FCRV Campvention [Pre-Rally Sunday] (Cam-Plex, Gillette WY)

Wow! What a difference a day makes… Saturday was 95° with perfect weather for evening fireworks, but on Sunday, it stayed gray and overcast all day and it looks like more of the same for today (Monday) as I type this posting.  And it’s only 54° this morning 🙁  Oh well, at least it’s not pouring down rain.  Just a light drizzle at times.

This kind of weather is certainly not conducive to getting the grandkid off the internet and outside…


You may recall that I said in my last post that we volunteered to help out with the door prizes from noon to 2pm on Sunday…


Stilla, Linda Anderson, and Stepmom Elaine; accepting and staging the door prizes as folks drop them off.

The Colorado members of FCRV were asked to bring an item to the Campvention that has an approximate value of $10.  The “Rolling Springs” Chapter (the FCRV group we belong to along with my Dad/Stepmom) are charged with organizing and conducting the door prize raffle.  Note: (The “Rolling Springs” Link (above) is to an old posting I did… they don’t have a separate website).  Many of the donated “prizes” were certainly over $10 which is a kind testament to the type of people RV’ers are 🙂  We don’t expect that everyone who attends will get a “door prize”, but we may be close…


I took the pics of the door prize tables early in the day, by the time we left; the tables were full and we started filling up the space underneath.


While manning our station at the door prize drop-off window, fellow “Rolling Springs” members and friends (Don & Cheryl McCarthy) arrived to say hi after driving straight through from Colorado Springs.  Roy & Vivian Crouse (on the left) did the same thing, but a day earlier.

(L to R) Elaine, Roy & Vivian Crouse, Cheryl & Don McCarthy

So we completed our tour-of-duty at the door prize drop-off window in the Cam-Plex Wyoming Center and then got our registration “goodie-bag” after the line of people went down.  Many folks did 4th of July activities elsewhere and have been arriving today.  There should be more tomorrow.


Then we toured the vendor area, which didn’t take long…




The last time we were here at the Cam-Plex it was for the 50th Anniversary of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) event.  Click HERE for a youtube link to that event from 2013.  This place was packed with thousands of motor coaches and vendors back then… but that’s to be expected; FMCA is a much larger organization than FCRV.

While touring the commercial vendor area; I did find a vendor that repaired windshield chips.  Yoo Hoo, just what I needed!  Some of you may recall that a rock hit the passenger windshield when we were driving over Raton Pass back in April.  I posted about that HERE.   I signed up at the unmanned vendor desk for an evaluation/repair.  It wasn’t long before I got a call to meet the repair guy at my Coach.   He repaired the chip on the Coach and even did one on the Silverado windshield that I’ve had for a long time.  So, after a short phone call to my insurance company (USAA) for the Silverado, and a reasonable $40 in cash, I’ve got both repaired 🙂

Shortly after my windshield repairs were completed, we joined my Dad & Elaine, and Biff & Linda at Applebees downtown for an early dinner.  Then we returned to the Boxelder RV park for dessert in Biff & Linda’s Coach…



And that’s all for now folks… we retired early (mostly due to the crummy wet-weather) and watched some TV.  Check back for a recap of FCRV Campvention Day 1, which kicks off today…