2015 RV Rallies

RVing can be even more memorable when it’s shared with other RVers at a rally.

Freightliner Club Rally
Freightliner Club Rally held at Lazy Days in Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

There are several different types of RV rallies including Good Sam Club National and Chapter rallies, manufacturer club rallies, and club rallies for RVers of similar interests.

Good Sam Club Chapters embrace RV fellowship and make lasting friendships through a shared sense of community and a love for RVing. Chapters hold campouts, plan social events, and organize community volunteer opportunities. There are nearly 1,500 Good Sam Chapters across North America.

Manufacturer clubs enhance the enjoyment of ownership by providing connections with others of similar interests. In addition to a national RV rally, most of these RV clubs and manufacturers host regional and local chapter rallies. The brand club rallies for owners of a specific brand of RV typically offer technical and lifestyle seminars, crafts, new RV displays, and opportunities to socialize.

Many RVers enjoy gathering with friends who have special interests or common goals. Similar interest clubs include Escapees RV Club for full-timers and Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) for motorhome enthusiasts. From singles clubs to an organization of military personnel, chances are good that you can find a club that’s just right.

FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California
FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

With the numerous RV Shows and club rallies scheduled in Sunbelt regions you’re bound to find one that enhances your RV lifestyle.

FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California, January 7-11

Winnebago 2015 Preview Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, January 9-11

Newmar Kountry Klub Florida RV Show Rally, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida, January 13-18

Newmar Kountry Klub Gathering in the Desert, Quartzsite, Arizona, January 14-20

American Coach Eastern Regional Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, January 14-18

Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair, January 16-18, The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, January 16-18

FROG (Forest River Owners’ Group) Rally, Sherwood Forest RV Resort, Kissimmee, Florida, January 19-25

American Coach Western Regional Rally, Las Vegas Motorhome Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 29-February 2

FMCA Rally at Perry, Georgia
FMCA Rally at Perry, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally, Turner Agri Civic Center, Arcadia, Florida, February 8-15

Born Free Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, February 9-11

FMCA Southeast Area Rally, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota, Florida, February 11-14

Passport America Fun Rally, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota, Florida, February 17-20

Entegra Coach Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, February 20-22

The Rally/Good Sam Phoenix Rally, Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona, February 26-March 1

Escapees RV Club Escapade, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, Arizona, March 8–13

Nevada Good Sam Samboree, Nevada Treasure RV Resort, Pahrump, Nevada, March 11-14

Monaco International RV Club Rally, Pahrump, Nevada, March 17-21

WIT (Winnebago Itasca International) Club Florida State Rally, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida, March 19-22

Passport America Fun Rally, Escambia County Equestrian Center, Pensacola, Florida, March 23-26

Commercial displays and sales are part of most RV rallies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.
Commercial displays and sales are part of most RV rallies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Tiffin Allegro Club Rally, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida, March 23-27

FMCA Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase, Fairplex, Pomona, California, March 26-29

Worth Pondering…

I would like to share this one for today with you…

Live one day at a time–

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they leave no time to enjoy today!

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment.

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2015 RV Shows: One-Stop RV Shopping

RV shows are like the mega-malls of the RV world.

Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV and camping shows are where multiple dealers gather to bring their latest models and offer deals. This provides a great opportunity for prospective buyers to wander between different models, check out various floor plans, ask questions, meet other RVers, and find the RV that best meets their needs.

RV retail shows give you an opportunity to see many makes and models of RVs—at one time and at one place. What better way to comparison-shop for the vehicle that best fits your travel plans and budget? At RV shows, you’ll also find dealers and other RV industry experts, who can assist you in finding the right RV.

There’s an RV show every year in every region of the country.

New and experienced RVers head around the country during the year to check out what the latest in recreational vehicles and new products and accessories.

January through early April is prime RV Show Season. There is no better way to shop for a new RV or upgrade your current one than by attending an RV show, where numerous dealers and suppliers come together to show off their wares. You’ll have an opportunity to check out a wide-range of recreational vehicles in one location, often at special “show prices”.

Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The two granddaddies of the RV Show circuit are the Florida RV SuperShow at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, from January 14-18; and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show, in Quartzsite, Arizona, January 17-25.

RV shows are also scheduled with snowbirds in mind at a variety of other venues including:

South Texas RV Supersale (San Antonio, Texas), January 2-4

Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show (Houma, Louisiana), January 9-11

All Valley RV Show (Mercedes, Texas), January 15-18

Central Gulf Coast Boat, Sport & RV Show (Lake Charles, Louisiana), January 20-22

Ft. Myers RV Show (Florida), January 22–25

Houston RV Show (Texas), February 4-8

Ocala RV Show (Florida), February 12–15

West Palm Beach RV Show (Florida), February 12–15

Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Rally/Good Sam Phoenix Rally (Phoenix, Arizona), February 26-March 1

Jacksonville RV Show (Florida), February 26–March 1

Biloxi Boat & RV Show (Biloxi, Mississippi), February 6-8

Central Florida RV Show (DeLand), February 26–March 1

Greater Atlanta RV Show (Georgia), March 6-8

Panhandle Spring RV Show (Fort Walton Beach, Florida), March 19-22

FMCA Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase (Pomona, California), March 26-29

When attending an RV show be sure to wear comfortable footwear. You’ll be walking and standing for the majority of the day. If you check out everything the show has to offer, by the end of the day, your feet will be crying out for mercy. Wearing sensible footwear will help to keep your feet from aching after a long day.

When entering an RV show, you’ll receive a map and brochure that details the location of each vendor. Plan your route through the show to maximize your time, energy, and priorities. You may wish to jot down important information or remind yourself of vendors you wish to revisit later in the day.

You may want to make notes, swap phone numbers, or have a way to write down information. Bringing a small notepad and pen/pencil if you don’t have a smart phone that can input notes for future reference. Just pop the notepad in your pocket and you’re good to go for the day.

Enter the giveaways. Most RV show vendors offer giveaways, discounts, and more. All you have to do is enter the contest. Besides, who doesn’t like free stuff or discounts on products? Several years ago we received a free week of camping following the Mid-Valley RV Show in the Rio Grande Valley. On another occasion we received a month of camping for $99.

Worth Pondering…

I don’t think you can call yourself a true American until you’ve been behind the wheel of an RV … I love seeing parts of the country I wouldn’t otherwise.

—Jeff Daniels, actor

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Date Changes for The Rally (2015)

In an earlier story on Vogel Talks RVing, I reported that The Rally would return for 2015.

2015-Rally-web-banner_AZ-5.7.14Good Sam has recently announced a date change for the upcoming Good Sam Phoenix Rally, which was originally scheduled for March 19 to 22 at the Phoenix International Raceway. The date change comes on the heels of the release of NASCAR’s upcoming 2015 Sprint Cup Series race schedule.

The race schedule, which was released August 26, 2014, outlined that the Phoenix International Raceway requested the race be held at the track on March 15 instead of the original date of March 1. This new date of the Phoenix race affects the scheduled Good Sam Phoenix Rally, and the event has now been advanced to February 26 to March 1, with early bird arrival dates of February 24 and 25.

“With the new date of the NASCAR Phoenix race, we are left with no choice but to advance our event in order to ensure a successful event while considering the planning and logistics of this rally,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam.

“We are extremely disappointed with this change and the fact that we were not informed until late August, after we had already published our rally dates in May. We had begun discussions with the track personnel in April and locked in the original dates at that time, while it was not mentioned to our organization that the Phoenix International Raceway was in discussions with NASCAR to change their original scheduled race date.”

The RallyThe Good Sam Club boasts a combined 14 years of experience hosting rally events. Ten days before the attendees arrive, staff are on-site setting up tents, building stages, and laying out the parking site grids, including full electrical hook-ups, for an anticipated 3,000 attendees. For the convenience, safety and security of all those attending, the planning committee expressed concerns that scheduling the event within 3 days of the race would not be sufficient, he explained.

“We are committed to providing our rally-goers the best experience possible with the latest in RV models and outdoor products, new and improved RV and camping seminars and activities, and world-class entertainment,” said Lemonis.

“We want our rally goers to know that if this could have been avoided we would have made other arrangements to alleviate any confusion and inconvenience to our attending members and guests. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our guests.”


The Rally

Visit The Rally website to register online and to stay up to date on entertainment and daily activities as plans fall into place over the next several months.

Phone: (800) 701-1399 (toll free)

Website: www.therally.com

Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s number one source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over100 Super Centers nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.

Websites: www.CampingWorld.com and www.GoodSam.com

Worth Pondering…

Happy is the man who can enjoy scenery when he has to take a detour.

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Atlanta to Host The Rally in October

America’s largest RV rally celebrates fall in the southeast October 17 through 20 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a first for the infield of Atlanta’s famed 1.54-mile quad-oval track.

The RallyThis event, hosted by Camping World/Good Sam, will bring thousands of RV enthusiasts together to experience world-class evening entertainment, warm southern hospitality, and to shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products, and camping accessories. While celebrating the RV lifestyle, attendees will enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes, and quality time with family and friends, according to a press release.

“We look forward to introducing new outdoor products and family fun to attendees of the Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC, who is also starring in “The Profit” on CNBC.

“We are thrilled to offer a wide variety of towable and motorized RVs, as well as outdoor and RV products, to not only RV enthusiasts, but also to Georgia residents who are curious about the lifestyle and want an opportunity to learn more.”

Attendees who arrive early on October 16 will get a sneak peek at the showcase of recreational vehicles. With the RV market at its best in the past seven years, an all-time high attendance is expected. Rally-goers will also be presented with many opportunities to learn about RVs and the RV industry from manufacturer representatives on-site and seminars.

Entertainment peaks at night with shows starting October 18 as the iconic Beach Boys, with front man Mike Love, will perform the group’s classic surf tunes.

On October 19, 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill takes the stage. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music with over 26 million albums sold and various CMA and Academy of Country Music awards. This will be Gill’s second rally appearance, performing at the Oregon Camping World/Good Sam Rally in 2011.

The Rally indoor exhibits
The Rally indoor exhibits

Back by popular demand, Bob Blumer, host of “Surreal Gourmet,” “Glutton for Punishment,” and producer and host of “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” on the Food Network, will perform Friday and Saturday at the “Day Stage.” Blumer shares his culinary skills by transforming ordinary ingredients into inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods, sponsored by Camping World.

Dog lovers can participate in the “Release the Hounds” dog show sponsored by Camping World and Good Sam Pet Insurance, and enjoy a professional performance by the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, which includes the largest meet and greet pet area, the fastest Frisbee dog in the world and the first daredevil dog agility.

An array of optional activities are also organized by the rally, such as an excursion through Atlanta’s historic landmarks, rides in a Vietnam-era helicopter, RV safe driver training, and tours of the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center.

Rally-goers are encouraged to get involved as “Blanketeers” for the 2013 Rally Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus. Camping World/Good Sam is partnering with Project Linus to collect blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Campers can participate by knitting, crocheting, quilting, or creating “no sew” fleece blankets.

On October 20, rally guests can partake in the Salute to Veterans, which has previously had over 600 veteran participants included in the moving tribute. All military veterans are invited to join in the longstanding tradition of pass and review and are encouraged to wear any part of the original uniform.

The Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally officially opens October 17 at the Atlanta Motor

Speedway. Gates open each day at 9 a.m. for the rally. Registration starts at $199 which includes four days of RV camping and all festivities. Passports are available to purchase for those that want to enjoy the festivities without camping onsite. Day passes start at $10 per person. Children 17 and under are free.

Parking is free


The Rally

Take a lap around Atlanta, the capital city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the cultural center of the South.
Take a lap around Atlanta, the capital city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the cultural center of the South.

Address: P.O. Box 8535, Ventura, CA 93002

Phone: (877) 749-7122

Website: therally.com

Worth Pondering…

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through

Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Georgia, Georgia, a song of you

Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

—words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

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2012 GoNewmar Road Show Tour

It’s Road Show time of year again!

Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp will launch its 2012 Go Newmar Road Show Tour starting tomorrow, October 29.

The Newmar leadership team will drive three coaches around the country to various destinations to give dealers and consumers an up-close look at the 2013 models showcasing the new King Aire, Dutch Star, and Ventana Class A motorhomes.

You’ll get to meet Newmar’s leadership team—who will be driving the coaches—including President Matt Miller accompanied by his wife Pam, CEO/Chairman Richard Parks accompanied by his wife Candace, and VP of Sales, and Marketing John Sammut accompanied by his wife Margaret.

And you’ll enjoy incomparable Road Show events—like the Good Sam’s Rally at Daytona Motor Speedway from October 31 through November 4.

Mark your calendar now!

You’re invited to stop by, tour the coaches, and meet the Newmar Road Show team.

See you on the road!

The 2011 GoNewmar Road Show Schedule

The schedule includes the following stops:

October 29: Knoxville, Tennessee

October 30: Campers Inn of North Carolina in Mocksville, North Carolina

October 31: Daytona Beach, Florida

November 1-4: Good Sam Rally at Daytona Motor Speedway

November 5: RV Connections in Panama City, Florida

November 6: Berryland RV in Ponchatoula, Louisiana and RV Shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

November 7: Holiday World of Houston in Katy, Texas

November 8: Ancira RV in Bourne, Texas

November 9: Ancira Travel Villa in Alvarado, Texas and Professional Sales in Colleyville, Texas

November 10: Texarkana, Texas

November 11: Crain RV in Little Rock, Arkansas

November 12: Franklin, Tennessee

November 13: Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana


Newmar Corp.

NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference

2013 Newmar King Aire Diesel Pusher
2013 Newmar King Aire Diesel Pusher

Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality.

Newmar Corp is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.

Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, Essex, and King Aire).

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

Worth Pondering…
In every thought and action, think excellence.

—Byrd Bagget

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Good Sam Announces 2013 Rally Dates

The Good Sam Club has announced dates for the organization’s two scheduled rallies in 2013.

The first event will be held April 11-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Balloon Fiesta Field, according to yesterday’s news release. The second rally is scheduled for Syracuse, New York, at the New York State Fair from June 13 through 16.

“Many club members and RV industry personnel have been asking about our 2013 Rally schedule,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of the Good Sam Club and Camping World Inc.

“In 2012, we expanded our rally schedule to make the events accessible to more members. After the terrific response we got from both members and exhibitors at our 2012 Louisville Rally last month and at our Phoenix rally earlier this year, we determined that we would schedule two Rallies in 2013.”

Good Sam is still accepting reservations for the last of the three 2012 Rallies presented by DISH, to be held in Daytona, Florida, at the Daytona International Speedway, November 2-4. Entertainment at the Daytona Rally will feature country superstar Reba McEntire and American Idol’s Katharine McPhee.

See you in Albuquerque! Photo taken from Petroglyph National Monument overlooking Albuquerque. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“With an exciting location like the Daytona International Speedway, the outstanding entertainment, not to mention all of the great rally activities, we are expecting a big turnout and a great time for all of our guests,” said Lemonis.


Good Sam Club

The world’s largest organization of recreational vehicle owners, the Good Sam Club is committed to making RVing a safer and more rewarding experience for its 1.2 million members.

Founded in 1966 by Trail-R-News, a small California RV magazine, Club members originally promised to help fellow travelers on America’s highways.

Today, Good Sam’s halo and broad smile continue to signify friendliness among RVers and an eagerness to serve, although on a much larger scale.

Nearly 1,500 grassroots Good Sam Club Chapters from Anchorage, Alaska, to Okeechobee, Florida, get together for RV campouts, good times and community service.

The Club’s state and provincial organizations host RV gatherings called Samborees that likewise promote RV fellowship and philanthropy, only on a larger scale.

And the ultimate RV event, the Good Sam Rally, is held three times per year and brings together thousands of RVers from across North America to listen to RV experts, shop for RV headlights, tailpipes, and everything in between.

Plan now to attend these rallies.

Hundreds of worthy causes benefit from the fundraising and volunteer efforts of Good Sam members, from Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Highway to Dogs for the Deaf and Serious Fun Children’s Network.

Phone: (800) 234-3450 (toll free)

Website: goodsamclub.com

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Worth Pondering…
I am part of all that I have met

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro

Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades

Forever and forever when I move.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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