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After a soggy start to the largest RV rally in the Northeast, things finally started to clear up for the RV enthusiasts split between the New York State Fairgrounds and the parking lots of Destiny USA.
“The Rally,” opened last week to heavy rain, forcing rally organizers to turn RV drivers away from the Fairgrounds and detour them to the parking lots at Destiny.
Within a matter of hours, the mall and rally organizers coordinated to provide shuttles, port-a-potties and trash pick-up for the hundreds rerouted to Destiny.
Jim McParland and Robyn Currie, who traveled all the way from Ontario, Canada were impressed with the way organizers and mall officials handled the situation.
“They’ve made a great situation from what could have been a disaster,” McParland said. “I think the fact that they’ve adopted or adapted so well to the conditions speaks volumes of Syracuse and for the person that runs that mall coordinating with the rally people.”
“It’s been fine – slightly inconvenient not to be over there (at the Fairgrounds) but it’s been safe here and there are a lot of people to talk to,” Currie added.
Destiny USA called in extra security to help secure the entire perimeter surrounding the RVs.
“We have the guard towers we put in place as the parking lot project a few years ago. Whatever they need, we’ll do it,” said Destiny USA General Manager Rob Schoeneck.
The weekend went on as planned with an RV show and concerts featuring Wayne Newton Friday night and Reba McEntire Saturday evening.
For rally attendees such as Barb Heibein, some bad weather wasn’tt going to spoil their fun.
“We come for a good time and this is a good place to have it,” said Heibein.
People all over Syracuse are celebrating because the rally is expected to bring in millions of dollars as vendors and event attendees visit restaurants, stores, and stay in area hotels.
Safeco Insurance has announced the redesign of LiveLifeLocal.com, a website designed to inspire RV enthusiasts (along with boaters, motorcyclists and road-trippers) with thousands of ideas for places to go and things to do with their favorite vehicles.
“Nobody buys an RV to simply keep it in the driveway,” said Matt Nickerson, president, Safeco Insurance. “RVs are the gateway to a lifestyle that allows people to get out and do the things they love. LiveLifeLocal connects people who are passionate about their vehicle and the life it provides with the activities, resources and network to get the most out of them.”
The site features a new photography-heavy format and enhanced content that encourage users to explore everything they can do with their vehicle of choice. This may come in the form of a scenic highway, a campground with all the right hook ups for an RV or great vistas and unique sites to stop at during the family’s next road trip.
To further enhance the user-experience, LiveLifeLocal has partnered with several experts to showcase their insider knowledge of these vehicles and lifestyles. This roster of lifestyle experts includes authors like Brad Herzog, road trip aficionado and author of multiple books, including Turn Left at the Trojan Horse and Small World: A Microcosmic Journey. These partnerships will give users access to tips, featured activities and regular blog posts from the folks who have the inside scoop on it all.
Some significant site developments include:
- Personalized experience: Visitors to the site can sort content by vehicle type and keyword, giving them highly tailored content, images and more.
- National perspective: Whether looking to travel thousands of miles or planning to stay close to home, users can instantly view activities that are relevant to any geographic location, plus suggestions for activities that are nearby.
- Social connections. Users can now like and comment on individual posts to connect with users who share similar lifestyles and interests. The site also features easy ways to share content across several social networks.
“The ability to drill down to a specific lifestyle based on your vehicle, plus easy ways to share and connect through social media, make Safeco’s LiveLifeLocal a one-of-a kind resource,” added Nickerson.
To become a part of this new community and for more information, visit: www.livelifelocal.com.
The campsite already full, Debbie Lennen was busy Thursday, registering the early arrivals for this weekend’s “Trailers in the Trees.” The event is one of only a few RV rallies in Northern California each year.
Trailers in the Trees has been held since 2006 at Felton’s Smithwoods RV Park, drawing RV enthusiasts from around the state for a weekend of camaraderie. But during a four-hour window Saturday, they’ll also get the chance to show off, opening up their intricately restored vintage RVs for public tours.
Owners have registered 42 vintage trailers for the event, twice the number that showed up at the rally’s first year. It’s the brainchild of Santa Cruz resident Penny Cotter and her husband, who in 2006 restored the 1962 Shasta Airflyte that they’ll bring to the show this weekend. They spent about $2,000 to restore the trailer, but kept costs down by doing the work themselves. But “some people get them professionally restored and pay $20,000 and $30,000,” Cotter said.
Smithwoods has been family owned and operated since 1920, when Charles and Frances Smith purchased 13 acres and named it Big Trees Auto Camp, according to the park’s website. Through the years, subsequent generations have taken the reins, and it’s now operated by the original founders’ granddaughter and her great-grandsons.
Because Smithwoods is relatively small, the number of participants has held steady in recent years at about 40 trailers. But at the next Northern California RV rally, held in Petaluma in early October, organizers hope to double that number.
Cotter also operates a website that’s geared toward vintage RV enthusiasts and aims to “promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through gatherings and information exchange.” To view a list of upcoming rallies, go to www.tincantourists.com. Story Source