The Heartland LTVers held their 2022 Fall Rally from September 18-22 at Whitebreast Camp in Lake Rock, Iowa. This Rally was originally planned to be held at Sugar Bottom Campground at Coralville Lake, but the Army Corp of Engineers canceled that reservation to perform some maintenance.
We had a total of 11 LTVs and one couple with a Unity TB on order. Members attending this Rally were from Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin & Manitoba. This was our first 4-night rally and my final event as club leader. I am extremely happy to report that Kendra & Ken Johnson have agreed to be our new club leaders! I encourage everyone in our club to volunteer their time and talents to assist Kendra & Ken as they assume leadership.
The group sites at Whitebreast Camp are on a peninsula with a water view on three sides. We were treated to lots of wildlife: deer, groundhogs, raccoons and in the sky, bald eagles, turkey vultures, pelicans, and more. We had one sweltering hot day with a high of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit (+35 degrees Celcius), but the rest of our time was pleasant.
Some in the group explored Pella and Knoxville during their free time. Pella is a community of Dutch heritage, and Knoxville is the home to a raceway and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
Each morning we met for coffee and breakfast treats provided by Leisure Travel Vans, including one morning with pancakes and sausages.
For our evening meals, LTV provided the main dish, and some sides and potluck items were provided by others. Main dishes included pulled pork, beef & chicken tacos, and bratwurst. Our final night was a feast of New York strip steaks, baked potatoes & caesar salad, all provided by LTV. Andy had lots of help cooking those huge steaks!
We held our annual meeting and also held sessions including Show & Tell, Tips & Tricks, and general discussions about maintenance and other LTV-related topics. In my opinion, this is one of the best things about attending a rally – learning how others tackle similar issues and unique solutions. Of course, it is sometimes expensive when you see a piece of equipment that you can’t live without! We held a random drawing for prizes which included five $50 LTV Online Store gift cards, and so that no one left empty-handed, I embroidered hand towels with Dutch themes.
We spent time discussing possible locations for future rallies. I suggest that all members keep their eyes out for great locations as they travel around the Midwest. It is preferable but not mandatory that the location includes a shelter for meetings and meals. We found this task most difficult, especially while Andy was working full-time. There are so many beautiful places, it is hard to visit them all.
It has been my great pleasure to be the club leader for the past five years. I couldn’t have done it without Andy’s help. We have enjoyed exploring our regional states and looking for places to host our rallies. We met so many wonderful friends along the way. We attended this Rally with some of the same people who came to our first Rally at Lake Red Rock. LTV people are THE BEST! We will see you soon!
Special thanks to Patrick Reid, Ann Mehrman, and Angie Kramer for providing photos of our time together.
Written by: Ann Dudler