We knew there was a Yahoo group called the Skinnie Winnies and indeed I had visited the site online several times. Then on our return trip from the Good Sam Rally at the Daytona Speedway, we stopped at a gas station for some much needed fuel. No sooner than I had started to fuel, a fellow Winnebago View motorhome pulled in alongside of us. A couple jumped out and started telling us about this Yahoo group and how great it was and that they were having a rally in Feb in Freeport, Fl. They were very enthusiastic and encouraged us to come.
We discovered that the rally was being held at the same campground we were at in January for our local club outing. Since we did enjoy the campground and we thought it would be interesting to spend time with others that were owners of the same kind of unit, we decided to go.
It turned out to be a great decision. This is a very fun group that was formed on the internet and meets at various places around the country at rallies that our arranged through the Yahoo Group site. We learned that the group started slowly a few years ago, but it has grown quite large. We completely filled the available spaces at this campground. There was approximately 90 people and 45 rigs at the rally.
It was really interesting to walk the campground and see row after row of the same kind of motorhome. Many of the group have under taken personalization modifications to their unit. Several days during the rally, these owners opened their rigs to let the rest of us check out what they had done.
There was lots of visiting, food and sharing of information over the four days of the rally. Since these rallies are not part of a larger corporate program, they are more informal and spontaneous. We found that there was that additional level of connection just because we had all chosen the same kind of rig. We will definitely be making more of these rallies.