waiting for a mile marker (or a few of them) to happen at.

Putting that many RVs on the road with no gaps would be insane and dangerous. Can you imagine the road rage for non-participants it would create? It could also be a HUGE public relations disaster.

Getting 675 RVs to the starting line with organized gaps:

1 minute gaps = 11.25 hours
2 minute gaps = 22.5 hours
3 minute gaps = 33.75 hours

The problem with the above is that it relies on each participant to figure out if they are catching up with the previous one. That would cause utter chaos in the long run.

OTOH, if the record doesn't specify any kind of distance to follow then that could make things much easier. Putting together groups of 5 with 10 minutes between them could be a bit more effective. 675 RVs would take 22.5 hours to get to the starting line in groups of 5 launched 10 minutes apart. That is the same as 2 minute gaps but gives larger gaps between groups for other traffic to work around.

I like the 5 at a time with at least 5 minute gaps but there must be someone at the front of each group that will have communications with the group in front and the group to follow. They should have a co-pilot that is competent in figuring out trailing time behind the group in front. The leader of each group would be responsible to call out delays and perhaps average speeds to the leader of group behind like a phone tree. CBs might help but you better have cell phone numbers as back up. The other 4 in the group would just have to follow the group leader and avoid unsafe distances between their group members.

Keep in mind that there will be two really hard parts to this route under ideal conditions.

The first will be the departure phase. The changing speeds and more urban areas will really be a challenge to avoiding nasty bunching up right up until the time they hit the on-ramp to I-75.

The second will be the arrival phase and getting everyone off the road and into some parking area large enough to work will be a significant feat all by itself. That would be reason enough to gap start at the beginning in an attempt to avoid a massive bottle neck at the end. That assumes things don't get bunched up enroute to the finish line.

Can the organizers get everyone to play nice in the sandbox? I would assume that 60 MPH would be a target speed for everyone once they hit I-75 but will they adhere to that? How will they control bottlenecks as this gets going? Who will agree to drive in the dark? Can the arrival phase be done safely and quickly in the dark?

Now, if the "rules" for the record are very lax, perhaps this can be done over a longer period of time with bigger gaps. I don't know the rules so perhaps my list of concerns isn't worth the the electrons used to post them?
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This could be interesting.

HOWEVER...keep in mind that "caravans" in Europe are often more like our class B rigs and no toads.

Let's face it, this is MASSIVE no matter how you slice it. Trying to jam everyone onto the route as quickly as possible would be a disaster waiting for a mile marker (or a few of them) to happen at.

Putting that many RVs on the road with no gaps would be insane and dangerous. Can you imagine the road rage for non-participants it would create? It could also be a HUGE public relations disaster.

Getting 675 RVs to the starting line with organized gaps:

1 minute gaps = 11.25 hours
2 minute gaps = 22.5 hours
3 minute gaps = 33.75 hours

The problem with the above is that it relies on each participant to figure out if they are catching up with the previous one. That would cause utter chaos in the long run.

OTOH, if the record doesn't specify any kind of distance to follow then that could make things much easier. Putting together groups of 5 with 10 minutes between them could be a bit more effective. 675 RVs would take 22.5 hours to get to the starting line in groups of 5 launched 10 minutes apart. That is the same as 2 minute gaps but gives larger gaps between groups for other traffic to work around.

I like the 5 at a time with at least 5 minute gaps but there must be someone at the front of each group that will have communications with the group in front and the group to follow. They should have a co-pilot that is competent in figuring out trailing time behind the group in front. The leader of each group would be responsible to call out delays and perhaps average speeds to the leader of group behind like a phone tree. CBs might help but you better have cell phone numbers as back up. The other 4 in the group would just have to follow the group leader and avoid unsafe distances between their group members.

Keep in mind that there will be two really hard parts to this route under ideal conditions.

The first will be the departure phase. The changing speeds and more urban areas will really be a challenge to avoiding nasty bunching up right up until the time they hit the on-ramp to I-75.

The second will be the arrival phase and getting everyone off the road and into some parking area large enough to work will be a significant feat all by itself. That would be reason enough to gap start at the beginning in an attempt to avoid a massive bottle neck at the end. That assumes things don't get bunched up enroute to the finish line.

Can the organizers get everyone to play nice in the sandbox? I would assume that 60 MPH would be a target speed for everyone once they hit I-75 but will they adhere to that? How will they control bottlenecks as this gets going? Who will agree to drive in the dark? Can the arrival phase be done safely and quickly in the dark?

Now, if the "rules" for the record are very lax, perhaps this can be done over a longer period of time with bigger gaps. I don't know the rules so perhaps my list of concerns isn't worth the the electrons used to post them?
Don,

Only an ATC person would come up with this. You have way too much time on your hands.

Hope all is well. Order your 2016 yet?
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Actually, all the involved parties, law enforcement, politicians, communities have been informed and are on-board. Planning moves forward, and all are invited!

Yes, it will be difficult, and everyone will need to be cooperative and on their game.
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We have been very excited about MARCH FEST. ITs going to be the biggest RALLY ever. See YA'LL there!!!!!!!
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WOW great idea.
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If they officially end the convoy at the exit before Perry (or three) then those going to the FMCA rally would get in the exit lane.
Those going south or north would continue south to at least the next exit. That way the whole convoy doesn't roll (unnecessarily) into the Georgia Ag Center when less than half will be attending. This would create a ball of those trying to get back out of the Ag Center and the 5 hour ball up would not be a pleasant conclusion. End it on the interstate and waive goodbye!!




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Wow, I sure hope there will be an incredible amount public PR done for all those other car and truck drivers trying to get to work, deliveries, school, appointments, emergencies, etc. and every RV driver signs an agreement as to how they are to drive (ego and pride left behind) and space themselves for the well being of everyone on the road that day. Sorry to be Debbie-downer, I am just struggling to see how this benefits anyone/organization and not have more negative than any positive views of us RV owners.
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I75 Southbound is always very congested near quitting time. I sure hope I don't read of any fatalities as a result of this event. I've been a member of a caravan of 21 rigs, and know the problems with that size group. I'll not be there, hope everyone stays safe, and you break the record.
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Does someone have place outside GA that I can start storing my MH in March, because after this fiasco, every MH in GA is going to in danger going down the highway because there are going to be a lot of people more than just a little irritated with MHs in GA, and the little courtesy we get is going to evaporate.

This is ridiculous, no matter what any local south GA small town politician agrees too. Conyers to Perry, 600+ MHs... What a traffic nightmare, and in the end, no one is going to have any fun anyway. A line of MHs, that will end up driving at 20mph nose to tail for miles is not going to create anything but ill will from everyone else.

Bad idea, very bad idea.

Someone needs to put a stop on this now, and the FMCA needs to be the one to stop it. Totally irresponsible........
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Does someone have place outside GA that I can start storing my MH in March, because after this fiasco, every MH in GA is going to in danger going down the highway because there are going to be a lot of people more than just a little irritated with MHs in GA, and the little courtesy we get is going to evaporate.

This is ridiculous, no matter what any local south GA small town politician agrees too. Conyers to Perry, 600+ MHs... What a traffic nightmare, and in the end, no one is going to have any fun anyway. A line of MHs, that will end up driving at 20mph nose to tail for miles is not going to create anything but ill will from everyone else.

Bad idea, very bad idea.

Someone needs to put a stop on this now, and the FMCA needs to be the one to stop it. Totally irresponsible........
It is a dumb stunt! Who the heck thought this up?
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Agree with the dumb stunt part - and overly dangerous also. Glad I cannot make it this year!!!!!!
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I've rode in several trail of tears rides. A few with aver 90,000 bikes all police escorted . people are told in advance the road will be blocked. It was eight hours from when the first bike left till the last one left. Town speed was 20-25 mph interstate 90-100 mph no problems why should this be one
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