We didn't have a long drive scheduled, so stopped and stocked up on groceries in Mountain View, Arkansas. Next we stopped for fuel in Flippin, chuckling at all the church and business signs that preceded their names with Flippin. We discussed that we would love to know the story behind how some of these towns were named as we passed through through Yellville and finally crossed into Missouri.
Arriving in Branson a little early, we ate lunch and washed the van so it would look good for the rally. By 1:30 we had checked in at America's Best Campground (ABC) and found our site for the four day rally.
So what goes on at a Pleasure-Way Rally? After checking in with the campground and getting settled into our site, we walked to the pavilion where we were greeted by Bobbie Bergstrom (PWRVC East President), Nancy Saunders (PWRVC West President) and Phil Nickel, Pleasure-Way Warranty and Service Manager (and all around good guy). After hugs and handshakes we left with a Branson welcome kit and a schedule for the rally.
The first evening, after everyone had checked-in, a wine and cheese social provided time to meet other owners. Pleasure-Way also took the time to share what is going on at the factory and even announced a new model, the Tofino, aimed at younger travelers.
Van City brought three new vans for all of us to tour. We liked many of the new features for 2019. Magnetic latches for the shades, a soundbar under the television, the Lagun table system, and a larger galley sink were nice additions. Here's a link to all of the new features: 2019 Model Changes.
The five rallies we've attended always take time for a group photo. With over one-hundred people, it is sometimes like herding cats, but this group was cooperative and it came together quickly. Thanks to Beth Haskell for organizing everyone. Thanks are also due to Scott Sitler who flew his drone and captured some great photos from a new perspective.
|Drone Photo by Scott Sitler|
Homestead Pickers came over from Silver Dollar City providing stories, comedy, and music.
Many more photos from the Rally are in this linked album: Branson Connect Rally
This was the best rally we've attended yet. Many thanks to Bobbie, Nancy, and Phil for pulling it together. We are already looking forward to the Sarasota Rally in November.