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    Erie Co Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY

    WoW! Let me assure all that this place will blow you away! There are many, many acres of camping and RV parking - many. The 'business' end of the rally will be quite tightly connected - buildings, open spaces, outdoor vendors, beer garden, entertainment, et al. - all within a couple hundred yards of each other. There is a huge pile of dirt, sand, logs et al - twice the size of Billings, that will be for GS Giants.

    There are many trees, gazebos, picnic tables and nice grassy areas for relaxing, talking and catching up with your friends.

    Dutch and Kate, Rally Masters, are planning quite a national meet for us. Plan to attend!

    How do I know any of this - I was on-site this past weekend as the MOA Board was treated to tours of the fairgrounds. You WILL enjoy this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsjay View Post
    I agree that Camping at the Rally is Fun! But, I have also survived Bloomsburg and Lima with the help of hard roof lodging and AIR CONDITIONING........

    Our gang chips in and rents at least one motel room that we can use should the weather turn HOT/WET/or COLD! It's nice to have a clean bathroom with A/C when the temps get high. A pool is NICE too if the weather gets sticky!

    I remember a later afternoon storm in Lima that could have been life threating if there wasn't hard roof protection near by. I remember my buddy Ray saying, there's nothing in that Tent I can't replace. Lets go! Oh, and lets not forget Charleston, WV and the storm there! Same deal, the dorms where great!

    We'll most likely claim a spot in the Camping area and put up a Canopy that we can use for pit stops during the day at the rally.
    Can't wait to be there. Home of the Hot Wing!

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    From the f650.com forum: Chain Gang Northeast Jailbreak: July 14th - 17th in Hamburg NY

    "The BMW MOA 2016 National Rally is being held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg NY from Thursday July 14th through Sunday July 17th. The Chain Gang will hold the semi-occasional Northeast Jailbreak within the MOA Rally."
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    I need 2 trees

    Does any one know if the camping area has trees. I use a hammock tent and require 2 trees. 13-25 feet apart.
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    ...Trees; see line #4 of post #16 above your question.

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    Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by aufevermike View Post
    Does any one know if the camping area has trees. I use a hammock tent and require 2 trees. 13-25 feet apart.
    Here is a picture I took of the camping area, sorry I didn't get closer.
    There are a lot of trees in the back of the camping area.
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    I may know why you didn't get closer.... "guy wire collision risk"

    ... "for the love of overhead cable man"... there are seventeen (17) power/telephone poles in the foreground, prior to the nice trees in the "back" of the camping area...
    but within this "front" of the camping area, he "could" use power-polls for his hammock tent. And NOT have neighbors camping peg to peg.
    MOA'ers don't generally set up surrounded by or underneath that view. Sorry to reveal the truth... but that's not a very desirable promo photo, IMHO.

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    This wasn't meant to be a promotional photograph.
    The MOA Member asked if there were trees in and around the camping area,
    this was the only picture I took that shows that.
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    I absolutely hate power poles - until I want to plug something in to an electrical outlet. At which time I am at least modestly pleased to discover that somebody found a way to bring electricity right to where I am. Then I don't hate the power poles quite so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    ... "for the love of overhead cable man"... there are seventeen (17) power/telephone poles in the foreground, prior to the nice trees in the "back" of the camping area...
    but within this "front" of the camping area, he "could" use power-polls for his hammock tent. And NOT have neighbors camping peg to peg.
    MOA'ers don't generally set up surrounded by or underneath that view.

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    Bring some fluorescent tubes and stand under the larger structures running left to right ...looks like a double circuit 138 KV transmission line...crackly buzz on a damp morning or all night sometimes

    Oh, back to tent hanging trees for aufevermike
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagerat View Post
    Camp at the rally; really it is more fun. You can stay at a motel any time, but how often do you get to camp with thousands of fellow motorcyclists? Heck, I've met and made friends camping at the rally, which has never happened in a motel breakfast break room or parking lot.

    I always wander the camp sites and ask folks questions about their tents, chair, bags, etc.

    That's how I wound up adding a LED lights for my tent after the Billings rally. Not to mention camping is cheaper than moteling by several magnitudes.

    Again, I am lucky as even at 56 I still sleep comfortably on a ThermaRest.
    There is simply no other way......than camping :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    You often have a thunderstorm in the afternoon on the east side of the Great Lakes........
    I live in western New York, and while the Great Lakes tend to encourage lake-effect snow storms in the winter, I believe they tend to dampen down thunderstorms. You can get a decent thunderstorm in Hamburg, but usually less severe than southerners are used to and especially mid-westerners. Hail and tornadoes are rare here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I live in western New York, and while the Great Lakes tend to encourage lake-effect snow storms in the winter, I believe they tend to dampen down thunderstorms. You can get a decent thunderstorm in Hamburg, but usually less severe than southerners are used to and especially mid-westerners. Hail and tornadoes are rare here.

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    Your comments about the severity of these eastern thunderstorms is absolutely correct. Some lightning and rain, that's usually it.

    That death and destruction crap is for the folks from the crazy lands.
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