It took me a whole year to travel the 2284 miles eastward from the 2011 Southwest Trek Rally in the hardpan desert of Quartzite, AZ to the 2012 rally of the Southeast Trek Club this week at the upscale Lazy Days RV Campground Resort in Seffner, FL
Lazy Days is a park beyond anything in my RV experience. The campground has about 225 spaces, 80-90% occupied by new-looking 40-foot rigs. In this herd of psychedelic pachyderms, the Treks, 24-28-footers, look like runts.
Amenities here include an Olympic swimming pool, a rally clubhouse that seats a couple of hundred people, and a restaurant that thinks it was supposed to be a motorhome.
A 10-passenger golf cart runs a shuttle circuit every ten minutes.
Adjacent to the campground is a sales and service area. I am guessing the value of the new and trade-in inventory is about thirty million dollars.
In the heart of a large building is a dining area that seats a couple of hundred people. In the same building on either side of the dining area are company offices, including over 100 comfortable-looking glass cubicles for salesmen. At any given moment there seemed to be dozens of prospective buyers in with a salesman. Salesmen wore starched shirts, ties, had neatly trimmed hair, and Hollywood smiles.
Quite the elegant setting for the rally.
The SE Trekkers are as friendly and outgoing as I have come to expect after my experience with the SW and NW rallies. This year in Seffner, 37 Treks, all of a later vintage than my ’94 and one near-twin down from Massachusetts, which is the highest mileage Trek I know of at 318,000 miles
At Quartzite a year ago there were 61 Treks circled in a 200-yard oval–like wagons in the desert scrub, the only amenity was the nightly campfire. (Late report just in–68 Treks are in Quartzite today, their vintages range from 1991-2008). Several rigs were old warhorses like mine. Lasting friendships were born at that rally, which resulted in home visits and meet-ups at camp areas and crossroads; as well as more than a few phone calls as I sought advice about the gremlins lurking in the bowels of the Jolly Swag.
There is also a NE club, and I’ve learned the dates of their rally. I wonder if anyone has ever attended rallies of all four regional clubs.
I am pleased to be surrounded by Trekkers. The Jolly Swag is pleased to be back among her cousins. A year ago we blogged of our growing appreciation for Treks, Trek people, and Trek art.
This year we have a whole new gallery.