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Old September 15th, 2016, 19:11   #31
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Midwest is much farther north than Texas. I have suggested Texas in the past...but never seems enough interest. The Tdi member concentration isnt very high per square mile, but is pretty high overall. Especially when factoring in the neighboring states. Getting all those folks to participate...thats the trick.....
This is true, given that Texas is such a large state, and there are those of us TDI fans who live both in the city and rural (me being the latter).

I suppose Oklahoma is closer to being in the middle of the US. The only problem I can think of with Tahoe/CA is those of us who have emissions deleted TDIs, since CA is the home of CARB. Unless you're in Austin, nobody really cares about emissions deleted diesels in general in Texas (and most cops I've talked to don't care either).

Did participants ever do group drives on mountain/scenic routes at past TDIfests? That could be another thing to look into in choosing a location.

EDIT - almost forgot to mention - I hope we at least pick a pet friendly hotel for next year, as I'll probably bring the dog in my avatar along with me.
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This is true, given that Texas is such a large state, and there are those of us TDI fans who live both in the city and rural (me being the latter).

I suppose Oklahoma is closer to being in the middle of the US. The only problem I can think of with Tahoe/CA is those of us who have emissions deleted TDIs, since CA is the home of CARB. Unless you're in Austin, nobody really cares about emissions deleted diesels in general in Texas (and most cops I've talked to don't care either).

Did participants ever do group drives on mountain/scenic routes at past TDIfests? That could be another thing to look into in choosing a location.

EDIT - almost forgot to mention - I hope we at least pick a pet friendly hotel for next year, as I'll probably bring the dog in my avatar along with me.
Not a problem as long as your car is registered OUTSIDE California. After getting its hands slapped for violating the "Commerce Clause" of the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3) several years ago, they don't dare bother temporary visitors about their cars.
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This is true, given that Texas is such a large state, and there are those of us TDI fans who live both in the city and rural (me being the latter).

I suppose Oklahoma is closer to being in the middle of the US. The only problem I can think of with Tahoe/CA is those of us who have emissions deleted TDIs, since CA is the home of CARB. Unless you're in Austin, nobody really cares about emissions deleted diesels in general in Texas (and most cops I've talked to don't care either).

Did participants ever do group drives on mountain/scenic routes at past TDIfests? That could be another thing to look into in choosing a location.

EDIT - almost forgot to mention - I hope we at least pick a pet friendly hotel for next year, as I'll probably bring the dog in my avatar along with me.
There have been a number of group drives, scavenger hunts, time trials, and other driving activities. In 2013 and 2015, we drove to the top of Mt. Washington as a group.

Have a look through the Past TDIFests discussion area and you'll see what has been done in years past. Feel free to put together some original ideas or revive older activities.
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There have been a number of group drives, scavenger hunts, time trials, and other driving activities. In 2013 and 2015, we drove to the top of Mt. Washington as a group.
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The Hotel in Sturgeon Bay was Pet friendly
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The Hotel in Sturgeon Bay was Pet friendly
But, as Paul said, it was too far for him to go this year. His comment about a pet-friendly hotel is a "heads-up" to organizers of a possible 2017 venue.
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[QUOTE=romad;5143428]But, as Paul said, it was too far for him to go this year. His comment about a pet-friendly hotel is a "heads-up" to organizers of a possible 2017 venue

Ok just making a point there were some nice Dogs there and they were great!
It was too far for me also I was there!
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As far as location, surroundings, services, activities, and weather (big deal for me for it not to be beastly hot), Sturgeon Bay was ideal. I'm hard pressed to think anywhere in Texas or the Southwest would be as pleasant on Labor Day. Denver, Vail, or Aspen, on the other hand...
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As far as location, surroundings, services, activities, and weather (big deal for me for it not to be beastly hot), Sturgeon Bay was ideal. I'm hard pressed to think anywhere in Texas or the Southwest would be as pleasant on Labor Day. Denver, Vail, or Aspen, on the other hand...
IMHO Sturgeon was the best location for a TDI Fest and I have attended 14 of 16!! The Weather was perfect the Location was beautiful!!
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As far as location, surroundings, services, activities, and weather (big deal for me for it not to be beastly hot), Sturgeon Bay was ideal. I'm hard pressed to think anywhere in Texas or the Southwest would be as pleasant on Labor Day. Denver, Vail, or Aspen, on the other hand...
Lake Tahoe area is similar to Aspen but without the exorbitant prices and is 1,200 feet lower in elevation. While both areas are renowned for skiing, I feel Tahoe has more to offer the rest of the year than Aspen. If it were to be in Colorado, Denver and the Front Range would be better locations, IMO.
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Never been to Tahoe, willing to give it a try. Aspen off season can be pretty reasonable. But Denver or the Front Range would be more economical.
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As far as location, surroundings, services, activities, and weather (big deal for me for it not to be beastly hot), Sturgeon Bay was ideal. I'm hard pressed to think anywhere in Texas or the Southwest would be as pleasant on Labor Day. Denver, Vail, or Aspen, on the other hand...
I've been here in Texas 25 years and agree that most areas of Texas are too hot and humid for a Fest over the Labor Day holiday. There are some areas that are not that hot or humid, but they are not tourist friendly locations (no amenities, etc). The South, in general, is not a great choice for that time of year (AZ, LA, OK, TX, etc).

As far as driving distance, at least two of us Texans (well, I'm not completely a baptized Texan yet) drove to Sturgeon Bay for the Fest. That's not a large percentage of the members from this state or nearby states. My feeling is that southern forum membership may be declining (not active) and that a high percentage of the remainder of members are not willing to spend four plus travel days along with three at the Fest to attend. It takes a full week to do that.

If the Fest in 2017 is in Tahoe or Trukee, that would be great and at least two of us from Texas would probably attend, but I would not count on more than that. As for me, I have family in CA and I am retired now so it would work.

Denver or some location in that geographical area of the country would be fine also. You would probably get more southern participation from members at a location in that area.
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But, as Paul said, it was too far for him to go this year. His comment about a pet-friendly hotel is a "heads-up" to organizers of a possible 2017 venue.
And it was too far, because in the past 3 months, I've already been to 22 states, using both TDIs. I can only be gone from the ranch for so long, because I feel as if I have to babysit new employees until they get the hang of things 2-3 months later.

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If the Fest in 2017 is in Tahoe or Trukee, that would be great and at least two of us from Texas would probably attend, but I would not count on more than that. As for me, I have family in CA and I am retired now so it would work.

Denver or some location in that geographical area of the country would be fine also. You would probably get more southern participation from members at a location in that area.
I wouldn't be opposed to Denver. And yes, CA works for the same reason for me - my dad's side of the family all lives in CA, so it's an excuse to stop in for a visit before TDIfest.
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Sturgeon Bay was very nice indeed. But, IMHO, Lake Tahoe is even better! Much more to do if you are not into the cars. Meaning more in the area for a family vacation. Lots of shows at the casinos. Plenty of kid friendly stuff also. Tour the Comstock silver mine, visit Virginia City. Many Calif state parks around much of the lake.
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