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Old 06-26-2003, 06:16 AM   #21
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I signed up for the international rally early and received a guaranteed parking pass if I arrived at the Rally on the 25th or the 26th. So I figured yesterday was a great day to play hookey from work and I drove the trailer to Burlington. It's about a three hour drive from Manchester, NH. Vermont is such beautiful country to drive through. I left the trailer at the Rally and drove back home last night. My wife and I will return on Friday evening.

I have never seen so many airstreams in my life. Old and new, short and long, and people from all over the country. I thought that by getting there on the first available day for parking I would be one of the first ones there. Wrong, some people have been there since the 15th. I'm in section Blue 1 row 5. As I look up and down the row, the thing I notice most is all the Hensley hitches. Airstreamers love Hensley's. The other thing I noticed is all the flags. WE NEED A FLAG FOR AIRSTREAMFORUMS.COM. If anyone makes one, I'll buy it. 3X5 is the size we need.

The other thing I've noticed, I have to put my numbers on my trailer. I've been a member of WBCCI for three years now and I have yet to put them on, maybee this weekend.

It appears WBCCI runs a very efficient show and I would suggest everyone to try to take in one of these rally's. There is much more and better information about the caravans and smaller rallys than provided in the Blue Berret.


It's sad I have to go back to work, I would have liked to have stayed and enjoyed the festivities.
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Old 06-26-2003, 11:56 AM   #22
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I was reading a post from Hunter on another list & she said they are having record breaking heat. Most hookups don't have enough power to run a A.C. unit. Seems like that has been the case the last couple of years. I've been a WBBCI member for 3 years now & haven't attended a National rally yet. Every year I'm glad I didn't go because of the heat. When will they have a rally on the west coast where it might be a little cooler?
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Old 06-26-2003, 12:08 PM   #23
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yep, its hot here today...but its going to be really nice this weekend. 70's, and dry. next week, the extended forecast for BVT is high 70's/low 80's. According to the weather channel, the average high for July is 81; average low is 60.
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Old 06-26-2003, 01:38 PM   #24
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I was reading a post from Hunter on another list & she said they are having record breaking heat. Most hookups don't have enough power to run a A.C. unit. Seems like that has been the case the last couple of years.
One year it was a giant hailstorm!

We had one of the International VP's at the Region 8 rally this year and one of the things commented upon was the need to provide full power. One member who has an engineering background volunteered to help come up with the logistics of designing a power grid that would be supported by portable generators.

Let's be honest. We know enough about heat alerts in St. Louis and its effect on elderly folks that you can't continue to take seniors and put them in these kind of temperatures. Personally I wouldn't tolerate it and I will not attend an International and stay on the official grounds unless electric is present. If I do go it will probably be like most of the members in our unit who stay in private campgrounds in the area.

I would like to see the International folks do a study as to what the cost would be to provide enough electical service to run A/C units.

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Old 06-27-2003, 09:09 AM   #25
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most rallys they have a "cant do with out my generator area" . dont know if they have it layed out that way this year . i think the rally would cost too much with full power. that is probably the mind set on power. the sixt region rally is a limited power rally. and it is going to be held in chattanoga tn . hot days cool nights.
with all the activities going on during the day, most folks arent in their coaches. dont know why anyone would want to go to the trouble to go to a rally and stay in their coaches, but i see that all the time. vermont should be great only wish i could get away from alabama and attend. wife still works and that is a big obsticle to getting ten or twelve days free. lol
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From what I heard there is a generator area for those equipped.

It may be too expensive but one of our folks with experience in this area feels it could be done at a reasonable cost. I would pay the additional $$. I think a good start would be to do a test area at a future International where generated power was available. Those who would pay the additional fee could be in this area. I bet you it would fill as soon as reservations were permitted.

Last report I saw from a person up there, it was 102 in their trailer. Supposedly it is going to cool down in the next day or two.

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with all the activities going on during the day, most folks arent in their coaches. dont know why anyone would want to go to the trouble to go to a rally and stay in their coaches
Some of us have pets in the trailer. Some of us have asthma or other breathing problems, and need a break from heat and humidity. Some even need a nap in the middle of the day. Even if you don't have these problems, it can take a LONG time for the thermal mass of the trailer and stuff in it to cool down.

We will specify on every rally application that we need either 30A power or a generator-allowed site for several of these reasons.
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I wonder how they made do on those caravans in Africa, that Wally led? I have seen pictures with all vents and windows wide open. It still had to be close to 100 in there! I think I would have ended up sleeping outside under the stars!
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old people like the heat!

reminds me of a Seinfeld bit, poking fun at the "retirement" generation...something like "...these people *live* to come down here, sit in the heat, pretend its not hot, and ENFORCE THESE RULES!!!"

I love the "greatest generation". I really do. but they have their quirks. (all "endearing", of course!).
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International Rally aerial photo

I have attached an aerial photo of the parking at the International rally in Vermont. The inset photo in the lower left is a picture of the offsite, "overflow" parking. Note, this is not a complete picture of all the parking. The "generator" section is missing and was located to the right of the Airstream tent in the upper right-hand corner of the photo.

My location was five trailers to the left of the long red barn in the lower right of the large photo. My trailer is easy to pick out because it is the only 19' trailer in the row! The section I'm in is actually on private property and was opened up after the official offsite "overflow" parking area was filled up. I guess you might say I was located in the overflow, overflow parking area!

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I thought I saw a thread a couple of months ago which addressed thoughts AFTER the International rally. I would have posted this photo there but, after two fruitless searches, I couldn't find the thread!
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