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Old 01-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Cool Midwest Rally and Rend Lake, IL

Since there is a large contingent of Midwest Airstreamers, I have planned a rally near Rend Lake in Belton, IL. The rally will be held at the Whittington Woods Campground. The rally dates are the 1st-3rd of May. The campground has full service facilities from Laundry and shower houses to groceries and a free pavilion. We will have an informal potluck dinner on Saturday evening at the pavilion. Trailer tours for the interested will be held Saturday from Noon to 2PM.

The campground has offered us the loop directly at the pavilion, and will provide free firewood for the firering located at the pavilion. The owners will also provide coffee and freshly made donuts for breakfast each morning in the pavilion (Free of Charge). From what I have been told, all the sites on this loop are full hook-up sites. The only difference is that six of the sites are with a 50 Amp hook-up. These sites can be used with a 50 to 30 amp adapter. The sites on the map the are on other loops do not offer full hook-ups, but a dump station is available on site for anyone not staying on the main loop.

Costs of the full hook-up sites will cost $24.50 per night with free coffee and donuts for breakfast.

Benton, IL has a quaint town square with several antique shops, the Pheasant Hill Winery, and several other small attractions that look really interesting. Fishing at rend lake is less than a mile away.

This will be a great time for all involved. Experienced, first timers, full timers, vintage kin, or anyone just looking to attend an Airstream rally are welcome.

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Old 01-23-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Sounds great!
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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Sounds great to us, too! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Old 01-23-2009, 11:29 PM   #4
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Belton / Benton?

Bet that it's gonna' be at "Benton" Illinois?

Sounds pretty good to me - you guys came all the way from home to Milan, MI last spring, so we oughta' be willing to venture that far.

I've got it on the calendar. You going to bring your leak finder rig so those of us with an inclination, the time and the cash, can figure out where our dear silver bullets need a little caulk?

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Midwest Rally and Rend Lake, IL

Sounds great to me -- only 60 miles for me -- would be closest rally I have been to in some while.

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Looking good so far.

For those wanting to call and make a reservation, Mary is the one I have planned this with. I believe they only request the first night's deposit to hold your reservation.

May will be here before ya know it!

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Old 01-24-2009, 04:13 PM   #7
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I'm thinking of joining in, if I have a usable trailer at that point. Since I'm hoping to move to Oregon this summer, at least 2 of the 4 need to be sold.
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Did someone say a trailer was for sale?

Always looking to expand the collection!

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yeah, that's been my motto too! But I don't want to haul all 3 across the country. There's one already sitting in Eugene, waiting.

right now, they're all frozen to the driveway, just one more reason i'm getting the hell outta here.
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Looking good so far.

For those wanting to call and make a reservation, Mary is the one I have planned this with. I believe they only request the first night's deposit to hold your reservation.

May will be here before ya know it!

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Steve, I just got off the phone with Mary. You are correct. She asked for the first night's deposit ($24.50) to hold our reservation. I'll put a check in the mail to her tomorrow. They prefer checks to credit cards so they won't have the additional service charge associated with credit cards. I didn't think to ask if they preferred that we pay for the remaining nights with a check or cash as well. Perhaps someone could ask that question when they make their reservations and let us know.

When we met my family in Benton this past spring. The local restaurant where we ate didn't take credit cards at all for that same reason -- the fees associated with credit cards.

Mary was very nice and happy that our group chose their campground -- good call, Steve.

Looking forward to May!

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Nancy,

This is exactly how the Stagecoach was in Branson. They request check or cash to avoid fees on an already discounted camping cost. I believe that they will request the rest of the payment in cash or check as well. I will call and make my reservation in a day or so with hopes to get close to the pavilion, and let everyone know.

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It sounds like a good time. I won't be able to make it because we are coming up to Southern Illinois to camp during spring break. I won't have another chance until June.

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It sounds like a good time. I won't be able to make it because we are coming up to Southern Illinois to camp during spring break. I won't have another chance until June.

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Well Great news for ya....Jcanavera hosts a rally the 2nd weekend of June in Illinois. Now you will have a reason

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Where exactly in Illinois is the rally the second week in June?
I camp in Cobden Illinois.

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