A fleet of recreational vehicles and their owners were calling the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin home Sunday (June 27).
The Fleetwood MotorHome Association’s national rally descended on the fairgrounds over the weekend, and Fleetwood RV owners from across the United States and Canada made the cross-country trip to attend, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, reported. The rally ends Wednesday.
“We have about 400 motorhomes here, which means more than 800 people. There are quite a few children along also,” said Dawn Fann, an event marketing manager for Fleetwood RV Inc.
“It’s our way to interact with our customer base,” Fann said, adding that the rally is an opportunity for Fleetwood owners to meet, while also giving company representatives the chance to mingle with owners. “The whole idea is getting everyone together, getting feedback and the fellowship of having an RV.”
Fleetwood sales associates also had new motorhomes for sale or trade on display in the Southern Illinois Center, and many vendors were on site offering RV services and accessories.
Cheryle Hill, a representative of Outdoor Resorts of America, was promoting her company’s chain of luxury RV parks. She thought the rally was well-attended, but many people were simply enjoying a relaxing weekend without taking advantage of the services offered.
“The show is kind of quiet right now, hopefully it will pick up later on,” Hill said.
Linda and Al Largent of Georgetown, Texas, attended a rally for a different motorhome manufacturer in Du Quoin years ago and decided to return this year for the Fleetwood rally.
“We just bought a new Fleetwood, so here we are,” Linda Largent said. The two were enjoying meeting other Fleetwood owners and were also taking advantage of vendor discounts. “After this we’re heading for home. Then we’re off to Oregon, Washington and up through Canada.”
“We spend about a third of our time on the road, more if we’re lucky,” her husband added.
Many other motorhome manufacturers hold similar rallies across the country, Fann said. Fleetwood held its first national rally last year in Gillette, Wyo., and also hosted local rallies in Florida and California. Du Quoin was selected as this year’s location because of the attractive grounds, utility hook-ups and convenient location in the middle of the country.
MCD Innovations, manufacturer of premium RV accessories and the American Duo Shade System, will be in DuQuoin, Ill., for the Fleetwood Motorhome Association 2nd Annual National Rally, June 26-30.
Company representatives will be on hand to discuss the importance of blocking solar heat and UV rays with products that also provide privacy and light blockage for RV occupants, as well as demonstrate the Dual-Range Safety Motors for interior windshield shades, according to a news release.
“We invite Fleetwood owners to come by to visit with us about how the American Duo Shade System can replace their current shades and curtains in their coaches,” said Peggy Grich, MCD RV marketing representative.
MCD Innovations has been engineering and producing an array of industry leading sun protection products since 2003 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in McKinney, Texas. The Company supplies a wide range of innovative products including solar screens, tire covers, vent/fan covers, and mirror bras and covers to numerous RV OEMs, an ever-growing number of dealers and RV owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For information, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or call (800) 804-1757.
Fleetwood RV Inc. today (Jan. 28) announced that event registration for the Fleetwood MotorHome Association (FMA) “Drive Your Toys To Illinois” national rally in DuQuoin, Ill., June 26-30 is now available online at www.fleetwoodrv.com/mhevent.
All Fleetwood motorhome owners, regardless of brand, are welcome to attend the event, which will include the latest line up of motorhomes, factory service support, informative seminars by key industry suppliers, kids activities and a variety of family-friendly entertainment, according to a news release.
“We are looking forward to this year’s ‘Drive Your Toys to Illinois’ national rally,” said John Draheim, president and COO of Fleetwood RV Inc. “Not only is it an excellent opportunity for us to thank our motorhome owners for their loyalty and support, but it is also a chance for us to gather their valuable feedback about all of our product features and innovations.”
Registration fees listed below include four nights of camping, four breakfasts, three dinners and two evenings of entertainment:
- 1 coach / 1 person, $209.
- 1 coach / 2 people, $249.
- Kids (ages 12 – 17), $39.
- Kids (under 12), Free.
- Additional people (ages 18 and over), $59 per person.
Event highlights include:
- Golf tournament (additional fees apply) on Friday, June 25.
- Musical entertainment from Blue Suede Crew (an Elvis/Johnny Cash tribute band) on Sunday, June 27.
- Musical entertainment from New Odyssey (three musicians playing 30 instruments) on Tuesday, June 29.
- Daily driving seminars conducted by Gary Lewis from RV Basic Training LLC (additional fees apply).
For more information about the “Drive Your Toys to Illinois” national rally, including how to register, visit www.fleetwoodrv.com/mhevent.
Fleetwood RV Inc. announced that the Fleetwood MotorHome Association (FMA) will hold its “Drive Your Toys To Illinois” national rally in DuQuoin, Ill., June 26-30.
FMA launched in 2008, in collaboration with Fleetwood RV. The association provides an arena to promote Fleetwood motorhome products, unite Fleetwood motorhome owners and hold national and regional rallies. All Fleetwood motorhome owners, regardless of brand, are welcome to join the association and attend all events, according to a news release.
“Drive Your Toys to Illinois” will be the association’s second national event. Its inaugural event was held this past June in Gillette, Wyo., and was attended by over 400 Fleetwood motorhome owners.
“The ‘Drive Your Toys to Illinois’ national rally will be an excellent opportunity for us to thank all of our motorhome customers for their loyalty and support of the new Fleetwood RV,” said John Draheim, president and COO of Fleetwood RV Inc. “All of the success we have had today wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our customers. We look forward to celebrating with them, as well as to the chance to get their feedback on the product features and innovations we develop moving forward.”
Fleetwood RV will be displaying its latest lineup of motorhomes, hosting informative seminars, providing family entertainment and showcasing its major suppliers and the products they provide.
FMA is an independent, member-operated organization run by some of the industry’s most loyal RV owners. Founding members include Ron and Carolyn Haworth, Bob and Margaret Harker, Sam and Ginny Whitaker and Ray and Phyllis Easter.
For more information about the “Drive Your Toys to Illinois,” national rally, including how to register, visit, www.fleetwoodrv.com/mhevent.