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Old 04-10-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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2019 Mississippi River Rendezvous September 27-29

Fellow and Potential Fiberglass Owners

It is time to start thinking and planning for the fifth annual Mississippi River Rendezvous. As years past we will host the event on the last weekend of September, starting the 27th. Thomson Causeway near Thomson Illinois will again be the location.

Over the last four years we have had over 100 different units in attendance. Equally interesting is, 74 of those have been to two or more of the rallies. And seven attendees, heaven forbid, have been to all of them. Last year saw a record 39 trailers in attendance.

Through postings in this thread we will be providing details of activities and plans for the weekend. If you are not on the email list for the rally send me your email address and I will add your name to provide future updates. Please use paul at braundomain dot com.

So, mark the dates, September 27 to 29 for the Mississippi River Rendezvous. It is time to book now for the most convenient sites. The Army Corp of Engineers has engaged a new contractor to handle the reservations at www.recreation.gov. As a result there has been a new abbreviation applied to the different loops. Here are the loops in order of preference and the new abbreviation. All loops, with the exception of the last (Rive) are within walking distance of each other and the center of evening activities, Stone shelter.

Site Numbers--- Loop Abbreviation
99-126--- HPOI
1-28--- PMAS
29-78--- PMAN
99-126--- RIVE

You are welcome to arrive early and stay late. Rest assured there will be other owners doing the same.

Paul and Janet Braun
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:07 PM   #2
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We're good to go. Site 106. Thanks for organizing this terrific event. This will be our third attendance. Arranging for better weather than last year would be greatly appreciated.
Gary and Joan.

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Old 04-10-2019, 05:28 PM   #3
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Thanks Paul and Janet, we were there as spectators last year and will be there this year with our Escape (site 105).
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:34 PM   #4
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We had such good neighbors last year that we'll be back in site 100 again.

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Old 04-11-2019, 11:55 PM   #5
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We’re excited to return and see everybody! We’ll be in site 104
Lisa & Pete
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:55 PM   #6
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So excited to attend the rally for a 3rd year. First year - everyone was so sweet in letting me tour and providing expert advice. Decided on an Escape, rather than the runner-up, a Lil Snoozy. Second year - I had ordered my Escape but didn't have it yet, so camped in a tent. Third year - my Escape and I have been on the road for 5 months. It has been amazing. Booked site 124 and look forward to seeing everyone again.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:17 AM   #7
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Hi Mary
All I can say is WOW. When you told us you wanted to do some serious camping and traveling I took you at your word but wow, 5 months on the road out of the chute, that’s pretty impressive. You’ll be there this fall giving expert advice. Looking forward to hearing about your travels and adventures.
Second best of luck. You already had your first best luck when you passed on the Snoozy.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:15 AM   #8
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Meg and I looking forward to another good time with good people. For us sites in the HPOI loop were hard to come by. We got one of the last ones. Looks like Escapes folks may be spread out this year? -Tom
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:51 AM   #9
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Spread out

Not a real big deal if you’re not in the main loop. It’s not far to walk or if you need to haul a chair and cooler over there’s plenty of parking too. We will have the shelter and make a firewood run like last year. Egrets, Herons and Pelicans abound, great sunsets and friendly folks from many surrounding states. If you’re into picking up Hickory nuts for holiday cookies they are usually abundant at that time.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:01 AM   #10
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Terry and I will be in site 103! We just got home last night and snagged the last site in the loop!

Last year we had just finished the build sheet for our 5.0 TA when we attended the rally for a day. On October 23 we picked up our camper and went down #1 on the coast for over five weeks (39 days) and then on January 23 left again for Texas, NM, and Arizona for over eleven weeks (80 days). We've made numerous modifications since pickup, purchased a number of items, will leave many items home next time, but take a few more with. The 2018 rally gave us many ideas we installed and are looking for many more.

It will be fun to put faces to names and get to know everyone better.



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