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Old 08-13-2010, 10:06 AM   #57
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I've been to Beth Page before, (two years ago) and while it's a nice camp ground I'm not sure it would be my choice for a rally. There's just not a lot to do in the local area if you want to do more than sit around the camp ground chewing the fat.

I think Dolly Wood, Disney World or even Williamsburg would be a much better location. At these sites you could find a wider range of activities for you and your family.

Again I think Beth Page is a fine camp ground, IF you are looking for a place just to kick back and chill for a couple of days, but if you're trying to see a lot of sights and do a lot of things I'm afraid you might come up short....Just my .02 worth.
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Historically, all of the iRV2 National Rallies have been huge successes from the perspective of everyone having a grand time in exchange for their investment of travel time and fees paid. Early in the rally planning process, back around 2003 or so, we had a mindset that 'bigger was better' and we were trying to develop larger attendance to the rallies.

We have moved away from the 'bigger is better' mindset and we now dwell on providing a quality event for those interested in attending. IMHO, as these type events get larger, the quality is likely to diminish greatly because we don't use professional planners to organize them. Ours are 100% volunteer run.

Hopefully these events will remain attended by less than 100, maybe in the 50 to 75 range as most quality RV parks can efficiently accommodate us around those numbers. We generally select a facility that can accommodate up to about 100 and adjust it downward as the time for the rally gets near and registrations are finalized.

To date, no one who wanted to attend our rallies has been turned away. We've been able to accommodate all.

Kudos to Mike Pelchat 'Driver' for stepping forward and volunteering his time and efforts to plan, organize, and implement the 2011 event, I'm sure he'll set up a quality event for all who choose to attend. I'm planning to mark it on my calendar and send in a deposit just as soon as he posts that registrations opened!
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and September would be a good time to have the rally.
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We have attended three Rallys; Sevierville 2006, Branson 2007, and Perrin 2008. No knocks on the other sites, but I would like to put in a vote for a return to Sevierville. The area is reasonably accessible from many directions. There is a TON of activities for off site trips for a wide variety of interests and age groups, and the facilties are adequate at River Plantation (and possibly other area locations). And surely it would not be as hot this time as it was in 2006. Of course it's close to us and we would be more likely to attend. Will Texans travel that far if fuel cost remain fairly low?

I don't know if the DriVer nomination is official, but if so, many thanks.
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... There's just not a lot to do in the local area if you want to do more than sit around the camp ground chewing the fat.

We try to make our National Rallies a mix of activities with appeal to the majority of attendees: seminars/activities at the campground, attractions within about an hours drive & free time to just chill out with a chance to visit & get to know other attendees. This way our members can choose their level of activity.

From looking at Bethpage's website, the resort itself seems to have a lot of ammenities as well as facilities to meet our needs. And surfing the Chesapeake Bay VA CoC's webswite, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens & the Jamestown are all within decent driving distance & if one wants to go a bit farther to Norfolk, there are bay cruises, a Naval Base tour & numerous historic sites - any of which would make ideal bus tour additions to the Rally package.

Sounds rather nice to me. JMO, though.

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Lori it sounds good to the both of us also. We did make it to Arizona from PA. Something closer would be nice for next year.
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We have attended three Rallys; Sevierville 2006, Branson 2007, and Perrin 2008. No knocks on the other sites, but I would like to put in a vote for a return to Sevierville. The area is reasonably accessible from many directions. There is a TON of activities for off site trips for a wide variety of interests and age groups, and the facilties are adequate at River Plantation (and possibly other area locations). And surely it would not be as hot this time as it was in 2006. Of course it's close to us and we would be more likely to attend. Will Texans travel that far if fuel cost remain fairly low?

I don't know if the DriVer nomination is official, but if so, many thanks.
Sevierville would be a GREAT place for a repeat rally!!!!
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Sevierville would be a GREAT place for a repeat rally!!!!
The '06 Rally in Sevierville was great & there are a lot of activities in the immediate area. However, what we don't have is a wagonmaster or wagonmaster team to coordinate a Rally there. That's all we need to tender another nomination. Will one or both of you do that?

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Sorry, I'm not in position to head up the effort, nor am I organized enough to make something like that work.
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1) What region would you like to see the rally in?
Naturally we think the central states would be great....

2) Do you have a specific location that you feel would be fun for the event? - St. Louis or Kansas City areas both have lots of things for everyone......casinos, family 'theme parks' (Six Flags in St. Louis and Worlds of Fun in KC...both of which also have water parks), zoos St. Louis zoo is huge and still free!), local historical attractions; you could do a day trip to Lake of The Ozarks from either location; there is the City Museum in St. Louis (look it up, it's an amazing place); also could do a day trip to Hannibal, MO from St. Louis (very fun and family friendly destination).....and the Chicago area has a LOT of very neat stuff to see and do (that area would probably be a little cooler, but also a little more expensive). As an alternative there is also Branson (and Table Rock Lake), Clearwater Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, and a lot of other areas that are set up to entertain and 'house' a moderate sized group of rigs.

3) How many days are you willing to travel (one way) to get to a National before it's too far to attend? 1 or 2 at the most (DW still works)

4) Do you like the middle of the summer time frame or would a shoulder season rally be
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I would love a cooler time of year, but, if close enough we would probably attend at any time......we need to have someone sponsor 'water misters' at a hotter location, for outdoor gatherings......one of the small town fire departments in our area puts them out at city events and they make a huge difference.

5) Would it be fun to piggy back the National onto another highly attended event? I think it would be fun but I don't think many people could get that much time, unless retired, and the cost could be prohibitive.

6) Do you have any other suggestions or feedback that we should consider when deciding where to make the 2011 National?

The idea about choosing a park with available cabins or another option for people who don't have the time to drive, or have older rigs makes sense to us......Also make the 'side' events, that have a cost attached, optional so people can choose how much they want to spend. Some have maxed out their vacation budget by the time they pay the rally fee and then the gas to the location....
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Mike has accepted the Wagonmaster's job for the 2011 iRV2 National Rally.

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What about the Amana Colonies in Iowa??
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Thank you! Now please let us know what area you are looking at for 2011.
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Yea Mike. Looking forward to more details. Bethpage Camp Resort looks great. We have been wanting to head up to that part of the country.
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