What is a rally
It is a gathering of Motorhome Fun Members who enjoy a weekend (or longer) away. They are an excellent opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. Rallies may well have a theme, but will mainly revolve around chatter, having a laugh and perhaps a drink or two and a bite to eat. They are held in various locations so you can discover new places too.
Who am I likely to meet at a Rally
A complete mixture of people some with families and teenagers. Single people are travelling on their own. Plenty of working and retired couples of all ages. Lots of people with dogs some even bring their cat.
Where are rallies held
The club has rallies happening throughout the year, right through the winter. Most are in the UK, but they can happen as far afield as France Spain, Portugal even Morocco. Some rallies are held on commercial campsites, we call these Meets. For example; a group might all decide to meet up for a weekend at Bath Marina Campsite.
Rallies might be held in a field or even a car park, anywhere in fact we have the landowners permission. We also have Show rallies where we gather at Motorhome Shows around the country. These tend to be the biggest rallies, some have hundreds attending.
What goes on at rallies
Most of what is going to happen at a rally you will know beforehand because it will be discussed on the forum. Don’t attend without carefully reading all of the rally thread. At some rallies you may be given a letter, at others there might a notice board telling you what is going on. It’s important you know what’s happening because if you don’t attend, no one will come looking for you. Our philosophy is that you are free to do as you please so it’s assumed that if you are not there, it’s because you don’t want to be.
The type of activities on a rally depend on the rally, no two are really the same. Some might be nothing more than meeting and sharing a beer and a chat under an awning. Others might include dog walks, trips to a pub, meals out. Cycle rides, A group barbeque, An American Supper (this is a style of buffet. Everyone attending brings along something to eat with some to share, this style of buffet often turns into a banquet) Quizzes, table sales, music making; some might have a theme, such as the swinging sixties, etc. At any rally you can take part in activities as much or as little as you wish – there is no pressure to join in everything or indeed anything.
But I won’t know anyone.
If you are a first-time rallier, don’t worry you will be looked after. We understand that you might be apprehensive and we know some find meeting new people a bit daunting so we’ll do our best to get you introduced to others. You may have heard some horrendous stories about our initiation ceremonies, but we promise they don’t hurt too much.
Rally dos, don’ts and one Never
Let’s start with that one ‘Never’….
Never arrive earlier than the rally start time. Rally marshals like to get themselves sorted and then get ready to welcome you. Arriving early seems to be a common practise. However doing so is inconsiderate and rude. Please don’t do it.
Do arrive with friends you want to park with. It’s not always possible to save spaces. If want to save a space for someone and you cannot, you may well be pitched next to someone you don’t know, rejoice..that’s an additional friend you’ll have at the next rally.
Do let the marshals know if you can’t make it or are running late. Waiting up late for people who are never going to arrive is no fun and extremely discourteous.
Do arrive with a smile. Yes you might have been arguing with your partner moments before about that wrong turn, you might have had one helluva journey, but we need to see smiles when you arrive. Big ones.
Do arrive with water, much better to spend the first half hour having a beer and a chat, than queuing for the tap.
Do introduce yourself to your near neighbours if your rally marshal hasn’t.
Do Make sure you know what is happening, if you don’t know then ask your neighbours or the Rally marshals.
Don’t be shy. Make an effort and you’ll be rewarded. Be Social. If you see a new member speak to them and make them welcome. If you’re a new member don’t wait to be spoken too! Grab a chair and a beer and join in.
Don’t be a nuisance, please be considerate, obey any generator rules and if its past 2 am, take the party inside 🙂
Do enjoy yourself, it’s about having Fun. Remember rally fields can be a little noisy, If you like to be tucked up in bed by 9pm then rather than use ear plugs, stay up a little later and go and join the party.
Do thank the rally marshals when you leave, they’ve given their time to you, let them know you appreciate it. And if you’re wondering… no they won’t be offended if you want to leave them a beer as a tip
We have thousands of photos taken from our rallies going back to our very first in 2007, take a look it will give you a good feel for what goes on. You can discuss this article here Meanwhile, below are some comments made by First Time ralliers.
We enjoyed our first MHF rally, great crowd, we would like to thank the people who took in our awning when it was about to take off, this was a very kind deed, we didn’t realize it was so windy where we were parked, looking forward to the next one. hope everyone got home safely. Thanks again. Terry & Pauline
Just arrived home after our first rally and it will not be the last. Had a wonderful time met some nice funsters The entertainment was ace and would like to thank all the guys who made this possible ( especially Jez & Lin ) Hope to see you all soon. Jandv
May I just say thank you all for your warm welcome. We enjoyed the rally very much despite us making some very silly and basic errors on our first time away without hook-up. Hopefully we will see you all again soon, regards. John and Denise
Really enjoyed our first Meet. Would like to thank all who made us feel so welcomed and included. Special thanks to Mike(Makems) who clearly put a lot of real effort into getting the Meet arranged and so well organised with the massive help of Andy(Techno100) and Martin(Martina 1485). We had, what we incorrectly perceived to be a gas tank problem, to be immediately introduced by a kindly Funster to Terry who in no time at all resolved our problem. The evening entertainment was super and the company so warm and friendly making us feel very much part of the Funsters family. Now looking forward to our next Meet at Falkirk. Thanks again all. Ashley & Ian
A big thank you to Carol, Eddie, Jim & Sian and everyone else who organised this weekend. This was our first official outing in our van and our first rally with the Funsters. We’ve had a fabulous weekend, met some really nice people and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. GavLad
Just back from our first meet, what a wonderful time! Thank you to all the organisers and helpers. Our first but certainly not our last see you at Misterton! RetiringJoyce
Just like to thank Mr an Mrs JaG and all the other Funsters for making us so welcome on our first meet at Twin Lakes yesterday, its surprising what a bit of Sunshine can do, I’m trying to send some more up to you today, but will bring some with us towards the end of the month. Frentchy
Yes would like to say thank you to all for our first real Funster meet and sundowners for their help and hospitality also met a flat pack chicken. Yvonne & Keith
A big thank you to all for making us welcome at our first meet and especially to Chris, Liz, Ed and Shirley for putting it together. My Shirley says thank you for your concerns and hopes she didn’t interrupt the jollities too much. Will be looking for the next one now and hope to have catch up with you all soon. Cheers PeteTheMover
Would like to say a great big thank you to everyone for a) making our very first meeting so friendly and enjoyable and b) making my 60th birthday enjoyable and memorable also. Special thanks to Ramon for making my wife and I feel totally at home and for the extra special mile he went to with the balloons, hat and champagne. It was totally unexpected but very much appreciated. If there is another one next year we will definitely be going. Thank you all very much. Shunter
I would just like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome this weekend. This was our first rally and we can’t wait to see you all again at Lincoln. We had a great time what a lovely group of people you are. ShazRick
This was our first meet and we didn’t really know what to expect and we had a great time, thanks to Jim and Sian and everybody else who made us welcome and to the marshalls who did a great job getting us sorted. It was nice to make some new friends and a big thank you to Mick who shared his scotch with John :Laughing: Forgot to say how delicious the bacon rolls were , just what we needed thanks to the hard working chefs POKI
Back after are first meet thanks to marshalls and and the warm welcome received by all fellow funsters and are new friendsboth can’t wait till are next meet a big thank for making us welcome Jamwitt
Our first rally and we loved it, hated having home and go back to work. A huge thank you to everyone that shared their knowledge and experience with us. We hope we didn’t come across too naive A special big thank you to Jaws for restoring our power and putting a dent in our credit card and to Denise for the Opticlear, I am off to buy some more tomorrow . We took your advice Denise and have just booked on the Lincolnshire show as it’s the earliest one we are free to attend. Really looking forward to it. CoolBeanz
Thank you Carol, Eddie, Jim and Sian. Our first rally with the FUNsters and made to feel very welcome. Great to put faces to names at the cake and bacon station – those were a lovely surprise. Now searching out some telescopic fish to catch with my raffletastic telescopic fishing rod!!! A fantastic bunch of campers, thanks again. Bryan BWB
Hello Funsters. Thank you all for making me and my dog Jesse so very welcome on our very first rally. Too welcoming in fact !! Hence the reason I missed the singing but recovered sufficiently to face the bacon butties the next morning. Sunrise Explorer