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at the
Heavy Duty Truck West Coast Rally

West Coast Rally

The little rally that could!

The 2025 West Coast Rally will be held

June 9-16, 2025

at

Ambassador RV Resort

888-877-8307

Rally registration will begin in mid-November 2024

Make your Park Reservation First by contacting Ambassador RV Resort directly

Then return here to complete the rally registration form by clicking the link below

Rally Location

Ambassador RV Resort

Featuring 85 foot pull-thrus and classy facilities, Ambassador is located near Idaho’s wine country and convenient to the Boise metro area: the perfect home base for all your activities.

2024 Rally Schedule

2024 West Coast Rally

Monday June 10 - Monday June 17

Ambassador RV Resort

Arrivals – Check in at campground

Open day for arrival of rally attendees.  Check in at park.  Pick up name tags and T-shirts at group site.  Pay any outstanding fees owed.  Confirm Indian Creek Dinner information.  Confirm art project participation.  Sign up for MASA and Skymed lunches.

4:00 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour

Gather at group sight (BYOB) for introductions, meet and greet and socializing.  We will also have a discussion about the rally and how it will go for the week.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Seminar – Pennant Advisors – Mark Maliwauki

Pennant Advisors LLC is a broker of Medicare insurance plans. Most Medicare beneficiaries and those who will become eligible this year or next want to know what coverage options are available and where to turn for help when there are questions or concerns. Pennant Advisors will be doing a short Medicare presentation on Tuesday morning and then will be available during the rally for one-on-one conversations to answer whatever questions HDT Rally attendees may have about their current coverage or future coverage options.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – RV Battery Installations – Chad Heiser of Heiser RV Solar & Electric

Considerations and components for an RV battery bank.  I will discuss the current battery technologies along with the pros and cons of each type.  I will cover charging, discharging, wiring, sizing and monitoring of an RV battery bank.  There will also be specific information on various battery banks I have installed.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Seminar – RV Inverter Installations – Chad Heiser of Heiser RV Solar & Electric

Considerations and components for an RV inverter installation.  I will discuss all aspects of inverter installations including basic electrical calculations, sizing, wiring considerations, charging, inverter types and recommendations, battery monitoring and finally a phased approach to the installation.  There will also be specific information on various systems I have installed.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Seminar – RV Solar Installations – Chad Heiser of Heiser RV Solar & Electric

Considerations and components for an RV solar installation.  I will discuss all aspects of solar installations including basic electrical calculations, panel types and array sizing, wiring considerations, charge controller types and recommendations, monitoring and finally installation considerations.  There will also be specific information on various systems I have installed.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner time

Everyone is free to retreat to their RV’s or gather as desired for dinner.

6:30 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour

Everyone is encouraged to congregate at the group site for socializing, storytelling, or whatever may come.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Seminar – Kleen Tank – Jeff Young

A rally attendee and local Kleen Tank franchisee, Jeff Young, will discuss the Kleen tank process and how to maintain your RV holding tanks.  Jeff will also be providing his Kleen Tank services at the rally.  If you are interested in the service, you can contact Jeff directly at 208-412-0560.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Proteng RV Fire Suppression – Neal Pope

A rally attendee and Proteng retailer and installer, Neal Pope of Nomad Neal, LLC, will discuss RV fire safety and how Proteng can protect your RV from a fire.  Nomad Neal’s Proteng services will also be available throughout the rally.  If you are interested in the services he provides, you can contact him directly at 727-359-1800.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Seminar – Alaska Trip in an HDT – Davis and Sondra Kahanamoku

David and Sondra are full time HDT RVer’s and have been to Alaska both with and without an HDT.  They are long time HDTers and have a lot of experience traveling with and dealing with the specific issues that can arrise with an HDT.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Seminar – Basic Gun Safety – Chad Heiser

This seminar is geared toward new gun owners, but will cover things that all gun owners should know.  I will teach some basic firearms skills and discuss basic firearms considerations in preparation for the firearms day on Thursday.  This class is open to anyone interested in firearms and will be both a group discussion and a presentation.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner time

Everyone is free to retreat to their RV’s or gather as desired for dinner.

6:30 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour & Left, Right, Center Tournaments

We will set up tables for Left, Right, Center tournaments.  This is a quick and easy to learn dice game that is fun to play and can result in winning a bit of money.  Bring some dollar bills to play.

Everyone is encouraged to congregate at the group site for socializing, storytelling, or whatever may come.

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Mandatory Range Safety Meeting – Chad Heiser

This meeting is required attendance for all people who wish to go to the range for the day.  We will cover basic range safety and the rules for the day.

9:30 am – 10:00 am – Break

Take a break and gather your equipment to head out to the range.  Bring food and drink you would like for lunch as there are no food services at the range.  Chairs would also be advisable.

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to the range

We will caravan out to the range together.  We will be heading to Pickle Butte Shooting Range/George Nourse Range at 16802 Nash Road, Nampa, ID 83686.  This is a public range open to anyone.  We will do our best to keep the group together once we arrive at the range.

10:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Shooting

This is intended to be a fun outing for both experienced and inexperienced/novice shooters.  Please bring your own firearms and ammunition to be used at the range.  If you do not have you’re your own forearms, but would like to participate, contact me and we can discuss options.  I will provide some targets and stands, but if you have some you would like to bring and use/share that would be extremely helpful as well.  I will have some additional help to provide individualized shooting instruction for anyone who would like.  Obviously, firearms can be dangerous, and we want everyone to be safe, so we will implement safety rules and instructions, but this event is a participate at your own risk event.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Free time

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm –  Indian Creek Steakhouse – No host cocktails

Our room will open for dinner attendees with our own bar tender for no host cocktails at 5:30 pm.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm –  Indian Creek Steakhouse – Dinner

Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, but our cocktail bar opens at 5:30 pm, so we can arrive any time after that.  We will have our own bartender and bar area in our own private banquet room.  They will have all the normal alcohol and soft drink choices available.  The dinner choices are ribeye,  salmon or chicken, with cheesy potatoes and salad.  The fee for dinner is a per person charge dependent on the entree selected and includes the hall rental, our own private bar area and all the necessary items to host a group our size.  I will have a list of attendees and their dinner choices that I will confirm with everyone in person at the rally.  Indian Creek Steakhouse is large and can accommodate our entire group.  The restaurant is located at 711 Main St Caldwell, ID 83605.

7:30 pm – Close –   Indian Creek Steakhouse – Fun Time

The restaurant has a dance floor, pool tables, and Golden Tee.  They also have a mechanical bull and other amenities.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Seminar – Free Time

10:30 am – 11:00 am – All Aboard Fun Bus – Check in

Check in and pay (for those who didn’t pre-pay) for the wine tour.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Wine Tour – All Aboard Fun Bus

I have hired All Aboard Fun Bus to take rally attendees on a wine tour of the local wineries.  The tour company will pick us up at the RV Park around 10:30 am for check in and we will hit the road by 11:00 am.  The tour company will also be arranging a food truck to be available at one of the winery stops to provide the opportunity for attendees to purchase lunch during the tour.  The tour is limited to 25 participants.  The wine tour fee is $89.00 per person.  The payment can be made Venmo ahead of time or by cash, check, Venmo, or credit card the day of the tour.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Free Time

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner time

Everyone is free to retreat to their RV’s or gather as desired for dinner.

6:30 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour

Everyone is encouraged to congregate at the group site for socializing, storytelling, or whatever may come.Free

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Seminar – Tips on Dry Camping – David & Sondra Kahanamoku

Resource Conservation (water, power, waste, fuel, etc) and Resource Acquisition (How we use our HDT to help us with water, waste, fuel and power)

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – MASA Medical Transportation Services – Jennifer McCann

Medical Air Services Association (MASA) was founded in 1974. We pioneered the emergency transportation industry-standard Plan Agreement, along with the ten basic member benefits that are the cornerstone of our association.

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm – MASA Provided Lunch

MASA is providing lunch for all who signed up for the presentation at the beginning of the week.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Painting Party – Michelle Brotzman of The Angry Easel Paint Parties LLC

The painting party will be led by a local artist and is open to anyone willing to have a good time.  No artistic talent is necessary.  This will be the sixth year we have offered the art project and it has gained popularity each time.  The artist will provide all the materials necessary, all you need to do is show up and have fun.  There is a $20.00 fee payable to the artist to cover the materials and her time.  The artist will guide participants through the process of creating a personalized painting.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Free Time

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Potluck Dinner

Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share with the group.  The WCR potluck dinner is wide open and meant to be a fun gathering (much like our rally in general).  I do not assign out specific dishes nor types of dishes to anyone.  Whatever you wish to bring, and share will gladly be accepted.  I know there are a lot of good cooks out there and I look forward to sampling your creations.  We will have further discussions about this our first night at the park as a group.

6:30 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour

Everyone is encouraged to congregate at the group site for socializing, storytelling, or whatever may come.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Seminar – Electrical Safety – David Schonhardt

David will provide a class demonstration and lecture regarding electrical safety.  David is a retired electrician and encourages class input and questions.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Trip Planning – David and Sondra Kahanamoku

Why do we dry camp, when do we dry camp and what kinds of places do we camp at with our HDT?  What tools and resources do we use to find great places to camp where a large HDT rig can fit.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Skymed provided Lunch

Skymed is providing lunch for all who signed up for the presentation at the beginning of the week.

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Seminar – Skymed – Mark Steinmetz

Are You Protected? SkyMed,… is the Premier Emergency Medical Transportation Company. Come learn more about the protections SkyMed provides.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Rally Wrap Up and Raffle – Chad Heiser

We will hold the rally raffle and give out prizes.  We will also discuss the rally in general and solicit feedback for future rallies.  I look forward to your feedback.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner time

Everyone is free to retreat to their RV’s or gather as desired for dinner.

6:30 pm – ??:?? pm – Happy hour

Everyone is encouraged to congregate at the group site for socializing, storytelling, or whatever may come.

Departure day.  Goodbye to all.  See you next year.

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