Saturday, March 21, 2009

Oshkosh get-together reconsidered

The era of the big RV builders BBQ at Oshkosh is probably over, as I wrote about a few months ago. We don't have the equipment anymore, I can't afford to rent a tent, the economy is too lousy to expect any help from the great companies who've helped us out in the past, and a lot of the volunteers who are the real people who made that thing go, aren't staying at the campground anymore.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize it's a great time to get back to basics. The BBQ started in 2003, when I put a note on Doug Reeves' old RV-7A Yahoogroup inviting people to stop by. I think about 14 people did, and it grew from there, and so did my expectations for making it a fun event.

Let's go back to that! Let's have a bring-your-own-chair-the-grill-is-over-there-cook-what-you-brought-grab-a-beer-on-the-way-back event!

Is that something you'd be interested in? There's no door prizes, there's no speeches, it's just a spot of grass in the campground to stretch out and relax while we watch the sun go down. Whatever you want to have while you're sitting around, you bring with you (I'll supply some chips and the condiments).

The location would be the same as always -- 12th Street between Elm and Lindbergh -- and the day would be the traditional Wednesday evening 6-10. So you'd miss Jeff Dunham (I think he's on Wednesday night), but I guarantee it'll be the exact same show you can find on YouTube, anyway.

The only thing I'd need is an RSVP so I know how much space I need to set aside. Let me know what you think below, and then in the RV Builder's Hotline in a few weeks, I'll put out a sign-up sheet.


  1. Bob, Great idea! Keep it simple. Just as much fun and easier on everybody. Head count on my group is 4.

    Thanks for suggesting this!

    Chris Carter, Franklin TN, N212S

  2. I was one of the 14 at the very first bring your own chair event. Count me in.
    Joel Haynes,
    Bozeman, MT
    RV-7A N557XW

  3. Bob,
    I'm going to try flying into OSH so put us down for 2 total.

    John Porter
    Woodstock, GA
    RV-8, N802RJ

  4. Bob,
    I will be driving and camping. Put me down for 2.

    Tom Anderson
    Pikeville, KY