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REV Pusher Rally Drew 300 Fairgrounds Coaches

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May 9, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Coaches line the Elkhart County Fairgrounds for the Ramblin’ Pushers national rally

Expanding from its core membership base, Ramblin’ Pushers Chapter 419 welcomed over 300 coaches to its national rally at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen which, for the first time, included the entire stable of brands produced by Holiday Rambler parent REV Group Inc. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page).

“The Ramblin’ Pushers opened it up to all of our brands,” said Jim Jacobs, president of REV Recreation Group, noting that a contingent of American Coach, Fleetwood, Monaco, Beaver and Safari coach owners joined this year’s event. “They have always been very supportive of us as a company. It’s a lot of fun for the members but it’s also extremely educational and there is a lot of value in this annual rally. We will support it for many years to come.”

The weeklong event, which kicked off May 4 and closes out Thursday, offers attendees a chance to socialize with fellow coach owners while also providing a service-oriented platform with a full slate of technical seminars. 

“Many of our owners call it the maintenance rally,” offered Don Gephart, marketing manager for REV Recreation Group. “Sure it’s about gathering, but for the most part it’s how to work on your coach yourself or where to get it fixed. It’s all about routine maintenance and how to keep your coach in premier operating condition. It’s a good five days of seminars.”

“REV is happy to support the 419 Club and do all we can for them,” he said. “The other rallies around the country are more regional. The 419 is a national rally and they bring people from all over the country.”

Among those in attendance were Wayne and Laura Watson who have been in the Holiday Rambler family since 1971. “We had two travel trailers and then a fifth-wheel and finally took the plunge into a diesel pusher motorhome in 1998,” said Laura Watson.

Her husband added, “It was used and we liked it so much we went and bought a 40-foot 2000 Imperial — a beautiful coach that gave us years of pleasure.”

Donald and Phyllis Pomroy

Like many aging owners at the rally, the Watsons downsized to a smaller 36-foot Holiday Rambler Ambassador in 2013. “We were thinking about giving up the lifestyle, but we came to the rally and my wife fell in love with the unit we have now,” said Wayne Watson. 

“We still believe in the club, we still believe in the product,” he added. “The one thing that made Holiday Rambler so successful is that their engineers took it into the woods and camped for 30 days so they could find out what works right and what doesn’t. I think they could benefit from more of that today.” 

Donald and Phyllis Pomroy, who hail from Rockport, Ill., just outside of Chicago, are full-timers that traveled to the rally in their 2012 Holiday Rambler Endeavor after wintering down south. They stay at KOAs, while also working for the KOA system, and change campsites every four to six months. 

“The number one thing about the rally is the camaraderie, particularly with folks that have the same kind of coach you have,” Donald Pomroy said. “The seminars certainly are very informative. If you have questions, the folks putting on the seminars are quite knowledgeable. The sales and service that you can get for your rig right here is nice. Some of the suppliers change your oil, filters, make any adjustments including updating the computer programs in the transmission.” 

Phyllis Pomroy added, “They even wash your coach, change your tires, do inspections on your roof and slide toppers to make sure they are all OK, and offer propane tank checks. It’s kind of like one-stop shopping.” 

Bill Kasko and his wife, Shirley, who reside in Venice, Fla., travel about half the year in their 2008 Holiday Rambler Imperial. They are the original owners and have logged 110,000 miles.

“We like these rallies because we get to see a lot of old friends,” said Bill Kasko. “We learn a lot here and enjoy the vendor support. It’s where I buy more stuff and get stuff done on the coach. So far they fixed a door, the door seal, serviced the Aqua Hot, and did a repair on one of the roof trim pieces.”

“It’s a great rally” he concluded. “The owners get a lot of benefits, learning at the seminars and learning from the various suppliers. This rally is an all business rally where our other rallies tend to be more social.”

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