Well, we've been manning our booth at the Newmar Rally from 8:00 - 4:00 each day. We are primarily educating about RV Weighing and weight and tire safety as part of our partnership with the RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF).
I held down the booth this morning while Linda went to do laundry. A couple of people made a point of finding us and getting signed up first thing. We ended up getting five or six RV weighing sign-ups the first day - not bad.
Today was the first of our two RV Weight & Tire Safety seminars. This rally has multiple seminars at the same time, so they all get diluted attendance-wise. Not so good for vendors who rely on education to sell products and services.
We hauled in our screen and projector as they didn't have audio/visual equipment in the eight seminar rooms. They had a microphone and electricity, so that helped.
We only had about 20 people, but it was a good seminar. By the end of the day we were closing in on twenty weighing sign-ups. We needed sixteen just for us to cover our camping and booth fees. But we paid those fees early in the year, so the profit may not be great, but the cash flow will be decent. :)
We had our first RV weighing this morning. Fortunately, the temperatures broke and the high in the 80s today seemed quite cool. Then it was back to the booth for a couple hours until our seminar at 11:00.
Again, it was lightly attended - only 16. But we added a few more appointments throughout the afternoon.
With the "cooler" temps in the evening, we walked over to Ken & Kathy's (Rescue Tape) rig for happy hour and had some snacks. And, as usual, we laughed and laughed until it was time to go home and get some dinner.
We had an 8:30 weighing this morning. Then it was back to the booth with no seminar to break up the day this time.
Surprisingly, by the end of the day, we had thirty-one weighing appointments with a few on Friday, a bunch on Saturday, and a few on Sunday.
We weighed one rig this morning, and then were back in the booth for a short day - 9:00 - noon. At the last minute, we added one more weighing.
Everyone has paid in advance, and we have almost everyone's "homework sheets", so the process should go quickly and smoothly as everyone leaves.
We hired one of the other vendor's sons to help us with our three-hour peak weighing time on Saturday. That will let me spend more time going over the numbers.
We took down our booth at noon and headed back to our rig.
Friday afternoon, Linda prepared all our paperwork so we would be organized for Saturday. We got a bite for lunch and then got a new appointment added at 1:30 to go with our previously scheduled weighing at 2:00. Then we had another one at 6:15.
The rally officially ended this evening, so the main departure day is tomorrow with a few stragglers holding on until Sunday.
Since we didn't pay the extra fees for meals at the rally, we didn't really do much in the evening. It's amazing how doing a couple seminars and sitting in a booth all day wears us out.
When we get home, we don't feel like going anywhere (or spending any money). Linda doesn't feel like cooking and neither of us feels like getting on the computer (at least to do any "work"). We just want to veg. :)
With over 250 rigs, we hoped to do more weighings, but we'll do about 13%. Ten percent has been about normal for RVSEF over the years, but we're used to doing a higher percentage. We'll consider this rally a mild success, but it could have been so much better if our seminars weren't up against three others and we would have had better attendance.
Well, we've got cash in hand, now we just have to spend the next couple of days doing the physical part. Then we'll leave on Monday to see if we can find some boondocking in the Bighorn Mountains for a couple weeks. :)