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Old 06-24-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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Oshkosh/AirVenture 2016!

For those attending AirVenture this July, welcome! There usually are about 10,000 airplanes, 600,000 folks go through the gates and 40,000+ will be camping.

I'll offer these suggestions to smooth the camping experience:
1. Go to the website -- >airventure > plan your trip >camping > camp scholler. There's a map of Camp Scholler that shows the dump station, road layout, locations of the shower houses, etc.

2. You must be an EAA member to camp at Scholler. Dry camping is $27/day and sites are first come-first served. Payment is from the day you arrive through the end of AirVenture, but if you leave early you get a refund for days not used. For the first time, you can reserve in advance and on-line, the somewhaqt limited number of sites with water and electric hook-ups (no sewer). These sites are $65/day from the day you reserve a site through the end of AirVenture, with no refunds if you leave early.

3. I recommend you arrive from the South. You can do it from the North, but it is more complicated. From the South, traveling up I-41, take the exit where Highway 26 crosses I-41. Go maybe 100 yards east and take the frontage road--Poberezny Drive--turn left/North on that frontage road. There usually is a large white sign about 5' square that says "EAA Camping" at that frontage road. Travel north on Poberezny Drive until you get to the campgrounds onj your right; take the second right. This leads to camper registration. Pay your fees, get your camping credentials, then proceed to camping and select your site.

4. Scholler starts filling up by the Thursday before the show, and is really full by that Saturday. I plan to arrive on Sunday, a full week before AirVenture begins, usually camping on about 43rd Street between Lindberg and Elm.

5. There is a fee-based pumping service for black and grey water tanks, or you can leave your site and go to the dumping station. Warning: if do the latter, be sure to mark your site with engineer tape and set out a couple of chairs so no interloper will be there when you get back. I'm not aware of a fresh water recharging service, so be forewarned. Five gallon cans are useful for that, and can be filled outside every shower room. A discrete "Oshkosh Drip" works for grey water.

6. There are at least a half-dozen well-maintained shower rooms, some with porcelain toilets. There are Port-A-Potties all over the place that are also well-maintained. Because of the difficulty of getting fresh water refills, I always use the shower rooms, as do many other RVers.

7. The "Red Barn" is a rather large camp store, which has nearly everything you may need, or forgot. The coffee bar there is quite popular in the mornings. In Oshkosh, "The Festival" is a big grocery and liquor store. I rarely bring food; buying it there as needed.

If you have questions, post them here and I'll try to answer. It'll be a hoot!
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