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boatto5er
08-03-2009, 02:53 PM
I'm moving the discussion on the 2010 National Rally convoy and min-rally over here. It looks like we could have a pretty good representation at the National Rally next year and a lot of interest in convoying in together (that's redundant, isn't it?:rolleyes:) and having a mini-rally the night before somewhere along the way. Of, course, that depends on planning to arrive on the same date. Anyway, I'm just putting out feelers right now. If you're interested, post a note here. We'll formalize this later.

dbylinski
08-03-2009, 03:21 PM
Hey Gus, It would all depend on timing but John and I would love to join in a HL Convoy.:D If it's doable count us in!!! We are planning to spend extra time there to celebrate our 25th anniversary.:eek:

timdebs
08-03-2009, 03:22 PM
Tim and Debbie are interested!

TanDumb
08-03-2009, 10:21 PM
I'm moving the discussion on the 2010 National Rally convoy and min-rally over here. It looks like we could have a pretty good representation at the National Rally next year and a lot of interest in convoying in together (that's redundant, isn't it?:rolleyes:) and having a mini-rally the night before somewhere along the way. Of, course, that depends on planning to arrive on the same date. Anyway, I'm just putting out feelers right now. If you're interested, post a note here. We'll formalize this later.
Add Chris and I. since It was my idea:D:D:D. We will def. have our new 5er by then.

cjhicks
08-03-2009, 10:35 PM
Hello Gus, Judy and I are in on the convoy

Big Al and Donna
08-03-2009, 10:45 PM
Big Al and Donna plan on being there. Lets get a convoy from the West coast.

porthole
08-04-2009, 01:02 AM
Looks doable.

klindgren
08-04-2009, 04:51 AM
Carol and I are most certainly interested.

Keith

mjatwalker
08-05-2009, 11:19 AM
Sounds good to us. Braker 1-9


Mike

timdebs
08-05-2009, 12:27 PM
Gus I think if all this works out then Heartland should give an award for longest convoy going to a rally. Can you imagine all advertisement Heartland would be getting because of people passing us and saying "man they sure are some nice campers, I wish I had one".

boatto5er
08-05-2009, 12:36 PM
Looks like enough interest to get serious about this. I don't think reservations for next year's national rally start until next year (imagine that:D). However, organizing can never start too early. I know a lot of us that have posted here will be at the fall rally, so I'll plan on having an informal meeting there to discuss further, then we'll start putting together an official group. We'll need a couple of volunteers: a Wagonmaster for the pre-rally CG and a "Convoy Commander" for the trip into Nashville. No need to jump in now. We'll discuss it more at Camp Hatteras.

Gus

timdebs
08-05-2009, 12:39 PM
Sounds great. We will be glad to help anyway we can.

porthole
08-05-2009, 03:21 PM
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the pre-rally CG

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Take over a road side rest area :eek:

dieselsweetheart
08-05-2009, 06:59 PM
We're in. I'll tell the dieselengineer....we're in!

TanDumb
08-05-2009, 07:19 PM
Looks like enough interest to get serious about this. I don't think reservations for next year's national rally start until next year (imagine that:D). However, organizing can never start too early. I know a lot of us that have posted here will be at the fall rally, so I'll plan on having an informal meeting there to discuss further, then we'll start putting together an official group. We'll need a couple of volunteers: a Wagonmaster for the pre-rally CG and a "Convoy Commander" for the trip into Nashville. No need to jump in now. We'll discuss it more at Camp Hatteras.

Gus
Hey Gus, Chris and I cant make it to the fall rally for 2 reasons. One we dont have our toy hauler yet and 2 DH has to work that weekend. Keep us in mind when yall are discussing the convoy!! I love planning trips and I am the official trip planner/organizer of the family. I love that yall have the same enthusiasm(sp?) as me!!:cool:

boatto5er
08-05-2009, 07:55 PM
Hey Gus, Chris and I cant make it to the fall rally for 2 reasons. One we dont have our toy hauler yet and 2 DH has to work that weekend. Keep us in mind when yall are discussing the convoy!! I love planning trips and I am the official trip planner/organizer of the family. I love that yall have the same enthusiasm(sp?) as me!!:cool:

If you happen to get free for the weekend of the rally, we don't mind an SOB (Some Other Brand) mingling in. You'll be see a thread for convoying to the National Rally after they open the registration next year (sounds so far off:eek:).

boatto5er
08-05-2009, 07:56 PM
We're in. I'll tell the dieselengineer....we're in!

I wonder how long we have to be to require a permit and police escort?:eek::D

TanDumb
08-06-2009, 07:37 PM
You'll be see a thread for convoying to the National Rally after they open the registration next year (sounds so far off:eek:).
I will be watching for it!!

dieselengineer
08-06-2009, 09:05 PM
Oh Boy a Convoy. Like back in the day rolling to the NCHA events. :D

boatto5er
08-06-2009, 09:21 PM
The only requirement is to be able to keep up with me. I've been known to get going at the blistering speed of 65 MPH:eek::D!

dieselengineer
08-06-2009, 09:37 PM
Wow, I usually tow in 5th gear, to keep up I may need to slide it in to 6th.

boatto5er
08-07-2009, 08:09 AM
Wow, I usually tow in 5th gear, to keep up I may need to slide it in to 6th.

Or get a FORD!:D (uh-oh, now I've started something:rolleyes:)

jmgratz
08-07-2009, 08:15 AM
Better get out of the way because my 68 mph will be slowed down.

dieselengineer
08-07-2009, 09:13 AM
Gus
Now don't make me wait at the fuel stop while you are fueling up that thirsty FORD.

boatto5er
08-07-2009, 10:06 AM
Gus
Now don't make me wait at the fuel stop while you are fueling up that thirsty FORD.

OK - I deserved that!:D

bill40
08-07-2009, 10:27 AM
If you start running a little low tuck in behind me and draft.

Flying Dutchman
08-07-2009, 08:57 PM
I respect the 65MPH speed limit ever since attending the tire safety seminar in Goshen. That was good information!:cool:

jmgratz
08-07-2009, 09:21 PM
Where is there a stinking 65 mph speed limit, I don't see one:D They all read 70 in Texas (except some places in Texas where it is 80). Oh, yeah, then 70 in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama....Hmmmm, must be those Yankee states that slow us speed demons down...ROFLMAO:p

Jim & Harriet
10-15-2009, 09:43 AM
Hi Gus,
Jim and I are thinking about the Nashville Rally so let us know when and where to meet the convoy. Always good to travel with friends. :)

Hudson
10-16-2009, 12:58 PM
Where is there a stinking 65 mph speed limit, I don't see one:D They all read 70 in Texas (except some places in Texas where it is 80). Oh, yeah, then 70 in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama....Hmmmm, must be those Yankee states that slow us speed demons down...ROFLMAO:p

There is a 65 mph speed limit on the tires.

PSF513
10-16-2009, 04:34 PM
If Deb can get the time off, I think we will be joining you.

happycampernc
10-25-2009, 06:50 PM
we're going to try to get to the nashville rally. have to forego the family reunion but it'll be worth it.

boatto5er
10-25-2009, 07:34 PM
we're going to try to get to the nashville rally. have to forego the family reunion but it'll be worth it.

Kewl! It's starting to look like we'll make up a large contingent of the national rally!

boatto5er
10-26-2009, 02:45 PM
I pretty well narrowed it down to either Baileyton RV Park (near Exit 36 on I-81 South in TN) or River Plantation RV Park (off I-40 near Seiverville, TN) River Plantation is approximately 1 hour further from Virginia and NE starting points, but then that makes it 1 hour closer to Nashville the next day. Both CG's have pros and cons. If you're interested in convoying into the National Rally, take a look at both online and give me your thoughts.

Debra and I will probably plan on spending the night on Wed and getting to the National Rally on Thursday (I believe it officially starts on Friday).:)

jbeletti
10-26-2009, 05:34 PM
...Debra and I will probably plan on spending the night on Wed and getting to the National Rally on Thursday (I believe it officially starts on Friday).:)

The first day of the rally is Thursday. I will urge attendees to arrive prior to day 1. Thursday night's CG fee will be included in the rally rate. As the rally has become more popular, I have been trying to pack more value into the same time frame. In Goshen this year, Thursday was a full day of seminars. They were primarily "softer" seminars where as Friday had more "hard hitting" seminars with major component suppliers.

As for the Nashville rally, I will be working on a preliminary agenda in November/December and will have it posted on the registration website for a January 1 launch to Club members.

While I do plan to keep the "on the road" rallies, light in terms of seminars, I still hope to have something going on Thursday. Just not sure what it will be yet. I also plan to have a smaller "Heartland Marketplace" during the rally on Thursday and Friday. So the few hand-selected vendors will be in our hall all day, both days.

Sorry to hijack this thread. Any questions about the Nashville rally itself can be made on that rally's forum here (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php?t=8810).

Hijack over - thanks for the indulgence Gus :)

Jim

TanDumb
10-26-2009, 07:17 PM
Gus,
Either CG looks good to me. I am just excited to be a part of this family. HEHE. We wont be ordering our Cyclone until Feb. I hope there will be sites at the rally come time we get out 5er.

boatto5er
10-26-2009, 07:54 PM
Gus,
Either CG looks good to me. I am just excited to be a part of this family. HEHE. We wont be ordering our Cyclone until Feb. I hope there will be sites at the rally come time we get out 5er.

Hope you plan on attending the Eastern Region Rally also. You can go ahead and make a reservation and if your delivery is going to be delayed (heaven forbid) cancel the reservation later.


The first day of the rally is Thursday.
Sorry to hijack this thread. Any questions about the Nashville rally itself can be made on that rally's forum here (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php?t=8810).

Hijack over - thanks for the indulgence Gus :)

Jim

Thanks for the correction Jim! In that case we would be spending Tuesday night and convoying in on Wednesday.

boatto5er
01-06-2010, 09:42 AM
Debra and I are OFFICIALLY registered for the National Rally:). Right now our plan is to leave home Tuesday and drive into NE Tennessee and spend the night at the Baileyton RV Park (I'll post park details soon). We'll get up and go into Nashville (convoy?) with a planned arrival around 1:00 Wednesday. That'll give us time to do some local tourist stuff Wednesday afternoon and evening. If we arrive as a group, they will try to get us sited close together. More details to follow.

Flying Dutchman
01-06-2010, 09:53 AM
We are also registered, and will plan to be part of the convoy. A good plan is coming together:D

yondering
01-06-2010, 10:08 AM
Once you get the dates/location, let us know, we would be interested in joining in. We plan on celebrating our 45th anniversary during the rally. Best wishes and God Bless ya, Al & Dee Weaver

andy
01-06-2010, 05:41 PM
Talked to Jenn at the KOA in Nashville today an she said anyone that is coming in early an leaving later than the 18th should call her to make sure they will have a campsite . We are planning on coming in on the 14th an leaving the 21st .

PSF513
01-06-2010, 07:43 PM
Deb & I are registered. Now we just need to figure out where to meet the HL convoy

boatto5er
01-06-2010, 08:56 PM
Deb & I are registered. Now we just need to figure out where to meet the HL convoy

Pete,

Our plans are: "Right now our plan is to leave home Tuesday and drive into NE Tennessee and spend the night at the Baileyton RV Park (I'll post park details soon) - mini-Rally. We'll get up and go into Nashville (convoy?) with a planned arrival around 1:00 Wednesday." If you can get the time off, join us on Tuesday evening in Baileyton. It's 250 miles (~4.5 hours) the next day into Nashville. That's about one tank:( of diesel if you're driving a Ford like us!

dieselsweetheart
01-07-2010, 08:20 PM
Gus, how far is the Baileyton RV park from Hershey, do you know? I have to teach on Tuesday until 1p...what we would probably do is leave after I get home...I wonder if we would get to the park by 7p or somewhere around then??

mjatwalker
01-07-2010, 08:48 PM
Cheryl, Baileytown is 485 miles from Hershey


Mike

boatto5er
01-07-2010, 09:22 PM
Cheryl, Baileytown is 485 miles from Hershey


Mike

Yep - pretty long drive - 8 hours at least. I-81 just goes on forever it seems.

fordtech 2008
01-08-2010, 08:58 PM
i'm a little confused on the miles from moyock to nashville, mapquest says its 701 miles and my gps says its 586 miles and it looks like it follows the same route. wonder which one is right.

boatto5er
01-08-2010, 09:27 PM
i'm a little confused on the miles from moyock to nashville, mapquest says its 701 miles and my gps says its 586 miles and it looks like it follows the same route. wonder which one is right.

Ken, check my email to you. Looks like the GPS is "under achieving".

fordtech 2008
01-08-2010, 09:39 PM
thanks gus, i'm not sure we are going to be able to make it to nashville we have to make a trip to new york this year to visit marj's family. think that is going to be sometime in july.

Jim-n-Leslie
01-09-2010, 01:56 PM
Leslie and I are working out our 2010 camping plans, and are definitely interested. Will have to see how it works out with work, etc.

boatto5er
01-10-2010, 12:00 PM
Hi Everyone,

Jim B has arranged it with the KOA to get as many of us as possible who convoy in on Wed, July 14, sited close together in a group. In order to do so however, we have to give the campground the names of those coming in with the convoy as soon as possible. In order to try to get us close together I need confirmation that you will be joining in the overnight stay at the Baileyton RV park on July 13, and convoying in with us on July 14 to Nashville No Later Than Wed, Jan 13. Sorry for the short notice, but the KOA is filling up rapidly for the rally, so we have to confirm with them very soon. Thanks - Deb and I look forward to meeting up with as many of you as possible. Please email me with confirmation ASAP!

Gus

porthole
01-10-2010, 12:45 PM
Baileyton RV Park (I'll post park details soon)



Is that Baily Town just south of 81?

And if it is and you are coming up 40 from the east you need to check the highway repairs. There are areas that are/have been closed due to rock slides.




about one tank:( of diesel if you're driving a Ford like us!




Or half a tank if you drive a GMC like us :D

porthole
01-10-2010, 12:47 PM
i'm a little confused on the miles from moyock to nashville, mapquest says its 701 miles and my gps says its 586 miles and it looks like it follows the same route. wonder which one is right.

Did you add Nashville as a destination and then hit navigate?

586 miles is about "line of sight" distance.
730 sounds about right for "travel (road) distance"

boatto5er
01-10-2010, 07:18 PM
Is that Baily Town just south of 81?

And if it is and you are coming up 40 from the east you need to check the highway repairs. There are areas that are/have been closed due to rock slides.




Or half a tank if you drive a GMC like us :D

Duane,

Here's their Website: www.baileytonrvpark.com (http://www.baileytonrvpark.com)

It's actually just off of I-81(on north side of 81) near Baileyton, TN, 44 miles SW of Bristol, VA. We'll be coming in out of VA on I-81. For anyone needing to use I-40 in Carolina, it is scheduled to be open by then. Would certainly check in advance to make sure though.

Gus

squaredancers
01-10-2010, 07:23 PM
We are new RV'ers and are planning on attending the Rally..............is there a schedule posted somewhere?
Thanks,
Charles and Ruth

boatto5er
01-10-2010, 07:35 PM
We are new RV'ers and are planning on attending the Rally..............is there a schedule posted somewhere?
Thanks,
Charles and Ruth

Here's a preliminary agenda: //heartlandowners.org/rally/2010/2010_agenda.pdf

Check the official rally thread also. Jim B. has been posting a few early arrival activities also.

boatto5er
01-11-2010, 10:44 AM
I spoke with Baileyton RV Park, http://www.baileytonrvpark.com/, (nice folks) this morning. We have 15 sites reserved for the mini-rally the night of July 13th. Please call the campground to make your reservations. The number is 888-296-2267. Tell them you are with the Heartland Owner's Club. Because thay are holding 1/4th of their available sites (they only have 60 total), they would like for us to put down a deposit (which will cover your overnight stay except for taxes). If you only need 30amp the deposit = $32, for 50amp it is $34. The deposit is 75% refundable up to 7 days prior to July 13th. If you are a Good Sam member they will give you a 10% discount when you check in.

E-mail me if you have any questions.

shovelguy
03-10-2010, 02:19 PM
There will be one more rig in the convoy as we will be joining you in Baileyton. The Nashville ralley is just one of the many "must do" stops on our "See the USA in 2010" trip. On this trip, by the tiime we get to Nashville, we will have towed the Bighorn over 5,000 miles from our home in Oregon. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

Dean

Hudson
06-13-2010, 10:47 PM
Okay. I know we said we were not going to enjoy the moisture and warmth of Tennessee in July (I'm from there there but never adjusted to it) ... but it's better than NOLA I guess, right? But we changed our minds for several reasons and we're now signed up for the Nashville rally.

If we can still book in at the KOA and the pre-rally CG, then we will also be joining the caravan. Yee haw!

BTW, I'm glad Gus is leading at 65 MPH. We just blew out a third China bomb last week ... doing 65mph, within 150 miles of checking pressure and lug nuts. We only have two of those left now ... and I'm not convinced the "new replacement" tires aren't just a different brand of C.B.

We did get a new truck though -- the big dog F-450 -- so we won't be towing so close to the limits. Wow, those 6.4L diesels are so much quieter! And they seem to use only 20% more fuel :mad:

Recovered from 25-May-2010
06-14-2010, 06:43 AM
Happy to hear you can make the rally Hudson. Sorry about the blowouts. For your replacement tires, did you consider Goodyear G614s?

See you in the music city!

Jim

shovelguy
06-14-2010, 07:52 AM
We are scheduled to be in the convoy but if Gus is planning on going 65 mph we will most definitely be eating his dust. Dean keeps it at a steady 60mph and we have been getting great gas mileage, 13 mpg, which makes him a happy camper. Jodi

boatto5er
06-14-2010, 09:55 AM
Don't worry! 65 is the upper end of my trailering speed. Many years of Convoy Commander duty in the Army taught me to only go as fast as the slowest vehicle. In this case, the slowest vehicle is probababy me anyway!

dieselsweetheart
06-21-2010, 08:14 AM
Just rechecked our reservation cause when you make them so long ago you worry you forgot something. Just confirmed we are in site A3 for our arrival on Tuesday the 13th! Whew! I also just booked a return stay at the Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA for one night on the way home. Tick, tick...counting down the days till our trip to TN!!!

boatto5er
06-21-2010, 01:07 PM
Wow, that's almost 500 miles. Might be a little long for us, but we might try to go that far. Will try to decide by tonight or tomorrow. I had been thinking the KOA in Wythville would be our return overnighter. Need to be home in time to get the 5er cleaned up and back to my son's house. Oldest son is flying in with his family on the 20th. Who planned that?

dieselsweetheart
06-21-2010, 08:29 PM
Ya but overall I don't think you have as far to come back as we do? If we are 8 hours from Nashville we still have about 4 or 5 hours to get home on Monday. We'll just need to scout out places to stop for a break/lunch/stretch....

boatto5er
06-24-2010, 02:22 PM
For all you East Coasters going to the National Rally, ther's still time to join us in Baileyton, TN on July 13th on the way to Nashville. If you think your plans might change, let me know. We'd love to have some more Heartlander's join in with us.

VixPix
07-10-2010, 08:35 PM
Boat to 5er: Do you have a planned departure time from Baileyton on Wednesday, July 14th? Pam & I live 25 minutes from this park, which we stay at frequently and enjoy. We will be heading to Nashville on the 14th and may consider joining the caravan. Also, there's an incredible country restaurant in town called, guess... Baileyton Family Restaurant. It's about 1/2 mile from the campground and we eat several meals there since the prices and portions can't be beat. Tastes good, too! Worth checking out if you don't want to dirty dishes in the morning.

Nabo
07-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Vic - If Gus' group leaves to early for you, we will be leaving Lenoir City about 2:30ish Wednesday. Got to work 1/2 day :( We live on the west side of Knoxville about 3 miles from the I-40/75 split. I think the caravan is planning to fuel up at the Watt Road exit (I think it's exit 370) which has Flying J, Petro truck stop and T/A truckstop (Fuel today was 2.78). That will put everyone within 3 hours of Nashville. Just let us know if that will work for ya'll.

boatto5er
07-11-2010, 09:30 AM
Boat to 5er: Do you have a planned departure time from Baileyton on Wednesday, July 14th? Pam & I live 25 minutes from this park, which we stay at frequently and enjoy. We will be heading to Nashville on the 14th and may consider joining the caravan. Also, there's an incredible country restaurant in town called, guess... Baileyton Family Restaurant. It's about 1/2 mile from the campground and we eat several meals there since the prices and portions can't be beat. Tastes good, too! Worth checking out if you don't want to dirty dishes in the morning.

Vic - we were planning on leaving Baileyton around 9:30am, although it may be a little later (10:00ish). I had a BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious) last night and realized we gain an hour before getting to Nashville so we don't have to get on the road quite as early as we had originally planned. Love to have you meet up with us. My number is 703-409-9947 if you need to call. And thanks for the suggestion on the restuarant. We were looking for a place to grab a light dinner on Tuesday evening. Byrd is correct abut the fuel stop also.

shovelguy
07-11-2010, 03:26 PM
We are set up and DH is enjoying a beer here at Baileytown RV Pk. Thanks for the restaurant tip. We might check it out tomorrow. See everyone as you arrive. D&J

boatto5er
07-11-2010, 05:06 PM
We are set up and DH is enjoying a beer here at Baileytown RV Pk. Thanks for the restaurant tip. We might check it out tomorrow. See everyone as you arrive. D&J

We're leaving here at 7:00am Tuesday morning. Should be in around 2 in the afternoon. See you then!

cjhicks
07-11-2010, 06:09 PM
We're leaving here at 7:00am Tuesday morning. Should be in around 2 in the afternoon. See you then!


Hey Gus, We are on planning on leaveing our daughters house in LaPlata, MD. around 7AM Monday morning not sure if we will make a stop before Baileyton, but we will see you there.

VixPix
07-12-2010, 09:25 AM
Gus - Thanks! Something unexpected came up with our college student daughter and we had to leave for Nashville yesterday. So, we hooked up the rig and headed west to see her. We made it to the Cumberland Mountain State Park off I-40 Exit 322. It's a beautiful campground. We called KOA Nashville and they were able to accommodate our earlier arrival. They were very helpful, once they knew that we were part of the Heartland Rally group. (Before that, all we could get was a tent site.) You'll see the Baileyton restaurant on your left as you are leaving the town - can't drive a rig in there. There's also one near the elementary school about 500' after you turn right into the town, we've never eaten at that one and can't attest to the quality/value. Watch out for the police running radar across from the school. See you all in Nashville! Safe Travels!!

Byrd - Thanks for the backup offer. Please look us up in Nashville - we'll attempt to find you, too.