Michael Vreeland (20733)
Virginia State Director
Hello, my fellow Newmarians – time again to provide updates on the life and times of Rving in a Newmar. After the Tampa SuperShow I was back to Rving and changing campgrounds every two weeks. One of the good things about coming to Florida for the winter is the local NKK chapter’s rallies – a lot. I attended the Sea Turtle rally at Southern Palms late February. I was able to schedule my two weeks at the RV campground overlapping the rally, so all went well. I had a great time, and it is always good to see my fellow Sea Turtles enjoying meals, swapping lies, and kicking back. Unfortunately, my Sat Dish was still suffering from the dreaded “supply chain issues” but I was able to get my Sat Dish to work so all was good till the next time I move.
In March I had an AC issue with the front AC unit. The fun never ends apparently. It needed to be replaced, and I could already hear “supply chain issues” but to my surprise, my tech found one. Whoopee – I did have to deal with some warmer than I like temps in the front for a couple hours in the afternoon. When I say warmer, I mean it was 72 – 74 which I know some of you say that is what my AC is set on normally. So, to be clear, if you walk into my RV and cannot see your breath, then I need to drop temp a couple degrees. Marcy used to walk around dressed like Nanook of the North while I was in shorts and tank top. I usually set the temp at 67 front and 68 back. I only had to deal with this for about two weeks, but now I am back to hanging meat in the front – again. Just a note, still no replacement Sat Dish.
Late March I attended the Sea Turtles 20th Anniversary Rally. It was great as usual; we all had a great time, and I held the world-famous Name the TV Show game. I announced you cannot use your phone to get answers several times, and sure enough, I caught one person using their phone. I properly chastised him several times about this. After that no problem. At the Virginia State Rally, I usually split folks up into six couple teams, but this time it was about ten couples. The Virginia State Attendees routinely get 12-13 correct, but the Sea Turtles highest score was 10, even with bigger teams. Not sure the significance of this, but makes you wonder.
Currently it is mid-April. I finally found a Traveler Pro Sat Dish at Independence RV – yeah and as it turns out they have a bunch, so if you know someone who needs one, this is the place to go. As I take a look at a couple of the groups I follow, I have seen several posts from folks who went back North late March, and they are dealing with cold weather and snow. I am not leaving Florida till May 1st when I head to the Tri-State Rally in Alabama. After that I am heading to the Virginia Wheels Rally scheduled for May 12-16 at the American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a really nice park and there is a lot to do in the area.
After that rally I head to my home base – Americamps RV Resort in Ashland, Virginia – and will be doing the final touches for the 2022 Virginia State Rally being held at Tall Pines Harbor RV Campground (352-345-7379) in Temperanceville, Virginia (they call this area the eastern shore) from June 1-5. On Saturday night (June 4th) the 6th Annual Bluegrass Festival will be held at the park. I have a company that will be doing RV weighing for $60, but you need to register for weighing on Sunday departure date. They will also be doing a Fire Safety lecture. I am still researching a boat tour of the local area on Friday (June 3rd). That is a lot in a short amount of time, so we will see how things work out. We have plenty of room for others. Currently we have 10 coaches registered. So if you would like to come to this rally, registration at the NKK Website ends April 30th. After that date you can call me directly, and I will be happy to get you signed up. The rally fee is $135 per person. So if you decide to go to the Virginia Wheels Rally and then the Virginia State Rally, that is a lot of fun packed into 3 weeks – so come have some fun with us Wheelers.
To all my fellow Newmarians, I hope to see you soon. Rally On!!!!! Safe travels to all and Happy RVing.
We can be reached at beagleRV@gmail.com or 540-809-9830.