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Old 08-12-2015, 12:07 PM   #15
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We're up for a Western Rally. Anywhere including NM and UT west for us.
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We would definitely try to make a west coast rally!
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We also would try and make a West Coast Rally
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We're in...we've had a few Northwest Meet & Greet for iRV2 users in Oregon/Washington. Great way to meet our on-line friends.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:43 PM   #20
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We are in for western rally, but the requirement for a meeting hall that would accommodate 300 people (I believe that was the number stated several months ago) really limits the parks we looked at back then. I like the idea of cool weather like Giancarlo suggested. We have had a couple in Pigeon Forge that were large but the heat was miserable.
Western Colorado is pretty cool all year long (Craig, Steamboat, Granby for example) But again, size of the park requirements . . .
We even looked the Rapid City/Black Hills area (our favorite part of the nation to spend time) We found nothing big enough for the present requirements. Lots of parks with enough spaces but no meeting halls. Rent a tent at some of the bigger parks?
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Based on past attendance, 300 is on the high end of expectations. We've hit it once. The last rally we held in the west (Williams, AZ) had 24 RV's (48 people). Going to the Wagonmaster's Forum will give one an idea of the usual attendance at our rally...in the 100-200 people range & the vast majority on the lower end of that.

What I'm getting at is don't let the 300 number scare you away from recommending campgrounds for future rallies. We do really prefer an enclosed meeting hall in case of inclement weather conditions, but rallies have been held with large tents & open-sided pavillions for group gatherings.

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Nevada would be a good choice, Reno or Las Vegas.
Las Vegas could be a little on the warm side depending on the time of year.
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The Tahoe area would be nice too. I don't know if there's a place big enough to meet though.
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Anyone thought of having a rally at a private ranch? I know that having hookups is desirable and a pavilion or hall is also desirable, but if members are willing to dry camp and a huge tent erected, it could work. Plus, I'd be willing to chip in to have a water truck come in for attendees to fill their fresh water tanks and a sanitation truck for them to empty their holding tanks.
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Anyone thought of having a rally at a private ranch? I know that having hookups is desirable and a pavilion or hall is also desirable, but if members are willing to dry camp and a huge tent erected, it could work. Plus, I'd be willing to chip in to have a water truck come in for attendees to fill their fresh water tanks and a sanitation truck for them to empty their holding tanks.
no hook ups would limit the number of folks going. a lot of us are spoiled and want full hook ups with 50 amps.
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I am with Giancarlo on that part. Gotta have at least 30 amp and water and a dump station.


I figure it will be pretty tough to have a rally in some of the western areas if we don't have someone in the area to head it up. Likely we could get an entire campground in some of the bigger state parks but that will take some wheeling and dealing to make that happen and reservations have to be made something like a year in advance.
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So when is this going to take place so we can mark it down on the calendar?
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no hook ups would limit the number of folks going. a lot of us are spoiled and want full hook ups with 50 amps.
I just want to put this out there to save a bit of ink on the subject.

Although the number 300 comes up as a target in the planning stages it's not an absolute. This year for example, "Location - Location" was desired by a show of hands and cheers so we did what we could to accommodate that straw poll. Fortunately we were able to reserve 150 sites and at this time we are going to see approximately 100 rigs in the park. I am very pleased with that number and if we can keep attendance to that level and increasingly more we would be doing well on behalf of the members.

Touristy communities will demand a lot from us especially camping fees which we are held captive to. Fortunately we were able to find a location with a large enough recreation hall so that we can have our seminars, meals and games in relative comfort. Having access to a PA and video presentation equipment is essential to our program as this is a key technology toward putting on a "Really BIG Shoe"

One of "must haves" that iRV2 members want is, 50A, water, sewer, CATV and a good to working WiFi system. Other +Plus+ items are pull through sites and cement pads. Aside from that, we're not fussy at all.

During this year's registration, 1 gentleman wrote that he is not going to back in a 45 footer on a gravel site. The problem here I believe is late registration because early on, the campground had a number of sites that did accommodate large rigs very well.

We seek communities where entertainment, shopping, dinning and sightseeing is present in abundance. Should there ever be a slow day or free time, I would be disappointed is an attendee said that there wasn't anything to do.

With the number of rigs and folks that need to be accommodated it would not be in our best interests to provide fewer creature comforts as many will not register and attend our rallies. This year, if only "in name" expanded our program by being an International event and we welcome those RV'ers from across the border to attend our events. in 2014 there were a number of registrations from our neighbors to the North.

Our owner, Andy, supports moving the event around to be more inclusive of members that live in other Regions. Using the Mississippi as our line in the sand, we have had 9 Rallies favoring the East and 6 in the West.

Now if we run a reality check and split the country in half from DFW and go North to the Dakota/Canada border we have had 3 "West" Rallies and 12 "East."

We're keeping all options open and working on getting the best venue possible for the next rally so that each of our annual rallies will be events to remember.

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