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Old 07-13-2007, 04:14 PM   #29
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The KOA at Va Beach has around 1000 sites.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:17 PM   #30
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I think you're all getting the idea now...

Less emphasis on the meetings and rules, and more like a very large rally.

What's wrong with change? Nothing.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:44 PM   #31
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If you want to compare costs, I suggest you look at the 2008 Bozeman International. The event is listed as 7 days long and has a cost of $265 for the rally and camping + $255 for 30 amp power. That comes to $520 for 7 days or roughly $75 per day. I think the water / waste pump and dump is included.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:56 PM   #32
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Ya know, The hair on the back of my neck frizzels if I pay more than $25 bucks for full hookups which I rarely use. Give me a good electrical source so I don't need to run my generator and I'm happy.

When I hear $50 - $75 bucks a night, I'm not going! To many top shelf places to camp for $20 or less.

If you locate a facility that can accomodate your function, you should get big discounts. AND - no need for big square boxs to arrive months early. I must stop now because I promised to be nicer on the forum
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:12 PM   #33
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Wow - It's really not that hard to build a campfire
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:58 PM   #34
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You should go to Boyds Key west. I parked my truck across the front of the lot. about 23 Feet. the site was a barely 40 feet deep. ok that about 800 sq ft.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:20 PM   #35
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Just a question - does anyone go to within a close distance of the rally and camp at a nice campground and commute into the event for the various functions? Like say Bozeman - why park in a field if there's a decent campground nearby to enjoy the amenities provided by a good campground, and drive over to the rally for the functions that are relevant. Or is this considered a no-no.

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Old 07-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #36
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I can tell you that many of the St. Louis unit members have traditionally always camped out at an outside campground. They usually reserve a year in advance if possible. Now that AC power is available they might not be doing it as much. I don't blame them though. Between the annual stories of mud, dust, ticks, and ants just to name a few, I'd probably go for something off site myself.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:49 PM   #37
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does anyone go to within a close distance of the rally and camp at a nice campground ...Barry
yeah barry!

lets have a 'near bozeman' forum rally...

montana in june/july would be a great event...

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Old 07-13-2007, 10:20 PM   #38
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I suspect we could cure all the ails (and ales) of the world in short order, have a great time prepping the locals for what is about to come, and in general just previewing everything the official group will see. Then we could hang out with the rally folks when they show up, but be parked in a nice comfortable environment. I suppose by now I've dug a deep enough hole so I'll just shut up now and park my keyboard for a few moments.


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Old 07-13-2007, 10:28 PM   #39
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I suspect we could cure all the ails (and ales) of the world in short order, have a great time prepping the locals for what is about to come, and in general just previewing everything the official group will see. Then we could hang out with the rally folks when they show up, but be parked in a nice comfortable environment. I suppose by now I've dug a deep enough hole so I'll just shut up now and park my keyboard for a few moments.


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You will miss a couple of things by camping offsite, the vintage parade and parking with all of the great VAC members.

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Old 07-13-2007, 10:39 PM   #40
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You will miss a couple of things by camping offsite, the vintage parade and parking with all of the great VAC members.

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I'm sure there are other things as well that I'd be missing. As for the vintage parade my wife tells me that since I've put a "couple" of pounds on that whenever I walk past her it's like viewing a vintage parade. I hate when she says that and tried to see myself in a mirror while walking past but I'd have to turn it sideways to do that and my neck isn't that long.

I'm just basically a shy guy. Camping with 2,000 or so close friends is pushing my comfort zone a lot. A couple of hundred is probably getting close as it is. Shade is important and having shower facilities close at hand would eliminate my wife wondering why I haven't gotten around to installing one yet in the Flying Cloud. She will wonder where I am spending my time when I'm out "working" on the trailer (checking out the foam on the beds of course - they need constant monitoring as I understand foam deteriorates).

But you are right, Bill, there are some things we'd not be able to participate in. Have to consider the trade-offs as always. Thanks for the reminder.

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I think for any National/International forum rally to be a success, a park somewhere in the middle between the two coasts has to be a top option. Certainly there is one out there somewhere.
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I realize that I speak hypothetically when I review the schedule of events from a previous International and see nothing that my 7 and 10 year old boys would be interested in. There may be other boys their age they could play with at these rallies, but they would be bored out of their skulls if they happened to be on the opposite side of the rally field from where the other kids their age were parked by the volunteers. This is why I am disinclined to attend an International.
As someone that has attended a few internationals, I will tell you there are quite a few kids that come. Children and grandchildren of the members. There is a full fledged Children's program that runs within the rally. It is not included in the Rally guide that was published, or posted on line.

I heard form a number of parents how well this years Children's program was run and they were pleased with it. It is not an every day thing, but there are planned activities for most of the rally days. This is done at an additional cost as there are things like supplies/pizza/etc that the rally fee is not covering, but the coordination is free.
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