RV-Dreams rally

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This past week, we attended the RV-Dreams fall educational rally in Goshen, Indiana.  It was held at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds, which was a nice facility for this type of get together.  The rally itself was extremely informative and a lot of fun.  RV-Dreams is owned by Howard and Linda Payne, a charming couple we first met in Grand Rapids this past winter at an RV show.  They have been full time RVing for just shy of 10 years, and have chronicled every bit of it on their website RV-Dreams.com.  Although we were planning this lifestyle for years, they can certainly be credited for our accelerated move into it.  We highly suggest that you follow their journeys, as they know their stuff.  Salt of the earth folks, for sure.

We met so many wonderful people at the rally, and we are sure that we will keep in touch with them in our travels. Of those that we weren’t able to get to know, we are sure we will catch up down the road. One of the nice features of the rally was the “open rig walk-throughs”. A lot of us opened our rigs for people to look at, which was very informative.  Another feature of the rally was tours of the local RV manufacturers.  We took a tour of the DRV facility, which we found to be extremely educational.

The last night of the rally was a catered dinner, followed by a glow party.

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We hadn’t danced that much in years!  Definitely a great time!

On the final morning, we had a catered breakfast, followed by a goodbye speech by Howard and Linda.

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Linda sang “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.  Howard tried to join in, but was a little choked up…as were most of the rest of us.

As we pulled out, we had our rig weighed by them. They are safety specialists with RVSEF, and they weigh each individual wheel.  We were pleasantly surprised that we were only heavy on one tire in the entire rig, and we can easily remedy that with a shift in our cargo.  Howard gave us recommendations for tire inflation, which we will be sure to follow closely.  It was a huge relief to know our truck and 5th wheel are correctly sized for each other, and that we also don’t have to jettison weight.  We came fully loaded for what we feel we need on the road, including our kayaks and bikes.

We will be finishing up packing the house this next week in preparation for our closing on Friday. We may be a little busy up until then, so we will try to post an update after that.

Safe travels to all!

4 thoughts on “RV-Dreams rally”

  1. Cindy and I went down to the Essenhouse about a month ago. Our old stomping ground when we lived in Bristol IN. We visited our old trailer park and the place I use to work in Elkhart.

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  2. Hi Jim and Diana,

    We enjoyed meeting you both at the RV Dreams Rally!!!! You were the best neighbors ever. We are thinking of you on this day as you close on the house and move forward with the FT dream. Don’t work too hard! Hope to see you both down the road. Take Care and Hi to Sweet Jenny!

    Hugs Michele and Peg

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    1. Thanks for thinking of us, Michele and Peg! Everything went smoothly.
      We feel extremely fortunate to have pulled in between you two and Keith & Jeanne. Something told us to pull in there and we are so glad we did. Very cool that you were able to help Howard & Linda with their hitching predicament! It’s nice to be able to give back to them after all they do for the FT community.

      Jenny can’t wait to see you again!

      Hugs, Diana and Jim

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