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Monacoers' Gathering - Final Update - January 2022


Scotty Hutto

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January Final Update

We are only a few weeks from the start of the 2022 Bill D's Monacoers Gathering. There are 54 Members/Coaches Registered as of this posting. All the 50 Reserved sites are filled and Lazydays will do the best they can to accommodate any new Reservations based on site availability.

The Following is the Confirmed Schedule and Seminar information for the 2022 Bill D's Monacoers Gathering.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 15th thru Sunday, February 20th,2022

WHERE: Lazydays RV Resort, Seffner, Florida.  

RESERVATION INFORMATION:

*** You must be registered at Monacoers.org to attend. Monacoers.org registration is free & easy ***

Gathering reservations must be made by telephone. To make a reservation, call Lazydays RV Resort at 800-350-6731 (Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm | Fri-Sat: 9am-6pm | Sun: 10am-2pm). Please tell them you are with the MONACOERS GROUP to receive the Gathering all-inclusive rate. Since we are now within 30 days of the arrival date, payment will be due in full at time of booking.

If you are not going to be staying at Lazy Days in your coach and only plan to attend the Seminars and the Evening Meals, please register and pay the “Meals Only” fee at the Lazydays office prior to attending. This will ensure we have an accurate count of members attending the meals so we have enough food available for everyone.

1.      Check in/Check out: Check in is any time after 1:00pm and check out time is on or before 11:00am.

2.      Cancellation Policy (as of 1/15/2022):  Reservations cancelled less than one (1) month prior will incur a 50% penalty. For no calls or no shows, no refund will be given.

Once you make your reservation, please RSVP on the Monacoers.org site calendar (CLICK HERE). This allows us to keep a record of everyone attending and ensure your reservation with Lazydays is included in the group.

Rates for the gathering include a full hook up site with 50amp service, all (5) of the evening buffet meals, all seminars/presentations during the week and vouchers for breakfast in the Lazydays cafeteria (main building).

2022 Gathering Rates:
Couples - $494.13 includes all taxes, Two adults per coach, pets included

Single - $403.92 includes all taxes, One adult per coach, pets included

Seminars and meals only for those not staying onsite - $94.48 plus tax per person

Important Gathering Notes:

  1. Any member with special dietary requirements should contact Lazydays and let the chef know in advance; they will do their best to accommodate your needs.
  2. If you have a name badge (i.e., Monaco Int'l, Monaco Travelers, or other), please bring it to the Gathering and wear it! If you do not have a name badge, paper name tags will be available.
  3. Chris Throgmartin will be doing Awning, Slide Topper, Slide Out, and Lower Belt Line Inspections. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Meet & Greet Tuesday night and during dinners Wednesday through Friday evenings.
  4. You will be given a goodie bag by the Lazydays RV Park Office when you arrive and check in. In addition to some tchotchkes it will include:
    1. The final schedule/agenda
    2. A listing of all members attending the Gathering with their site number
    3. A Silent Flea Market form
  5. We will have a Silent Flea Market during the event for Monaco parts and other RV related items. Please complete the form you receive in the goodie bag and post it in the conference room.
  6. We will hold a 50/50 raffle and have items to raffle off Saturday night after dinner.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: The Lazydays Chef will also be doing a Presentation, "Unlocking the Mysteries of Microwave/Convection Oven Cooking" on Thursday, February 13th at 1:30PM; LADIES AND GENTLEMEN DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!!!

Note from Dave:

I CANNOT EXPRESS ENOUGH THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE NEED AS MANY MEMBERS ATTENDING THESE SEMINARS AS POSSIBLE. THE PRESENTERS ARE HERE FOR YOU ON THEIR OWN DIME TO GIVE YOU VALUABLE AND UPDATED INFORMATION AND TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET PRESENTERS TO COME AND PARTICIPATE WHEN NO ONE SHOWS UP FOR THEIR PRESENTATION. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE TOPIC THAT IS BEING PRESENTED, PLEASE ATTEND THE SEMINAR OUT OF COURTESY AND RESPECT AND TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE PERSON WHO IS GIVING UP THIER TIME TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION TO YOU. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT LEARN!

See you all on Tuesday, February 15th!

DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS EVENT!

Schedule and Seminar Agenda

Tuesday, February 15th – Arrival Day & Registration

5:00 PM

Meet and Greet Party, CAMPGROUND DELI with a Build your own sandwich bar, sliced ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna salad, sliced cheddar, American and pepper jack cheese; sliced white, whole wheat and brioche rolls; kosher pickles, red onions, fresh sliced tomatoes and leaf lettuce; mayonnaise, mustard and potato chips; coleslaw; chocolate cookies, assorted sodas, water, tea, coffee (reg.& decaf).

 

Wednesday, February 16th - Seminars/Presentations

9:00 AM

TYRON Bands Run Flat System / Tire Safety & Maintenance

Chuck Thatcher

10:30 AM

Motorhome Tire Program for purchasing RV Tires

Jeff Brown - MotorhomeTires.com

Noon

Lunch

 

1:30 PM

Allison Transmission Service and Maintenance

 Derek Gallo Allison Rep

3:00 PM

Body Caulking and Slide Floor Rot Repair & Maintenance

Chris Throgmartin Talon, Stonevos

6:00 PM

Southern Comfort Buffet Dinner: Honey butter glazed Southern fried chicken, garden salad with French or balsamic vinaigrette dressings, macaroni and cheese, baked beans assorted cobblers, sodas, water, iced tea, coffee (reg.& decaf)

 

Thursday, February 17th – Seminars/Presentations

9:00 AM

Roadmaster Chassis Suspension Handling and Sheppard Steering Upgrades

Van Williams and Barry from Josam's

10:30 AM

Fire Suppression and Fire Safety - FireFight

Jim Bounds

Noon

 Lunch

 

1:30 PM

Microwave-Convection Oven Cooking Class

Lazy Days Chef

3:00 PM

Interior Coach Care

 Bethany Boston
Talin RV Corporate Director

6:00 PM

Pork roast and honey baked ham buffet dinner: Cuban pork roast, honey baked ham, classic Caesar salad, fresh garden salad, sweet potato casserole, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green bean almandine, artisan dinner rolls; key lime pie, water, iced tea, coffee (reg & decaf)

 

Friday, February 18th – Seminars/Presentations

9:00 AM

Cummins Engine Service and Maintenance

Felix Miranda, Cummins Rep

10:30 AM

Cummins Onan Generator Service and Maintenance

TBD,
Cummins Rep

Noon

Lunch

 

1:30 PM

Inteletec Systems Support, Coach Electronics,  CPU and Touch Pad Back Ups and Restore.

Paul Whittle

3:00 PM

Roof Maintenance, Sealing and Renovation

Chris Throgmartin Talon, Stonevos

6:00 PM

Haddock, Grilled Salmon Buffet Dinner: Beer battered haddock, grilled salmon, classic Caesar salad, loaded potato salad, roasted red potatoes with herbs, roasted vegetable medley, cornbread, apple cobbler, iced tea, lemonade, water, and coffee (reg & decaf)

 

Saturday, February 19th - Open Round Table Day

9:00 AM

Roundtable Discussion
- Maintenance Q & A
- Meet your Moderators
- Open Discussion - Problems, Upgrades, Modifications, Technical Problems and Fixes

BRING YOUR QUESTIONS AND PREPARE TO TAKE NOTES!!!! THIS IS ESPECIALLY VALUABLE FOR NEW MEMBERS TO THE FORUM AND GROUP.

David Pratt
All Attendees

Noon

Lunch

1:30 PM

Round Table

- Discussion continued as needed…

- Visits to other members’ coaches to see and compare modifications & upgrades

5:30 PM

Sunshine Barbecue Buffet Dinner: Barbecue chicken & barbecue pork, coleslaw, macaroni & cheese, house corn bread, chocolate chip cookies, iced tea, lemonade, water and coffee (reg & decaf)

 

Sunday, February 20th – Departure Day

11:00 AM

Check-out time

All Attendees

 

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This sounds like a really good time.  So many items listed that I would love to discuss with all the experts. 
Would I able to bring my children along with me? Two girls, 6 & 9. Coming from Canada, so couldn’t really justify our first long trip in our motorhome to Florida without bringing the kiddos along.  
Also, if the border happens to close up again or something, I would assume this is non refundable?

 

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20 minutes ago, BradHend said:

This sounds like a really good time.  So many items listed that I would love to discuss with all the experts. 
Would I able to bring my children along with me? Two girls, 6 & 9. Coming from Canada, so couldn’t really justify our first long trip in our motorhome to Florida without bringing the kiddos along.  
Also, if the border happens to close up again or something, I would assume this is non refundable?

There are a lot of fun things to do with the kids in and around Tampa (Busch Gardens, beaches, etc.), and the weather is usually really nice! There's an indoor pool and a playground at Lazydays right next to the conference room. I'll defer to @David Pratt, but I think we could work out the girls joining us for meals (I suspect they'd be bored to tears at the sessions. 🤣).  

Because we are inside the 30-day window, unfortunately it is non-refundable (for everyone) at this point. In earlier times, as a Georgia resident I would have made a joke about the Georgia-Florida border closing, but since that happened during the pandemic for a while, it's not as funny as it once was...

41 minutes ago, Wrayj1 said:

Are these events always held in Florida or on the east coast?

Typically yes.  It's been held at Lazydays just outside of Tampa, FL, since the inception.  We have had smaller Gatherings - one in Mississippi at the casinos south of Memphis (Tunica), and one out west, but they were before my time, so I don't have much info about them.

We would need someone who lives in the area to step up and put it together with local vendors as speakers if we were to have one in another part of the country.  Dave Pratt lives in Central Florida, and most of the vendors who come speak are from the Central Florida area.  

There's always been interest in having it in other parts of the country, but only a few times have we had someone step up and organize one.

If anyone is interested in putting together a Monacoers' Gathering in another part of the country, please reach out to @David Pratt or myself to discuss it.

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10 minutes ago, Wrayj1 said:

Scotty,  how many and what type of vendors participate?  Who provides the food for the meals listed in the agenda? 

The vendors speaking at the seminars are listed on the agenda above.

The food is all provided by Lazydays and is included in the registration fee.

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41 minutes ago, BradHend said:

This sounds like a really good time.  So many items listed that I would love to discuss with all the experts. 
Would I able to bring my children along with me? Two girls, 6 & 9. Coming from Canada, so couldn’t really justify our first long trip in our motorhome to Florida without bringing the kiddos along.  
Also, if the border happens to close up again or something, I would assume this is non refundable?

 

Brad, do we have to do a PCR test when returning back to Canada?

Wayne 

1999 Signature ceaser 

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On 1/15/2022 at 5:05 PM, wayne.cerven@gmail.com said:

Brad, do we have to do a PCR test when returning back to Canada?

Wayne 

1999 Signature ceaser 

 

On 1/15/2022 at 4:33 PM, Scotty Hutto said:

There are a lot of fun things to do with the kids in and around Tampa (Busch Gardens, beaches, etc.), and the weather is usually really nice! There's an indoor pool and a playground at Lazydays right next to the conference room. I'll defer to @David Pratt, but I think we could work out the girls joining us for meals (I suspect they'd be bored to tears at the sessions. 🤣).  

Because we are inside the 30-day window, unfortunately it is non-refundable (for everyone) at this point. In earlier times, as a Georgia resident I would have made a joke about the Georgia-Florida border closing, but since that happened during the pandemic for a while, it's not as funny as it once was...

Typically yes.  It's been held at Lazydays just outside of Tampa, FL, since the inception.  We have had smaller Gatherings - one in Mississippi at the casinos south of Memphis (Tunica), and one out west, but they were before my time, so I don't have much info about them.

We would need someone who lives in the area to step up and put it together with local vendors as speakers if we were to have one in another part of the country.  Dave Pratt lives in Central Florida, and most of the vendors who come speak are from the Central Florida area.  

There's always been interest in having it in other parts of the country, but only a few times have we had someone step up and organize one.

If anyone is interested in putting together a Monacoers' Gathering in another part of the country, please reach out to @David Pratt or myself to discuss it.

Your children are more than welcomed to attend the seminars and the evening meals. When you Register for the Gathering follow the instructions above for registering and tell the Clerk you will have two other guests for the evening meals. The charge for the meals is $94.48 per person and the seminars are included. This is important so that we have the proper headcount for the evening meals and we do not run out of food.

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Hi all. We unfortunately found out we could go to late to get a spot Lazydays. Am on their list should there be a cancelation. If anyone planing to go has to cancel please let me know. We are already in the area.

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11 hours ago, 1nolaguy said:

Hi all. We unfortunately found out we could go to late to get a spot Lazydays. Am on their list should there be a cancelation. If anyone planing to go has to cancel please let me know. We are already in the area.

If you are already staying in a RV Park in the Tampa Area and you want to participate, you can still attend the Seminars and the evening meals. The evening meals are $94.48 per person and include the seminars. You must make reservations through Lazydays. Tell them that you are with the Monacoers and that you will be attending the Seminars and Evening Meals only if a Site at Lazydays is not available. Again it is important to follow these instructions so we have an accurate head count for the evening meals.

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On 1/16/2022 at 5:24 PM, DJ Bollinger said:
Gosh, new to club, can not make gathering, but so much valuable information being presented. Are the classes possibly recorded?  If so,  Would be very interested I purchasing presentation. 
 
Thank you 
Dennie Bollinger
2007 Monaco Knight 
Check out Ramblin Pushers Maintenance Session in Goshen IN in the spring. You’ll learn all about your coach there!  Registration forms available online at ramblinpushers.org!
 
 
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On 1/17/2022 at 9:54 PM, 1nolaguy said:

Hi all. We unfortunately found out we could go to late to get a spot Lazydays. Am on their list should there be a cancelation. If anyone planing to go has to cancel please let me know. We are already in the area.

I have spoke with Lazydays RV Resort and they do have sites available for the Gathering. If you are still wanting to come, call Lazydays RV Resort and ask for Melissa Warren. Melissa is our event coordinator and she will take care of you and take your reservation.

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Edit:

I talked to Melissa, she was able to cancel & arrange a refund.

Very good service!

 

I am going to call her this morning, unfortunately I have a surgery date I have been waiting for since December. If someone wants my spot, it will be available.

I also want to let the group know we will not be attending. 

Dave Pumphrey 

Glen Burnie,  MD 

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5 hours ago, Gary Magin said:

Is it possible there will be a bulletin board there for attendees to list any items or components for sale at the rally.  I seem to remember this from previous rally's

Gary M 09 Dynasty

Yes, we will have a swap shop set up. I’ll see about a bulletin board to post items on.  

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8 hours ago, Scotty Hutto said:

Yes, we will have a swap shop set up. I’ll see about a bulletin board to post items on.  

Scotty, Gary

In the Gathering Schedule and Seminar updates and the Final Update I Explained;

We will have a Silent Flea Market during the event for Monaco parts and other RV related items.  Please complete the form you receive in the goodie bag and post it in the conference room.

There will be a Form included in the Goody Bag and also Extra copies available at the Meet and Greet Dinner and the Evening Meals for the members to fill out with the items they have for sale. We did this at the 2020 Gathering and it appeared to have worked well.

Scotty, great Idea on the Bulletin Board, I will speak with Melissa and see what I can come up with.

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