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Old 01-04-2007, 07:55 AM   #15
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If this rally ends up being just half as much fun as the one last year, it will be a total success and from the rally schedule, it would appear that this will be the rally which will serve as THE model for fun rallies to come. Everyone is welcome, WBCCI membership is not required, pay for only the days you attend, eight seminars, entertainment by Deep Water, a catered meal, pot luck meals, free sausage wrap meal, free donunts or sweetrolls and coffee every morning, tour of vintage and new units on display, a great campground, kid friendly with plenty for kids to do, unscheduled time, a swap meet, vintage row, 60 to 100 trailers, sponsored by the two BEST units in Texas, a Base Camp, a Squarestream, possibly an Airstream 5th wheel, David Tidmore, Fred Ettline, John Irwin, Les Dodgen, Tom Patterson, Rene Ettline, Questions and Answers by Jim Gardner of Airstream, no formality, plenty of fun and some of the greatest people on the planet.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:38 AM   #16
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FromSunday.

I arrived at 2PM yesterday to find an aluminum city already in place; some of the North Texas Unit have been here since Sunday. Only 4 vintage so far, including 3 fairly rare rigs. By 5PM, there was at least 30 Airstreamt on site. We had a Happy Hour, disussed today's parking assignments, and went to a great catfish restaurant. We have 70 rigs signed up.

Free wi-fi here. KOA bought this park in December. New name for this park is "Houston North/Lake Conroe KOA.

Today, I'm working vintage parking along with several others from my unit while the North Texas unit is parking non-vintage. We have the best-ever vintage parking situation; all vintage are together along a pretty lake on a side loop with no thru traffic. A perfect situation for the open house Saturday.

Tonight, I'm giving Fred Coldwell's Powerpoint presentation on vintage Airstreams that he gave at the 50th International. Tomorrow, I'm giving a Powerpoint presentation based on past and future ideas from my column in Airstream Life magazine. Later, Phred of "Phred Says" will give a talk, David Tidmore will give a talk on disc brakes, and there will be a polishing seminar.

We're talking about next year's vintage rally already. It will probably be at San Antonio.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:27 AM   #17
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We will be there today

We have been on the road since Monday. We are in Houston this morning. We have been visiting friends here. We will depart later this morning for Montgomery. We are looking forward to a great time. This is only our second rally.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:11 AM   #18
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I wish I could be there, please take pictures for those of us who are at (shall I say the word) work. My 78 would love to visit with others of his own kind. I hope I can make the next rally. San Antonio isn't that far; however, it's snowing hard here this morning and may do the same in Dallas, so I guess I'm glad I'm not on the road with my baby. Have lots of fun.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:37 PM   #19
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Rally attendees...

Anyone there already heard how many units are registered? I will be up mid day Friday, (knock on wood better weather!!)
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We're on our way tomorrow!!!1
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:09 PM   #21
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We have been here since yesterday. The weather finally cleared this afternoon. There are about 70 Airstreams here, 20 of which are vintage. The people are great and we are having a good time. The RV park is really nice with great facilities.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:12 AM   #22
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Good Morning

Mid 40s at 7am. Yesterday afternoon was shirtsleeve weather and I put my awnings out to dry and put up our flags. The weekend is to be coler than normal, but no more rain.

Totally great potluck last evening, followed by a fun Airstream trivia game.

We have a number of vintage arrriving today. The vintage judging is this afternoon.

We have added something new: a "viewer's choice" award. We will hand out voting slips to visitors and they will vote for thrir favorite by site number. The judged awards will be handed out tonight while the "viewer's choice" award will be handed out Saturday night.

We had some well attended seminars yesterday, including mine. The disc brake seminar was cancelled, but will be replaced by a session with 2 International Officers and a past International Prez fresh from the mid-winter IBT. There should be some interesting discourse!

The rep from Airstream will also arrive today and conduct a question and answer session. At least one more new trailer to arrive this morning. We have one new International 28 on display and at This morning, a Base Camp is scheduled to arrive and be on display untoil Sunday.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:25 PM   #23
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What a day!

Sun shining. Sweater temperature. Flags flying in a light breeze. Just toured the new trailers on display including a Basecamp. I was really most impressed with the 28' International "Signature Series".

We just had Tim Garner from Airstream talk to us for an hour followed by a Q/A session. Look forward to a brand new Airstream website. Their classifieds and forum will probably go away real soon.

Vintage judging is all done. Next on the schedule is our catered BBQ dinner, followed by awarding the vintage prizes and entertainment.

One thing I didn't know till today was that a dealer must order 5 Basecamps to get any.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:43 PM   #24
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Vintage Rally Photos

Here is a sampling of photos from the Texas Vintage Rally taken earlier today. I have also included a shot of a really nice Squarestream.
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I had such fun getting to know everyone at the rally! thanks to the McCabes for the pics so far. (We are the third on the right.) I wish I could have seen the square stream, but we were so busy, we didn't have a chance to go up into the newer trailers.

We'll post pics as soon as I recuperate and sleep enough to figure out how to work my camera again. ha.

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Old 02-05-2007, 02:01 PM   #26
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Collin Melton called to tell us repeatedly just how much he’d enjoyed the weekend. He said that he didn’t know when he’d ever enjoyed himself more.

We also got a phone message from jimark,aka, Jimmy and Marque Mooney. In it, they stated how very much they’d enjoyed the rally and meeting everyone. It was exciting to meet moosetags, Renee' Etline and TomW.

I just want to tell everyone that I thought this rally was simply GREAT! I can’t think of much that would have improved it. Having folks come from Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and elsewhere and find out they had an enjoyable experience can’t help but add to the reputation of the Texas Vintage Rally and should make next year’s rally even bigger and better. Texas Highland Lakes and the North Texas Units are to be commended.

My only suggestion for improvement would be that next year perhaps we could do a better job of policing the women’s restroom. I can’t have my name written on bathroom walls and ever hope to maintain my reputation.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:16 AM   #27
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My husband commented last night that "I don't know if Airstream people are just nicer than others, but these were the nicest, most fun people I've met in a long time." This was our first rally, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. You've set a high standard now, I expect ALL rallies to be this great, or greater.

G - Sorry about the bathroom thing, but once word got out that you were there, none of the ladies could control themselves.

We took a bunch of pictures, but I don't want to slow down the page load for everyone. If you are interested in seeing some of what went on, click here to go to the photo album on my blog.

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Old 02-06-2007, 01:27 PM   #28
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If the leaders are getting just a small percentage of the positive compliments I have received concerning the Texas State Vintage Rally experience, then it was an overwhelming success. I was simply an attendee and I've received eleven emails from folks expressing the fun they had, the amazement they shared, and encouraging me to let everyone know that they want more of this sort of experience. Evaluations were passed out with encouragement to let the leaders know what worked and what didn't so I hope they will have a handle on what made this rally so special, but I'll be passing along all the favorable comments I receive. Thanks everyone for your attendance and favorable comments.
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