Rally on! I feel like the wagon master in the old westerns on TV. Since the last publication of the Legacy magazine I have been to four rallies – two of which were NKK. It was great seeing old friends, swapping lies, and just as important getting together with old and new Newmarians.
I had a great time at the Virginia Wheels 30th Anniversary Rally at the Luray Caverns KOA. We had 22 coaches which included a bunch of new members. It is so refreshing to see new members join the chapter and have a great time at the rally. Most of the new members were really looking forward to the International and Virginia State Rally. They have the rally bug like we all do and that is a good thing. A big thanks to Danny & Jeanette Templeton and Doug & Mary Bywaters for hosting the rally. Of course, we had some great food which included one meal from a food truck which appears to be a great way to go. As a result, I am investigating providing one dinner from a food truck. The food was excellent, and we enjoyed a variety of games to finish off the nights.
The next big rally was the International Rally at Lewisburg, West Virginia. Boy was that a great rally. If you came to the parts store, I was most likely there. I enjoy seeing and talking to our fellow Newmarians from all over the country. Virginia was in a three- way tie for 2nd place with the most members attending the International Rally. Virginia tends to have a great showing at International Rallies which shows how much we Virginia Wheels enjoy rallying. On opening night Mike & Jax Quinn carried the Virginia State Flag in the procession. The Virginia Wheels has been a chapter for 30 years, and there were a number of chapters that had been established for 35 years. This shows just how happy we all are with the Newmar product and most especially with the Newmar Kountry Klub.
There were a ton of seminars to attend and of course it was a great time to get the Newmar Techs to come to your coach to address that “honey do list” around the coach. I know I had a list of several things that they came out and fixed. Just so you know, Newmar sent out 54 techs and 24 other employees to support this rally. That is a huge investment in Newmar owners, and we all appreciate it and the support provided. We also had a variety of vendors at the rally. I was able to get ITR (Oasis) tech to come out and check out my Oasis system. Sure enough he replaced a pump, and I bought a spare just in case. Now the Oasis works like a champ, and I have a reminder in my phone calendar at the first of each month to run the Oasis heater for a bit to keep it working right. I also had my black and gray tanks – hmmm is it gray or grey – cleaned in an effort to see if my tanks sensor would work better. It fixed the black tanks sensors, but the gray still is not right. Guess that will be a trip to Newmar in the future to fix the gray sensors and check the rollers on the big slide. I also had my MCD shades behind the chairs looked at. As it turns out one had wrapped around itself and the other lost its settings. The MCD tech fixed both at no charge. Pretty good all-in-all. As a way of thanks, I gave each of the MCD techs a signed copy of my book “RV Primer – How to Start and Enjoy RVing.”
I was able to fly my drone and took some really great pictures of the parking crew getting the coaches parked. Well as luck would have it a fence “jumped out” and hit my drone. It went down and one of the boards was damaged. I sent it back, and they sent me a new one. I was not able to take any more rally pictures. I will be taking pictures at future rallies.
Finally, I would like to thank Ron & Wanda Llewellyn, the Region Directors, the State Directors, and all the volunteers for their efforts to make this rally a very successful and enjoyable rally. I know efforts are underway to plan and make sure the next International Rally at Rock Springs, Wyoming will be a great rally.
As I was loading up the Prius on the trailer to depart, I slammed my finger in the car door. I remember as a kid my dad did this once and I could not help but laugh – yeah young and stupid. He told me one day I too would do that and when it happened remember him. Well, I do remember thinking just how stupid do you think I am. Well pretty stupid and right you were dad – I still remember what you told me “The older I got the smarter he would get,” and he continues to get smarter and smarter.
As this is written the Virginia State Rally at the Americamps RV Resort in Ashland, Virginia, September 29-October 2 is just around the corner. I continue to drill down on the details, and I am looking forward to a meal of renowned BBQ from King Barbecue, attending the Virginia State Fair which is just 12 miles down the road, and maybe a food truck for one of the meals. Of course, we will be holding games to include the famous “Name the TV Show” to win the much coveted “TV Dog” award. In past years the highest score was 14 out of 20 when I gave everyone one answer up front. Marcy always said I made this game too hard, but I told her being a TV Dog requires a lot of effort and to win this award you have to work for it. As the head TV Dog, I will focus the questions on 1990 TV Shows and if the game is too hard – boo hoo, yes that is a challenge – I will pass out a multiple choice sheet if needed. We will also be doing card bingo and a couple of other games time allowing. I have already purchased a number of door prizes. My goal is to have every attendee get a door prize. I am working on the arrival “goodies bags” to fill them with “booty.”
Also do not forget the Region Five Rally in Dillard, Georgia. It will be held October 12-17. I will be there and hope to see you there.
Oh well guess that is it for now. To all my fellow Newmarians, travel safe, and I hope to see you soon. Rally On!!!!! Safe travels to all and Happy RVing.
I can be reached at beagleRV@gmail.com or 540-809-9830.
Michael Vreeland (20733)
Virginia State Director