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Old 07-22-2007, 09:54 AM   #15
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The Creekmores departed ABC on Saturday morning at 7:15 am and made it all the way to McKinney, Texas before pooping out!

We arrived at a roadside RV Park in McKinney about 3:30 pm on Saturday - didn't even unhitch...just went to bed! We were two beaten-to-death-travelers on-US69 through Oklahoma! It is a KILLER! They should use some of the revenue from the casinos to improve the roads to get to the casinos!!!

Left McKinney at 8:00am this morning and just pulled into our driveway at 1pm - not a hard days drive at all! It's good to go and we enjoyed our time in Branson...but it's good to be home again!

Rad1945, sorry to hear of your flat, but at least you were still at the campground!!!

Sunny, my buddy, I had nothing at all to do with your two flats, but believe me I know how you felt. I'm GLAD ya'll got the problem fixed and on your way home safely by now. It's not fun being stuck on the side of the road with ONE tire...let alone two!

Ken Hammett, I read your post re your mother before leaving ABC. Please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted.


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Old 07-22-2007, 11:47 AM   #16
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Pulled out of ABC at 7:30 yesterday and ran with Darnells and Rowells to Greenfield IN where we overnighted. Yesterday was an easy 500 mile day with dinner along the way and still arived in Greenfield in time to have a real crackling wood campfire for a couple hours.

Finished up the final 400 miles today and pulled into the driveway around 3:00 PM.

All in all a great rally. Thanks all for attending and participating and making it such a great time.

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Old 07-22-2007, 12:33 PM   #17
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Bev & I left 7 AM Sat and made it home safely at 9 PM. We drove straight through. My son helped with the driving. Bev & I as well as our 2 guests had a great time. Our special thanks to Bob and his staff for all their fine efforts. The ABC staff (Michelle) did an excellent job also. Bev is so appreciative to all who helped her deal with her problem. We almost canceled our trip but with help from Bob in securing a golf cart we were able to attend and are happy we did.

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Old 07-22-2007, 01:51 PM   #18
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> quote:
Originally posted by Jestme13:
I sure hope they would consider a Fall National Rally sometime. Out of all the coachs attending how many are families? JMT

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Last year we had about 50/50. (Rigs with more than two folks and rigs with one or two folks)

Besides it is a FAMILY site. Go to times where the kids are in school and you turn it into an "Grey hair gathering". (Or no hair )

If going to a rally without kids is your goal, there several groups that plan thier rallys to be "Kid-less".

Personally campin and kids go hand in hand in my book. Take the kids away and it is not a "Family affair". Some of my best memories growing up are times spent with Mom, Dad and my sister "Campin" in "Camper".

So my point of view is if the kids can't go I ain't gonna have any part of it. (Attend, support or anything else...)

Don Fauntleroy (W5IT)

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> We will ALWAYS be a family site and in accordance with that will schedule our rallies accordingly </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

How did you 2 ever come up with the idea that my question ever suggested the exclusion of children and families from our rallies? I suggested Fall for a seasonal change, color and cool weather, as a draw, not to eliminate families as you 2 implied. I asked how many families attend as a data point to see what impact it might make to try something differant. I have never seen anything written on this web site that states the creed of this group (primarely a family group) only that it was a group for people with an interest in RVing. Guys, as a matter of timing and school, don't forget, my DW is a HS teacher. Nuff said.

On another note,
we are very disapointed in missing this rally, but due to Pat's mothers sudden demise we had to stay home with the family. Mom passed away on Friday afternoon the 20th. We thank all of you for your calls and notes during this sad time. God bless you.
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Old 07-22-2007, 02:15 PM   #19
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We did get home safe about 4:00 PM today but spent a lot of $$$$ as Sandy & Rusty can tell you tires are not cheep. Sandy I didn't mean youmade it happen but it started with you'll and I know that you don't want to keep every thing for yourself so you just spread it a round. This was a fun trip but I think Sat. was Fri. the 13. Yall have not heard all of this story yet.

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Steve, my prayers are with you and Pat in your time of loss...I only met her once, but Pat's mother was a nice person.

IRT to the family comment I made, I was simply restating the intentions of the Rally Committee and wasn't directing my comments at any one person...

The 2009 Rally will in fact be moved back to the latter part of June in an attempt to get into cooler weather...Not a perfect science,but we're trying.
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Old 07-22-2007, 03:44 PM   #21
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Its good to hear everyone is arriving at destinations tired but safely. Our crowd is scatted into 4 states and 1 couple is home already.
They all said what a great rally set up by Bob and glad they attended I'll second that thought myself.
007 is waiting to visit Newmar tomorrow had dinner at Amish Acres may reup in NKK than see factory tour 1pm than head for home ourselves.
Drive Safe Everyone met some crazys on the road today.
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:11 PM   #22
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We left Friday AM and drove to Mt. Vernon, Il. Got ready to leave Mt. Vernon Sat. AM and could not get my BR slide to stay in! I've recently replaced both the extend and retract solenoids (per HWH's suggestion) and thought we had the slide creep fixed. Diddled with the solenoid bleed valves and got it closed and made it to Huntington, WVA before it started really creeping out again. Stayed overnite near Huntington and drove home today with the slide intermittently creeping out as much as 6 - 8 inches; got funny looks from the folks at the toll booths on I-77. Stopped frequently to retract it. Oh well, the joys of owning an RV .

We enjoyed our first rally and were happy to meet some wonderful folks. Safe travels to all.
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:16 PM   #23
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We pulled in the driveway at 6:00 PM ET today. Total distance from ABC was 1080 miles. We did 480 today. It was a pleasant drive thru OH, WV and PA. We spenty a nice evening at the Dayton, OH KOA last nite. It is a VERY active campground.

Steve, our prayers are with you and Pat.
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:17 PM   #24
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I for one agree with Steve - it would be nice to move rallies off the super hot months - there is a lot of beautiful country to see in the fall or spring. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion - I for one don't rule out rallies or support or participation in them if they are with or without kids - dogs - inlaws or other components - again - to each his own.
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:23 PM   #25
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Kaye and I left the ABC about 10:30 am on saturday and went to Osage Beach MO. We are staying two nights then to Columbia MO to visit a cousin. From there we will head back to Seattle Wa going though Denver to see friends for a few days.

Bob- What a great job and great event. This was our first big trip and first rally. No disappointments for sure. I have been to presidents clubs etc but this was a good mix of people, activities and have met some great people I hope to call friends and hope to see down the rode. To the workhorse people, thanks for all the help and information. Ed- Thanks for everything and a great- informative time.

It was soo nice to meet some of the people we have been communicating with on line and to meet in person.

We felt welcome and thanks for a great time on our maiden voyage.

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As Joe-K mentioned, we got home early this afternoon.
It was really good seeing everyone and I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves and made it home safely.
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While I understand there are a good number of our members that would or could support a rally in the fall, we have made the decision long ago to have our National event in the months when school is out...We did for some reason matriculate later and later into the summer and we've made plans to move the date as far back into June as feasibly possible.

Bill Rowell and I have also discussed at great length the possibility or probability of having two National Rallies and there are several detracting factors with regard to pulling that one off....First of all, as I can personally attest to, there's a GREAT deal of planning that goes on to get one of these things done.
I worked with Michelle from ABC and the various vendors and entertainment providers for almost a year in advance to get everything done.
Then there's the demographics of suppoorting two rallies, as there's only so much money to go around with respect to sponsors and vendors.
Most folks know that rvupgrades sponsors our National HEAVILY with giveaways and product prizes and with respect to our other sponsor/vendor relationships, we'd be "going to the well" twice as much and asking for support.
Lastly, there's the issue of just who from iRV2 would actually be the wagonmaster for TWICE as many rallies....I became the wagonmaster for '07 by default, as there wasn't anyone that could agree on a location or someone to run it.
I stepped up, offered to do a Branson Rally and it happened....I might add that Sandy graciously agreed to do the '08 in Texas after some discussion behind the scenes that I would again do the '09.
She and Rusty are VERY busy with Texas Boomer stuff and some other issues and she GRACIOUSLY accepted this added responsibility...

I hope this can clear this up and we all can watch the forums for news regarding the fun we'll have in Texas.
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