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Author Topic: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010  (Read 34160 times)

Wendy

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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 »

Wendy

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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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Betty Brewer

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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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Betty Brewer

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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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Wendy

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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......
 
Wendy
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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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