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Old 02-21-2010, 06:53 AM   #15
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Rally Recap

My impressions of the Florida State rally 2010

Attendance was down, Last number heard was 359
I would guess Vintage had about 20
A long way from the days of 1200 or so attendees

Number of Vendors is noticeably down. The only ones I saw that I would consider truly Airstream related were Dexter Axle and Fantastic Vent.. The rest were clothes, badges, insurance etc.
I did not see any representation from Shurflo, Reese,Dometic, etc
A couple years ago the Airstream factory stopped sending their crew and an “arrangement” was made with camping world. ( Also at Madison in 2009) To try to fill in the gap.
Camping world had nothing specifically Airstream related and a pretty poor stock in general. I suspect that some used to come to get things on the trailer fixed but now that opportunity is pretty well gone except for brake work (Dexter) and fan repair..
The number of seminars seemed to be down.

The Saturday night dinner was down to one sitting instead of the usual two. I would prefer to see this dinner as an extra cost option as I don’t care to deal with that big a crowd, but they did get every one in and seated fairly smoothly

The entertainment was better than average. I actually stayed for all of it 3 nights. That has never happened before

From what I was hearing the finances to break even will be pretty close

The weather was cold and windy until the last couple days

I think Frank and his crew have done a good job with this rally and much of what is happening is nothing they can control..

We will most likely be back next year, assuming we renew our membership.

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Old 02-21-2010, 07:49 AM   #16
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Thanks for the recap. Did you take pictures? What was the entertainment? Was Hunter from the Airstream Yahoo e-mail list there?


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We were also able to attend and because we didn't arrive until Friday the weather was starting to warm up. It was good to be able to spend a little more time meeting the members of our unit as the only other time had been the Christmas party. We saw Mr and Mrs Rivet and Levon was parked with us in the vintage section. I had a chance to taste some of his special elixir and was invigorated the rest of the weekend.

On the last day of the rally they have an assembly line set up to provide dumping service for the holding tanks with teams set up manning four stations. Guess who drew poop duty? With teamwork and a healthy dose of humor, in four and half hours we provided this vital service to almost every attendee. This picture was taken as we were packing up and shows a small slice. Our next door neighbor had already pulled out.

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Similar Observation Fla State Rally

After reading Rick Davis comments about this rally, no need to repeat....I agree with his observations.
Here are a few photos of the Vintage Area...mostly the back end of trailers...TV blocked most of the fronts.

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