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Old 10-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #85
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(We cross Iowa and then north on 29 to avoid St Louis Mo, Kanas and Nebraska boredom)
Yes.. I-80 to I-29 to I-90 looks to be a good route (we have driven it before) But..
But.. by taking that route you miss the SPAM museum in Austin MN..
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In regards to Hart Ranch, I posted this earlier.

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I like the look but don't see a conference center or place to meet and eat. Also seems to be a private membership club. I'm sure who ever is wagon master can check it out

Thanks for the link
If you guys want to have meals together like in TN we have to not only find a place with enough sites but also with a conference center of some kind that can seat 300 people and serving line. The vendors can be in a tent outside and dont have to have room (I know a few have said don't care about vendors but their support and fees can allow us a few more things such as coffee and donuts, additional entertainment, firewood, things you wont have to pay for).

If anyone wants to volunteer (the one from the rally still isn't sure if they can) to call these places and see if the facility will support us and our needs we may be able to narrow the discussion. You can PM me and I will assist with helping anyone on making sure site is feasable and submitting a proposal.

Dickson and I will assist any wagonmaster who volunteers and help them through the process.
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Hart Ranch was on my mind, I've stayed there before, we are members. There is also a big KOA outside Rapid City that would work. I believe all the campgrounds would be anxious to have a decent sized rally at that time of the year! Remember the trip is the best part of the Rally IMHO. I used to ride my bike from Pa to Sturgis, doing it in a Motor Home would be a breeze. I would probably stay out west for 3 or 4 weeks. New rules? How many of our Rallies have had 100 rigs?
I'm thinking that KOA you speak of was the one we stayed at a couple years ago, the ONLY good thing about it was LEAVING. A totally gravel lot and high priced, we screwed up by not going one more exit to the Walmart, seriously it would have been alot nicer stay. I'd love to go to SD to a decent campground. Although I'm still hoping for the Elkhart location. And No I'm not volunteering......Kudos to all and anyone that does though.
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I never stayed at the KOA so I don't know of there facility. There are so many beautiful CGs in the hills. But we really limit our opportunities with all these restrictions we place on ourselves ( conference centers and giant halls). I've attended large manufactures Rallies that were held in tents, they worked out just fine. What happened to camping, and making due? I'm willing to bet conference halls and such ad quite a bit to the site fees. Let's try to think a bit outside the box. Who knows it could be fun.

PS: While speaking to one of the CGs I was told that if we should go the 2 or 3 week of Sept we can see the Buffalo round up in Custer NP held 1 day a year. Cooool
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I was mistaken

The KOA I was thinking of was Rock Springs, WY. Sorry about that. The one in Rapids City was not the one I was talking about. OOPPSS. Darn old-timers coming thru again.
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SD sounds nice it's a great place. I would agree with Tracy as she would know about the vendors and their support. I would think that with all the manufacturers in the Elkhart area you might get a ton of support and vendors. Just a thought that might help out the Rally Master whoever it might be. Jim
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I never stayed at the KOA so I don't know of there facility. There are so many beautiful CGs in the hills. But we really limit our opportunities with all these restrictions we place on ourselves ( conference centers and giant halls). I've attended large manufactures Rallies that were held in tents, they worked out just fine. What happened to camping, and making due? I'm willing to bet conference halls and such ad quite a bit to the site fees. Let's try to think a bit outside the box. Who knows it could be fun.

PS: While speaking to one of the CGs I was told that if we should go the 2 or 3 week of Sept we can see the Buffalo round up in Custer NP held 1 day a year. Cooool
I'd be okay without the big hall if the weather was cool enough. I want to get one of the "Life is Good" T-shirts that says "Think Outside - No box required". Although as we age I find the need to be camping outside the RV is not the same as when the kids were with us. But still love the outdoors and nature.
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If the rally would end up in Myrtle Beach i would be glad to help out. I'm a little over 2 hours away and we go to Willow Tree all the time. If you need a hand I'll dop what I can. I am new to this site and Tn was my first rally.
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OK, I'm just thinking how "comfortible" we'd have been the first couple of days in Sevierville if we'd not had that nice hall to meet in? For those that were not there, I think I saw Noah leading a pair of camels through the campground.
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I believe a hall building is a requirement for protection from the weather, bugs. etc.
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I believe a hall building is a requirement for protection from the weather, bugs. etc.
Large tents worked well at the '09 rally in Ohio.
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We didn't have tents in '09 (I remember one at the '05 in Lancaster), but we did have a large pavillion with plastic drop-down sides to keep out the rain:

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My motorcycle club just hosted 1401 (official registration number) of riders and we ran a huge beer garden that was in a tent 100 X 400 feet and the cost of that for fours days was ISTR $2,000.00 and that included them setting it up and taking it down.

In the Black Hills a similar tent would be perfect for the meals, dancing and silliness games. I've never been to an RV rally so if you don't need a tent this big smaller would be cheaper.
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