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2018 Nats - Question(s) #733770
March 06th 2018 12:35 pm
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Hi Everyone,

I need some advice from the experts! I really want to go to the Nats this year. This will be my first since 1982 (I was 10!) and it is only about a half hour from where I was born and raised! The problem is that I can't make it all the way from Northern California with my van (time off, slow roll, etc.). The website says you can't get in without a van, or riding in with someone.

I'm curious to know your thoughts on whether I'd have a problem getting in, how I can get in, and will I be okay to camp on my own without a van, etc.? I suppose I could rent a uHaul van, but that isn't very appealing for obvious reasons. Another option I'd be happy to do is cover registration for anyone willing to have me ride in with them.

Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated!


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Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #733783
March 06th 2018 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Redwood_Van
I suppose I could rent a uHaul van, but that isn't very appealing for obvious reasons. Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated!


You'll need a van.
Every Nats I've been to has had a hand full of rental vans in attendance. U-Haul, Home Depot, Penske, etc.... No shame attached. Many vanners have done this when their vans were under construction or being rebuilt. Vanners from over seas sometimes do this as well.
People fly in, rent a van, go by Wal-mart or Cabelas (for a cheap cooler, an air mattress, beer, bread and bologna grin ) and drive in. It can be uncomfortable in the summer heat but no worse than camping anywhere else that time of year. AND you'll be among the best people on earth.

Last edited by CatFish; March 06th 2018 9:45 pm. Reason: kant spel

“A van may be safe in the garage, but that's not what vans are for.”

Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #733800
March 07th 2018 8:46 am
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Well put Catfish!


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Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #734036
March 17th 2018 7:13 am
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Any updates?


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2012 Chevy Van
Wrangler go cart Van
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Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #734151
March 20th 2018 3:59 pm
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I'm resigning myself to the rental van option and starting to scope out the trip based on that.


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Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #734800
April 06th 2018 8:26 pm
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No updates?


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1965 Chevy Bad Influence
1981 Chevy-the Love Shack
2012 Chevy Van
Wrangler go cart Van
vanninvanner@comcast.net
Vannerz
77 chevy Prohecy rebuild
86 chevy Lickity Split delivery service
Re: 2018 Nats - Question(s) [Re: Redwood_Van] #734950
April 10th 2018 3:54 pm
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Minivan is a nice rental option - and a full size air mattress fits just right in a town & country with all the rear seats down. CYA There!


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