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Old 02-09-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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Smile First time rally attendees

I am giving a seminar at the Florida State Rally for first timers. Many of us have been in the position of attending our first rally and there is always that one thing that you wish someone had told you or that question you had failed to ask. I would like to know the things that come to your mind that you would like to pass on to others to help them enjoy the rally, both this one and future ones.
I am making a list of the physical things that they will need such as water hose, extra hose, y adapters, gang electrical boxes, extra extention cords, 50 to 30 amp, 30 to 15 amp and all the stuff that if you don't know can be over looked. I will post the list, not certain the best way, so it can be as inclusive as practical.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:14 AM   #2
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Not mechanical such as the things you list, but bring along a journal or small spiral notebook to jot down names, addresses, forum names, red numbers to recognize again on the road: just the social information you'll wish you had once you get back home. Also, having a fire pit encourages others to gather around so you can meet and make more friends at the rally.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:16 AM   #3
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Thanks, a good suggestion
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:28 AM   #4
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The thing that was "news to me" at our first large rallies was - if you are 'on time' you are late, at least at the Region & International events...kinda like a wedding. Get there before the stated start time or you'll always feel a step behind or narrowing your choices down ~

One other thing is to have some kind of "mailbox" at your trailer. Even if it is just a clothespin with paper & a pen on a string so people can leave you a note if they stop by and you aren't home.

And don't be afraid to tell your neighbors you are a newbie and ask questions...we were all first-timers at some point! Most are happy to take you under their wing - don't be timid, you'll have a better time! ~

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Old 02-09-2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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Not mechanical such as the things you list, but bring along a journal or small spiral notebook to jot down names, addresses, forum names, red numbers to recognize again on the road: just the social information you'll wish you had once you get back home. Also, having a fire pit encourages others to gather around so you can meet and make more friends at the rally.
very good idea !!! and ALWAYS keep it in your pocket----how many times have you met someone and NOT had a pencil and paper to write an address or phone number on ???------pieman
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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At larger rallies,it's a good idea to have some way to identify your rig if you don't have your WBCCI numbers on your trailer or in your window.To some people,one Airstream looks like another(delivery people).
I'll second Shari's suggestion to have a means for someone to leave you a note if you're not home.And yes,take a note pad in case you have to leave someone a note.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:06 AM   #7
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Musings....

as i often do....

i'm musing...

if it was me, say attending a rally or convention for the first time...

i'd bring:

my personality
my sense of humor
a dish for the pot luck

here's a little taste of info and humor on a FCU Rally Calendar.

but that's just me...

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Old 02-09-2007, 02:33 PM   #8
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Oh what a great thread! Thank you soooo much for starting it! This is great for us first timers! I am taking notes!!
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:14 PM   #9
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At many rallies, participants are expected to furnish their own setups consisting of a plate, drink and eating utensils. Often first timers are not told this prior to the first meal and it is embarassing for them.

Often word doesn't get out that "happy hour" is being held at this trailer or that trailer and beginners miss out on the opportunity to socialize informally with other members. Or worse, they see socialization occuring and don't realize they should just go on over. They often mistakenly think they weren't invited.

Same goes for "Meals on your own." A new person(s) should always be invited by some seasoned member to accompany them for meals out so they are a part of things.

In our unit, we bend over backwards to make certain that these and other nuances are made known to first-timers. We try to make certain that at no time are new folks left to their own devices until they have grasped how things go. We even go so far as to assign a mentor to each new person or group to insure that these things don't occur.

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Old 02-09-2007, 08:21 PM   #10
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At club level its very easy to be certain that newbies are mentored and told what to expect. At the state, region and international level its much more difficult to recognize these persons and help them get the full benefit of the offerings of the club. When any of us see the first timer we should go out of our way to just say hi and are you finding everything you need. They may be completly in control and have a better understanding of what is going on than you do, then again they may be completly lost. A simple hi my name's Rick might make the difference in them feeling alone or part of our group and it only takes a moment.
Is everyone aware that if you get into trouble at a campground you obviously call 911 then set off the flashers in your vechicle so you can be located? During the day if it is an emergency and you cannot leave the person to go for help you can set off the horn in your vechicle.
At happy hour it is normal to bring a snack and your favorite beverage. Since many campgrounds do not like to see open containers it is considered polite to bring your beverage in a glass or cup so that its contents do not offend.
Unless told differently you should bring your table service to any meals being served this would include your plate, utensils, drink and napkin. If any of these items are being included in the meal it will be so noted. This is true from club level to international level.
One half hour to fifteen minutes before an event starts is not considered early. For tours when they say they are leaving at 2 that means they are pulling out at 2. If you arrive at 2:05 you will not see anyone. Most of the tours monitor channel 14 on the cb.
Eating on your own means just that. Many members will informally get to gether and decide on a place to eat and go as a mini group. There is always room for one more and they will be delighted to include you just let them know in time to make reservations.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:21 PM   #11
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Ack!!!

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At club level its very easy to be certain that newbies are mentored and told what to expect. MASSIVE SNIP
while this may well be the best advice i've ever read in regards to an "organized rally", OR ANY EVENT FOR THAT MATTER, it's the exact reason i don't go to say, WBCCI events (although i do belong to the club).

this is not meant to be rude or a slam.

all the above, while very kind, should just be common sense, and when it requires a 6,000 page tome to be official, well there's a whole lot better things to be doing, IMHO. like camping, eating, drinking and both kinds of music, country and western.

free wheeling vintage, or mixed forum rallies tend to rock. if a business meeting takes longer than 90 seconds, theres a riot.

check out a nor cal or so cal forum rally someday and find out why...

love, peace, rally w/o officiousness,

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Old 02-09-2007, 10:50 PM   #12
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Organized events and planned entertainment are not for everyone and that is very ok. Do what fits you and your lifestyle and enjoy it, the time we have on this earth is very short and you should spend it doing the things you like to do. I will still wave and shout hi when I see you in the campgrounds or on the highway.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:54 PM   #13
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Organized events and planned entertainment are not for everyone and that is very ok. Do what fits you and your lifestyle and enjoy it, the time we have on this earth is very short and you should spend it doing the things you like to do. I will still wave and shout hi when I see you in the campgrounds or on the highway.
mr. tar,

well said (both times).

ditto,

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Old 02-09-2007, 10:57 PM   #14
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Organized events and planned entertainment are not for everyone and that is very ok. Do what fits you and your lifestyle and enjoy it, the time we have on this earth is very short and you should spend it doing the things you like to do. I will still wave and shout hi when I see you in the campgrounds or on the highway.
Absolutely.

There is plenty of room for all in this Airstream world.

Happy trails!

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