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  1. Please note: Although the deadline was extended by a week, today (Sunday, Sep. 29) really is the last day to make a reservation for the upcoming Mid-West Toyota RV Rally at the early-bird rate. The Rally is next weekend, Friday, Oct 4 to Monday, Oct 7. You can also come a day early on Thursday if you like, for four nights. Please read this complete invitation for all the details, and then CALL us (not email) to put your name on the list. Hope to see you there. Tika and Tom, Rally Coordinators 626-798-4510
  2. Please note: Today (Sunday, Sep. 29) really is the last day to make a reservation for the upcoming Mid-West Toyota RV Rally at the early-bird rate. The Rally is next weekend, Friday, Oct 4 to Monday, Oct 7. You can also come a day early on Thursday if you like, for four nights. Please read this complete invitation for all the details, and then CALL us (not email) to put your name on the list. Tika and Tom, Rally Coordinators 626-798-4510
  3. DEADLINE EXTENDED for early-bird reservations for the upcoming Toyota RV Rally at the Indiana Renaissance Faire, Oct 4-7. Please call to be put on the list, 626-798-4510. Reservations will still be accepted at the early-bird rate until Sunday, September 29th. Please read the entire invitation above for details, and then call to join us. Tika
  4. Reservation Deadline approaches! Just a reminder: Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day for the early-bird discount for the upcoming Rally at the Indiana Renaissance Faire, Oct 4-7. Read the complete information in the link below, then CALL us to make a reservation. 626-798-4510. Hope to see you there! Tika
  5. Just a reminder: Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day for the early-bird discount for this upcoming rally. Read the complete information, then CALL us to make a reservation. 626-798-4510 Hope to see you there! Tika
  6. For those of you who might have missed the post in the sub-forum here for Rallies, a Fall Mid-West Rally is planned for the first weekend of October at the Indiana Renaissance Faire. Please click below for all the details. There are still sites available and phone reservations are now being taken. The deadline for the early-bird discount is September 22. Hope to see you there. Tika 626-798-4510
  7. This year the 13th annual Fall Mid-West Toyota RV Rally will be held at the Indiana Renaissance Faire near the town of Noblesville, Indiana (northeast of Indianapolis). The Rally dates are Friday, October 4 through Monday, October 7 — three nights. You are also welcome to come a day early on Thursday, October 3rd, and stay 4 nights if you like. Reservations are now being taken, (you must make a reservation in advance). Call the Rally Coordinators NOT THE RV PARK to reserve a spot. The deadline for the early-bird rate is Sunday, September 29. The Renaissance Faire will take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 10a - 6p, and there are multiple activities of interest. Tickets are $12 per day for adults, and $5 for kids ages 5 - 12, if purchased online in advance; ($14 and $5 at the door). The RenFaire will be held on the grounds of the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, 12880 E 146th St, Noblesville, IN 46060. Feel free to wear Renaissance Faire costumes if you have any. For more details see the "Links" section below. The RV Park where we will be staying is called GloWood Campground, located about 5 miles east of the festival. (See their website and the map links below.) This RV campground is reasonably quiet, with lots of trees and Wi-Fi near the office, and the proprietors seem very accommodating. This park is rather modest compared to some, and the park’s roads are a bit uneven in places, however it is the closest RV Park to the RenFaire that has enough sites for our group. We can “RV-Pool” to and from the festival on Saturday and Sunday. The address of the RV park is: 9384 W 700 S, Pendleton, IN 46064. Driving directions and GPS coordinates are at the end of this invitation. Camping sites with water and electric hookups cost $28 per night (including tax). Free use of the dump station is also included. Now here is the RALLY SCHEDULE: Friday afternoon starting at 2p we will have "Open House" for those that want to tour each other's RVs, and see what owners have done to personalize them. This is always a highlight of our Rallies. Friday evening at 6:30p we will have a get-acquainted Pot-Luck dinner in the RV Park’s “Pavilion” which is close by. (We'll eat whatever food shows up.) We will also light a campfire for marshmallows afterwards (weather permitting). Saturday morning at 9:30a we will meet up to RV-Pool to the Renaissance Faire which is open from 10a - 6p. There are so many fun performances and activities that you will probably want to stay all day at the festival. Saturday evening we will again have the use of the RV Park “Pavilion” for a another potluck (bring leftovers?), and light another campfire. Sunday will be the same schedule, with RV-Pooling to the Renaissance Faire at 9:30a. Sunday evening at 6:30p we will have a “Community Meal” rather than a potluck — This means everybody brings their own dinner, but we'll all eat together. We can also light another campfire if folks want one. Monday morning at 9:00a we will gather for a "How-to" Session about Toyota RVs for anyone (new to RVing or otherwise), to answer questions about RV operation or maintenance or anything else. Especially if you have been RVing for a while, come to share your expertise with others. A 11:30a Monday we will line up our RVs to drive in a caravan to a nearby restaurant for a group lunch. (We’ll order and pay separately for our food.) Click the links below to see photos and the lunch menu for the “Fresh-to-Order” Restaurant. Address is 13230 Harrell Pkwy #400, Noblesville, IN 46060. After lunch on Monday we will say our goodbyes until next year. If all this sounds like lots of fun, please call us on the phone (not the RV Park) to say you are interested and want to be put on the list of attendees. Then send us a payment (PayPal or check) for the number of nights you will be camping with us (2, 3, or 4). (We will give you the payment address when you call to reserve.) We will be collecting payments in advance from everyone, and then paying for our group all at once. The total payment for 3 days of camping (with water and electric) is $84. Add another $28 if you want to arrive on Thursday, as many people will (= $112 total). The reservation deadline for early-bird reservations is Sunday, September 29. After that there is an additional late-registration fee of $10. Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available if another Toyota RVer takes over your campsite after you cancel. Attendance at the Renaissance Faire is optional of course, and you will buy your own entry tickets in advance or at the door. As usual we expect about 20 Toyota RVs. The RV Park is likely to be quite full because of the RenFaire, so we can only take that number of RVs and that’s it. (If you wait to call after we are full up you will be put on a waiting list for last-minute cancellations.) If you are new to Toyota RV Rallies, don't be shy — we always have some first-time attendees. Please call us directly (not the RV Park) to have your questions answered. It's gonna be fun! Tika and Tom (Rally co-ordinators) 626-798-4510 Please leave a message if you get our business voicemail (health center) and we will call you back. - - - - - - - - - - Now for the links section: GloWood Campground website: Glowood Campground and RV Park Glowood Campground and RV Park GloWood Campground Facebook Page Glowood Campground Maps of the RV Park (three versions): (GloWood Campground Location) Glo Wood Campground (View of route to RenFaire) Google Maps (Closer satellite view. We will be camping in the west section, not clearly visible on this satellite view because it is under the trees.) Glo Wood Campground Link to RenFaire page: indianarenfaire Link to RenFaire Schedule of Performers Schedule | indianarenfaire RenFaire Facebook page: Indiana Renaissance Faire Fresh-to -Order Restaurant Pics https://tinyurl.com/Fresh-to-Order-Restaurant Fresh-to-Order Restaurant Lunch Menu https://www.freshtoorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Hamilton-Town-Center-Noblesville-Menu.pdf Directions to GloWood RV Park: 9384 W 700 S, Pendleton, IN 46064 GPS LOCATION: 40.00279 85.85099 I-69, exit 214, 0.5 mi N on SR 13 to CR 700 S, then 0.5 mi W. to 9384 W 700 S. Please PRINT this invitation if you need to, so you can have these directions and the Rally Schedule with you when you come! See you soon! Reply Delete
  8. Yes, I am hoping someone out there has a used Kohler with a good stator. There is a manner to get the stator out that isn't too hard if you know how. I can explain it to anyone who has one for us. Tika
  9. I'm trying to help someone locate a part for a generator in an Itasca. The generator motor runs just fine but does not output electricity. Yes, he has already tried flashing the rotor. I already know that Kohlers are not very optimum and that parts are scarce. However this vehicle requires a generator for the owner, and replacing it with an Onan or other brand is way too extensive of a project. A portable generator that has to be regularly filled with fuel is not workable. Repairing the current one is the best option. What we are looking for is a stator to fit a Kohler model 2.5CMZ, either submodel spec 177111 (gas) or 177113 (propane). The Kohler part number is 228280. If anyone has or knows of an used Kohler geneset and would be willing to sell this part off of it, we would certainly compensate someone for the removal, and pay for shipping it to Illinois. Phone replies are preferred if you have the actual part. Tika 626-798-4510 (business cell phone) __._,_.___
  10. Please start a new topic if the replies are to be about different rallies on the West Coast. Don't sidetrack this one, thanks. Details about the Quartzsite Rally in January 2019 will be posted in this forum in November, but it will be pretty much the same as last year. We are about half full with reservations for the upcoming Mid-West Rally, so please call soon if you are interested. Tika
  11. Heads-up, Rally Enthusiasts: Please see the info on the upcoming Fall Midwest Rally. It is in the sub-forum here called "Rallies and Toy-ins" if you don't regularly look there. The Rally will be at the Oktoberfest in Amana Iowa, Oct 4-7. Read all the details and then call (not email) if you would like to make a reservation. 626-798-4510. Leave a message with our business voicemail and we will call you back. Tika and Tom, Rally Coordinators (If you would like to reply to this topic, please reply in that sub-forum.) Hope to see you there!
  12. This year the 12th Annual Fall Mid-West Toyota RV Rally will be held October 4 - 7, 2018, at the OktoberFest in Amana, Iowa. As before, this is a highly scheduled rally, and we have lots of events arranged that you can choose to participate in if you like that sort of thing. See the Schedule below. WE HAVE RESERVED ONLY 20 RV CAMPSITES for this Rally. So, if you are interested in reserving a site, we suggest you call us right away this week to avoid being disappointed. You must call US, not the RV Park. Read the description completely BEFORE you call as it will answer most all of your questions. Call 626-798-4510 — Leave a message if you get our business voicemail, and we will call you back. Hope to see you there! Tika and Tom, Rally coordinators Now here is the complete invitation - please study carefully as it will answer most all of your questions: - - - - - - - - - The Fall Mid-West Toyota RV Rally this year will be held at Amana Colonies RV Park in the town of Amana, Iowa (southwest of Cedar Rapids). This Rally location is a reasonable drive for most Mid-West folks. If that is you, consider yourself invited! The Rally dates are Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7. We are now taking reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-4510; the deadline for the early-bird rate is Friday, September 21. This is the weekend of the annual OktoberFest in Amana, and there are multiple activities of interest that we can participate in: - Historic Tour of the Amana Colonies with a private tour guide (Friday 1p to 5p) - Downtown Parade (Saturday morning 10a) - German music and food in the Festhalle Barn (all weekend) - Eisenmann (IronMan) Contest and other games (all afternoon Saturday) - Arts and Crafts Demonstrations (Saturday) - John Denver Tribute Concert at the local theatre (Saturday evening 7p) - Restaurant Buffet Brunch (Sunday noon) - Tour of Amana Furniture Factory (Sunday afternoon) For more details on each of these events, see the "Links" section below. In addition, on Friday morning (not Saturday) we will have our usual "Open House" — a time to tour each other's RVs, and then Friday evening (not Saturday) we will have our group potluck dinner. Amana Colonies RV Park is located on the north side of town. (See their website and the map links below.) This RV Park is reasonably quiet, with decent restrooms, and Wi-Fi throughout and with Premium Wi-Fi for a modest fee. It is located close enough to the OktoberFest activities that folks who are able can walk to it (1.3 miles). There is also a shuttle to and from the festival on Saturday only. The address of the RV park is: 3890 C St, Amana, IA 52203. Driving directions and GPS coordinates are at the end of this invitation. Camping sites with water and electric hookups are $36.00 per night ($34 plus $2 tax). Free use of the dump station is included. If you would like to have a sewer hook-up, it can be requested and they will unlock the sewer dump at your site for an extra fee of $3 per night. In addition we are suggesting a one time payment of $9 per RV, which is to help cover the costs of putting on the rally. Now here is the Rally Schedule: Thursday evening at 6:30p we will have a get-acquainted “Community Meal” — meaning everybody brings their own dinner, but we'll all eat together in the RV Park’s “Pavilion” which is close by. Friday morning starting at 9:30a we will have "Open House" for those that want to tour each other's RVs, and see what owners have done to personalize them. This is always a highlight of our Rallies. Friday afternoon at 1:00p we will gather to “RV-POOL” to the Amana Colonies Visitor Center for a historic tour of the town and surrounding sites with a private tour guide especially for our group. The cost for the guided afternoon tour is $10 per person, which includes admission to all the museums, (which normally would cost $10 by themselves). Sights on the tour include the Amana Heritage Museum with a video history show; a miniatures museum called the Mini-Americana Barn Museum; the General Store stocked with traditional items from yesteryear; and the Broom and Basket Factory/Gallery/Museum with a Giant Rocking Chair. (See all the website links below.) After the tour we will return to the RV Park, where we again have the use their “Pavilion” for our group potluck dinner at 6:30p. (We'll eat whatever food shows up.) We will also light a campfire for marshmallows afterwards (weather permitting). Saturday morning at 9:00a we will meet up to take the shuttle to town for the OktoberFest Parade at 10:00a. After the Parade those who want to can stay in town for the Festival to watch (or participate in) the various contests (noon ’til 5:00p), and/or to shop at the many antique /boutique stores. Plan to have an early dinner in your RV, or in town at a local eatery, or at the OktoberFest Festhalle Barn with German food, beer, and music (admission is $10 at the door, or $7 in advance). (See the links to websites which follow.) After dinner we will meet up at 6:30p at the RV Park to walk across the street to the Old Creamery Theater for a John Denver Tribute concert at 7:00p. The performer is reputed to be a very believable John Denver look-alike musician. Last year this event was sold out. Our discounted group ticket price is $27.50, and we will need to confirm the number of our group that want tickets by September 21st. (Please order tickets for this event when you confirm your campsite reservation.) We will also have another campfire Saturday evening at the RV Park if folks want one. Sunday morning at 9:00a we'll have a "How-to" Session about Toyota RVs for anyone (new to RVing or otherwise), to answer questions about RV operation or maintenance or anything else. Especially if you have been RVing for a while, come to share your expertise with others. Sunday at 11:30a, we plan to “caravan” with our RVs into town to the Ox Yoke Restaurant for a buffet brunch. The cost per person is $16.99 plus tax, paid directly to the restaurant. (See the link to their website which follows. Look at the photos of the buffet and it appears to indeed be worth the price!) After lunch many of us will say our goodbyes until next year. For those who can stay in town a bit longer we have arranged for one additional event which is a free tour of the Amana Furniture Factory from 3:00 - 4:00p. (See link below.) If all this sounds like lots of fun, please call us (not the RV Park) to say you are interested and want to be put on the list of attendees. Then send us a payment (PayPal or check) for the number of nights you will be camping with us along with the $9 rally participation fee. (We will give you the payment address when you call to reserve.) You also need to include payment for the John Denver concert tickets and the Historic Tour tickets if you would like to attend these events. In each case will be collecting payments in advance from everyone, and then paying for our group all at once. The total payment for 3 nights of camping (with water and electric), including the $9 rally participation fee is $117. The Tour ($10) and the Concert ($27.50) are optional activities, so adjust the total if you also want to participate in these. And also let us know if you want to be on the list for the Sunday brunch. The reservation deadline for this early-bird rate is Friday, September 21. After that the rally participation fee goes up to $10. Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available if another Toyota RVer takes over your campsite or your excursion tickets after you cancel. As usual we expect about 20 Toyota RVs. The RV Park is expected to be very full because of the Festival, so we can only take that number of RVs and that’s it! (If you wait to call after we are full up you will be put on a waiting list for last-minute cancellations.) If you are new to Toyota RV Rallies, don't be shy — we always have some first-time attendees. Please call us directly (not the RV Park) to have your questions answered. It's gonna be fun! Tika and Tom (Rally co-ordinators) 626-798-4510 Please leave a message if you get our business voicemail (health center) and we will call you back. - - - - - - - - - - Now for the links section: (Yes, lots of them this time! Enjoy!) Amana RV Park and Event Center website: http://www.amanarvpark.com Map location of the RV Park (three versions): (Wide view) https://www.google.com/maps/place/Amana+Colonies+RV+Park+%26+Event+Center/@41.8182054,-91.8701208,10.59z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x87e5ac6f4f19c9f9:0x1513d3904747a3e0!8m2!3d41.8129985!4d-91.8779073 (Closer satellite view) https://www.google.com/maps/place/Amana+Colonies+RV+Park+%26+Event+Center/@41.8063027,-91.8811916,3039m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x87e5ac6f4f19c9f9:0x1513d3904747a3e0!8m2!3d41.8129985!4d-91.8779073 (RV Park Sites Map - scroll halfway down the page to see it.) http://www.amanarvpark.com/amenities.html (We will be camping in 2 sections: Section EW and half of FW [even numbers].) OktoberFest Festival page: http://www.festivalsinamana.com/oktoberfest.html OktoberFest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OktoberfestinAmanaColonies/ Old Creamery Theatre: (Scroll down to read about the John Denver Tribute Concert.) http://www.oldcreamery.com/shows-and-tickets/special-events/ Ox Yoke Inn Sunday Brunch Menu: (Looks delicious!) http://www.oxyokeinn.com/en/menus/breakfast__brunch/sunday_brunch/ Amana Colonies website and promo video: http://www.amanacolonies.com/amana-colonies-full-length-video/ History of the Amana Colonies: http://www.amanaheritage.org/history.html Amana Heritage Museum website: http://www.amanaheritage.org/museums.html Miniatures Museum website: http://www.barnmuseum.com/heny-moores-legacy.html http://www.barnmuseum.com/about-us.html High Amana General Store: (Cycle through photos.) https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/people-places/high-amana-general-store-stocked-with-vintage-charm-20170918 Broom and Basket Shop info: (Home of the Giant Rocking Chair) http://sixlegswilltravel.com/weekly-wow-093-broom-basket-shop-amana-colonies-iowa/ http://broomandbasket.com/iowas-largest-rocking-chair/ Amana Furniture Shop website: (See photos of factory.) https://www.amanashops.com/furniture Directions to Amana RV Park: Exit 225 on I-80 and go north on Hwy 151 for 5 miles. At the Hwy 6 intersection, turn right towards Homestead. Hwy 6 will merge with Hwy 151, 1/2 mile south of Homestead. Proceed on Hwy 151 for 3 miles towards Amana. At the intersection of Hwy 151 and 220, proceed straight 1/2 mile to C St. and turn left (west). Go 1/2 mile and RV Park Entrance is on the left. GPS Coordinates: N 41.81396 W 091.87819 Please print this invitation so you can have these directions and the Rally Schedule with you when you come. See you soon!
  13. Join the TOYOTA RV RALLY in Quartzsite, AZ - Jan. 19 - 22, 2018 The 12th Annual Toyota RV Rally is coming up soon in Quartzsite, Arizona. The town is located on Interstate 10, 20 miles east of the Colorado River (border with California). Registrations are now being taken (by phone only). It doesn't work to just show up. The dates are Friday, January 19 to Monday, January 22, 2018. This is during the first weekend of the huge RV Show which is held there every year. Some folks in our group will be arriving as early as Thursday the 18th, and staying for the entire 10-day show. Please read this invitation completely if you are interested, as it contains a lot of important information. Attached below are some photos from the 2016 Rally. The RV Show is a really fun event with free admission. A giant show tent is erected with hundreds of vendors that cater to RVers. In addition the rest of the town turns into one giant swap meet. There are specific sections for antiques, gems & minerals, and new merchandise. The Quartzsite PowWow Gem and Mineral Show is the same weekend this year. Plus there are multiple other vendors in every possible corner and location. If you like to shop for bargains, bring lots of spending money. We will be dry camping together at an RV park relatively close to the show grounds. Where we camp is close enough to walk to it; that way we don't have to break camp each day to drive to the show. In fact, the RVers coming to it from outlying areas have to park even farther away than where this RV Park is. (The distance is only .2 miles.) In addition to the RV Show and Swap Meets, this is a great chance to meet other Toyota RVers, and see what they have done to personalize their "Toyhouses." We will have an informal "Open House" on Saturday morning when folks can visit each other's vehicles and see the various ingenious things that owners have done to make them more livable and unique. This is always a highlight of our Rallies. We're expecting about 2 dozen Toyota RVs again this year. The RV Park's proprietors do their best to help us save enough space for all our vehicles. The discounted fee for a 24-hour parking/camping spot is only $9 per day. (One could easily spend a good percentage of that on gas each day just driving around to alternately find a parking spot in town and then a camping site.) In addition there is a one-time registration fee of $20 to participate in the Rally and to have us save you a camping spot with our group close to the events. Please make your reservation by phone, rather than email. When you call to confirm you are coming, you will get the specific location of exactly where to find us among the tens of thousands of RVers that will be there. We did say it will be a HUGE event, right? On both Saturday and Sunday nights about 6pm we will have a true Potluck Dinner in the 20'x30' party tent we will be erecting (weather permitting). We eat whatever food shows up. For those who have arrived by Friday evening, we’ll have what we call a Community Meal for anyone who wants, meaning you bring your own dinner, but we can all eat together. Besides some food to share for the potlucks, please also bring your lawn chair and some firewood for the campfires we'll have every evening. Where we will be camping we will not have hook-ups or restrooms. (This is because none of the RV parks with hook-ups will take such a large group reservation that weekend without full pre-payment way in advance.) Therefore it is best to arrive with your tanks full of water and propane. Generators are allowed. Water from a faucet and porta-potties are near the park entrance, and a dump station is at the rear. Showers, and propane are available within driving distance for a fee. The weather will be moderate during the day (60s-70s) and cool at night (40s), and possibly windy. We hope we won't get any really nasty rains or winds like we had a few years ago. Bikes and/or scooters are great to have to get around in this town. Pets are welcome, but large dogs are discouraged in the main show tent. WiFi internet service is not available from the RV Park, but it is available at various restaurants /fast food /truck stops in town. Cell phone service is adequate for most carriers, but expect personal hot-spots to run very slowly due to the quantity of RVers in the area. Broadcast TV reception is practically non-existant. If you have a small fold-up picnic table, please bring it for use in our party tent. We specifically need more of the tables that seat four, and carry like a suitcase when the seats are folded up inside. A reminder for those coming from the Pacific Time Zone, that Arizona time is one hour later. You’ll need to advance your clocks when you come east across the border. To register to have a parking/camping spot in the RV Park with our group when you arrive, please call (rather than email). Let us know which nights you will be coming, and how many folks and pets will be coming with you. As we said, for this Rally, it doesn't work to just show up. You can send us the $20 registration fee via PayPal or check. Please also include your cell phone number. When we get your payment, we will put you on the list, and be sure you've gotten the specific directions for how to find us. Upon arrival, don't be surprised to find that the RV Park is full of bus-sized RVs which is why, in this first-come/first-served RV park, it takes some effort to "defend our turf." The modest $20 registration fee helps to cover the costs of putting on this multi-day Rally, and insures a camping spot will be saved for you at our location close to all the events. The daily fee of $9 for parking or camping is to be paid to the proprietors of the RV Park at their office trailer when you arrive, for each day you will be staying or visiting. (Honor System, please.) To encourage folks to reserve soon, the $20 Early-Bird price is for registrations paid for before January 1st. If you wait until the last 2 weeks, the registration fee will be $25 if there are still spots available. If you have never attended a Rally before, don't be shy — we always have several first-time folks. This is a great way to meet other Toyota RVers. PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate in this Rally with the group, and camp inside the special section where we will be, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A SPOT IN ADVANCE. Due to the increasing popularity of this Rally, we expect that this year we may have to put a limit on the number of folks we can accommodate. And as always, we are only going to rope off and hold camping spots for those that have registered by phone (not emailed) and paid ahead of time. If you don't want to be disappointed this year by hearing that the Rally is already full, please CALL SOON. CALL us at 626-798-4510 to put your name on the list. Call any day 11a - 9p Pacific time. Leave a message if you get the voicemail for our business (health center), and we will call you back. Yes, it's gonna be fun! Tika in Southern California '86 E-Z Ryder tika_ee at yahoo. com - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now for the links section: Here's a link to a National Geographic article that will give you a perspective on the amazing transformation of Quartzsite each winter: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0101/feature6/index.html Here's a link for more info about the RV Show: http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/rv/rv-general-info/ Here's a link to the Tyson Wells, home of the Sell-a-rama Swap Meet, one of several in town. http://www.tysonwells.com/sell-a-rama.html Here is a link to photos of the Quartzsite PowWow Gem and Mineral Show: http://www.qiaarizona.org/Powwow-Pictures.html Be sure to also check the links on this page for lots and lots of additional fun photos and other helpful information: http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/local-quartzsite-information Here are two links to photo albums of previous rallies: (You must sign in to YahooGroups to see these.) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/toyota-campers/photos/albums/1527375223/lightbox/ https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/toyota-campers/photos/albums/18308625/lightbox/ Hope to see you there soon!
  14. Thanks for the correction Dennis. We'll get it right next year. it's because of you that this annual rally got started. We had a fun time as always, especially seeing the balloons up close and talking to the pilots. Maybe we will see you again next year.
  15. The 10th Annual Fall Mid-West Toyota RV Rally is coming up soon -- October 5 - 8, 2017, at the BalloonFest in Shelbyville, Illinois. We have only 16 campsites available for this rally. Most of them have already been reserved by attendees of our previous rallies, but if you haven't seen the invitation yet, we still have a few sites left. New folks are always welcome. If you are interested in being on the list, we suggest you call us right away this week to avoid being disappointed. 626-798-4510 — leave a message if you get our business voicemail, and we will call you back. Tika and Tom (Rally co-ordinators) 626-798-4510 PLEASE CALL US, RATHER THAN THE RV PARK, to be put on the list. Now here is the complete invitation: - - - - - - - - - The Fall Mid-West Toyota RV Rally this year will be held at Robin Hood Woods RV Campground in the town Shelbyville, Illinois (southeast of Springfield). This Rally location is reasonably central for most Mid-West folks. If that is you, consider yourself invited! The Rally dates are Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, but you can arrive on Friday or even Saturday if you like. This weekend of the annual Balloon Festival and Scarecrow Daze, and there are several activities of interest: - Balloon rides for our group (Friday late afternoon) - Downtown Parade (Saturday morning) - Arts and Crafts Festival (Saturday) - Farmhouse Restaurant Buffet Lunch (Sunday) For more details on each of these events, see the "Links" section below. In addition, Friday morning (not Saturday) we will have our usual "Open House" — a time to tour each other's RVs, and then Friday evening (not Saturday) we will have our group potluck dinner. Robin Hood Woods RV campground is on the south side of Lake Shelbyville about 3 miles from town. (See their website and the map links below.) This RV campground is reasonably quiet, Wi-Fi near the RV Campground office, decent restrooms, and located close to the BalloonFest and Scarecrow Daze activities. The address is: 2151 Highway 16, Shelbyville, IL 62565 Sites for this rally are $32.00 per night, for water and electric hookups. Free use of the dump station is included. If you have a GoodSam Membership card, the discounted rate is $3 less per night. In addition we are suggesting a one time payment of $8 per RV, which is to help cover the costs of putting on the rally. Now here is the Rally schedule: Thursday evening at 6:30 pm we will have a get-acquainted “Community Meal” — meaning everybody brings their own dinner, but we'll all eat together. Friday morning starting at 9:30 am we will have "Open House" for those that want to tour each other's RVs, and see what owners have done to personalize them. This is always a highlight of our Rallies. Friday afternoon about 3:30 pm we will gather to go to the BalloonFest “Kick-off Fun Flight.” Balloons will inflate and launch at about 5pm. (See links to their websites which follows.) We suggest "car-pooling” (“RV-pooling”) to the site for less parking hassle. If the weather is good, we have tentatively arranged for private tethered balloon rides for our group ($15 per person, donation goes to charity). After the balloon rides we will return to the RV campground, where we have the use their Pavilion for our group potluck dinner at 7:00 pm. (We'll eat whatever food shows up.) We will also light a campfire for marshmallows afterwards (weather permitting). Saturday morning at 6:30 am, any earlybirds can meet up for “RV pooling” to the airport for the Community Breakfast (fundraiser) and to watch the early Balloon “Sunrise Fun Flight.” At 9:00 am others will meet up to “RV Pool” into town for the Scarecrow Daze Parade at 10 am. After the Parade those who like can stay in town for an outdoor comedy show downtown, and the Arts and Crafts Festival on Main Street (goes ’til 3pm), and even a Pokeman GO hunt. (See the links to their websites which follow.) At 5 pm we will meet up at the RV Campground to “RV pool” to the airport for the “Balloon Glow” at sunset. About 14 Balloons will light up (but not take off). The local Fire Department is having a fundraiser Cookout Dinner with entrees of either rope sausage or pork tenderloin. There will be other food vendors too. At about 8 pm we’ll return to the RV Campground for another campfire if folks want. Sunday morning at 7:00 am for those that would like to go see it, there will be a second Sunrise Fun Flight, and contests for the balloon pilots (dropping items from the balloons to a target). At 9:00 am we'll have a "How-to" Session for anyone (new to RVing or otherwise), to answer questions about RV operation or maintenance or anything else. If you have been RVing for a while, come to share your expertise with others. Sunday at about 11:00 am, we plan to caravan with our RVs about 2 miles to the Farmhouse Family Restaurant for a buffet lunch. The price is $7.99 for adults and $2 less for kids. (See the link to their website which follows.) After lunch we will all say our goodbyes until next year. If all this sounds like lots of fun, please call us (not the RV Campground) to say you are interested and want to be put on the list. Then send us a payment (PayPal or check) for the number of nights you will be camping with us along with the $8 rally participation fee. We will give you the payment address when you call to reserve. The RV Campground would like us to collect all the payments from everyone, and then pay their office all at once. As usual we expect about 16 Toyota RVs. The RV Campground is full for the weekend, so we can only take that many RVs, and that’s it! (If you wait to call after we are full up you will be put on a waiting list for last-minute cancellations.) If you are new to Toyota RV Rallies, don't be shy — we always have some first-time attendees. Please call us directly (not the RV campground) to have your questions answered. It's gonna be fun! Tika and Tom (Rally co-ordinators) 626-798-4510 Please leave a message if you get our business voicemail (health center) and we will call you back. Now for the links section: Robin Hood Woods RV Campground website: http://www.robinhoodwoods.com/illinoiscampgroundrvpark.htm Map location of the RV Campground (three versions): (Wide view) https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=13uCA3fQk_F8fE_vYZ1k2pk6g8qA&hl=en&ll=39.47653118449147%2C-89.12112011920124&z=9 (Closer satellite view) https://goo.gl/maps/ycWQKZ2nHTz (Campground - close up view) http://www.robinhoodwoods.com/sat-big.jpg (We will be in the center of the long loop at the lower right, sites 230 - 246.) BalloonFest Events page: http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/balloon.htm Balloon Pictures: http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/Balloonpics.html BalloonFest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/balloonslakeshelbyville/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE Scarecrow Daze Events pages: http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/daze.htm https://www.facebook.com/Scarecrow-Daze-147910095228710/?ref=br_tf Farmhouse Family Restaurant page: http://www.farmhousefamilyrestaurant.com Other related Facebook pages for the town of Shelbyville,IL: (This includes a video of the balloons last year) https://www.facebook.com/lakeshelbyvilleinfo/ https://www.facebook.com/lake.shelbyville
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