Just recently, I was lucky enough to attend a rally for motorhomers at Boonah in Qld. I have so many ask me “What is a rally?” and “What do you do there?” that I thought I would take the time to share with you.
The rally starts with the rolling in of all the different motorhomes (in this case over 1000 of them!!), all different sizes, layouts, brands etc most containing two occupants, many containing one, and many of them containing at least one dog! They have travelled from all over Australia to share a week of fun and friendship.
The organisation of such an event is a huge task and it is undertaken by a band of members who are volunteers – a wonderful group without whom these events would never exist! They gather at the rally site in the weeks prior to the rally, to carry out all the preparations – marking out and numbering of parking, water plumbed to all areas, dump sites installed for the ‘black waste’, collection sites for the dumping of ‘grey waste’, setting up of electrics, sound systems etc, erection of the huge marquis, installation of temporary ablution blocks and so on – a huge, huge job!
As you arrive at the gates, you are met by the volunteers and given your identification paper (which must be displayed in your windscreen for the duration of the rally) ribbons (which must be worn for the duration of the rally), your ‘showbag’ of brochures and other info about the local town and area outlining points of interest, special offers etc and a warm “Welcome to Boonah!” You are then directed on to the parking volunteers, who by looking at the paper on your windscreen, know exactly where you are to park and within minutes you are parked on your designated spot.
It is now time to ‘set up’ for the week and the first thing is to level up . We do this by running the vehicle up onto ramps.
You will also notice a bucket – this is to be filled with water and placed at the passenger side wheel in case of fire.
We draw the blinds around the windscreen
and yes our ID papers are displayed!
Next comes the awning – it winds out – the ‘privacy screen’ is attached and pegged out. There is just enough room for others to ‘walk through’ between the rigs.
You can also see the mat that we put down on the ground – it is a matting that doesn’t kill the grass and just helps ‘define’ the space and keeps you from walking grass, mud etc into the home.
So then it’s unfold the chairs and put the table together
Now Nanny has a place to
craft sit and study the program for the week in the shade! I’ll tell you about that later.
Until next time