Last Monday we arrived in Forest City, Iowa for the pre rally week before the start of the Winnebago Grand National Rally. Winnebago is the only Motorhome Company that hosts a rally for their owners at the factory on their own rally grounds. This year just under 900 Winnebago’s are expected to take part in the event. The rally grounds are on a former farmer’s field and one of the issues is getting your rig level if you are unlucky enough to be assigned a difficult site. Since we were here early enough, we were able to request a second site when the first proved to be impossible for us to level up in. Some are not so fortunate or do not ask to be given another site. The result of this is often having the rig positioned in a way that would give me nightmares, if I could even sleep in that condition. We have seen some wild leveling efforts over the years and this rally is always good to see some wild attempts.
The parking is very tight and you are required to put your rig into some small spaces. This also can be quite exciting.
In addition to imaginative high wire versions, some dig one end of the unit into the ground so the other end does not have to be raised so high. I always enjoy looking at these efforts and appreciate that I am not one of them.
We are in the Florida row this year, which is known as a party state with happy hour every day and all kinds of other fun events. On Wednesday, they had a pig roast that was well attended and the food was great. Clearly, a good time was had by all.
There are all kinds of reasons for attending these rallies including old friends and making new ones. Walking the grounds always results in interesting conversations and seeing unexpected sights. Yesterday, we met some friends whose coach just died while trying to back into their spot. So this morning, I was up early to watch the coach being dragged off the grass for hopefully a quick repair. They have been full timers for over 12 years and this is the first time they had to be towed. It was a sobering start to Friday the 13th…