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Old 11-11-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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2020 East Coast Rally

Come join us in 2020 at the Northampton Beach Campground on the shores of Great Lake Sacandaga, a 29 mile long reservoir in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in central New York!

2020 RALLY DETAILS
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 14th, 15th and 16th
Northampton Beach Campground
328 Houseman Street, Mayfield, NY
Rally “Headquarters”: Site 41
Rally Hosts: Mary and Alan (4ina4x4)
Reservations via ReserveAmerica: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explo...Y/681/overview

ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND
Northampton Beach is a New York State Park operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It’s a large and very popular campground with over 200 sites. This will be a dry camping experience. There are no water, electric or sewer hookups; water spigots are available throughout the campground. There is a dump station, a trash/recycling center and restrooms with showers on site. A regular garden hose connection to potable water is available at the trash/recycling building for easy fill-up of your fresh water tank. Generators are allowed from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Park has a boat launch for motorized and non-motorized boats, canoe/kayak rentals, a picnic area, a day use beach and a campers’ beach. Almost all sites are wooded with the sites fronting the main part of the lake being the most exposed to sun. A virtual tour of Northampton Beach is available on ReserveAmerica.

ABOUT THE AREA
Northampton Beach is nestled between the small, quiet towns of Mayfield and Northville. Northville, about three miles from the campground, has a small Tops grocery store, a gas station and a laundromat. A Hannaford grocery store and a Walmart Super Center are located about 20 minutes away in Gloversville.

ACTIVITIES
Water sports (fishing, boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking) are popular activities at the lake. The large, level campground is perfect for biking. The small, but nicely set up, Grandview Mini Golf is right outside the park and there are several ice cream stands in the area. The Northville-Lake Placid Trailhead is nearby for hiking. The Erie Canalway Trail (30 minutes away) and the Fonda Johnstown Gloversville Rail Trail (20 minutes away) are easily accessible for walking or biking.

DAY TRIPS (all travel time is one-way)
1 hour – Vacation and resort area of Lake George, NY
1.25 hours – The State Capitol and the New York State Museum in Albany, NY
1.5 hours - The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
1.5 hours - The Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake in Blue Mountain Lake, NY

RESERVATIONS
Aside from the dates, the most important two words in this post are BOOK EARLY! This is a popular campground and the sites go fast, that’s why the announcement for next year’s Rally is being posted so early. The booking window for New York State Parks is 9 months, so Friday, August 14th, 2020 will become available this Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EST (although the reservations of campers who booked sites earlier in the month can run through the dates of that Rally weekend, making some of them unavailable). If you're planning to attend the Rally and can come in prior to Friday, August 14th, you might have better luck landing one of your first choices. The Park is almost always fully booked on weekends - which makes it more difficult to book a weekend-only site. The sites cost $22.00 per night for New York residents and $27.00 per night for out-of-state residents. There is a $7.25 reservation fee via ReserveAmerica. I don't like that policy. It's not very supportive of the tourism industry and I think that's a terrible attitude to have toward visitors. I'll get down off my soapbox now.

We’ve already booked Site 41 for the Rally because we’ll be coming in prior to the Rally dates. Thanks to Alan, we have a prime waterfront site to use as Rally Headquarters. The photo below wasn't taken from 41, but it was taken nearby and the view up the inlet and out onto the main part of the lake is similar. Due to the set up at site 41, that's pretty much the view we’ll all have when we’re sitting around the campfire.

Sites 31 through 50 are in the loop with site 41, some are waterfront and some are interior sites. The loop is near one of the modern restrooms/showers building. The lakefront sites always go lightning fast, but many of the interior sites go quickly, too, since most of them are large and lovely sites. The campground is a very popular one, for good reason, so please do make reservations early if you’d like to join us. Unfortunately, since it’s not a private campground, we can’t ask that a certain loop or group of sites be set aside for Rally attendees. If you're not able to book a site you like within the loop with 41, please know that the sites nearest the restrooms/showers are good bets (sites 26, 28, 29, 30) as are most of the sites along the main road (sites 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and beyond). Be aware that sites 201 through 224 are on the other side of the inlet and quite a distance away from site 41. Please don’t take chances on a walk-in site. The campground holds only about a half dozen sites for walk-ins. They go fast and some of them are small and/or unappealing.

CampADK.com (https://www.campadk.com/campsitephot...thampton+Beach) and CampsitePhotos.com (https://www.campsitephotos.com/campg...hampton-beach/) are two excellent resources for site selection as they both provide photos of all of the campsites at Northampton Beach.

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask here in the forum or via PM. Northampton Beach is our favorite of all the New York State Parks we've camped in, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. At this year’s Rally in September, we had two couples from Texas join us. If any of you Westerners are wandering this way next summer, we’d love for you to include the East Coast Rally in your plans. All Outdoors RV Owners are welcome, as are any potential ORV owners currently in the research stage. We’ve all been there, and would be happy to answer your questions. This year’s Rally in New Hampshire was tons of fun – I have no doubt that next year’s will be as well!

Mary (and Alan, too!)

P.S. I’ve asked an Administrator for a “Sticky” for this thread - a gentle reminder for all of you procrastinators.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:33 PM   #2
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It looks as though Vicki and I can include this with our Newfoundland adventure next fall.

Count us in. We are a 260RLS Blackstone, and will have a Bichon with us.

Will make a reservation asap.
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Wonderful! I hear that Mr. & Mrs. Santana and Mr. & Mrs. Leaf-Peeper will be making reservations, as well. Glad to have you and Vicki along, Ken!

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Count us in. We have site #45. As soon as weather permits for transport in the spring we will have our own ORV. We purchased a 24RLS Anniversary series.
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Al, congrats to you and Nickie on your new rig! Please be sure the dealer sends me the commission check, and I'll split it with the other ORV owners who attended this year's East Coast Rally.

Wishing you both many happy miles ahead!

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... We purchased a 24RLS Anniversary series....
Hey, won't that have the auto-leveling system?

Oh man, I can't wait to check it out at the rally!

If you wake up early one morning to your camper jumping up & down and someone laughing outside, it might be me messing with a cell phone app.

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Well Mary the dealer says no to the commission check, but he says everyone gets a coupon good for 1 free tour and a 100 questions. Thanks for the congratulation. This is going to be a long winter for us!!

Leaf-Peeper that does have the auto-level and that would be a good way to get someone up in the morning.
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We're in.
Site 44.
8/12 arrival, 8/17 departure.
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Ken, that's great! I'll add you and Vicki to the list. So glad the timing on this coincided with your big northeast trek!

Al, I have a feeling that you and Nickie will make good use of your time between now and when your new rig is delivered by fitting in a LOT of travel planning.

Leaf-Peeper, if you enthusiastically continue to disrupt everyone's systems, we're just going to have to take your cell phone away from you. Wait! You're not camping next to us, are you?

A good evening to all,

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Mary / Alan thank you for hosting this event were looking forward to it.

Reservation made site 46 in on the 13th out on the 17th.

Maybe we can get leaf-Peeper to cook for us showing us his Dutch Oven skills!
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YAY! So glad you and Mrs. Santana are in!

That's a great idea for a rally seminar - "Camp Cookin' with the Leaf-Peepers." (Maybe that will keep him busy and prevent him from jamming signals.)

Leaf-Peepers, once you've reserved, please pass along your site number - thanks!

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We're in too... Site #13
Arriving on the 13th
Departing on the 17th

We'll bring our dutch ovens... Mmm, there's bound to be some road kill on the way to the rally.
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Excellent! And you got the site you were hoping for, too!

Road kill? Uh, maybe we'd better re-think the cooking seminar . . .

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Hi All,

Looks like we are off to a good start.

I'll kick in an offer to host a breakfast gathering like is sometimes done.

As I recall from the first rally, there were some great treats to be had.

We might as well hammer out some details, as long as we are planning to be there anyway.
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