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Old 10-08-2012, 11:47 AM   #99
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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 pass on the round up, I did that in 2007 and it was the biggest waste of my time since my first marriage. ... There are a lot of neat things to see there, just IMHO the Buffalo round up wasn't one of them..
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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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You're absolutely right. My fuzzy memory was fooled by the drop down sides. Whether hard roof or soft, I think the format worked well. An air conditioned hall is certainly nice, but not necessarily a requirement, IMHO.
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You're absolutely right. My fuzzy memory was fooled by the drop down sides. Whether hard roof or soft, I think the format worked well. An air conditioned hall is certainly nice, but not necessarily a requirement, IMHO.
How well the no A/C works depends on the location and the time of year....Summer in the south...well I won't bother to come.

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Has an area or general area been picked yet or is this all speculative? The foggy foursome may be able to get to an event in the SD area just so I can get back to Wall!
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Well, Grumpy has read all 8 pages, and I'm going to toss this out. A full hook-up is a must. Water/Electric/Sewer anyway. A shelter is needed, and if held in the south, A/C would be a must. Please keep in mind that there are people who need the A/C or at least a cool breeze from fans for medical reasons. I don't know how many people on this site has MS, but if you know somebody who has it, then you know how heat will effect some people. That is why for the first part of the rally, you didn't see wife of grumpy much. This would be another reason I would vote for someplace with cable hook-up. Not necessary, but nice.

It seems to me that a wagonmaster/location isn't up to who puts their hand up and says I will host a rally if held at place X, but on whether "the powers that be" approve the location, place and time. This kind of kills the idea of the wagonmaster being in charge. Why not have "the powers that be" take charge and be the wagonmasters? They want to be in charge, so let them.

As far as gifts, goodie bag, prizes, all, IMHO, not needed. The idea of a rally is to get together for friendship. Not to get something free.

As far as meals go, the more that is catered, the better. My wife is on vacation, too, along with the many others "cooks" in the family. We/they are all their to relax and enjoy themselves, not worry about how many to cook for, if they made enough, ect.

The serving lines in Tennessee were perfect. 4 food stations means lots of people being fed in a short amount of time.

As far as traveling to a east/west location. As long as we know about it in advance, 2 weeks vacation can handle most of the traveling. It may have to start on a Wednesday for travel time, but wife of Grumpy...a.k.a. the boss, said we would put the upmost effort into attending.

Elkhart would be nice. Lots to do in that area. RV hall of fame, flea markets, amish acres, dunes state park, lots of rv plant tours that may be able to set up, Michigan City has lots of stuff to see. South Bend has the Studiebaker Museum, and I think the Football Hall of Fame is there, too. Elkhart also had a railroad museum by the old depot downtown. I think there is a Casino around there, too. I think it is in Gary, about 40 or 50 miles west. However, I will let you know if you make a wrong turn in Gary, either make a turn around and leave, or, make sure you have your "plastic fantastic" with you. For fun, you can go to the truck stop in Gary and watch the hookers being arrested. I have never been to the other areas, so I don't know anything about them.

So, as stated before, this is my 2 cents worth. You can get mad and flame me, that OK. I got broad shoulders, they go with my big belly.....a matched set.

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It seems to me that a wagonmaster/location isn't up to who puts their hand up and says I will host a rally if held at place X, but on whether "the powers that be" approve the location, place and time. This kind of kills the idea of the wagonmaster being in charge.


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In the past, the wagon master has always had a lot of pull about the location.

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As my dear departed Dad used to say "believe nothing you hear and half you see".

The way recent rallys have been organized is that potential wagonmasters make proposals to the "powers that be". Those proposals can have an obvious winner or no winner at all and sometimes a winning proposal needs to be fine tuned.

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Well, Grumpy has read all 8 pages, and I'm going to toss this out. A full hook-up is a must. Water/Electric/Sewer anyway. A shelter is needed, and if held in the south, A/C would be a must. Please keep in mind that there are people who need the A/C or at least a cool breeze from fans for medical reasons. I don't know how many people on this site has MS, but if you know somebody who has it, then you know how heat will effect some people. That is why for the first part of the rally, you didn't see wife of grumpy much. This would be another reason I would vote for someplace with cable hook-up. Not necessary, but nice.

It seems to me that a wagonmaster/location isn't up to who puts their hand up and says I will host a rally if held at place X, but on whether "the powers that be" approve the location, place and time. This kind of kills the idea of the wagonmaster being in charge. Why not have "the powers that be" take charge and be the wagonmasters? They want to be in charge, so let them.

As far as gifts, goodie bag, prizes, all, IMHO, not needed. The idea of a rally is to get together for friendship. Not to get something free.

As far as meals go, the more that is catered, the better. My wife is on vacation, too, along with the many others "cooks" in the family. We/they are all their to relax and enjoy themselves, not worry about how many to cook for, if they made enough, ect.

The serving lines in Tennessee were perfect. 4 food stations means lots of people being fed in a short amount of time.

As far as traveling to a east/west location. As long as we know about it in advance, 2 weeks vacation can handle most of the traveling. It may have to start on a Wednesday for travel time, but wife of Grumpy...a.k.a. the boss, said we would put the upmost effort into attending.

Elkhart would be nice. Lots to do in that area. RV hall of fame, flea markets, amish acres, dunes state park, lots of rv plant tours that may be able to set up, Michigan City has lots of stuff to see. South Bend has the Studiebaker Museum, and I think the Football Hall of Fame is there, too. Elkhart also had a railroad museum by the old depot downtown. I think there is a Casino around there, too. I think it is in Gary, about 40 or 50 miles west. However, I will let you know if you make a wrong turn in Gary, either make a turn around and leave, or, make sure you have your "plastic fantastic" with you. For fun, you can go to the truck stop in Gary and watch the hookers being arrested. I have never been to the other areas, so I don't know anything about them.

So, as stated before, this is my 2 cents worth. You can get mad and flame me, that OK. I got broad shoulders, they go with my big belly.....a matched set.

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If you are speaking of the NFL Football Hall of Fame, you missed it by about 5 hours....That's located in Akron, OH....
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If you are speaking of the NFL Football Hall of Fame, you missed it by about 5 hours....That's located in Akron, OH....
College Football Hall of Fame located in South Bend Indiana...just passed it on our way out of Elkhart two days ago.
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RV Hall of fame.

This is the Hall of fame I would be thinking of.
RV/MH Hall of Fame - Museum - Library - Conference Center

Jim and I visited a couple years ago, shortly after it opened, its really neat to see.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio.

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