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2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« on: December 03, 2009, 11:05:05 AM »
Who's going from this forum?  

We are thinking of attending, and wondered if there are other RVForum.net members going.  :)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 11:42:15 AM »
We're planning on attending. It'll depend on where we are in March.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 02:16:09 PM »
Betty & I are signed up.... Working on getting Russ M. to go.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 02:19:53 PM »
Since we have never attended a rally due to both of us having full time jobs, I have a question about the parking.  Is it better to ask for the electric sites, or the generator sites ok?  We don't have a problem running our generator (with the genturi attached), but do others run their generators with a genturi?

Ok...that was two questions.... ;)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 02:44:22 PM »
If it's like the Good Sam rally in Albuquerque, you're actually parked on the balloon field with the electric area next to the generator area and they get their electric from great big generators (and they charged an extra $30 a day - yes, a day - for their electric). There were some regular hookup sites but those were for the VIPs. We stayed in the generator area and it was ok. Some ran their gens until 11 on the dot and fired them up at 7 am on the dot. We usually just ran ours at night for an hour or so while we watched TV. Most people ran them for an hour in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening.

Generator vs. Electric vs. No Generator area - Depends on how much generators running bothers you. At the FMCA rally in Indio, we were next to a guy who ran his ALL DAY and his exhaust blew right in our door. We were wishing we were parked somewhere else. But it was cloudy so our solar panels would have been useless in the no generator area. And it wasn't the generator noise so much as the exhaust that bothered me. Last year in Indio, we were in the no hookup handicapped area and it wasn't bad at all. This year, we're going into the regular area and pay for electric - last year it was only $30 for the whole stay.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 05:14:05 PM »
Sheila and I are attending

We will be in the gen area. We pipe up our exhaust - genturi.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 07:49:10 PM »
All parking at Albuquerque will be at the balloon grounds. There will be generator, no generator and electric parking. IIRC, electric is about $180 more. Generator hours are usually 7AM to 11PM. Genturi is not required. Entertainment will be at the balloon grounds rather that at the Fairgrounds where all the vendors and seminars will take place. We'll be there, probably in generator. Your choice depends on whether you feel the advantage of having 24 hour electric is worth the premium.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 07:56:29 PM »
It's kind of a pain taking the bus back and forth between the Balloon field and the fairgrounds especially the first day at the Good Sam Rally when they didn't have enough buses. Hopefully, FMCA learned from GS's mistakes. FWIW, there was plenty of parking at the fairgrounds for those who chose to drive themselves.

Also, to protect the grass at the Balloon Field, they require pads of a certain size under your jacks.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2009, 08:58:03 PM »
. . . and be prepared for wind! That's the beginning of our windy season in NM.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you!
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2009, 11:42:46 AM »
It's kind of a pain taking the bus back and forth between the Balloon field and the fairgrounds especially the first day at the Good Sam Rally when they didn't have enough buses. Hopefully, FMCA learned from GS's mistakes.

Wendy

That is why the evening entertainment was moved to the Balloon Field, to avoid the bus trips back and forth. I believe that the number of buses will be increased as well.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009, 11:49:21 AM »
Wendy, 

This is FMCA's second time at Albuquerque. They should have the busses arranged ok.

GS often follows FMCA to a site. FMCA has been staging large rallies for far longer than GS.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009, 02:52:40 PM »
Thanks guys. I didn't know FMCA had been at Abq before but I was sure they'd take good care of everyone. But I still prefer not having to travel between the RV and the seminar area.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 03:08:06 PM »
We were at the last FMCA convention in ABQ in 2004.  The buses worked OK for getting to the fairgrounds from the Fiesta parking areas, but it wasn't as convenient as Pomona.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2009, 11:31:50 AM »
Is there anything planned for an RVForum get together there?   :)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2009, 12:04:58 PM »
I'm very willing to host a pre-rally gathering at Gabriel's, if anyone is interested. I've other great  sites for any size group in Q, Los Lunas, Bosque Farm and Belén

Is anyone going to be early for a pr-rally?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2009, 01:49:12 PM »
We are planning on attending FMCA-ABQ (Marlene is scheduled for a couple of craft seminars) and don't have anything planned beforehand. Bob, we'll leave it up to you and we'll try and attend.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2009, 02:58:32 PM »
Any preference on location for the dinner?

Gabriel's has their nationally famous guacamole thanks to the framily and it's a 65 mile drive from downtown Abq. I do know some good restaurants in Q and a little south.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2009, 03:44:25 PM »
Hi Bob,

We will also  attend the FMCA Rally in Albuquerque as it is Terry's turn to  plan what we do all year. ::)

We can make a plan when we see you in Quartzsite in January, OK?

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2009, 03:54:44 PM »
Sounds great to me! :-)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2009, 04:24:07 PM »
We think the rally would be a good first camping experience for us. It's only 6 hours from home, too.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2009, 04:25:40 PM »
How many RVs would be expected at this rally?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2009, 05:35:50 PM »
How many RVs would be expected at this rally?

Based on timing, location and past attendance, I'd venture to say about 2,200.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2009, 05:36:57 PM »
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Put a pre-ABQ on the QZ agenda  ;D ;D
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2009, 07:08:40 PM »
The Abq FMCA rally will be on our way home so we could easily do a pre-rally rally or even a post-rally rally.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2009, 10:15:03 PM »
We have a B van. So would we be able to come and go as we wish, or would we be stuck in our spot?
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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2009, 06:42:31 AM »
We have a B van. So would we be able to come and go as we wish, or would we be stuck in our spot?

I've usually seen the Roadies parked together and getting in and out seemed OK.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2009, 04:35:31 PM »
We've registered. Electric. Looking forward to meeting, greeting, eating, learning.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2010, 12:57:57 PM »
Anyone else from here going?  8)
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« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2010, 01:07:55 PM »
There have been a few responses to your original post. We are going, the Brewers are going, I believe the Lawrences are going, and I believe others as well. Bob Maxwell has indicated hosting a pre-rally dinner at Garbriel's on Sunday nite.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2010, 01:12:36 PM »
We would like to attend a RVForum get together if there is one!   :)  By the posts, it was going to be discussed at the QZ rally I think.  So we would meet at Garbriel's?  Are non-"Framily" members invited?   ;)
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« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2010, 03:00:24 PM »
Mark & Teresa

We would like to attend a RVForum get together if there is one!   :)  By the posts, it was going to be discussed at the QZ rally I think. 

I wasn't at the QZ rally when it was discussed, but I was informed that it was discussed.

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So we would meet at Garbriel's?  Are non-"Framily" members invited?   ;)

All Forumites are Framily (aside: that's why the moderators work so hard keeping the discussions civil ;D ;D ). Of course you are invited. I am sure Bob will be posting more info as the rally gets closer. Keep monitoring this thread.

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« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2010, 08:31:20 PM »
We would like to attend a RVForum get together if there is one!   :)  By the posts, it was going to be discussed at the QZ rally I think.  So we would meet at Garbriel's?  Are non-"Framily" members invited?   ;)

Mark and Teresa, You're here, on the Forum, so you're Framily and of course you're invited.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2010, 10:13:32 PM »
We plan on being there. Bob maybe something closer to Q would make it easier.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2010, 10:19:14 PM »
Actually Jeff,

When Bob and I met with calendar in hand during a wet rainy Quartzsite afternoon,   we looked at Thursday 3/18 or 3/19 as possible Gabrielle dinner.  Most come in early to the FMCA Rally.  Bob was going to contact Gabrielles to see  which night might work better.  I'm sure he will see this message and chime in.

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« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2010, 10:35:46 PM »
Betty:

We have credentials to enter Saturday AM which I thought was the earliest entry so we will probably plan on arriving sometime Friday to join up with the group. I suggested to Bob at the QZ pot luck that if we are all going to go in together we woud be parked by noon and would have Saturday afternoon and evening free to get together.

If Gabriel's is Bob's choice that is fine.
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« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2010, 09:16:52 AM »
Betty,

We are leaving HT Friday AM and should arrive at the holding area before 5PM on Friday the 19th. Our entry date is also for Saturday AM.

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« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2010, 09:45:12 AM »
Friends of the framily are always welcome --why when Bob Buchanan arrived at the  current Tyson Wash QZ Rally site there were two rigs already present, one an early framily arrival and a 5w parked at the fire pit-gathering location.

Thanks to Bob's friendly exchanges and that of the other framily member, we had a new addition to the framily before more members arrived! ;D
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« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2010, 04:41:05 PM »
OK folks a phone call today  prompted me to get details from hubby.  (It is his turn to make the  plans for the year.)
We will leave Yuma on Friday March 19 and spend the night in Meteror Crater Campground.  It  is a Passport America  Park with easy pull through access. It is 35 miles east of Flagstaff on Interstate  40.  Phone 1 800 478-4002. They have a Mexican Restaurant in the Clubhouse.

 In the morning we will drive the additional 290 miles into  Albuquerque for a 3/20 Saturday afternoon  arrival in  the generator section.
This breaks up the drive into Albuquerque from  Western AZ.  So now you know where we will be .  Join us if you like.

 Sorry Bob, I did not know we would not be there on Friday for your pre-rally festivities but  there are lots of days so I'm sure we can get something going.  Wonder if there is anything scheduled on Sunday  night? 

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« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2010, 10:14:18 PM »
I have an appointment at the Abq VA on 3/17 so we will probably arrive on 3/16 and stay somewhere near there then maybe to the Belen WalMart or up to Sandia Casino. Entry into the balloon grounds on Saturday.
 
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« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2010, 11:06:08 PM »
Sunday night is Gabriel's. 5.30 happy hr, 6.30 dinner --it's in this thread somewhere.

I just had an angiography and the results show positive and I may be a candidate for a bypass. . . ;) Leota drove me here after coming up from Socorro, picking me up waiting for results .

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« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2010, 11:09:32 PM »
Bob:

Hope everything works out well, our prayers will be with you.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #41 on: February 13, 2010, 05:35:20 AM »
We're confused by the pricing on the FMCA websitie.  Do those prices include parking for each day of the convention or are they just fees to get into the seminars, etc?  Can you just go there and pay for parking and not attend the meetings?  We'd like to meet everyone but don't want to spend several hundred dollars each day.
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« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2010, 09:03:18 AM »
Mike and Shirley,

The FMCA   price includes your coach for all of the days.  If you register before  3/1 and don't need electric it is $144.  If you don't drive and park your coach you get a passport for  $134 and you walk into events and exhibits daily.
Get details here. http://www.fmca.com/index.php/conventions/albuquerque/2815-family-registration

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« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2010, 10:41:41 AM »
I just had an angiography and the results show positive and I may be a candidate for a bypass. . . ;) Leota drove me here after coming up from Socorro, picking me up waiting for results .

Bob, our first concern is your health. Whatever your diagnoses and treatments are, we just want you to be healthy. If your medical needs affect the ABQ get-togethers so be it, but hopefully you'll be able to host the Belen and Gabriel events. We missed seeing you at QZ.

We have our ABQ confirmation for a Saturday (AM?) entry. Thinking about staying in the Belen area on Friday for the get-together and then caravaning in to the Balloon grounds (generator) Saturday morning with any others with similar plans. What say you?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2010, 10:53:01 AM »
We're confused by the pricing on the FMCA websitie.  Do those prices include parking for each day of the convention or are they just fees to get into the seminars, etc?  Can you just go there and pay for parking and not attend the meetings?  We'd like to meet everyone but don't want to spend several hundred dollars each day.

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As Betty said, the FMCA Convention fee is $144 for generator parking. This gives you coach parking (boondocking) on the Balloon Field for the duration of the event and admission to all seminars, entertainment and other activities. The Passport option is a duration of convention fee, you park your coach elsewhere and drive your car to the rally and you have admission to the daily seminars, entertainment and other activities.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #45 on: February 13, 2010, 12:26:37 PM »
Oh thank you!  That really gives us all the information we need to decide to go.  See ya'll there.
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« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2010, 09:32:18 PM »
Mike and I are in Abq at Sandia Casino. After my VA appointment this morning, once the pupil dilation wore off, we drove around and looked at the ways into the balloon grounds. Following the FMCA's instructions for "Families with day of admittance credentials," we plan on being at the corner of San Mateo and Balloon Fiesta Pky on Saturday afternoon waiting for the group coming in from the west. Anyone want to join us there to wait, the coordinates are N35 11.953 W106 35.187. Or you could come by the casino and join us and a bunch of other RVs in their parking lot ahead of time.
 
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« Reply #47 on: March 18, 2010, 10:25:27 AM »
We arrived yesterday afternoon at Enchanted Trails RV Park 9 miles west on I-40 x149. Its a PA park, but seems sold out now. We are planning on driving down to Belen on Friday and our entry to the Festival Grounds is Saturday morning. Give us a call if you want to get together today or car pool down to Belen tomorrow. Anyone entering Saturday morning should also let us know, we can meet in the holding area.
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« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2010, 11:59:42 AM »
Are you parking with the peasants this time? You cold wait until Saturday afternoon and go in with the rest of us.
 
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« Reply #49 on: March 18, 2010, 05:57:25 PM »
Isletta Lakes RV across from the Casino had lots of empty spaces yesterday.

The Belen Wal*Mart has no RV's. . .yet.
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« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2010, 06:48:57 PM »
Bernie:


The Brewers, Kuchs, and Cousins are the group Wendy is talking about joining up with. We plan to be there between 2:00-3:00PM and all are staying in Generator parking.

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« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2010, 08:32:39 PM »
We stopped by the rally site this afternoon and picked up our credentials. In spite of what I was told, we have Saturday afternoon entry. We've rearranged our schedule and will await the latecomers to enter. Instead of parking on the street waiting to hook up, maybe we should meet up in the holding area. It seems large enough for the number of coaches scheduled and is off the street.

Wendy, we've always parked where the parkers put us, just call me peasant Bernie ;D ;D

Jeff, we are also generator and I assume Wendy and Mike are also, so we can all park together.
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« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2010, 08:38:48 PM »
Holding area works for us. Or the coords I posted are actually on a side street off Balloon Fiesta Pky. But we'll meet up wherever everyone else wants to meet up. We're peasants and aren't particular :)
 
Bernie - any exciting touristy things happening tomorrow? Not too exciting, we did a 4-mile hike today straight up the side of the Sandia Mountains and are totally crapped out.
 
Bob - Any update on the Friday night event in Belen? What time do we meet at the restaurant or is there something happening beforehand?
 
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« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2010, 09:42:04 PM »
Bernie:

Here is what's planned:

We are stopping at Flying J to top off. When we leave there I will call Mike and Wendy who will be at the casino (10 minutes from the rendezvous site). At that point they are planning on going out to wait on the standard route into the Balloon Park (without a detour to the holding area). We will keep them appraised of our progress so we all meet up and proceed into the park.

I don't know if you have read the directions to the holding are but it seems to be a round about route into the park. Our thoughts were that whoever wants to park with us who arrive early can join Mike and Wendy and proceed as a group to join up.

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« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2010, 09:59:51 PM »
Holding area works for us. Or the coords I posted are actually on a side street off Balloon Fiesta Pky. But we'll meet up wherever everyone else wants to meet up. We're peasants and aren't particular :)


Personally, I think the holding area is best for meeting up. As we talked, meet you there around 1PM

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Bernie - any exciting touristy things happening tomorrow? Not too exciting, we did a 4-mile hike today straight up the side of the Sandia Mountains and are totally crapped out.

Today we went looking for product and displays for Marlene's projects. Tomorrow we'll do a circle tour of the Salinas Pueblo Monument on the way to Belen.

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Bob - Any update on the Friday night event in Belen? What time do we meet at the restaurant or is there something happening beforehand?

Just talked to Bob. There won't be any Virtual Campfire and we'll be meeting at Harla Mays at 5:30PM, an hour earlier.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #55 on: March 18, 2010, 10:25:32 PM »

We are stopping at Flying J to top off. When we leave there I will call Mike and Wendy who will be at the casino (10 minutes from the rendezvous site). At that point they are planning on going out to wait on the standard route into the Balloon Park (without a detour to the holding area). We will keep them appraised of our progress so we all meet up and proceed into the park.

I don't know if you have read the directions to the holding are but it seems to be a round about route into the park. Our thoughts were that whoever wants to park with us who arrive early can join Mike and Wendy and proceed as a group to join up.

See you all Saturday.

Jeff

The route from the casino to the holding area is the same as described in the directions. Not sure what you mean by the standard route. The only alternatives are exiting I-25 at Alemeda and turning west on San Mateo or the printed directions that bring you in on San Mateo from the opposite direction. We drove our car over both routes today and the printed directions effectively are about the same as the alternative. Not enough difference to get excited about, but there will be traffic control and assistance on the printed route.

The route to the holding area takes you right  to the entry gate, you drive right by it. By meeting in the holding area, we can be sure that the parkers keep us together going in. The last I talked with Mike and Wendy, we were going to meet in the holding area and wait for you there.
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« Reply #56 on: March 18, 2010, 10:44:03 PM »
Front Ranger, you've been family since your first post! Do come, see you there! Sun Eve, 5.30

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #57 on: March 19, 2010, 05:35:43 PM »
Bob!  Thanks so much for the followup on our visit!  AND thanks for setting up a pre-rally dinner! 

My wife (school counselor) recently had an accident at her school where she fell and broke her ankle, and that pretty much put an end to our FIRST rally this year.   :(  Also, the weather has been bad, and there would be no way for us to "dig out"our motorhome from the snow where we live.  We have unfortunately cancelled our FMCA Rally reservations, and will take Spring Break here in the Rockies watching it snow.

I've enjoyed your posts on Facebook, and we still look forward to meeting you sometime!  :)
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« Reply #58 on: March 19, 2010, 05:44:17 PM »
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Been there, done that, not fun!  Only thing is mine was a broken elbow and we had almost arrived at the rally site.  So we spent four months in Oregon instead of the Maritimes and Newfoundland which was our original destination.  It's easier when you're at home but never a fun thing to have happen.  I hope your wife's isn't a seriously bad break and that it heals well.  Tell her I said to be sure to do what the doctor says, especially the therapy.  I was lucky to meet someone who also had broken his elbow and got tired of doing therapy so quit it.  The end result was that he could barely reach a shaver to his face.  When I saw his arm, I vowed I would never quit therapy.  I continued it for an entire year and it's probably 98 percent of the original.  As you might guess, I tell everyone to do their therapy because they won't regret it but they might regret not doing it!

I'm sorry your first trip got canceled, but now you have something to look forward to when the weather and wife both get better!  ;)

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #59 on: March 19, 2010, 05:52:21 PM »
Ardra, thanks so much for the very kind and thoughtful reply!  :) 

We thought we could "try" the Rally (our very first rally), but the walking would do her in as she has just now graduated to a "walking boot" type cast.  It's just not easy to get around, and she gets tired very easy.  We decided it would be best for her to get rest on her School's Spring Break.   

Thanks for the heads up on the Therapy.....you're the second one to tell us to make sure you follow through with good therapy.  She intends on therapy, as Workmen's Comp. is providing it.
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« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2010, 06:15:28 PM »
You're very welcome.  That's what we're here for - to help one another. I think you made the right decision.  I was able to attend our rally, but even with the elbow it was not easy, so I'm sure an ankle would be much more difficult.  Besides, that's probably more walking than the doctor would want her to do.  Just cooling it sounds a whole lot better.  As to the therapy, I did the "required" therapy with the therapist, but then devised others once we got home.  Every morning in the hot shower water I'd do a couple of routines to straighten and strengthen the arm.  That's where the year-long therapy came in.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2010, 08:58:42 PM »
Mark and Theresa,

I am disappointed to not get the opportunity to meet you in person in New Mexico, but getting well is the ticket to a next time meeting and  walking around with a broken ankle would not be so very much fun at a rally.

We had a pre rally luncheon on our way to Albuquerque today.  Terry and I left Yuma at  7 am and 8 of us  dined at The Hideaway Restaurant  in Camp Verde with Don and Peg.   Jeff and Sue and Ken and Sheila joined us a few minutes later in their motorhomes. We three couples   are  spending the night in Meteror Crater and will brave these high  winds overnight.  It's supposed to get to 25 tonight so we have all pulled in the water hoses.  We plan to leave this campground at the crack of dawn ( literally) for the  294 or so more miles to go.   We'll top off at Flying J tomorrow and meet up with Framily as planned.  It's gonna be so much fun.

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« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2010, 10:43:40 PM »
Mark and Theresa, Sorry you won't be able to join the group at the rally here in Albuquerque. We were looking forward to meeting you. I'm not surprised you'd have to dig out the motorhome. IIRC you're somewhere around Woodland Park? Brrr. If it makes you feel any better, it's 39 here in Albuquerque on the way to a low around 27 and we got snowed on on the way back from the dinner at Harla May's in Belen. Had a great time eating and chatting but I was a nervous wreck on the way back up I-25 with the snow flying and the wind blowing. There were even signs saying that I-40 was closed east of Moriarty (a bit east of Abq) because of weather. Fortunately, it's supposed to be gone by tomorrow...oh, wait, those are the same guys saying that who said the snow would stay above 6000 feet. :)
 
For the eastbound group headed this way, Dobrins are moving over to the casino tomorrow and there'll be 3 rigs sitting here waiting. Someone call us from Flying J and we'll be ready to go. Then if you can call us from Alameda (exit 2 miles from Tramway), we'll head out and we can meet at the parking area at the entrance. That's following the directions for attendees with credentials which is a straight shot up Balloon Fiesta Parkway. We can bypass the holding area because we all have our credentials. This is our final decision !! Unless we get a foot of snow tonight (just kidding).
 
Safe travels eastbound Framily. Mark and Theresa, stay warm and heal up !
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« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2010, 10:44:32 PM »
Oops, I bet you're gonna want pictures from Harla Mays, too, aren't ya?
 
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« Reply #65 on: March 20, 2010, 12:48:28 PM »
The Harla May's pictures are stuck in my organic hard drive. . .but I'll always have them! By Sunday noon this wet snow will be gone from the lower elevations. See you in Santa Fe.

Mark and Theresa, I know we'll cross trails eventually and you made a wise choice! Besides, someone has to keep an eye on that yahoo Sprinter group while while I'm playing with framily!
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« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2010, 03:48:41 PM »
Six coaches have arrived at the Fiesta Balloon Park under partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 40's.

We'll start the photos later with ID.

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« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2010, 05:29:41 PM »
I love the sight of Sandhill Ceane or Snow Gueese flying south to Bosque del Apache. I ve seen the swallows return to Capistrono, another glorious sight.

I had the same feeling today driving I-25 south to Socorro and seeing all the motorhomes heading north to the FMCA Winter Rally in Albuquerque --Glorious!!!

Can't wait tio catch up with the three couples that just arrived. I'm sure Wendy will catch you up to date.
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« Reply #68 on: March 20, 2010, 08:03:52 PM »
Six coaches have arrived at the Fiesta Balloon Park under partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 40's.

To  really appreciate Jeff's statement, you must know that 3 of us left Meteror Crater RV Park at o' dark  thirty this morning (6:15  am AZ time ).  At 9 am we got a call from friends  watching the news about the closures on  I 40 east and I 25 north.  Winds and snow and black ice were concerns.  We trudged east ward through some light snow flurries and  stopped for fuel earlier than we had planned as the Flying J closest to Albuquerque was full and a  a zoo (according to the lady I called. )

We stopped at exit 108 at Dancing Eagle Casino and Travel Center .  Terry and Betty and Jeff and Sue got diesel fuel but Ken and Sheila with their  new 2009  rig require  the new diesel fuel and this station did not carry it , so they trudged  eastward to  exit 140 where they called ahead and were assured of a fill up to meet  their needs.  We followed slowly and caught them in the parking lot as they exited.   Now we phoned Wendy and her group of 3  at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque.  We let Wendy know we would call her when we passed Alameda exit so they could high tail it to the  destination and meet us.  We did so.  When we arrived at the  FMCA parking area the guys really wanted to accommodate us,  meeting us  with our three  rigs and their 3 but we had to know where they were.  I got Wendy on the cell phone and began calling out streets we were on.  Nothing familiar......  Decided close enough would work. Turns out they were right behind us with but one  RV in between our parties.

 Terry said it was like a precision execution of  Rommel. All 6 of the RV Forum Framily who kept in touch is now parked in a row.   We had happy hour tonight at 4:30.  Some went to dinner and we  are cooking in .  Temps read 42 but it feels very cold especially when sun goes under cloud.  Jeff took a photo to make us real but he went to dinner so it may be later to see it.  I love FMCA rallies.

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« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2010, 09:57:49 PM »
Springtime in the Rockies ! We woke up this morning to 2 inches of lovely fresh snow. Took one look outside and went back to bed. Gordon didn't even want to go out until after 9 when it was mostly melting off. But as Betty and Jeff said, we all made it here and are nicely aligned on the balloon launch field. I knew everything would work out because on Thursday, I got a fortune cookie that said "You will soon be enjoying the company of good friends".
 
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« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2010, 10:23:53 PM »
As I posted in the other thread, we're wimping out at the Santa Fe La Quinta. We will be parked with other Roadtreks. Plan to arrive sometime Sunday, possibly after the health deform vote goes down.

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« Reply #71 on: March 20, 2010, 10:26:37 PM »
If you're with the Roadtreks, then you'll be at the fairgrounds, about 10 miles from the balloon grounds. Maybe you could make your way up here for Happy Hour? No HH tomorrow since we're going to Gabriel's but we'll be happy here on Monday at 4:30, look for the yellow VW in Lot NN, 5th Street.
 
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« Reply #72 on: March 20, 2010, 10:44:56 PM »
To make this an official rally here is a photo of the hardy Forum souls acting as though 50 degrees is comfortable.

Attendees: Sheila Kuch, Terry Brewer, Betty Brewer, Sue Cousins, Lou? ( a friend of the Dobrins from AZ), Bernie Dobrin, Mike Lawrence, Ken Kuch, Wendy Lawrence, Raymonda Lane,  Bill Lane
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« Reply #73 on: March 20, 2010, 11:37:27 PM »
It's no relief to you in ABQ but tonight, 130 miles north of you, in Taos it is supposed to be 2deg F tonight... of course where we are, that means below zero, even though yesterday it was 61deg F during the day. Big swing.  Welcome to NM!
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« Reply #74 on: March 21, 2010, 02:05:43 PM »
After looking at the photo - are you sure you aren't all in Quartzsite?  ;)  Jackets, hoods, etc.  At least you have sunshine.  Enjoy the rally.

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« Reply #75 on: March 22, 2010, 12:17:09 AM »
If you're with the Roadtreks, then you'll be at the fairgrounds, about 10 miles from the balloon grounds. Maybe you could make your way up here for Happy Hour? No HH tomorrow since we're going to Gabriel's but we'll be happy here on Monday at 4:30, look for the yellow VW in Lot NN, 5th Street.
 
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We'll try to catch up with you later in the week. We're back in a Hampton Inn because we discovered electrical problems with the help of our new Roadie friends. The House batteries weren't charging. The battery separator may be malfunctioning. The house batteries look corroded. So tomorrow morning we'll be seeking a service call to check things out. It's what you get when you buy used. Probably minor problems, but after more than two hours of inspections and discussions, we decided better safe than sorry. Anyway, we sure had fun with our new Roadie friends and look forward to meeting you guys in person sooner than later.

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« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2010, 03:55:33 PM »
While in the after glow of an enjoyable evening at Gabriel's north of Santa Fe, on the way home I came down with a scratchy throat. I drove straight to the24 hr Walgreen Pharmacy in Los Lunas and now am on zinc lozenges fighting this head cold.

Wendy, I may not make it to see the displays if I cant kick this cold quickly. I am fighting to be able to go to New Orleans this Friday. Are you going to be driving this way again?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #77 on: March 22, 2010, 07:12:07 PM »
After looking at the photo - are you sure you aren't all in Quartzsite?  ;)  Jackets, hoods, etc.  At least you have sunshine.  Enjoy the rally.

It's not so cold that Terry had to give up the sandals.  ;D

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #78 on: March 22, 2010, 07:57:26 PM »
Wendy, we were looking forward to meeting you (and Bob M.) too!  If you ever come through the Colo.Springs area, PM me, and we would love to meet you for dinner sometime!  Thanks for the followup post!   :)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2010, 12:36:42 AM »
While in the after glow of an enjoyable evening at Gabriel's north of Santa Fe,

Do they still serve fresh guacamole?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2010, 09:21:05 AM »
Do they still serve fresh guacamole?

We had 3 bowls custom made; one regular, one without jalapenos, and one without cilantro. All very good but somewhat pricey.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #81 on: March 23, 2010, 09:49:10 AM »
We paid more for the showmanship --it's made fresh at the table.

Some pics may be in their way soon as there were a lot of cameras flashing as several staff members were CYAnnual Rally Pic Requirement on page 37, line 67.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #82 on: March 23, 2010, 07:24:26 PM »
The FMCA Roadtrek rally is living up to our expectations.

Some 60+ Roadies are camped in the Exp-Fairgrounds infield where we potluck and watch the horses work out in the mornings.

We ran into electrical problems on our recently purchased 2006 Roadtrek Adventurous RS. John Slaughter, a well-known Roadie brought over his Volt meter and diagnosed the problem. So I took the bus up to the famous FMCA service center. First, I hired Interstate Batteries to drive down and evaluate my batteries and clean or replace them. They said it would cost $30. A nice techie showed up at about 5. He tested the batteries, cleaned the terminals and said that while they needed a slow charge, they were fine. He said NO CHARGE. You know where I'll get my next batteries! The previous owner had replaced the original ones with NAPA batteries.

I also hired Blue Sky RV of Elkhart, Ind., to evaluate the battery separator, which John had flagged as a possible problem. They said the charge for the service call would be $105. Their tech, Steve Clark and another Blue Sky man made us the first call this morning. They found that the battery separator wasn't making full contact. It's installed on the engine, and the engine heat causes the contacts to corrode. They went back to their headquarters at the FMCA service center and discovered they had the part we needed. Later in the day, while we were touring the Roadtrek display, I got a call. They were at our "Addy," which was a 10-minute walk away. They installed the part. Total cost, $196. They recommended that I find a spare and carry it with us.

After that was done, we toured the exhibits and bought a nice, light aluminum step that has adjustable legs. $80. Now, I'm at a deli, eating fresh, hot apple pie.

Except for the weather, the show has been great fun. We're meeting great people and our RV is breaking us in pretty gently.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #83 on: March 23, 2010, 08:27:32 PM »
weather; just heard the forecast for tomorrow... another 12" of snow in northern NM... maybe rain in ABQ.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #84 on: March 24, 2010, 08:47:10 AM »
Terry reports we had  5/100 of an inch of rain last night.  It rained ust enough to make it wet enough to send Ken and Terry to get the car after last night's entrtainment. Nice to have our own personal valet parkers.  We really enjoyed The Pink Flamingo Express at the  Sandia CAsino last night.  They sang and danced  and had audience doing the same. The Sandia Casino is very nice and we are happy that FMCA tok the entertainment inside as opposed to the outside ampitheater as originally scheduled for last night's entertainment.

Terry and I  were cetainly impressed with the optional side trip we took to Trinity Site.  The guide was informative and to have that section of history come alive  for us us  was more than worthwhile.  Trinity is the site where the first  atomic bomb was tested in 1945.  The guide brought in all the details of the times and the information was interesting and will inspire us both to do further reading from his extensive list of  books to read.   The box lunch was served on the bus due to cold winds outside  but we had friendly folks on the bus and it was a wonderful day.

We are off today to seminars on Picassa, to see new rigs, to shop vendors and eat some more. Temp this morning at 7:45 am is 34 degrees.   I love FMCA Rallies.  BJ Thomas is the featured entertainment tonight.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #85 on: March 24, 2010, 09:11:12 AM »
Just a reminder that the Trinity site is open to the public, with free tours, 2 days a year; first Saturdays of April and October. We are planning on going again on April 3rd. If anyone cares to join us, let us know.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #86 on: March 24, 2010, 11:00:19 PM »
I experienced a weird thing today at the FMCA Rally and it was confirmed at tonight's entertainment.  This one day in Albuquerque held elements of all 4 seasons.  We could not believe it when we left our seminar at 11 AM with big white wet but fluffy snowfall.

Terry and I visited vendors, had lunch and visited a small but mighty group of RV Displays.  We admired the new designs in motorhomes and  vans.  It was a marked difference from International Rallies of the past.  The  closures of the many RV manufacturers sure showed up at this rally.  RV displays were fewer in number and lacked the big drama of  their debut.....Salesmen were friendly, attentive and certainly wanted to sell  us a new rig. 
The new rigs I viewed  that had my interest (if we won them in a lottery and money was no object ) in order were
1)Newell
2) Monaco
3) Tiffin
4) Winebago

BJ Thomas was  a hit tonight as the entertainer of the evening.  I knew all the words to all the songs but as in so many  Rallies some of the  old  folks left early.
Tomorrow I will take a cooking class at El Pinto Restaurant. I just love RV Rallies.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #87 on: March 24, 2010, 11:06:24 PM »
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as in so many  Rallies some of the  old  folks left early.

Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly rude when so many people get up in the middle of the entertainment and split. If you can't stay up past 8 pm, stay home.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #88 on: March 24, 2010, 11:20:00 PM »

Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly rude when so many people get up in the middle of the entertainment and split. If you can't stay up past 8 pm, stay home.

Wendy,

I agree 100%.  I find it rude  to leave any  entertainment mid stream.  The Casino at Sandia is a beautiful venue.  Good acoustics, perfect temperature, lost of bathrooms. This evenings' performance was moved from the Amphitheatre to this inside  room due to  weather.  It  had to  cost FMCA a bundle but  they  did not charge me a cent extra. 

I am also perturbed when folks think it is ok to  talk and visit with one another during a performance.  I gave dirty looks to those sitting behind us who talked and finally in the second song of BJ Thomas  they left.  Bottom line be courteous!!!!!

This rally has been wonderful

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #89 on: March 25, 2010, 08:46:32 AM »
Actually, Sandia volunteered the change in venue without extra cost to FMCA. It worked out well for all.

I have mixed emotions on early departures. When there is no admission fee, everyone shows up. Many people are clueless as to the type of entertainment to be presented and realize that they made a mistake in attending. The music can be too loud, the beat too fast, the material inappropriate or whatever, but they feel uncomfortable. It is interesting to compare the crowd movement at different types of performances. We have seen a very large exodus at some, barely a couple of departures at others and a lot in between . Depends on the performers and the performances.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #90 on: March 25, 2010, 12:17:01 PM »
If you don't know what the entertainment is going to be like and think you might need/want to leave, then sit in the back. And that's only the small group that leaves after the second song. The ones I find incredibly rude is that huge group that always leaves after an hour, like they have to get home and have their coffee before they go to bed at 9. I just hope that FMCA tells the entertainment that there will probably be a mass exodus after an hour and not to take it personally.
 
Betty, you were lucky...the chatty-Kathy group behind us didn't leave until they'd been there almost an hour. And in front of us there was a couple with 2 young children who were bored out of their gourds and were whispering and giggling and playing with their cellphones and fidgeting until grandma & grandpa finally took them out.
 
It'll be interesting to see what people do tonight with the Flying J group. This is one I'm really looking forward to.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #91 on: March 25, 2010, 04:23:05 PM »
Terry and Betty got me to go to see the Blue Man group in Vegas at a CC prerally a few yrs back. I enjoyed the performance...but had keep fingers in both ears most of the time. It sure was not string quartet acoustics!
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #92 on: March 25, 2010, 07:47:33 PM »
For those who got up early this morning and enjoyed temps in the 20s the sky was filled with balloons. Tonight there will be a balloon glow that I will add to this.

Added shots of tonight entertainment, the Flying J Wranglers and the Balloon Glow.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 10:01:38 PM by Jeff »

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #93 on: March 25, 2010, 10:25:26 PM »
Very cool pics, Jeff. Did you sneak into the entertainment tonight or did someone take those for you? Nice to know what the group looked like since we were sitting in the back and they weren't on a stage so we never did see what they looked like. We did, however, thoroughly enjoy the music.
 
And thus ends another fantastic rally.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #94 on: March 25, 2010, 11:33:14 PM »

Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly rude when so many people get up in the middle of the entertainment and split. If you can't stay up past 8 pm, stay home.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #95 on: March 25, 2010, 11:41:48 PM »
We had a great time at the FMCA's Roadtrek rally in the race track infield. Met lots of nice, smart and helpful folks we hope to see again. As usualy, there were one or two who had nothing good to say about anything.

We skipped the entertainment, missed a rescheduled Roadtrek chapter lunch and, because of the weather, left today. It took us 8 hours 14 minutes door to door to get back to the Denver area. 7 hrs. 40 min of driving, mostly at 65 mph in 75 mph zones. Conserved fuel. Arrived alive.

This was our first adventure in our 2006 Roadtrek Adventurous, which was built on a 2005 Freightliner/Mercedes chasis. We're happy with the rig and know what to leave at home when we do the Hop, Skip and Jump rally in May. Learned a lot and have a lot to learn.

Wish the Roadtrek rally had been with the big coaches so we could look up RVForum folks. Sorry we missed you and looking forward to meeting you at the Hop, Skip and Jump rally.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #96 on: March 26, 2010, 10:05:47 AM »

Wish the Roadtrek rally had been with the big coaches so we could look up RVForum folks. Sorry we missed you and looking forward to meeting you at the Hop, Skip and Jump rally.

Susan and Don,

Sorry too to have not met you in person but you did keep us posted on RV Forum.  We are looking forward to  HSJ as well and hoping the weather warms up a bunch.  I also know of some things to keep at home and we also learned it is NOT good to have your RO  machine on during a dry camp situation.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #97 on: March 26, 2010, 06:09:17 PM »
Susan and Don,

Sorry too to have not met you in person but you did keep us posted on RV Forum.  We are looking forward to  HSJ as well and hoping the weather warms up a bunch.  I also know of some things to keep at home and we also learned it is NOT good to have your RO  machine on during a dry camp situation.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #98 on: March 26, 2010, 07:14:20 PM »
It may have been a small rally, but Sheila and I had fun - and we helped several vendors with theirs sales! Now I have even more work to do to get the stuff installed.

Also Aqua-Hot fixed a minor problem by changing a jumper on the control panel and Norcold adjusted our refrigerator door.
The entertainment was good all three nights.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #99 on: March 26, 2010, 07:20:58 PM »
RO Machine? What is that? :)

It's a Reverse Osmosis device. It makes 2 gallons of  purified water or me from the water in our tank.  That water is also filtered but sometimes local communities have lots of taste in their water.  I like no taste in my water, not even lemon.  But the bad side is that it takes  almost 3 gallons or more)  to make one gallon.  It's not very efficient and should never be used when  water is limited and so is holding tank capacity.  I rarely use it anymore but it was cold so I made hot chocolate using the "good water."  I know I know, I even had a 5 gallon  bottle in the bay I could have used.   I don't think we (I) will make this mistake again for a while.

I mostly use the Britta water filter we have sitting on counter .  It  it pretty good on filtering water.

I do love rallies.  They remind me how to boondock, manage power and enjoy friends.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #100 on: March 26, 2010, 07:46:52 PM »
It's always  a sad day when we depart from a rally.  The festivities are over, the frantic shopping is over, the entertainment is over and it's time to hit the  road.  There were a reported 1400 Family's at this rally and with venodrs and Commercial exhibits there were a total of 1800 coaches, way less than "Back in the Day."

I am amazed at how little traffic we have on departure.  Within 5 minutes on the Interstate we are so spread out we see hardly any other RV's.  We followed  Ken and Sheila and Jeff and Sue ( all with different departure times) as we had the common destination of Meteror Crater RV Park for our overnight stop before hitting our homes in AZ.

We fueled up at Dancing Eagle Travel  stop and  joined Jeff and Sue  at the casino for lunch.  Green chili soup and Indian Fry bread tacos concluded the New Mexican cuisine.

We hit every imaginable weather  in the 295 miles driven today.  We headed west on I40 and  had big head winds, sleet, slush,  snow, rain and a bit of hail.  We made one stop to ty-rap our slide awning into a stationery position. It was billowing in the wind and making quite a racket from inside.  Ditto what I said about big winds.  Sure cuts the fuel mileage.  We noticed several awnings lying along side the Interstate.  Sigh...............

Yes another FMCA Rally ends but Redmond awaits!


But we are now safe and secure at Meteror Crater RV Park.  Good electricity, empty tanks and just relaxing.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #101 on: March 26, 2010, 08:44:23 PM »
We had a long trip from the balloon grounds to Sandia Casino, 5 whole miles....lots more motorhomes had the same idea so we're not alone. (Oh, Terry, someone IS parked in OUR spot !) Wind blew like crazy all afternoon. Even blew over 2 big-rig trucks down at Isleta. Bad news is that it's raining right now. Good news is, it's not snowing.
 
Had a great time at the rally.
 
And then there was one......
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #102 on: March 26, 2010, 09:12:31 PM »
Wendy:

Your Sightseer sure looks lonely out there in the field. Like everyone else we enjoyed the rally if not the weather. Now it's back to Surprise to thaw out and start our construction project.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #103 on: March 27, 2010, 09:19:19 AM »
Once again a lot of fun spending time with Framily. We enjoyed the parking at Balloon Fiesta Field and the vendors at Expo Fairgrounds, but hated the commute between. Got good service from Thetford and a few others, supported a couple of vendors and had some great happy hours.

We left heading south to Las Cruces for another rally. The winds on I-25 were fierce. Cars and trucks were being whipped back and forth by the sideways wind. It even lifted our windshield wipers a couple of inches off the windshield. I-25 was closed later in the afternoon to clear some wrecks caused by the wind.
 
Sitting in Las Cruces, we're finally able to warm up a bit with 70s and 80s forecasted. Staying at Hacienda which is a great resort.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #104 on: March 28, 2010, 01:59:50 PM »
Stayed 2 nights at Sandia Casino so we could go see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D. Cute movie and the 3D was fantastic.
 
Got up this morning and got ready to leave then noticed that one of the rear tires was flat. Called Coach-Net and they sent a guy out who didn't have a working jack or the tools to change a tire on a motorhome. But between us, we got the tire off, got it to reseal (couldn't find a hole), refilled it and put it back on. Hopefully, we're good to go the 250 miles to home. Off to the Conoco in Bernalillo to dump then headed northwest.
 
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