Originally Posted by BrendaV
Is there anything I need to do, and how fast do I need to reply to reserve a spot. This would be our first rally and are so looking forward to going. Any info would be great Thanks
Hi BrendaV and Welcome! Going to a rally for the first time can be a little overwhelming, but also a lot of fun. Let me see if I can give you some idea of what to expect.
Yes, sign up at the Forest River Owners Group site first. FROG - Forest River Owners Group
On the website there are different categories. Click on "Events & Calendar". Now scroll down to "Rallies & Trips". You will see: 2016 FROG International Rally August 14, 2016- August 20,2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Goshen, Indiana
When registration opens it will show up there. Also, once they have your email address they should send you and email telling you registration is open. (I usually just check the website often).
Once they open registration they will give you further instructions but most of the time the instructions will be "call the fairgrounds to reserve your rally spot" (this isn't your parking spot, just your "yes, I am attending" spot). They will give the phone number when registration opens. (if they gave it now..... well, you can imagine the pandemonium....).
Then the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) will send you an email asking for all of your info: how many are attending, size of your rig, do you have special needs, are you bringing pets, emergency contact info, etc. Once you fill out all your info, you will need to send your rally fee. (figure on 400 ish - 500 ish for 2 people to be safe. They will announce exactly how much when registration opens). This fee usually covers your camp site for 5 days, usually 2 meals a day, and various activities like factory tours which they usually provide transportation to. There may be some "cocktail hour" type of gatherings included in there too. On the grounds of the Fairgrounds during the rally there are some vendors that set up their booths. (Usually they put them inside one of the buildings so you can walk through and browse the booths without having to worry about the weather).
The "factory tech repairs" you may hear about is: Forest River will send techs to the rally to address repair type issues with the Motorhome/5th wheel or Travel Trailers at the rally. When you register you will be given the opportunity to list 2 (maybe 3) things you want repaired during the rally. Yes, there are limits to what they can/will repair. Simple things usually like "the hinge broke off my cabinet" or "my window shade doesn't work" but NOT rebuild my slide or turn my 2009 Motorhome into a 2016. Forest River sends Techs NOT Magicians!! LOL. But the techs are very nice and very knowledgeable so they will be able to help you and if they can't they can help you get in contact with the right person at Forest River to talk to about your repair item.
There are usually mini seminar type speakers at the rally. They may talk about things like fire safety, or proper tank cleaning for RVs. The exact list of offered seminars will probably be listed in the registration email the FROG sends you. These seminars are usually included in your rally fee.
There will be a LOT of people to meet at the rally. Meeting other owners of the same Forest River product you own is not only fun, but it gives you access to a network of people you can call on to get info/advice/tips on your RV or any other RV related topic. So I usually tell people: bring a small notebook to write down contact info for you and them. If you are computer savy, you can print a "business card" with your personal contact info to give out to new friends you meet at the rally. There is a company called Vistaprint that will print business cards for as little as $10.00.
The info I have given you is based on my past experiences when attending a rally. It may or may not necessarily be exactly what Forest River does or will do, but you get the basic idea.
Hope to see you there!