Du Quoin, Ill.
The Fleetwood RV Owner’s 6th annual national rally that had been scheduled to be in Du Quoin next week will instead be held at the Elkhart, Ind. Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. because of a dispute involving the dirt floor of the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
It had been rumored a month ago that Fleetwood rally organizers were considering a last minute change. That became official last week.
Rally organizers say in signing an original contract with the Du Quoin State Fair, it was “implied” that either grounds personnel, the Illinois Department of Transportation or a private contractor would remove the dirt racing surface so Fleetwood could showcase its 2015 RV lineup on a concrete floor.,
Then-fair manager John Rednour argued that it “cost something to get something” and had planned to use grounds personnel and other resources to remove the dirt before the convention hit town. It would have been the first time the concrete floor had been exposed since the $13 million building was constructed years ago.
Getting ready to host the rally, someone in the new administration dusted off the contract and said, “This will cost us $25,000. We can’t do this--and won’t.”
Fleetwood refused to pay the $25,000 stipend and reached agreement to move the rally back to Goshen, Ind. where it had been in 2012. The rally will be held June 11-15.
Fleetwood RV will host the 6th annual national owners rally with a new motorhome display, vendors, seminars, kids' activities, meals, entertainment, and access to factory sales, service, and product development teams. All owners of Fleetwood or American Coach motorhomes are invited to attend.
Fleetwood’s only comment has been, “The Du Quoin Fairgrounds rescinded use of their facilities for the event."
The Fleetwood National Rally will join in the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Great Lakes Area Rally. The dates will change by one day, June 11 - 15, 2014. “You will still enjoy many of the events we have planned along with full access to all activities and events offered by FMCA’s Great Lakes Area Rally. Fleetwood Owners will dine to two exclusive dinners,” the Fleetwood announcement said.
If you do not happen to hold a current FMCA membership, Fleetwood will provide a membership to you complimentary. The national rally will be the exclusive debut of the 2015 Fleetwood motorhomes.