Sep 242009

Even though our Eastern Gypsy Gathering rally doesn’t officially start until next week, folks have been rolling in for the last two days!

Yesterday Mike and Elaine Loscher arrived to help with the rally. This will be the fourth or fifth Gypsy Gathering rally for this nice couple, who always show up prepared to volunteer to do whatever needs done to make the rally a success. Mike works long hours with the parking crew, and Miss Terry has come to rely on Elaine to help make registration go smoothly.

Shortly after Mike and Elaine pulled in, Bob and Molly Pinner arrived, along with Howie and Norah Glover, as part of an Escapees RV Club Class Reunion. Several other couples have also arrived for the reunion, including John and Doni Hargis, Dan and Dee Hawkey, and Rick and Terry Traver, to name a few.

Yesterday afternoon Phil Brown and Joy Waldrop dropped over to visit, along with Bill Joyce and Diane Melde. Both couples are staying at a Coast to Coast campground in nearby Wapakoneta, and they rode down together to say hello and check out the fairgrounds.

While we were visiting with them, Linda Fleeger came by to say hello. Linda is going to be presenting a seminar on Volunteering At National Wildlife Refuges at the rally, and she also volunteered herself and her pal Terry Traver to go out and collect door prizes from the local business community. I quickly passed that duty on to them, because we have been going in so many different directions at once that we still have not had time to call on anybody for door prizes.  

While all of this was going on, Brenda Speidel and Billie Barker had commandeered one of the fairgrounds buildings to sort rally T-shirts. It is always hard to know how many shirts to order, and in what sizes. Last year here in Ohio, we sold out of the smaller sizes, and were stuck with leftover XX and XXX sizes. But at our Arizona rally in February, the larger sizes sold out the first or second day, and we had leftover smaller sizes.

We have debated only having shirts available on a pre-order basis, but we have so many people who show up at the rallies at the last minute that they would be shut out. The problem, of course, is that as soon as the rally ends, any leftover shirts are just excess baggage and wasted money. The screen printer definitely does not want them back, and we don’t want to carry them around.

While all of this was going on, Bad Nick was busy too, posting a new Bad Nick Blog titled I Didn’t Do It! that I think will get some interesting responses.

On another topic, I reported Sunday that we had lost one of the safety pins from our Blue Ox tow bar. I got an e-mail from my friend Michele Henry at Phoenix Commercial Paint yesterday telling me that she had found the missing pin in her paint booth. Apparently I had not attached it securely when I moved the tow bar from our bus conversion to the Winnebago, and it fell out while the motorhome was in her shop getting the stripe painted on last week.

Several people have written to tell me that they had either heard of, or even experienced, having safety pins pulled out when parked at truck stops and highway rest areas. While we have never had that happen to us, one longtime reader lost the Jeep he was towing while going through Atlanta. He had stopped and taken a nap at a rest area south of the city just before. Mere coincidence? Who knows?

Whenever we stop for fuel or for a break at a rest area, and every morning before we hit the road, I always do a walk around to inspect the RV and our dinghy, to be sure everything looks okay. Even though we have and trust a PressurePro tire monitoring system, I check the tires for any cuts or damage that might have occurred from highway debris; check the tow bar, safety pins, and safety cables; check for leaks, and just look to see that the bumpers have not fallen off or something. (Hey, you might laugh, but you never had the Motorhome from Hell that we started our RV life in!)

It only takes a couple of minutes, but it gives me an excuse to get out and stretch my legs, and it’s always better to spot a potential problem when you’re safely off the road, rather than waiting for something to go wrong at 60 miles per hour.

Thought For The Day – I’m not old, I’m chronologically gifted.

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Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  7 Responses to “They’re Rolling In!”

  1. I padlock my pins in, on the road or parked.
    Tom & Lynn

  2. Nick,

    Sounds like your rally is going to be another success. Patsy and I won’t make like we thought………. an appointment at the Tiffin factory came up for Sept 28, and we were able to secure it.

    By the way, I use locks instead of pins on all of my connections to the tow bar. You can get a set of key-alike at Walmart. It is one less thing to check!

    Good luck on the rally.


  3. From day-one, quite a few years ago, we have used the “Blue Ox locking rods” that do not require the snap-ring pins. I have always felt this was a great security measure.

  4. About those extra t-shirts when your rally is finished…why not donate them to Goodwill or some place similar? They are put to good use, you get a tax deduction, and you don’t have to haul them around with you.

  5. All of our towing attachment points (receiver/hitch, ball/socket-latch, tow-bar/car-brackets) use locks instead of pins. Even so, when we stop we always check everything before we go again.

  6. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve found a nail or screw embedded in a tire. Sometimes you are lucky and it is just a surface thing; sometimes air starts coming out but either way, you aren’t on the side of the road!

  7. Leftover t-shirts shouldn’t be a burden. Donate them to a shelter or orphanage and write it off your taxes as a donation. There is always a need for clothing at these places.

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