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Attending rallies

by Tom Jones

Rallies are a great way to get to know other RVers, obtain knowledge and advice about your RV and to learn about many aspects of the RVing lifestyle.

There are numerous opportunities to attend rallies. Some examples are:

  • Our RV Forum holds several rallies each year in different parts of the country. Check the RV Forum calendar for details.
  • The Family Motor Coach association (FMCA).
  • The Escapees Club.
  • Various RV, chassis and engine Manufacturers' owners clubs, such as Monaco, Newmar, American Coach, Winnebago, Caterpillar and Freightliner Chassis.
  • Good Sam Club.
  • Almost any group sharing a common interest might organize a rally of their members.

RV manufacturers and numerous other vendors attend FMCA rallies and the rallies put on by individual RV manufacturers. This is an opportunity to view numerous RV models, RV systems, appliances and a host of other add-ons. Many of the manufacturers will often fix several items on your RV at the rallies, either free of charge or for only the cost of the parts.

Venues for smaller rallies might be a campground, whereas venues for the large rallies such as FMCA will likely be held at a large fairplex that can better accomodate the large attendance. Parking at these larger events is usually segregated into, for example, electric hookup, generator parking and handicapped. There may even be further sub-division such as handicapped electric, handicapped generator, generator with quiet hours and unlimited generator use.

The larger rallies often include seminars on various topics intended to educate the RVer on some aspect of RVing or a particular product. Some rallies also provide big-name entertainment while, at the smaller rallies, you might yourself being part of the entertainment.

RV Forum rallies are typically less structured, allowing individuals to decide for themselves what to do. However, there may be a few optional group activities available such as hikes, 4-wheeling trips, bike rides, tours, local sightseeing, photography trips, happy hours, campfires, potlucks, Red Hat activities for the ladies and one or more dinners. The overriding intent is for folks to socialize and enjoy themselves without having constricting schedules.