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Old 09-06-2016, 11:11 AM   #15
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I've reserved #55 for the gathering on the river. I have the silver turtle U-Haul CT13. Just got back from a 11,000 mile trip to Alaska and back to St. Louis. See you. Andy
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:25 PM   #16
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I just cancelled our site, 101, for the rally. See you all somewhere down the road!
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:29 PM   #17
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I just reserved site #101 for my Escape 19. See you all there!
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:02 PM   #18
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My wife Becky and I Just made reservations in site #105. I believe it is the last one in the loop.
We have never been to a fiberglass rally before. We just got our 2008 Outback in April. We only live about 40 miles from Thompson.
We do have a Camp Inn teardrop and go to Tearjerker rally's.
Looking forward to meeting you.
We are cancelling our reservation in site #105 for the rally.
We just got back from Thomson Causeway from attending a Tearjerkers rally.
Because of problems created by the current campground host and Corps Ranger with a couple from out of state. The couple forgot to register at the entrance shack when they arrived. They were preregistered and prepayed.
Rather than the hosts and the Corps Rangers ability to handle the situation in a respectable non-confrontational manner the Ranger chose to come to their campsite after dark, after they had gone to bed and make a big deal of it, rather than politely handle the situation the next morning.
We feel compelled to cancel our reservation rather than further spend any money in the area.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:31 PM   #19
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Thompson causeway Jody call needed.

Sorry we won't get to camp with you next weekend. I've stayed in many COE campgrounds and I find that all you have to remember is It's the ARMY corps of engineers. Your left Your Left Your left right left. I don't know but I been told, The campground ranger can be mighty cold.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:56 PM   #20
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We are cancelling our reservation in site #105 for the rally.
We just got back from Thomson Causeway from attending a Tearjerkers rally.
Because of problems created by the current campground host and Corps Ranger with a couple from out of state. The couple forgot to register at the entrance shack when they arrived. They were preregistered and prepayed.
Rather than the hosts and the Corps Rangers ability to handle the situation in a respectable non-confrontational manner the Ranger chose to come to their campsite after dark, after they had gone to bed and make a big deal of it, rather than politely handle the situation the next morning.
We feel compelled to cancel our reservation rather than further spend any money in the area.
I wonder if no one was at the gate apparently to check them in? I believe the Rangers routinely come around at night to see to it that no one is there who has not paid or who is in the wrong site, and they expect to see the stub or tag at the vehicle. They may have had more than a few people at campgrounds who did not pay or whatever. They both do rounds to try to make certain that everyone belongs there, which is security for the rest of us. So, yes, they do that at night when people who do not belng possibly think they can get in unnoticed.

Too bad no one had checked them in. On a weekend, there should be gate attendants. Most of the hosts and Rangers we have seen at many Corps campgrounds have been quite good.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:55 AM   #21
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The thing is this gathering was organized by the same couple that had done it the 8 years previous. they had a master list of everyone that was preregistered and prepaid through the reservation system. They were sitting around the camp fire when the ranger showed up and tried to explain that to him. But that was not good enough for him. The people had to go get their little tag for the post right now. He could not just leave it by saying "please make sure they come up first thing in the morning and get registered at the shack". No he had to make a big over blown deal out of it.
I understand they have a job to do, but to handle it in the unprofessional manner with the chip on his shoulder that he did was way out of line.
Maybe he and the campground hosts (they get a free site, maybe they should just pay for a site instead) should get jobs where they don't have to deal with people.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:54 PM   #22
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Joining you all. . .

Hi Paul and All,

I'm Betsy and my friend Steve and I will be joining you for the weekend. We're very interested in Escapes and hope to make RVing a big part of our retirement plan someday soon! Hope some of you will be willing to
show us the Escapes--also have been intrigued with having a dry bath like the RPods offer.

You all sound like fun group.

Tenters for now,
Betsy & Steve
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:18 PM   #23
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Mississippi River Rendezvous

You'll be able to tour several trailers at this rally. In addition you can take lots of photos. Interview owners and compare more than one brand of trailer with others. At The Niagara Rally, there were many prospective fiberglass owners during the trailer tours.
We will see you there.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:23 PM   #24
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I just checked and the four loops of the campground are near filled. It looks like the Rendezvous attendees will have a lot of company. There still are some convenient spots available for overnight stays or you are welcome to join us during the day at any time. Tours are available on Saturday from 12 noon to 3:00, followed by a happy hour and a potluck. You are welcome for any or all events.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:02 AM   #25
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The Planned Activities for the rally have been published. If you did not receive an email with the agenda please send me a personal message with your email address and I will forward them to you.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:08 AM   #26
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Sadly, we just cancelled our spot for the rally (#103). We plan to visit on Saturday but cannot do the whole weekend at this time.

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Old 09-26-2016, 12:49 PM   #27
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Flooding is expected this week along the Mississippi at Iowa/Illlinois. It is quite possible that this campground will be closed. Paul is looking at the options.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:34 PM   #28
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Mississippi River Flood

We have received word from our man on the ground, RedDog, that Thomson Causeway campground will close tomorrow (Tuesday) due to flooding on the Mississippi River. Because of this we have implemented Plan B and will be moving the rally 45 minutes west to Pine Grove campground in Scott County Parks in Eldridge Iowa.

This is a very nice county park with five campgrounds. The park does not accept reservations but contains 310 sites with 37 in Pine Grove. Today that campground is empty but by the weekend it will fill with fiberglass RV's. We choose Pine Grove because it is the only campground with electric sites, the others have water and/or sewer thus making them more popular.

The address for the park is 18850 270th St in Eldridge IA. Since the park does not accept reservations there no need for you to do anything other than put in a different address into your GPS. I assume there will be some refund system from Thomson Causeway, if anyone finds anything regarding that let us know.

The park and campground has a locked gate system after 10:00 PM. The method to register is to proceed to your campsite, drop your trailer or set up and then return to the contact station to register. In speaking with the contact station they state that you should arrive by 9:30 PM to complete that process.

We have secured a pavilion with electricity so the pot luck dinner remains in the plans. The Lug Nuts Contest will proceed as planned.

RedDog is making the drive from Thomson River to Pine Grove as I write this, expect a report from him after his return.

We will keep you abreast as more details become available. Here are some park links if you would like more information on the facility.

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