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Old 10-29-2010, 12:57 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Grumpytrkr View Post
We belonged to the Coachman club when we had a Coachman. We joined because we wanted to meet other people, and travel. With the Coachman Club, we went to national rallies in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. We did have a good time, however, when we traded trailers, that put an end to it.
And therein lies the reason that we've never joined a brand-based club. When we meet with a group, the relationships we build are between individuals and couples, and having to sever these relationships because of events that may even be out of our control is, IMHO, asinine.

An example - when Mobile Suites hit the market, it was a subsidiary of Sunnybrook as they wanted to move upmarket with their product offerings. Mobile Suites owners were invited to attend the Sunnybrook brand-affiliated club. Subsequently, the Mobile Suites product line and production facilities were bought out and the parent company was renamed Doubletree RV (now DRV). At that point, Mobile Suites owners were no longer permitted to attend Sunnybrook owners' gatherings because of a situation they had nothing whatsoever to do with.

I'd rather belong to an organization such as the Texas Boomers where it doesn't matter what brand or type of RV you have - we get together because we enjoy being together and have a great time doing it.

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Old 10-30-2010, 08:19 AM   #16
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Ya know, one of the funny hurdles we encounter when trying to decide if we'd attend or not attend some owner's get together is the issue of committing to being at a specific place at a specific time.

Once ya sign up for some rally, for example, it affects and constrains the flexibility you otherwise enjoy since you have to then plan/arrange your travel in order to be at that rally site at a certain date.

It's kinda hard to commit to "schedules" when ya did it your entire working life and retired in order to be free of em. Yet, it's also fun (once and awhile) to get together with folks you have something in common with other than RVing in general.....such as an owners group.

WHAT a dilema!! Boy!!....this freedom of the road RV lifestyle sure is....hard (Just kidding !!).

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Old 10-31-2010, 07:08 AM   #17
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Newmar has the answer to you reason for not joining a Club, it is called a "Buddy Rally" NKK members can bring non-Newmar owners to any Rally except their International Rally.
Yes, I agree it is really BS that after making friends and going to Rallies with people for years to be told you are no longer welcome. Newmar Kountry Klub has the answer the "BUDDY RALLY".
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:38 PM   #18
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I belong to the Beaver group (Beaver Ambassador Club) and their forum has been a very important resource for me. Any problems or questions I have get resolved quickly by the group.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:21 PM   #19
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Steve and Lynette,
I thought so much of an "owners group" that when we purchased an EVERGREEN this summer, I looked for one and there was none. I formed one and we now share info on our rigs plus the comraderie of a group with with a community interest.

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Old 11-01-2010, 04:46 AM   #20
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Hi ccc,
Good for you. Congratulations on your owners group.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:32 PM   #21
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I joined an owners group for the simple fact that I was new to the RV world. I have always had campers but mostly tow behinds. I bought my first RV which is a 73 Winnie Class A. Since it's old, many shops don't want to touch it. So I figured it would be great to join a club. Boy was I wrong. Some of the most ignorant people I have ever met. I belong to quite a few clubs as I'm a firefighter/NREMT, I own an AMC Jeep, and I have a few other older vehicles such as a 62 Crovair Van, and 74 Econoline Fan. So joining a club with information as well as hanging out with others that enjoy your interest is great. But I will never join another RV club. Just my .02
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