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Old 11-16-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Would anyone be interested in attending a mini rally at Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville, TX? I was just thinking that it would be fun to get together and talk "Newell". And it would give us an opportunity to connect faces with the names. I for one would really like to meet you guys. So, what do you say?
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:34 PM   #2
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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Great Mike, Karen and I look forward to meeting you and your wife. What do you think about this coming spring? The blue bonnets are beautiful in the spring and the temperatures are delightful - cool at night and sunny during the days.

I have a friend in Carencro, LA who is considering the rally also. So it looks like we have the beginning of a mini rally!
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:51 AM   #4
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Spring sounds good.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:17 AM   #5
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As things start to jell, keep me in the loop and Georgia and I will try to attend.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:36 PM   #6
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Tuga,

Most definitely we would love to meet in Kerrville. And if you can get your "friend" in Carencro to come, he can see his old coach.

Thank you so much for setting this up.

Since we have kids in school, let me consult with my social director for possible dates that would work best for us.
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:36 PM   #7
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Michael,

It is starting to look pretty good! Somebody suggest some dates in April. I'm thinking about 4 days more or less; that way the guys who drive long distances (Michael & Georgia) can justify the trip a little better.

Richard,

I didn't know that you knew Arnold. He's a great guy, I've been knowing him for years. He was responsible for me buying my first Newell. Dave Prince recommended that I contact him since he lived so close to me. I drove to his house; he offered to let me drive his 1985 Newell, and I was hooked.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:38 PM   #8
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April would work for us as we will be travelling to Tyler, TX for a family wedding in April, also, and we were talking about making it a longer trip in the Newell! I'm checking with my wife on the date of the wedding, so we can attend the mini-rally. I'll post that date later today when she gets home and can confirm the date of the wedding.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #9
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OK...the family wedding in Tyler is April 18 (Saturday), and we will probably be in that area a day before and after that, so if you can set the dates for the rally before, or after that it will work for us!
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:59 PM   #10
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Tuga,

I bought my coach from Arnold. His lovely bride fed me gumbo, and he provided cold refreshments, and we had a deal :-)

He also told me the story of you coming to his house to drive a Newell.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:12 AM   #11
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Well it looks like we are getting close to a rally. Would April 12-16 be o.k.? If anybody has any conflicts just say so. I think these dates would give Clarke time to get to the family wedding in Tyler (365 miles about 6 hrs) on Friday.

Richard, you really made a good deal: a Newell and good cajun food!

What do you guys think of having a little mechanic's corner: demo on how to fix something that broke on your coach and you fixed it yourself. I've seen these done in another RV group, and it is really nice. Some other ideas maybe would be to have a representatvie from a tire company or Aqua Hot come to our rally and talk to us about their product. Maybe it would be better to see if we get 50 or so coaches before we do this; I'm probably getting ahead of myself. I'm excited!

What about costs? I was thinking that each person could make his own reservations at Buckhorn and pay for his site rent for the 4 or 5 nights. Then, we could do a pot luck supper on Sunday night. If each coach brings a covered dish or desert we could enjoy a good meal after a day of driving. I guess we will just play it by ear!

It seems that someone posted about seeing what dates their kids would be out of school but I can't find the post. Was I dreaming? I re-read the posts and I can't find it!
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:48 AM   #12
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i will have to check my spring calendar, but it does sound interesting. if representatives are brought in, they would need to apply to most of the vintages of coaches since we all cover a broad range of years.

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Old 11-18-2008, 01:18 AM   #13
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Tuga,

The 12 to 16 works for us, but we would be there primarily on the 11 and 12, since I and the kids would have to be back to reality on the 13. But still that would give us a chance to meet and greet on Sunday.

I am ok with making my own reservations. I don't know if they have a rally rate or not, but as this thing firms up, we should definitely inquire at the resort.

Let's see for demos......Tom could show how to completely remodel an interior, Michael could show us his system for keeping track of all that information, and well, I could show someone how to make a complete mess.

I would be up for doing a group cook at least one night.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:32 AM   #14
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That's a good point Tom; I didn't realize the range of vintages that we have. Thanks for pointing that out.

Richard,

Would the 11 - 15 be better? We can make the dates anything that we need them to be. How do the rest of you guys feel about the dates?

The group cook out is a great idea to do one night. Buckhorn has an outdoor BBQ pit & seating area that we could use. We could each bring a meat and cook it right there. My wife suggested that we could go out to eat one night in Kerrville. All good ideas.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:12 AM   #15
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Great idea! I would love to come....I'm 1400 miles away and work in agriculture. Really busy in the spring.....
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Maybe a Northern rally in the fall in the future?
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:44 AM   #16
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Sounds like fun>  We will be on the way to Indy, that would work for us.  Have to find Kerrville, Tx on GPS.
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The 11th-15th, or 12th to 16th work for us.....We'll need to be in Tyler by the 17th, and it's just under 400 miles, so no problem.....
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:46 PM   #18
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Hi Tuga,

If you want to bring in venders why not call Newell and get it right from the guys that built our coaches. They may have an interest in being part of an event like this and maybee they,d bring a couple of used coaches that are for sale and would be available for purchase.

You have a good idea and looks like a lot of interest. I'm not sure at this point what I will be doing at that time but if I can I will join in. Just finished working the hurricane and was staying in Carencro, LA and did not know that a Newell owner lived there or I would have looked him up.

Good luck with your project, Wally
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:05 PM   #19
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Wally,

Arnold Bernard lives in Carencro, LA and has been a Newell owner for over 25 years. He is a very friendly guy and I am sure would love to meet another Newell owner.

If we can get about 25 coaches signed up for this rally I will contact Newell and see if they would like to participate. Bringing a couple of used coaches for sale is a great idea.

If anyone else has any ideas please let us hear about them.

Larry,

Kerrville is on I-10 west of San Antonio and the CG is Buckhorn Lake Resort. Glad you and Jeri can make it.

HoosierDaddy,

Good idea about a northern rally; Newell had one in Traverse City, MI and I've heard it was very nice. Look forward to meeting you.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:19 PM   #20
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Moving it back one day would certainly be better for us. For some reason my bride doesn't think that a Newell rally is a good reason for keeping the kids out of school.

However, Rhonda did graciously volunteer to moderate the wive's discussion sessions to keep from making too much fun of the boys and their toys. Yeah, right, those of you who have been exposed to her, know that her prime sport is poking fun at my wacky adventures.
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