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Heavy Duty Truck West Coast Rally

West Coast Rally

The little rally that could!

The next West Coast Rally will be held

June 13-20, 2022

at

Ambassador RV Resort

888-877-8307

Rally registration will begin January 3, 2022

Make Park Reservation First

Then return here to complete the rally registration 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.

Current Rally Schedule

2022 West Coast Rally

Monday June 13 - Monday June 20

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 Elks Lodge Dinner information.  Confirm art project participation.

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 – Essential Oils – Sheri Lynton

In this class we will discuss what exactly essential oils are, how they work, and some of the most common uses and benefits.   It will be interactive with the chance to sample food, try body and skin care treatments and cleaning products that are made using essential oils and a few simple ingredients, and ways I personally use them to address many of life’s everyday challenges, such as sunburn, insect bites, seasonal allergies, upset stomach, insomnia and more.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Wi-Fi Ranger

Mark Maliwauki is the Director of Customer Experience & Success and Randy Keyes is the Customer Service Manager & Technical Lead for WiFi Ranger, a local (Idaho) company recently acquired by Winegard that produces WiFi and LTE Capture devices allowing RVers to connect to distant WiFi networks and LTE signals and create local area networks in their RV’s.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Seminar – Firearms Safety & Personal Protection – Chad Heiser

This presentation will cover firearms safety considerations, personal safety considerations and self-defense.  This presentation will not cover individual state laws and is not intended to be state specific, but more of a general overview of the topics.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

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

This is intended for novice or inexperienced firearms users to teach some basic firearms skills in preparation for the firearms day on Thursday.  This class is intended for the novice or beginner but is open to anyone.

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.

This day is set aside for the wine tour.  The wine tour will be split over two days, Wednesday and Thursday.  Attendees who are participating in the range day can go on the wine tour on Wednesday.  Attendees who are not participating in the range day can go on the wine tour on Thursday and will have a free day on Wednesday. 

The tours are limited in the number of people we can accommodate.  The wineries still have restrictions on how many people can be in the facilities at any one time (14).  Due to these restrictions, the tour company (All Aboard Fun Bus) will take 28 people out on Wednesday and 28 people out on Thursday.  The bus will drop half the group at the first winery and the second half of the group at the second winery and will then begin to move the groups around to various wineries throughout the day.  There will be a food truck or lunch wagon set up at one of the wineries for tour members to purchase food for lunch.  The wine tour costs $89.00 per person and will be paid directly to the tour company on the day of the wine tour.  The tour will begin at 11:00 am each day.

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 – 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.

(11:00 – 4:00 pm – Second Half of Wine Tour)

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Elks Lodge Happy Hour and Dinner

The Caldwell Elks Lodge has agreed to host our group for dinner and no host cocktails (thanks to Dave Schonhardt for being an Elks Lodge member).  Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, but our cocktail bar opens at 4:00 pm, so we can arrive any time after that.  We will have our own bartender and bar area in the dining hall.  If you have a special alcohol request, let me know so our bar can stock it.  They will have all the normal alcohol and soft drink choices available.  The dinner choices are prime rib or salmon, with all the fixings.  The fee for dinner is $40 per person and includes the hall rental, our own private bar area and all the necessary items to host a group our size. If you wish to attend, please purchase your dinner ahead of time through the rally website.  I will have a list of attendees and their dinner choices that I will confirm with everyone in person at the rally on arrival day.  The Caldwell lodge is large and can accommodate our entire group.  The Caldwell Elks Lodge is located at 1015 N Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605.

7:00 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 – RV Batteries – Chad Heiser

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.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Inverter Installations – Chad Heiser

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.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Seminar – Solar Installations – Chad Heiser

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.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Seminar – Bed Building – Dave LaRue

This will be a discussion about building a bed for a converted HDT in RV use.

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 – YouTube and You – Jim Stockman

Jim and Kellie Stockman are YouTube content providers with their own channel.  Their YouTube channel is called Suite Travels.  They provide content related to fulltime living in their RV’s and other RV lifestyle related issues.  They will discuss how to document your travels and share memories with family and friends while on the road through Social Media and YouTube.

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Living on the Road Without Compromise – Robert and Julia Barclay

This presentation will include a brief background on Robert and Julia Barclay, what got them to where they are, what prepared them for the journey of going full time, and the decision to build a travel home rather than buy an RV.  It will also cover their design principal – No Compromise, as well as considerations when building a travel home for the road.

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch break

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 be gladly 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

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

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 am – 12:15 am – Seminar – Tips on Dry Camping – David and 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)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm – 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.

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm – Break

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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