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Old 12-23-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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One of the other forum communities that Social Knowledge manages, iRV2 is having the 10th Annual National Rally this year. It's become a pretty popular event for the members and is highly publicized around the site during the year.
http://www.irv2.com/cmps_index.php?page=2010

Each year a new Wagon Master is selected, a member from the area where the event will take place, and they are in charge of putting together the logistics. Do you all think this would be fun for AIR? We could move the National around each hear to strategic locations so that each year it's in a new region allowing more/new members a chance to attend.

Do you all think this would be fun and popular here on AIR? Have any ideas or suggestions to making it a success?
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:49 AM   #2
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That sounds like a great idea. Something like that could really become quite an event.

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One of the other forum communities that Social Knowledge manages, iRV2 is having the 10th Annual National Rally this year. It's become a pretty popular event for the members and is highly publicized around the site during the year.
http://www.irv2.com/cmps_index.php?page=2010

Each year a new Wagon Master is selected, a member from the area where the event will take place, and they are in charge of putting together the logistics. Do you all think this would be fun for AIR? We could move the National around each hear to strategic locations so that each year it's in a new region allowing more/new members a chance to attend.

Do you all think this would be fun and popular here on AIR?
Excellent idea.

Part of Airstreaming, has always been to visit many parts of our country. That's been way in the shadows of IBT's thinking.

Especially since there is considerable objections to the way WBCCI is run and managed. Losing over $100,000.00 and asking members to pay for IBT short comings, has upset all to many members, myself included.

Forecast's don't look very good for much more of a life for WBCCI, unfortunately.

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Old 12-23-2009, 09:00 AM   #4
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Here are my ideas for an event like this.

Have it somewhere fun with lots of side activities. Change locations every year something like this:
- Northwest
- Southeast
- North Central
- Southwest
- Northeast
- South Central

This way it switches coasts each year and a stop in the central regions in between. That way it should always be fairly close for 12.5% of the members and within 2 days for 25% of the members.

On iRV2 we have an AIR National forum where the members can discuss the event, help plan, talk about options for a place to hold the event, etc.

My vision would be to attract some beer and wine sponsors. I have a relationship with New Belgium Brewery in Colorado or even get local sponsors (Jack Daniels in Tennessee). IE, this would be more of a party then a rally. We'll recruit our members to play some music (we have some awesome musicians) and if needed we can get some bands lined up too.

Although the event would probably be 5 days long, costs should be kept to a minimum (non-profit) and packages for weekend or shorter stays should be provided. Even daily rates if possible. The idea is to not make money but host one big fun shin dig...
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Good Idea. Go for it.
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Sounds good. I just hope there will not be too many rules or regulations.
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Great idea, but I checked out what you are charging... for my family, $973 for 6 nights, 4 meals and a train ride is WAY more than I am willing to spend.
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Andy, I think it would be a great idea

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Great idea, but I checked out what you are charging... for my family, $973 for 6 nights, 4 meals and a train ride is WAY more than I am willing to spend.
Those rates are set by the members of the other site. Most of the members over there own very high end diesel pushers and camp at expensive campgrounds. Don't take those rates as any indicator what an AIR National would cost.

IMO, the rally should be a non-profit event in an effort to keep costs low. We would/should find locations that are cost effective and try to steer clear of places that would drive the prices up.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:26 AM   #10
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Sounds good. I just hope there will not be too many rules or regulations.
There will be only one rule.
1) There are no rules!

Well actually, the rules would be the same as here on AIR. Just try and be respectful and have fun. No other structure needed...
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There will be only one rule.
1) There are no rules!

Well actually, the rules would be the same as here on AIR. Just try and be respectful and have fun. No other structure needed...



Fantastic...

I'm in. So where are we going?
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Sounds like a WONDERFUL idea! We would so like to meet some of the people and personalities on the Forums, which we have had limited opportunity to do thus far. We also really like the idea of rotating the location, and keeping it strictly non-profit.

We sincerely do hope the WBCCI does not die, but that the powers-that-be there are willing to listen to and act on the feelings of the members.
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Great idea! Be flexible, move the dates each year to accommodate the climate. The South would be great but not in July etc.
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Some thoughts

I would be most interested if the event was as close as possible to boondocking. I think the Balloon Rally is a good model for this type camping. The more developed/RV park like it would be, the less interest I would have. In fact, the FCU rallies would be an excellent model in my opinion.

I imagine there are tons of venues that would work with a bit of imagination. For example, I bet the Bonaroo site in Middle TN could be rented. It is already used for a big party every summer, why not one more?

Other sites might be BLM or National Forest boondocks in the west. Or even a massive beach rally down on the sand at Corpus Christi.................
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