Well, we were back to a dreary day after yesterday's nice weather. It rained a little in the morning, then the rain quit for most of the day while the clouds lingered.
Linda continued to get organized while I made a run to Staples to pick up our printing and a few other items for the Rally.
Around noon, I went for my run and then we prepared to do a motorhome weighing. A couple was driving over from Chicago just to get their rig weighed. After two front tire blowouts on six year old tires, he didn't want to take any chances.
It turned out they were fine on all their weights and well balanced side-to-side. However, they did need to keep the front tires at maximum pressure. We couldn't really offer any suggestion on why his tires failed until he told us 1) he was running the front tires at less than max pressure (but not by much), 2) he left the tires uncovered in the hot Florida sun for three months at a time, and 3) he remembered running over an aluminum ladder a while back.
Tires can be damaged in numerous ways and they don't "heal" themselves. Once the damage is done, it weakens the tire over the long haul. Rather than an immediate failure, the failure may occur months later.
The most common cause of RV tire failure is under inflation for the load the tire is carrying. However, perfectly inflated tires also fail prematurely if they have had hard impacts (from hitting road hazards, curbs, etc.), UV damage, lack of use, or a combination of all the above.
Anyway, they were pleased to find out they weren't overloaded, and they learned a little bit more than they knew before about tires. :)
After that, we went around and tried to greet the new arrivals and take inventory on who was in what site. I think we have more really, really new RVers than ever before. And that's fantastic!
Then it got cooler and started to rain again. Our evening campfire was in jeopardy, and we almost called it off. But it cleared up just before 7:00, so we got a fire going.
It was a much smaller crowd as I think most folks settled in for the night, and we didn't blame them. And then, about an hour later, the rains came back again sending everyone scrambling back to their RVs. Oh well, we tried. :)
Tomorrow, Linda & I have an appointment with an RV supplier in the morning. They want to pick our brain a little bit about how consumers might view and use their product line. The timing is not great with our Rally officially kicking off, but with our early access to the building to get set up, we are able to squeeze it in.
We'll be back in plenty of time to organize the final touches and get ready for official registration at 3:00. We're really looking forward to getting started and to meeting all the people arriving today that we haven't met yet.
Once we get rolling, it may take me a few days to catch up on the Journal, but Linda will try to post Facebook updates as we go. It's going to be educational and fun! :)