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Old 08-15-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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Announcing our bus rally

Howdy folks! Just a quick note to let y'all know about a rally we are hosting. Hope to get to meet you there!

Bus Conversions Magazine is hosting
The Choo Choo Rally
Chattanooga, TN
October 14-17, 2011

The park is less than a mile off of the junction of I-75 & I-24 and is easily bus accessible. Plenty of sites with 30A hookups for those who want/need power and plenty of dry camping spaces for those who don't.

The full information and registration form is here:
http://www.busconversions.com/rally/index.html

This is at a city owned park facility that we are renting for that weekend. So all kinds of bus conversions are welcome! It doesn't matter how old, how complete, or what color bus it is.

There is a lot of space, so if you would like to plan a Skoolie gathering within the rally, that is fine.

We'll have great food, live entertainment, seminars, vendors, bus stuff swap meet, people with buses they want to sell, others who want to buy one. It will be a great time. And if you join us there it will be even better!
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Camp Jordan is a nice park. But if it rains the parking lots all flood. (David used to work in East Ridge which is where Camp Jordan is located and we lived in the Chattanooga area for about 10 years.)

If we were still in the SouthEast, we would be attending. New Mexico is a tad too far away. It's nice to see the "coach folks" including the skoolies. Perhaps I should think about getting another subscription to BCM. I let mine laspe shorty before MAK sold it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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How'd it go?? .. any schoolies show up?? .. the wife and I thought of driving over for the day (no bus, yet) but we're dealing with a health issue here at home .. would love to hear about the event though ..
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:23 PM   #4
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Probably find something over at: http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?board=1.0 . Same link as the first post.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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It would be neat to do that with all the skoolies. But I think a more casual "get-together" would work better since we are so spread out and there are so few of us.The entertainment, seminars, etc are a bit too much right now, I think. Better would be if everyone took pics of their interiors, etc and set up a display board in front of their buses. Perhaps if more of us would post where we are taking trips to and staying at in advance, there could be some meeting up. Right now, the closest "active" skoolie nut to me is SeanF. He's in Silver City and I'm in Socorro... moving soon to Roswell. I've finished painting the outside and need to finish putting the lights and mirrors back on. Got to get some interior work done in order to live in it. We're too busy getting it done to go anyplace.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #6
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Lorna, how about a virtual rally? Set a date, with something like two weeks advanced notice, then open a thread on that date. Let people post a picture or two (or three) of their bus project with a short desription. A discussion thread running parallel would probably be cool. Then we could all see what happens.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:42 AM   #7
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How'd it go?? .. any schoolies show up?? .. the wife and I thought of driving over for the day (no bus, yet) but we're dealing with a health issue here at home .. would love to hear about the event though ..
We had a lot of fun even though not nearly as many buses attended as had originally indicated they would. We ended up with 35 buses, including 2 skoolies, 2 transits, a Gillig Wanderlodge, a Freightliner truck conversion, and a Sprinter van conversion. Several full timers attended, including Technomadia in their new to them 4106 ( http://www.technomadia.com ). Next year I would love for more skoolies and transits to join in the fun. Chattanooga is pretty central to the Southeast which makes it a short hop for many.

Because of the lower turn out we had to scale down a bit on the facility and the last minute scaling caused some issues along the way. But we had a blast anyway. The food, entertainment, location, and seminars were great. Best of all, everyone got in lots of visiting with fellow bus nuts and looking over each others buses to get more ideas for their own.

There is a thread with a few photos here: http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/in...?topic=21907.0 Some of the photos are Photobucket or similar embeds, others are attached photos that are only visible when logged in (registration is of course free and y'all are welcome to register if you haven't already) Dale just got home yesterday and I suspect we will have more photos to show once he gets caught up and settled in.

The Travel Channel is working on a special about owner customized RV's that will feature video they got two local news stations to come out and film. That will likely air this winter. For now though you can see a brief coverage one of local news channels involved ran here: wdef.com/touring_rv_were_once_buses. Pretty short, but kinda cool that they ran it.
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Re: Announcing our bus rally

.. thanks for the followup busnut .. your location was exactly why I was asking about the rally .. not to far to trip over with the kids for a 2-3 day getaway .. hope to see you for next year .. will get on the mailing list ..

(edit) if I can find the mailing list .. lol .. did get registered for the forum though, so I'll lurk around there too if y'all don't mind ..
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Lorna, how about a virtual rally? Set a date, with something like two weeks advanced notice, then open a thread on that date. Let people post a picture or two (or three) of their bus project with a short desription. A discussion thread running parallel would probably be cool. Then we could all see what happens.
I working on putting together a POI file for MS Streets & Trips that will show locations of the active skoolie forum posters. Unfortunately there are a lot of posters who do not list where they are located or give terribly vague locations (like "Southern California"... California is such a small state). It would be nice if folks would at least post a location of the nearest good sized town. But I will simply pick a fairly central location in their state for their location. As for the ones who don't bother with even a state for their location... they won't get listed. I thought this might help to locate ideas for a few impromptu gathering sites.
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