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"The Rally" (the other one)

Posted 08-04-2010 at 07:33 PM by NLOVNIT

It was sunny, hot & humid, even for morning, as Dave & I followed the directions of the volunteers waiving signs for LOT 3 while we made our way down city streets to "The Rally" held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Lousiville, KY July 22-25. This was our first rally of such a large size & I was excited to arrive. Our lot was the huge parking lot in the shadow of Louisville Cardinal Stadium & just a couple blocks away from Churchill Downs. After a brief stop in a staging area of the lot to unhook the toad, we were escorted to our "spot on the pavement" by a golf-carted volunteer. We passed several huge generators & saw miles & miles of cords running from the generators to electric panels spaced throughout the parking lot.

Once settled into our spot, we said hello to our neighbors beside us...from all places Newark OH! 1000+ RV's in our lot & we're parked beside folks from back home. After making sure the a/c was running, it was time to hop on the shuttle bus to head over to the KEC to register & get our welcome packet.

This was the place where all the seminars, vendor booths & RV's on display were housed. With temperatures forcasted to be in the mid to upper 90's (heat indices in the 105-degree range) for the next several days, we were grateful everything was all under 1 roof & well air conditioned.

Next door was Freedom Hall, the place where, each evening, we were treated to top-notch entertainment like Bob Newhart & Tanya Tucker.

Coming back from registration, we noticed our lot had really filled up (can you find us?):

The next several days were a whirlwind of attending seminars that covered all ranges of RV-related topics from accessories to full-timing to systems to RV resorts to local history. If it was RV related, there was a seminar on it. We spent the time between seminars visiting the vendor booths (Jon says HI to iRV2!):

& touring the RV's on display:

From the big coaches:

to the little coaches:

& everything in between.

There was even a display of vintage RV's, compliments of the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum:

I even made sure iRV2 had some exposure there. Whenever I accessed a pc in the cyber lounge set up for the benefit of attendees, upon logging off, I would leave the iRV2 page up on the monitor for the next user to see. I also passed out dozens of business cards to folks I met & encouraged them to visit our site.

We managed to find & meet up with fellow iRV2 members Petro & JMonroe. I know more members were there, but in the mass of people attending, it was impossible to connect without luck.

Dispite the hot/humid weather & several electrical outtages - due to, no doubt, the major draw all these RV's were putting on the 30a service the generators were doing their best to supply us - "The Rally" was fun to attend.

See more pics of "The Rally".

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    Elkhartjim's Avatar
    Nice blog Lori, thanks for sharing. Funny, when we attended the Fleetwood Rally in Gillette, WY we had a Texan on one side and another right behind us. This world keeps getting smaller.
    Posted 08-06-2010 at 09:30 AM by Elkhartjim Elkhartjim is offline
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    DriVer's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing!
    Posted 08-07-2010 at 10:24 AM by DriVer DriVer is offline
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    thomask's Avatar
    Great article. The SUPERBOWL of RVs.
    Posted 08-16-2010 at 08:59 AM by thomask thomask is offline
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