Sunday, September 2, 2018

Winnebago Grand Rally - Part II

 Thought we'd finish our coverage of the rally by answering some of the questions we had - and if you're wondering why we don't have many pictures of Puckerbush, somebody dropped and smashed their phone. Which had pictures of stuff like, you know, the parade. Oops!

A booklet of activities, along with a map, is provided in registration packet. The WIT club starts a new Facebook group for the Grand Rally each year, and its a good idea to join. That's where any announcements and last minute changes are posted. The rally also does have WiFi, but expect it be a little slow since the rally grounds will have 800 to 900 rigs!
There are people movers to get around the rally grounds and the schedule and route is also in the Rally booklet.
If you need to go anywhere in Forest City, there is a free shuttle service.
There are also plenty of golf carts to rent
There is a large red hall for vendors.  Most vendors will do installations at your campsite, but we didn't see many offering rally discounts. We did see a few products that had been marked up, though!
Next to the vendor hall are several tents. Most of the seminars are held in these tents - and there are seminars on pretty much anything!
There are also several restaurants on the rally grounds. We didn't get a chance to try everything, but the Flying W's spud buffet was pretty good.
Our favorite though was Scoopy's -
maybe because of the size of their "two scoops"? We recommend the cheesecake - before it runs out, of course!
The WIT Club and Museum is just across the street (and the train tracks) from the rally grounds. The shuttle makes regular runs, but its just as easy to walk over.
The WIT Club has a store with Winnebago stuff. The volunteers also run the plant tours. Make sure to sign up for the tours early - the tours fill up fast.
There is generally a few models parked in the parking lot, for people to check out. There are also more models parked near the red vendor barn. We'd been trying to check out the floor plan of the 22M for some time - and there was two 22Ms at the rally.  After we looked at it, we kind of liked the Fuse better. Maybe someday we can downsize?
The museum is free and has a lot of interesting memorabilia, as well as these two campers. The old trailer had an icebox instead of a fridge - and the Brave had no cruise control or GPS. Nice campers - but we'll keep our technology!
And finally, a quote from John Hanson. Can you tell he was a Midwest business man? 

Stay Tuned for Part III - Repairs and A (Minor) Emergency!


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