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Title: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 14, 2016, 03:44:51 PM
We have registered to attend this Rally.  It was recommended to us as new RVers and some neighbors thought we would really enjoy it.  One of them mentioned getting there early.  But then what?  Where do we go?  Do we just park outside the venue and wait?  He said something about when you get there early then you get to your space early.  Not sure if he meant a few days early or just a few hours, but really think he meant days.  Very confusing.  I wrote to FMCA but no response.  Any insight?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Betty Brewer on September 14, 2016, 04:05:55 PM
As new RVers you will indeed  like this rally.  Lots of  information available!  We too have registered and we have  been to MANY MANY of  these rallies. Chandler area will be a first for us.  Typically when  you register you will get a  packet assigning you to a specific day and time  (am or pm) for your arrival.  They do this to ensure traffic flows  well.  We  often  go in  early and the  registration  packet you will receive in the mail shortly before the rally begins may give you those details.  A day or two early is the most we ever consider as they  may not yet be set up to park RV's .  All this is done  by volunteers.   We do pay for the  early days. None of the  venues will be open early, nor will there be any scheduled activities.    We don't find we  get any preferential treatment for  early arrival.  In fact one  year the  early people got parked the farthest away of anyone. Guess they filled in the lots from the back.  One reason to go in early is if you are meeting friends and want to use the holding area to gather up.  Often they will tell you to gather up before hand and arrive at same time as friends in order to be parked together.

  When  you arrive they have a "holding area" where you may  park until your designated time or to pick up a last minute packet.  Our experience has  been that there are really good signs all around directing you to the  parking areas.  Follow the directions in your registration  packet as they often have several entries into a venue and want  you to come  a specific way.  The specific details  are seldom available quite this early before a  rally.  Hang in there and watch your mail closer to  the rally  time.
You may also  keep checking  the FMCA website for information.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 14, 2016, 06:11:29 PM
Thanks for the great info. I guess we are just a little anxious.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Betty Brewer on September 14, 2016, 06:44:50 PM
Well I  like  your anticipation!  I'm glad you started this thread so those of us  going to  Chandler  March 2017 can keep in touch and maybe  meet up!
Betty
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 14, 2016, 06:55:45 PM
We would love that. We'll keep in touvh as it gets closer.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Wendy on September 14, 2016, 11:18:05 PM
We're signed up, too. The Chandler site sounds like an interesting venue.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on September 15, 2016, 10:09:19 PM
Betty, generator?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on September 15, 2016, 11:01:45 PM
One of the fun events that they will have is a chapter fair. If you do not belong to a local chapter there will be people there from all the represented chapters to give you information on their chapters and try to recruit you as a new member. This is a great way to find a local chapter you might like to join.
As to going in early I think one day or two(sometimes it depends on the what the venue allows) is a good idea as it helps beat some of the congestion of all the coaches coming in and it gives you some time to relax and explore the area before you get busey at the rally.
I am currently at the FMCA 6-State rally in Shawnee Oklahoma. We came as a group of 20 coaches. You have to notify them beforehand if you want to be parked together and come in together. We met up at a location off site and unhooked our toads before entering the grounds to speed up the parking process.
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 16, 2016, 07:20:59 AM
We don't have a group unless you all would like to make one.

I posted on the Destinations & Routes asking about best route to take from Dallas to Phoenix. This would be from Feb 27th to Mar 7th, the first day of the rally. So now that the suggestions above say 2 days early is best, then we would have 6 days to drive there. We are wondering about taking I-20 to I-10 or go a little out of the way through Oklahoma City. Anything really great not to be missed along either route?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on September 16, 2016, 08:00:21 AM
Betty, generator?

Jeff, we plan to sign up for the generator section. And yes T&B signed up for the generator section.

Are you going to join us?

ken
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on September 16, 2016, 09:23:27 AM
Ken


You bet!
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 16, 2016, 03:05:16 PM
We also registered for the generator section. Looking forward to meeting all of you. I enjoy reading all of your posts. Hope you don't mind us joining in your reunion.

We received some good advise on the Destinations section.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on September 16, 2016, 09:20:33 PM
We don't have a group unless you all would like to make one.

I posted on the Destinations & Routes asking about best route to take from Dallas to Phoenix. This would be from Feb 27th to Mar 7th, the first day of the rally. So now that the suggestions above say 2 days early is best, then we would have 6 days to drive there. We are wondering about taking I-20 to I-10 or go a little out of the way through Oklahoma City. Anything really great not to be missed along either route?
Where are you coming from? I would stick to the southern route that time of the year.
What I recommended was to check with The venue and FMCA to see if you can get in early. I like to get in early to have some time before it gets hectic. 
We need to set up  a forum meet and greet.
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on September 17, 2016, 07:23:42 AM
We are from Florida and, yes we have decided on the southern route.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on September 17, 2016, 08:30:47 AM
Well I  like  your anticipation!  I'm glad you started this thread so those of us  going to  Chandler  March 2017 can keep in touch and maybe  meet up!
Betty

You can't hide! I'll find you.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: dverstra on September 18, 2016, 07:37:40 AM
MaryAnne and I will be there also. We signed up for the electric section though. This is our first FMCA Rally even though we have been members for a few years.Hopefully we will meet a few of you in Quartzite first though.
Dave
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jomo on September 18, 2016, 04:37:42 PM
Do you have to be a FMCA member to attend this rally? 
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Becks on September 18, 2016, 04:43:14 PM
Do you have to be a FMCA member to attend this rally?

Yes
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Wendy on September 18, 2016, 06:15:16 PM
Do you have to be a FMCA member to attend this rally?

Actually, you do not have to be an FMCA member BUT there is an additional registration fee for non-members that equals the cost of a one-year membership so you might just as well join.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jomo on September 18, 2016, 06:25:59 PM
I don't even seem to find any information on the FMCA site about the rally.  Perhaps you have to be a member to get this info as well.   My husband would like to attend so we will probably end up joining.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on September 18, 2016, 07:38:59 PM
If you are going to join you might as well do it now and beat the dues increase. It is $50 to join then before the end of the month You could renew one year is $40.00 but 5 years is only $160 do the math. after the first it will be $50 to renew.
When I log in the Chandler Rally is top center of the page.
Here is a heads up to everyone. There is going to be a dues increase at FMCA starting next month. You can renew for up to 5 years at the old rate. ;D
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on September 19, 2016, 06:42:52 PM
Jo

Here is a link to the Chandler Rally...https://www.fmca.com/conventions-64/media/3910

There is an orange button on top to Join if you wish.

Here is some registration info...http://www.fmca.com/conventions-64/chandler-2017/register-now.html
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Becks on September 19, 2016, 06:58:22 PM
Thanks Bill, just paid $160.00, good for five more years.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 23, 2017, 06:29:28 PM
Just received our rally packet today. It even included a Guide for First Timers.  Very informative. We are getting excited.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on January 23, 2017, 07:59:40 PM
Be shure to tell them you are first timers when you check in. I will be in the 50amp area with our local groupe The Red River Rovers. We have at least 15 coaches going.
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: ArdraF on January 24, 2017, 04:28:19 PM
We also signed up for the generator section.  Is anyone going in during early entry?

ArdraF
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on January 24, 2017, 05:40:00 PM
We will stay at Silverado RV Resort in Mesa, AZ on March 4 & 5 and will be at the Rawhide Staging Area by 10 am on March 6, 2017. They want to park our group at the same time.
Bill



 
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on January 24, 2017, 07:21:00 PM
We also signed up for the generator section.  Is anyone going in during early entry?

ArdraF

We are planning on Saturday. All the generator folks can meet in the holding area unless someone has a better location to meet.
 Sunday is the first official day of parking, but they often will park folks early if they are ready.

ken


Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 24, 2017, 07:33:37 PM
We are planning on Saturday. All the generator folks can meet in the holding area unless someone has a better location to meet.
 Sunday is the first official day of parking, but they often will park folks early if they are ready.

ken

We are also planning on being in the holding area on Saturday. We have parking for Sunday for generator section. How do we find others to meet?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on January 24, 2017, 07:58:18 PM
We are also planning on being in the holding area on Saturday. We have parking for Sunday for generator section. How do we find others to meet?

We can try to arrive approximately at the same time, I would vote for sometime before noon if everyone can make it.
Do you have a CB radio in the rig?
Don't worry, we'll figure it out.

ken
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 24, 2017, 08:15:59 PM
No CB but I am willing to give you my cell phone number in an email. Yes there is plenty of time to figure out details. Thanks for helping us out.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: kdbgoat on January 25, 2017, 06:07:49 AM
Someone needs to fly a forum flag! ;D
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on January 25, 2017, 07:06:08 AM
Someone needs to fly a forum flag! ;D

Good idea.
Ours will be in our windshield.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: BernieD on January 26, 2017, 08:26:22 AM
Marlene with be presenting 2 craft seminars at the FMCA convention on Wednesday, March 8th. I might also be along, work schedule permitting. Look for her presentations on the schedule and we'll be looking for Forumites while there.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: anniemae on January 26, 2017, 09:15:53 AM
Dream Chasers, We are members of the Roll 'N Rebels Chapter (Tampa area) and will be at the rally.  Looking forward to meeting you and Roxie.  We have Annie and Max, both Yorkies.  Welcome to the Forum.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 26, 2017, 06:32:05 PM
Great! We'll be looking for you.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on January 30, 2017, 10:40:16 PM
After a bit of discussion Sue and I, Ken and Sheila, and perhaps others are going to meet the Brewers Sunday afternoon at the holding area and go park at that time.


If anyone else is arriving late Saturday or Sunday we can coordinate a small caravan and go in together. You can usually leave your rig in the holding area for the day while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on January 31, 2017, 07:32:28 PM
We are planning on being there on Saturday. We have Ken's cell to coordinate with him. Looking forward to our first rally and meeting with you all from the Forum.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on January 31, 2017, 07:44:01 PM
We are planning on being there on Saturday. We have Ken's cell to coordinate with him. Looking forward to our first rally and meeting with you all from the Forum.

If you want to try to camp with us tell the FMCA crew that greets you that you want to stay in the holding area to meet up with a group that is coming in Sunday. If not just give us a call Sunday afternoon and we'll tell where we are parked so we can meet.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on February 02, 2017, 07:06:43 PM
Oops looked at the calendar wrong. We are arriving on Sunday Mar 5th. Yes, we would like to park near you. Do we tell the staff in the holding area that we are with the RV Forum? And, will they know who/what that is? Or, give specific names? Thanks again for your help.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on February 02, 2017, 08:22:48 PM
We will be parking with the Red River Rovers on the 6th. Drop by it should be easy to find us we have at least 15 coaches coming. There will be "happy houer activities" most evenings.
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on February 02, 2017, 09:40:55 PM
Oops looked at the calendar wrong. We are arriving on Sunday Mar 5th. Yes, we would like to park near you. Do we tell the staff in the holding area that we are with the RV Forum? And, will they know who/what that is? Or, give specific names? Thanks again for your help.


If you have Ken's cell call him around noon on Sunday and we will work out a rendezvous in the holding area. FMCA does not keep track of individuals or small impromptu caravans in the holding area.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: ArdraF on February 03, 2017, 06:52:38 PM
Our registration packet arrived.  We'll meet you in the holding area too.  Also, we signed up for the Apache Trail tour on Wednesday which looks interesting.

ArdraF
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: mrschwarz on February 03, 2017, 08:57:00 PM
We stay in Mesa for the winter and we won't be moving the rig to Chandler (only a few minutes away). We may be attending some of the presentations and demonstrations.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on February 06, 2017, 12:30:30 PM
See you in the holding area Sunday Ardra.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: ArdraF on February 27, 2017, 03:04:14 PM
Do you have a goal time to have the caravan ready to enter the site?

ArdraF
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dean & Linda Stock on February 28, 2017, 11:40:17 PM
Dean, Linda, and Sherlock will be attending. We will be staying in the electric area.  It has been a while, this will be our first outing since April. That trip had to be cut short due to a medical issue with my foot.  We are looking forward to getting back into the RV world and seeing all of you.

Dean
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on March 01, 2017, 01:33:51 PM
Do you have a goal time to have the caravan ready to enter the site?

ArdraF

Ardra,

I think we will aim to be there about noon or 1pm, but I need to check with Terry since he has much longer trip to get there. I will let you know.

ken
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on March 01, 2017, 01:34:38 PM
Dean, Linda, and Sherlock will be attending. We will be staying in the electric area.  It has been a while, this will be our first outing since April. That trip had to be cut short due to a medical issue with my foot.  We are looking forward to getting back into the RV world and seeing all of you.

Dean

Dean,

GOOD news! Look forward to seeing you and Linda.

ken
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: ArdraF on March 01, 2017, 05:35:11 PM
Ken, we'll be coming from Wickenburg which will probably take a couple of hours but I see Yuma is farther.

ArdraF
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on March 02, 2017, 10:01:34 PM
We are coming from Tucson, so not too far. We can ge there by 12-1pm. Is an exact time needed?
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on March 05, 2017, 05:10:07 PM
We are all checked in and set up at Lot A Street 3. There are 6 Forum Couples here.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Jeff on March 05, 2017, 08:04:49 PM
Lot A is the holding area 3 miles from the festivities. Seems they ran out of generator parking by 1:00PM.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: WILDEBILL308 on March 05, 2017, 08:57:33 PM
We will be parking at about 10:00 tomorrow. Should be interesting.
Bill
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: BernieD on March 06, 2017, 08:16:26 AM
Marlene will be teaching a craft class in the Event Hall on Wed at 9:45am. I am planning on being there to help her set up and we will probably stay around a good chunk of the day. Stop by or let us know if anything is going on.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: jsetti on March 06, 2017, 08:51:33 AM
We arrived yesterday about 10:30.  It took an hour to get in and out of Lot A.  We are settled in Lot F, 10th Street, 2nd coach on the right.   Our white truck is parked in front of our rig since there is little space between us and our neighbor.  All are welcome to stop by and say hi!
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: elwood58 on March 07, 2017, 11:18:09 AM
DW and I are in Lot A, 2nd Street. Bounder with Solar Panel out front.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Wendy on March 07, 2017, 07:01:40 PM
Wendy, Mike, and Gordon are relaxing in Lot K 1st Street. Went to seminars this morning. Looked at new coaches (just because). Brief visit to the vendors tent - what a zoo !!! More seminars tomorrow.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on March 10, 2017, 08:27:21 PM
Thank you to everyone that helped us out this week.  We sure did learn a lot.  Our heads are spinning from all of the information.  I'm sorry we left without saying good-bye, but we couldn't find anyone.  I guess you were still out enjoying the Rally. For those of you that might be wondering, the Girard guy diagnosed the water heater issue to a switch that costs $20. They are shipping one to us and the tech showed Bobby how to install it.  Keep your fingers crossed that it works.

Ken and Sheila, I forgot to look at the book you were talking about that has Alaska coupons.  Please let me know what it is called.

Thanks again.  We had a great time.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Betty Brewer on March 10, 2017, 11:17:44 PM
Ken and Sheila, I forgot to look at the book you were talking about that has Alaska coupons.  Please let me know what it is called.

Not Ken or Sheila, but the book is called  Alaska Toursaver .
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on March 11, 2017, 01:53:35 PM
Terry&Betty and Sheila and I were able to get together for a late lunch with Marlene and Bernie when they were here.
It was great to get together again.

ken
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Dream Chasers on March 11, 2017, 03:18:03 PM
Not Ken or Sheila, but the book is called  Alaska Toursaver .

Oops, sorry Betty.  Thanks for the info.  We'll be sure to get one.
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: ArdraF on March 11, 2017, 10:19:27 PM
Glad to see those familiar faces again!  Thanks for posting, Ken.  Sorry we missed seeing you Marlene and Bernie.  That was our Apache Trail Tour day and we missed seeing you at the information center earlier.

ArdraF
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: jsetti on March 12, 2017, 10:52:25 AM
We recently installed solar panels so that we could maintain our batteries and not have to run the generator except when we were using the microwave.  So sorry that we didn't realize that you could run your generator from 6am to 11pm without having a Genturi (or other brand of exhaust diverter).  The weather was beautiful and we wished to be able to sit outside our rig and to have our windows open.  Unfortunately our neighbor's exhaust was overwhelming and we ended up leaving early.

I doubt we will attend another FMCA event.  Caveat emptor!
Title: Re: FMCA Rally in Chander, AZ March 7-10, 2017
Post by: Ken & Sheila on March 12, 2017, 11:15:07 AM
We recently installed solar panels so that we could maintain our batteries and not have to run the generator except when we were using the microwave.  So sorry that we didn't realize that you could run your generator from 6am to 11pm without having a Genturi (or other brand of exhaust diverter).  The weather was beautiful and we wished to be able to sit outside our rig and to have our windows open.  Unfortunately our neighbor's exhaust was overwhelming and we ended up leaving early.

I doubt we will attend another FMCA event.  Caveat emptor!

Sorry to hear that.

One advantage of parking with our Forum group. We have Genturi's. Now, I was parked on the end with a non-forum member on my passenger side who didn't have a Genturi, but it was the sun side so we wouldn't have had that side open much anyway. We all got together most days between our rig and Terry&Betty's. no issue with fumes.

If we know it's going to be hot when signing up for a FMCA rally we will opt for electric to avoid the issue.

ken