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Title: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Kevin Means on June 02, 2018, 11:57:16 AM
Anyone gonna be at the FMCA rally in Gillette, Wyoming in July? We just made last minute reservations (sort of) and will get there on the 18th. Let me know and maybe we can hook up. We'll be in the 30 amp section, cuz all the 50 amps spaces were sold out.

Kev
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on June 02, 2018, 01:59:36 PM
We will be there - our first FMCA rally. We will be in the 50 amp area since we made reservations early. I figure it will be a good way to learn more about the new motorhome (aka The Cabin).
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on June 02, 2018, 02:14:38 PM
We, too, will be in 50 amp section. This will be our first national FMCA rally, though we've been to some regional ones in Indio, CA; Albany, OR and Tucson, AZ.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: jayc2640 on June 02, 2018, 03:33:53 PM
We will be there in the 50 amp area.  This is our first FMCA rally of any kind.  We're really looking forward to it!
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Betty Brewer on June 02, 2018, 04:23:02 PM
Betty and Terry will be there, parked with National Delegates of Governing Board.  Generator section. Betty is National Director for FMCA 4 Wheelers Chapter and will be attending the Governing Board meeting.  It will  be  our second time attending Gillette and I encourage  those of you with  an interest to sign up for the Saturday Coal mining tour.  It is most interesting. 

We have been to dozens and dozens  of  National Conventions.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: bill dane on June 03, 2018, 05:39:45 AM
Will be in the generator section.  This will be my 14th national convention and 2nd time to Gillette.  I have 2 grandchildren that have been in 44 states while traveling with  Raymonda and I to FMCA rally.
     As Betty said , the open pit mine tours are very good.

Bill Dane
99 Country Coach
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Kevin Means on June 03, 2018, 09:51:59 AM
Sounds good. We'll just have to figure out a way to hook up once we get there. See ya all there.

Kev
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 18, 2018, 03:00:56 PM
Should be easy to use the RV Forum to arrange a"get together" at the event.. We will arrive on the morning of the 18th also for the cheap seats along with Kevin..>>>Dan West & his keeper.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on June 28, 2018, 03:36:23 PM
It looks as if we may arrive on the 16th. That's not quite firm yet, though. Otherwise probably on the 17th. We expect to drive straight through from home, probably 6-7 hours.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on June 28, 2018, 04:47:24 PM
We were surprised they wanted us in on Monday, 16 July, so we are leaving the Ely area get together a few days earlier than planned. We will be staying in Spearfish two days with full hookups so we can get laundry done and everything cleaned up. I noted the paperworked talked about a honey truck being available for dumping. Does anyone know the cost? We have water and electric, but not sewer.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 28, 2018, 07:56:53 PM
I intend to arrive at Gillette with empty black and grey tanks,, it's only four days so should be no problem,, especially with bathrooms available on site.. We can always dump at the next RV park we stop at en-route home.>>>Dan
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on June 28, 2018, 08:27:00 PM
I intend to arrive at Gillette with empty black and grey tanks,, it's only four days so should be no problem,, especially with bathrooms available on site.. We can always dump at the next RV park we stop at en-route home.>>>Dan
Ahh, but I will be there from Monday to Sunday. If I concentrate, we can do it, but 5 days between dumping means leisurely showers. I might even do a load or two laundry. Have I mentioned how much I love having a washer and dryer in the motorhome?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 30, 2018, 11:15:41 AM
 You just mentioned doing laundry in Spearfish..can't go two days without laundry?? what do you use closets for??>>>Dan ::)
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on June 30, 2018, 02:17:12 PM
Dan, I think you are missing my math. I get to Spearfish after a week in a Forest Service campground in Minnesota, no sewer. Do laundry in Spearfish. Laundry after a week is fairly reasonable. We leave Spearfish and spend 7 days in Gillette, no sewer. Like I said, we can go 7 or 8 days without dumping, but I do like clean laundry after a week. I figure the laundromats in Gillette will be pretty busy with so many people, but maybe I am wrong. Leave Gillette and spend the next 5 days at a State Recreation site in South Dakota. No sewer. Head back to Iowa, maybe stop at a full size campground, maybe not. About three weeks away from home, two nights in full hookups after the first week, everything else in electric only.

Still curious about the cost of a pump out in Gillette.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on June 30, 2018, 04:26:26 PM
 Looks like you have figured out a "live on the cheap" method of travel,,we boony a lot and have gotten good at Navy showers and "use the other guys head facilities" method.  ( We also have washer & dryer on board and like clean clothes)
  My comments aren't meant to be critical, just comparing living methods with a M/H and the world as it is.>>>
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Betty Brewer on June 30, 2018, 05:50:56 PM
I noted the paperworked talked about a honey truck being available for dumping. Does anyone know the cost? We have water and electric, but not sewer.

 I am unsure of  the cost ( I think 25 to $30) but if you want it you MUST sign  up early.  That feature sells out at these conventions. You MAY  be able to sign up online now. If  not,   be at the General information Booth the day it opens to sign up for the  pumper.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 04, 2018, 10:09:00 AM
  Assumptions ALWAYS bite you in the butt. We had planned to arrive at Gillette on the 18Th (opening day), just received our credentials and found our arrival date to be listed for the 17Th.. Fortunately I was able to move all the en route stops ahead one day and make everything work out. SEE YOU THERE!!>>>Dan
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 09, 2018, 09:30:52 PM
bump
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: MikeCoke on July 09, 2018, 10:14:26 PM
Dan Do your credentials mention how much the early arrival days cost? ie Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 10, 2018, 06:40:07 AM
 Hi,,Mike. No info on any extra's  I only assumed (that word again) the day listed was the day they they expected me to arrive.. No where on the application form is any arrival day day listed or asked..  Info I have from other sources say if you arrive early you will be placed in a "holding area" until parked..  Getting "extra" money out me is like digging teeth out of a chicken..>>>Dan
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on July 10, 2018, 08:37:35 AM
Dan Do your credentials mention how much the early arrival days cost? ie Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Mike,
I read in my "confirmation guide" that staying longer than through Sat night is $28/night (plus tax), so perhaps early arrivals are at the same rate.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on July 10, 2018, 08:59:20 AM
Nothing in my package said anything about an extra cost for arriving (at their request) on Monday. Has anyone sent FMCA an email asking? I am not planning on paying more for sure.

ETA, never mind. I just send them an email, and I will let you know what they say.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on July 10, 2018, 10:28:04 AM
I asked about early arrival for first timers. I should have phrased it as “arriving before Wednesday because packet said to do so.” Here is the answer I got.

“There is no extra charge involved in arriving early since you registered as a first timer. The reason we have first time registrants arrive on the 16th is because we have a first time attendee orientation we like to have everyone attend on the 17th. Having you arrive on the 16th makes it easier for the parking crew to get you settled in and parked so that you can attend the meeting the next day!

If you have any other questions, please let me know!”
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on July 10, 2018, 11:26:56 AM
Thanks for the update, Pam.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 13, 2018, 02:12:11 PM
 Leaving in the morning for points north east.>>>D
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 15, 2018, 02:23:05 PM
 Spending the night in Green River, Wy and tomorrow night in Douglas, Wy.. Campgrounds for miles around being affected by the Gillette rally.>>>Dan
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on July 15, 2018, 09:34:48 PM
We got a spot in Spearfish, SD a few weeks back. They said it was the last big spot they had. The campground is full of motorhomes, some stuffed into pretty small sites, many with FMCA numbers showing. I am not surprised many places are full. We head in tomorrow to Gillette.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on July 16, 2018, 01:55:59 PM
Lot M, 38th St, site C46.We are just about as far away from everything as it is possible to be, but we planned on riding our bikes anyway. If anybody wants to drop by to stay cool without using your generator, feel free to drop by. It is supposed to be hot later in the week. We also have our forum flag posted.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 16, 2018, 06:24:32 PM
 Is your electricity on a single dedicated pole or on a "gang" arrangement??>>>D
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: UTTransplant on July 16, 2018, 06:54:48 PM
Is your electricity on a single dedicated pole or on a "gang" arrangement??>>>D
The 50 amp is on a pole, the 30 amp seems to be ganged, but we didn’t look at them in detail.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on July 17, 2018, 05:28:24 AM
We arrived about 5:15 last nite, and are in site E98 on 5th Street. It's grass but with full hookups (standard RV pedestal, in ground faucets and sewer), packed in like sardines, with our slides about two feet from neighboring slides. We also have the RV Forum flag on the windshield. We were rather tired, so hit the sack early, which is probably why I'm up so early.

Feel free to drop by.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Betty Brewer on July 17, 2018, 09:14:32 AM
Brewers are in lot H Street 22.  If you look on map it is near  Gate 3.  Looks like my National Director tags got  us some good parking.  I do plan to walk to most places.

Still thinking  of where and  when  for a meet  up of RVForum friends/framily.

BB
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Utclmjmpr on July 17, 2018, 03:08:07 PM
  We must have been lucky arriving this morning and was parked in 10 minutes directly across the street from the Wyoming center
  in lot E  13th st.  C43.>>>Dan
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Larry N. on July 17, 2018, 08:15:28 PM
Quite a little storm ended just a bit ago -- from dark and windy to bright and sunny, after 0.45" of rain here, and a temperature drop from upper 70s to 65. The roads seem to be absorbing the water rather well, though, and winds up to 18.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: jayc2640 on July 17, 2018, 10:28:59 PM
  We must have been lucky arriving this morning and was parked in 10 minutes directly across the street from the Wyoming center
  in lot E  13th st.  C43.>>>Dan

That's pretty wild!  We're in  lot E 13th st.  C41.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Betty Brewer on July 18, 2018, 06:31:43 PM
There are no  RVForum  secrets.  I ran into Alan and Suzanne ( flexitdriver) in the vendor area today.  They are wonderful and still touring USA in summers from their New Zealand home.  Also ran into  Larry and Kathy B  and convinced them  they need the wine opener I  bought in Parry GA last  FMCA Rally . Bill Dane was searching for treasures in vendor area as well . 

 I'm finding we are all parked all over the area.  With entertainment  starting tonight it is hard to do a Social hour, have dinner  and still make it to entertainment.  Maybe we can look for one another  on the  second tier at entertainment area on the  left side as we  face stage.  If we find a spot we like we  can meet up early each night before entertainment and  tell  one another what we bought for the day.

We will search for a " spot" tonight. Leaving our rig at 6:45. 
BB
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: flexitdriver on July 18, 2018, 10:33:56 PM
Naughty Betty!
You are forgiven (just once) for mistakenly referring  to us as New Zealanders! :o
I know that a number of AUSTRALIANS refer to New Zealand as our Southern most States, but it is really a separate country! ;D

Allen and Suzanne
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Betty Brewer on July 19, 2018, 06:26:18 PM
Boy oh boy, Life is rich and full! 

We checked out the upper portion of arena to view  singer last night.  Not a good place for acoustics.  We will try for the floor tonight or maybe the upper but back farther.  I've been running into  RVForum  members here and there. Saw Bill Dane  twice today, saw Kevin riding by on his bike, saw Dan and Marge at donuts and coffee this morning.   Just  can't figure out a place for RVForum  to meet.  How about Quartzsite!????  The Attendee hub  app is special and when I learn how to establish a  meeting place it will be a good way to meet up!

Board meetings, Education Committee meetings and looking at new RV's have me  busy busy. Yep I'm really interested in a new rig.  Terry has wanted one for YEARS but today I saw something a that might move the checkbook into action!

But gotta go fix dinner!

Gulp Stay tuned.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Gillette, Wy
Post by: Kevin Means on July 19, 2018, 11:35:06 PM
Hello all. Kev and Cyndi are in the “Deluxe 30 amp” section, which is east of the conference center. We’ve got our black Jeep Rubicon parked in front of our reddish Winnie Tour, and our RVForum flag is flying on the windshield. We’re near the northwest side of the lot. If you happen to be in the area, feel free to knock on the door and say howdy.

Kev