Our motorhome is sitting out on the pad here at our home in Conway, SC and we are making preparations to get underway to Richmond, VA next weekend to attend the FMCA Great Eastern Area Rally. This will be our second visit to the Richmond International Speedway to support the GEAR and we expect to be in the same parking facility. Quite surprisingly we have a good 30A circuit, water, and a sewer connection on our site.
Last year we didn’t bring our 08 Vue because we had basically had just bought it and it was absent a baseplate and auxilliary brake. Setting up our display area with the assistance of good neighbors was deeply appreciated. I have a computer and printer, paper etc., brochure racks, DVD player, plug strips and cords and cables. This all gets setup the day before the rally starts. Luckily the building is air conditioned. Last year the temperatures were in the 90s in early June. It was very hot we thought for that time of the year.
The exhibit building was about 1/4 mile away or so and I made the walk to our work space a few times. There were at least 30 or more vendors inside the hall and I thought that there was a good mix of products. There were also vendors outside of the building but I didn’t envy those guys out there in the heat.
The rally this year will begin on June 4th to 7th, 2009. This year we have our car so setting up should be a breeze.
On our way to Richmond last year the run went very well. On the way home we encountered an overheat condition which we found out later was attributable to a bad fan clutch assembly or FCA. Once we got moving again, the temperatures came down into the 2″nineteens” and I was feeling a little better about our immediate situation.
What happened is that while monitoring our Scan Guage II is that I was watching increased FW°T temperatures approaching 235 degrees. The temperature shot up very high after we had pulled into a rest stop. Both auxillairy fans were spinning up but it wasn’t helping very much. Unless that big fan clutches up and starts blowing an overheat condition is a certainty.
Once the FCA was replaced we were good to go for the rest of the season. We went all the way out to Forest City, IA. We suffered a lightning strike but I’ll cover that later. (It’s alreadt detailed in the threads in the Winnebago Forum I believe.
As we set out for Richmond and I work the GEAR Rally I hope to add to My Blog while sitting in the display. I hope to be able to bring to you first hand reports about the rally and the people that I meet there.
I will be giving a seminar and here is my schedule for that event:
Thursday, June 4, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM – Seminar C
I hope to se you there. I know that a few iRV2.com members are planning to attend and I always like to see old friends and make new ones.
Please come by and say hello! I’ll be in the Workhorse Booth.