The Midwest LTVers gathered for our 2021 Fall Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground near Lanesboro, Minnesota. Lanesboro is a small town in southeastern Minnesota, near the Root River State Trail.
We had a total of 29 LTVs, plus 2 couples who both have their 2022 LTV Unity TB on order, for a total of 61 people who attended the rally. There were familiar faces, but also many new members attending their first LTV rally. For many of the group, it was their first time to this area of Minnesota. The leaves were starting to change colors, and some leaves were even starting to fall. The weather was great, with warm temperatures near 80 degrees, lows overnight in the 50s, and no rain during our 4 days at the rally.
We started each rally day with breakfast treats and coffee and a morning meeting with the sharing of LTV information, previous and future rally details, the daily schedule, and announcements. Also, we had two mornings with guest speakers via Zoom. On Tuesday morning, Don Klassen, LTV Territory Sales Manager, attended our morning meeting and provided updates about LTV production and models and answered many questions for the LTV owners. And on Wednesday morning, Joshua Mills, Service Director, and Brenden Boschaert, Assistant Service Manager, from Sears Imports, the Mercedes dealer in Minnetonka, Minnesota, attended our morning meeting and answered many questions from the LTV attendees. Both sessions were great and very informative.
During the day, the activities included group and individual bike rides around the campground and on various sections of the Root River Trail. We also played card games, put puzzles together, chatted about our travels and future plans, met new members, took walks around the campground, and enjoyed the Root River area.
Every day of the rally, at 3:00 p.m., we had information and education sessions, including learning about operating the convection oven (and enjoying pizza samples which were baked in the convection oven of a Unity FX), learning about the On The Go Water Softener, learning about Instant Pot and Instant Pot recipes, and bike applications, trails, carriers, and models.
One afternoon we had Show and Tell, so that LTVers could visit various LTV models and tour inside them, seeing various modifications and items to show.
The evening meals ranged from appetizers and small bites, to grilled hamburgers, brats/smoked sausages, and potluck, and the final evening included 17 different soups and chilis to sample. There was plenty of food at the rally! After dinner each night we had a fire with s’mores available.
Thank you to LTV for the financial contributions to help pay for the food for our rally, and a special thank you to Don Klassen and the guys from Mercedes in Minnetonka, who provided excellent information sessions. We were also so fortunate to have a great group of volunteers who helped out when needed with grilling, organizing the tables of food, and anything else we needed help with.
Our “LTV family” continues to grow! It was a great time spending time with these wonderful LTV people. We hope that others will consider joining us in 2022!
Written by Kelly Westphal