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  1. Stay well everybody and wash your hands -- and also remember to disinfect the steering wheels of your vehicles! - - - - - - - - - Tips from the CDC Website: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. 1) Take steps to protect yourself Clean your hands often Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact Avoid close contact with people who are sick Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. 2) Take steps to protect others Stay home if you’re sick Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick. Cover coughs and sneezes Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Wear a facemask if you are sick If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers. Clean and disinfect Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Options include: Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol. Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.). If everyone follows these steps, we can conquer this virus much sooner! SPREAD THE WORD -- PLEASE SHARE! We want all our members and friends to be safe.
  2. This is the last call for registrations for the Toyota RV Rally in Quartzsite, AZ. It starts in one week on Jan. 17th. We still have a couple of spots open, due to cancellations. PLEASE read the ENTIRE announcement first, and then call if you would like to register to be put on the list. It’s gonna be fun! Tika 626-798-4510
  3. Darrel, my phone is working fine and has been, so I don't know what the problem is. Here again is the number to call to register - 626-798-4510. Try calling again. Tika
  4. FREE ALTERNATIVE TO ANNUAL QUARTZSITE TOYOTA RV RALLY. For those folks who would prefer to camp for free in the desert, there is also the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, with camping areas all around the outskirts of the town of Quartzsite. The RTR has all types of RVing folks, not just Toyota RVs, (perhaps 10,000 people in total). This gathering is held at the exact same time as the annual Toyota RV Rally. (The Women’s RTR is Jan 14-17, and the RTR for everyone is Jan 18-27, 2020.) The RTR will be holding its organized events (classes, etc.) during the day at the La Paz County Fairgrounds, north of Quartzsite. Overnight camping will be scattered around the Quartzsite area in various sections on BLM land (free), where similarly-minded folks with RTR stickers are going to be camping together. Our Annual Toyota RV Rally at the RV Park in central Quartzsite has been going on for 14 years, and the popularity is increasing. We already have quite a few registrations this year from folks who are previous attendees, and it will likely sell out. Therefore we'd like to suggest that perhaps some other Toyota RVers might want to organize a free Boondocking Quartzsite Toyota RV Rally as a part of the larger Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. It would mean picking another area somewhere else on the free BLM land where there is plenty of room, and getting the word out to other Toyota RVers about the location and dates to meet up. Those who are interested in a free alternative, please speak up and put something together. See the video below for complete RTR 2020 info:
  5. TOYOTA RV RALLY in Quartzsite, AZ - Jan. 17- 20, 2020 The 14th Annual Toyota RV Rally is coming up 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). Unlike other rally groups in Quartzsite, this is NOT AN EVENT THAT YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP AT. You must call and pay in advance to be on the official list of folks who will have a campsite at the RV Park. Claiming online that you are attending does NOT mean you have made a legitimate reservation. The total for attending the 4-day Rally will be $56, or more, if you are staying longer than 4 nights at the RV Park. PLEASE read through this entire description before calling or posting questions. The dates are Friday, January 17 to Monday, January 20, 2020. This is during the first weekend of the huge RV Show which is held there every year. A good many of the folks in our group will be arriving early on Thursday the 16th, and some stay for the entire 10-day show. Please read this invitation in its entirety if you are interested, as it contains a lot of very important information. Included below are some photos of our previous Quartzsite Rallies. The annual RV Show in Quartzsite 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 PowWow Gem and Mineral Show is also 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 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 to the “Big Tent.”) 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 30 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 out in the desert.) 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. (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 toilets 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. Free Internet computers are available at the Library for those who need a reliable internet connection for business. Broadcast TV reception is practically non-existent, and as we said, you can expect streaming connections to be quite frustrating. As an alternative, unless you have satellite TV, the local Quartzsite Radio station can be delightfully entertaining. If you have a small fold-up picnic table, please bring it with you for use in our party tent. We specifically want the fold-up tables that seat four, and carry like a suitcase when the seats are collapsed 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 December 31st. If you wait until the last 2 weeks, the registration fee will be $25 — that is, IF spots are still 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 will 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 and Tom in Southern California - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now for the links section: Here are links to photos of previous rallies: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8jjqjpayyx2Hq8md9 (You must be signed in to the toyota-campers group at Groups.io to see these next 3 albums.) https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=109983 https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=109984 https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=110513 Here's a link for more info about the RV Show: http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/ 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/Photo_2016Powwow.html Here is a link to the Quartzsite Tourism website for lots of additional photos and other very helpful information: Home - Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Hope to see you there soon!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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) __._,_.___
  15. 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
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