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Oct 1, 2010 - City That "Embraces The Pace"

From Elkhart Campground – Elkhart, IN “Embrace the Pace” is the philosophy of the city of Nappanee that sits at the southern gateway to Amish Country in this section of Indiana. Here quiet rhythms of Amish life mesh easily with modern day small town America. Nappanee was home to the Miami and Pottawatami Indians prior to 1800 and the first white settler came in 1830 and by 1870 seven farms comprised the area with a population of 40. In the last 140 years it has grown to a population of 7,000 with 5,000 of these being Amish. For that bit of...

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Home Sweet RV - 2010

Sep 17, 2010 - Newmark RV Factory

After the Escapees Escapade we drove a few miles south to the town of Nappanee, Indiana, the home of the Newmar RV's. This is where they manufacture the world class Newmar motorhomes. We had the pleasure of meeting the OWNER of Newmar, which is not quite unusual, and enjoyed their excellent afternoon tour. Tom had taken the tour back in 2007 and then again now and he was amazed at the differences in the tour due to the downturn in the economy. He noted the following changes had taken place. 1. They did not take you to where they make the...

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Jul 25, 2010 - OTRA - IN - Bremen/Nappanee

THEY FIXED IT!!! The truck didn’t overheat at all on our journey today. Of course, it was a bit cooler out (mid 80’s) and we didn’t have any real hills to speak of but that needle stayed right around 190° the whole time. Left Lake Haven around 10:30 and right onto I-465 around Indianapolis to the east. The speedway is on the western side so we avoided today’s Brickyard NASCAR race traffic which surely helped keep us moving. North on SR 31 to Route 6 and then east for about 11 miles to the campground. Total driving time: 3 hours; distance...

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Jul 8, 2010 - Nappanee, Indiana

We left Sandusky, Ohio early this morning and stopped in Nappanee, Indiana to take a tour of the Newmar RV factory. As the saying goes, “You win some, you lose some!” Today turned out to be a bust. The Newmar factory was closed for production this week and we were unable to see anything at all there. It was at least 2 hours out of our way to go and find this out! Of course when I called about the tour, they said I did not need reservations and mentioned nothing about closing for a week. I guess this is a standard week to close for the auto...

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May 12, 2010 - Retrieving Mended Rocky and Faulkners of Beverly Hills, MI

BACK TO NEWMAR TO RETRIEVE ROCKY RV: After fond farewells and good wishes, we get an early start Tuesday morning and reach Newmar in Nappanee just as it’s getting dark. We are SO glad to see Rocky RV in the main park, where we have full hookups. The technician has left us a note about their fixes, and after some additional clarification, we prepare to leave with a few more spare parts, a nice new slide-out awning top, minus only a few thousand dollars. We are a bit delayed as Jim can’t find one of the pins for the bike rack so visits the...

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May 5, 2010 - Colorado Springs to Nappanee, Indiana

REMOVING SNOW, THEN ON TO NEWMAR FACTORY: We plan an early start Monday since we need to get to Nappanee, Indiana for our RV fix-up appointment by Wednesday. We are amazed that the amount of snow on the roof of the slide-out requires a couple of tries to pull in the slide out; pulling it back and forth with a little help from Jim and a 2 by 4 manages to remove the snow so we can get the slide-out in. Then Jim wraps ratcheting tie-down all around the slide-out so that the awning won’t billow out in the wind and cause damage before we get to...

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Mar 25, 2010 - Nappanee, IN

We arrived in Napannee at "Camp Newmar" on Saturday afternoon. We were surprised to see how many other coaches and 5th wheels were there. We picked a spot and got hooked up. Our appointment was for Tuesday. We spent Sunday driving around the area and checking the whole coach out to be sure we had everything that was wrong on our list. Most of the items were small but we came up with 18 things to be either checked or fixed. On Monday afternoon Alvin came out and went over the list with us and we were able to show him the issues. We had two...

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Oct 8, 2009 - Nappanee Indiana

October 5 2009 Nappanee Indiana We came here to have our motor home serviced and tour the Amish countryside. Nappanee is the center of one of the largest Amish settlements in the United States. Nearly 2,500 Old Order Amish live, work and interact with residents and visitors. In the hustle and bustle of the new millennium, the Amish connect with one another heart to heart in a way that is often foreign to the modern mindset. Nappanee is a regional center for both the RV manufacturing industry and the Amish craft and tourism industry. A...

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Sep 7, 2009 - Quiet Day on the Home Front

After deciding not to join the masses on the highway today, we didn't even leave the campground today. We sat outdoors most of the day under the awning....watched the Cardinals, visited with neighbors to the rear of the motorhome. They drove a truck from Oregon (yes, the state) to this area to pick up a pull-type trailer from the factory last Thursday. They have a few questions for the factory tomorrow and then they will be on the road to North Carolina before heading back to Oregon. They are probably in their mid-seventies; I say that...

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Sep 6, 2009 - A Great Day

The day started with worship at First Baptist Church at Bremen Indiana. FBC is an Independent Baptist, but we still worship the same God. For lunch we were going to a Chinese restaurant that our friend Dave recommended but it was not open on Sunday. Then we went to Amish Acres which has an all-you-can-eat family style restaurant, but it was $18. each person. We weren't thathungry so....we ended up at the Mexican restaurant again. We had a couple of hours to rest.....and Dave and his son David picked us to go to a pig roast. When we arrived...

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Sep 5, 2009 - Getting Away from it All!

As you can see by the above photos the campground is nearly full! There are lots of families "getting away from it all." What you can see in the photos is only about one-third of the campground. All of that hard work.....watching other people spend all that money.....deserved a stop at the local Dairy Queen. Even the Amish like a blizzard once in a while!!:) Our friend Dave came to our motorhome this evening. We shared supper and then had a great visit. We hope you are having a great holiday week end!

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Sep 5, 2009 - Tractor Auction Photos

After studying the schedule for the day's activities for the Blueberry Festival we chose to spend some time at the Antique Tractor Auction. We spend a couple of hours there. I'll bet they are still selling tractors! Glen took pictures of a few that went through the auction line. The photos have the selling prices. I guess the auctioneer assumed if you were at the auction you would know what year the tractor was because he never gave the year of the tractor. It was almost as much fun 'people watching' as watching the tractors sell. I am...

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