View Full Version : BC Chapter fall Rally

05-07-2008, 08:51 PM
Sept. 12-14, 2008

Lets set this date for the BC Chapter Heartland Rally.
Now we need a place to go. Somewhere between the Lower Mainland and the Interior.
It could be Merritt, Prinecton, or Manning park.
Lets talk it up and see where we want to meet for a fun weekend, Heartland style.

05-08-2008, 02:01 PM
I vote for Manning Park....love the place!

05-08-2008, 03:07 PM
hey Rand, can a yank from Bellingham come to your rally? We are hoping to be back home by then. (well, actually, I am) Lizzy loves S. Texas and it will be a chore to drag her kicking and screaming back to the grey damp Northwest. But if we are there at that time, we would love to come. She was raised in Coquitlam, but has transplanted down here since she and I got together. So at least one of us would be a Canuck.

05-08-2008, 03:21 PM
Thanks for the vote for Manning Park. we love it too. Cold Water is our favorite. What other suggestions folks. Some committment would be nice also if I have to book a park.
Yes, Any yank can come to the rally. The weather is starting to get somewhat warmer now, not what it would be in Texas, but spring has finally sprung. A lot later than usual.

05-08-2008, 03:41 PM
You bet not what it would be in Texas. 92deg here today. Lizzy loves it, I am dying. lol

David Broadbent
06-27-2008, 01:10 AM
Sounds,like a great idea Meritt, Princeton area is a very good area,campsites at Manning Park are quite small for these bigger rigs Monk Prov Park just north of Merrit is very nice that time of Year, in the new section, sites are quite large, I will keep looking around,sorry we missed the dinner, my wife is a teacher, and that time of the year is very busy, we will be going south to Calf and up the Oregon Coast for two weeks starting next week end, I will see if we see anymore Heartland product down their.

07-03-2008, 06:49 PM
Sounds,like a great idea Meritt, Princeton area is a very good area,campsites at Manning Park are quite small for these bigger rigs Monk Prov Park just north of Merrit is very nice that time of Year, in the new section, sites are quite large, I will keep looking around,sorry we missed the dinner, my wife is a teacher, and that time of the year is very busy, we will be going south to Calf and up the Oregon Coast for two weeks starting next week end, I will see if we see anymore Heartland product down their.
We just went to Merrit, unfortunately all campsites are full and we end up at Walmart, even there it was hard to turn with the big rig and we became a huge target which made everyone dropped their jaws.

07-04-2008, 09:33 PM
BC Fall Heartland Rally. September 12-14, 2008. Will be held at Coldspring Campground in Manning Park, BC

Coldspring campground has many larger campsites that can accommodate our larger rigs.
Coldspring is just to the west of the Manning Park Lodge about 1 mile. There is water available in the campground, but I would bring your drinking water, as all parks have a boil water advisory.
Everyone is welcome to come, even our U.S. friends and neighbors.
This time of year the weather should be great. Keep your fingers crossed.
Come earlier and stay later.
Beverly and I should be there Wed. Sept. 10 and probably leave on the Monday.
Please advise us if you are coming.

07-06-2008, 02:43 PM
My wife Kathy and I will try very hard to be there. You don't have to fill your water tank up before leaving for Manning Park as the RV dump station with separate fresh water fill is located about 1.5 KM's past Coldspring campground (east).

Here is a recent picture of us bringing our new to us 2007 Sundance 2800RLS home. This picture is at Powder River Pass (Wyoming) at an altitude of 9666' The truck and trailer performed great...and we are loving the new RV.

07-06-2008, 03:13 PM
great Picture of the rig. See you at Coldspring

Uncle Rog
07-06-2008, 04:28 PM
Where do you go accross the border, San Ysidro or Otay Mesa?

Uncle Rog
07-06-2008, 04:30 PM
Where do you cross the border, San Ysidro or Otay Mesa?

07-06-2008, 04:37 PM
where are you going. BC is to the north and you can cross at Sumas on the west side or Osoyoos on the east side to get to our rally...

07-06-2008, 06:41 PM
Hi vRand

Gary nd Barb here. We will be able to attend the Rally. Will probably arrive on the Friday

07-09-2008, 06:33 PM
Coldspring sounds great! We'll be there. I'm not sure whether we'll be early or not cause we have a family outing planned for around that time at the Douglas Lake Ranch. It should be either the week before or right after but during the week, not the weekend.
If the water is good at the dump station that would be great not having to travel with a full tank.

07-09-2008, 07:35 PM
Looking forward to meeting you. We really love Coldspring campground. We have used the dumpstaion a few times and it is easy to get in and out of.

07-13-2008, 02:52 PM
I was just wondering whether it would be a good idea to bring along a generator as it might get a little cold at night that time of year. I imagine the elevation is somewhere between 3,000 & 4,000 ft ASL.
Any thoughts?

07-13-2008, 02:58 PM
I will have my genorator with me, but will most likely not need it. Last year when we were there about the same time the weather was great even at night. We use down a comforter also. Our four 6 volt batteries will keep us going for a week at least.

08-02-2008, 05:02 PM
I have been getting some PM's on the Rally. Looks like we will have more than a couple of units there. But We need more to commit to coming!! Let us know here or PM me

08-02-2008, 11:12 PM
Hey Rog;

Hook up that Bighorn and come on up. Sue and I are planning to go. Would love to meet you in person.


08-02-2008, 11:24 PM
For information on crossing into Canada from the U. S., here is a phone number to call to get the latest info.

Canada Customs
28*176th Street
Surrey, BC V4P 1M7
Telephone (604) 538-3600
For general customs information: Within Canada - 1-800-461-9999; Outside Canada - 1-204-983-3500 Fax (604) 538-0293

The last time that I crossed into Ontario, they took our potatoes away from us. So this time, I'll call first.


08-03-2008, 01:40 PM
We have had spuds taken away going south, to. If you cook them first then it would be ok. There is a mall in Chilliwack on the south side, that you will pass on your way. There is a Sears where there is lots of parking. In the Sears mall is a vegie market and across the street is Safeway. This time of year is also corn time. Lots of fresh corn all over the place.
The park ranger comes around about 5pm to collect. US dollars should not be a problem, I don't think they take credit cards.
At this time don't have anything for you bring except good weather and a great time.

08-04-2008, 09:48 PM
Hello all, we are to be brand new owners of 21FBS North rail this Wednesday can't wait...We saw the post of the BC chapter meeting in Manning park and we would like to attend from the Okanagan, can you please provide us more info like reservation info etc .

08-04-2008, 10:19 PM
Bill and Pat
Welcome to the Heatland Family.
There is no reservations at the Coldspring campground in Manning Park. Water is available at the Park Headquarters on the northside of highway 3 just east of the Manning Park lodge. Coldspring campground is to the west of the Manning Park lodge about 1 mile. Really nice place if the fall.
If there is any more info you need please

www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ecmanning/ (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ecmanning/)

Rand and Beverly

08-07-2008, 03:43 PM
We are just waiting for delivery of our Cyclone 3210 and hope to have it in time to join you all in Manning Park. We are very excited about our new rig. Now we just have to get rid of the old one! :eek:

08-10-2008, 10:04 PM
We will be there on Thursday or Friday and am looking to meet everybody.
Bill & Patty

08-11-2008, 04:23 PM
hi everyone
Looks like we might have 10 rigs coming to the rally at Coldsprings campground in Manning park. Talk it up with other Heartland owners.
we will have a good cross section of units.

08-11-2008, 05:43 PM
All things going as planned, we will be there!! Talked to Lakeshore this morning and our unit will be there on Friday. DH will fly out to do the PDI then hopefully it will be deliver before the Labour Day weekend so I can get our stuff into it and we can get it through customs and inspection. :p Then off to Manning Park to meet you all. Looking forward to it!

08-13-2008, 10:13 AM
As we get closer to the Rally I guess we should look at a what we can do for the time.
Thursday Sept 11 "early bird day" Happy hour then campfire after dinner
Friday Sept 12 Happy hour then campfire after dinner
Saturday Sept 13, 10 am, RV appreciation time, show off you RV and talk about improvements you have made.
Afternoon hiking and playtime.
6pm Potluck dinner then campfire
Sunday Sept 14, good bye's and head home.
Also bring fire wood for the evening campfires
Any other suggestions.

08-13-2008, 03:34 PM
it all sounds great, Rand! Thanks for organizing. Now we just hope for sun!

08-30-2008, 05:16 PM
Greets everyone
Here is the schedule for the BC Heartland Rally.
This is a Provincial Park so there is lots of wilderness to see. Sorry no wifi of cell coverage at the campground. You can get cell coverage at the park lodge about a mile away. There will be Ham radio on site for emergency's.
Water is available from the hand pump on site or pressure water to fill tanks and sewer dump about 2 miles to the east at the park ranger station.
Beverly and I will be leaving Sunday and staying overnight in Chilliwack, at the Sears parking lot and then going to Manning on Monday. Can't go too far the 1st day...

Thursday Sept 11 evening campfire
Friday Sept. 12 evening campfire
Saturday Sept 13 10am, coffee and fresh baked muffins, meet and greet, show us our mods and your unit
Afternoon, free time to explore Coldspring campground. Trails to walk, creek to explore and drive to the top of the mountain.
6pm, Potluck dinner, bring a dish, campfire after
Sunday Sept 14 9am, coffee and goodbye's
Bring your own cup and utensils, think slightly green and bring a little firewood
CU there

08-30-2008, 10:23 PM
Hi Rand;

Still planning on coming and should be there on Friday afternoon. Going to stop at Camping World for my Dometic Refrigerator recall, so hopefully, should not take long. They won't let me bring fire wood across the border, so bring a little extra for us. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

See you soon,


08-31-2008, 10:56 AM
Had the recall done a while ago and it only took 10 minutes after they figured out the recall.
Don't worry about the wood, we know the border problems....

08-31-2008, 11:20 AM
we are crossing our fingers that our Customs paperwork will be done so we can be there. Taking the rig through today.
We will have lots of firewood as well, as we have the opposite problem -do most of our camping in Washington so can't take it south. But we have lots at the side of the house that needs to get used up:)

09-02-2008, 11:13 PM
Hi to all......
My wife and I were there about 1 1/2 weeks ago and there was a "boil water advisory" at Coldspring campground (at this campground ONLY). This is no problem if you go to the RV station near the Logde and fill up there first......water is good at this RV dump/fill station.
The nights can be cool, but still not too cold by mid Sept. The best spots are backing onto the river because they are the farthest from the road noise and the river does provide some "white noise" to cover any other sounds........plus these sites are some of the prettiest.
I wish that we could be there with you folks, but the boss says that to keep the paycheque, I have to work during that period.
Enjoy and have fun.
Paul & Kathy

09-07-2008, 09:55 AM
For those thinking about, how do we know which Bighorn is the right one for the Rally, just look the Heartland Owner's Club Banner that will be hanging from our awning

09-08-2008, 09:36 PM
We will be there about noon on Friday and look forward to meeting everybody can't wait
Can we bring anything special ??
we have a little local peaches that we are bringing along anything else ??


09-09-2008, 10:52 AM
WE ARE IN!!!! Got our clearance this morning and DH will get the inspection and isurance done tomorrow. He should be there around noonish on Friday with kids and I will follow after work. See you all there!

09-09-2008, 10:56 AM
YEA! Wish I could be there to meet y'all. I'll be in Hershey, PA at the RV show. Have fun!


09-15-2008, 11:57 PM
I wish that more of us from the USA could have attended the BC Chapter of the HOC. It was a fabulous weekend and I can't say enough about our friends from up NORTH!! Special thanks to Rand and Bev for the great job that they did in putting together the first BC Rally. They made us feel welcome and gave us a lot of interesting insight about the area surrounding Manning Provincial Park. The entertainment provided by Fiddler Kids was fantastic and the pot luck on Saturday night was out of this world. It was a great weekend and I'm so glad that we went.


09-16-2008, 01:46 PM
Successful HOC of BC rally!!!!
We had 7 rigs, from a 21 foot North Trail, 3 Bighorns, 1 Landmark and 2 Cyclones. Everyone that came made it possible and I thank them for coming. Campfires were well attended, Coffee and fresh homemade muffins on Saturday morning followed by a tour of rigs and discussions of mods. Saturday evening potluck and campfire with entertainment from the Oldtime Fiddle Kids. Lia, 9 and Kia, 11 played for us and showed us thier winning style. Both have won many individual and team titles in BC and Alberta.
Sunday morning coffee and good byes to all of our new friends. Thanks to John and Sue (jpmorgan) for the long distance trophy for braving the border crossing. We are looking forward to next year's rally and hope we can have more rigs and cross border rigs.

09-21-2008, 09:12 PM
WoW what a great 1st meeting of the BC Chapter,Although our TT was the shortest we felt very welcome and can't wait for the next hopefully in the spring, We can not stop talking about the great freinds we have met and all the memories we now have
Looking forward to spring

Bill & PattyNone

09-21-2008, 11:18 PM
Bill and Patty,
Maybe next time it will be somewhere you can ride your ATV and you can show Reesa! It was great meeting everyone and we learned lots.

10-04-2008, 12:52 PM
Carol and I certainly had a great time at the rally. It was really nice to meet some great people with a common interest and make some new friends. Rand picked a wonderful place where we could walk, enjoy the scenery, have a campfire and still have a little privacy if you needed it. We're certainly looking forward to next year's rally.
I took quite a few pictures and was wondering how to post them in the gallery. Maybe someone can give me some instructions. In the meantime I'll send out a few to those of you who gave me your email address.
Thanks again, Rand and Beverly
Harry & Carol Toews