18 Reasons You Know You Attended a Successful North American Heartland Owners Club Rally

By:  Kelly Barnett

5th Jul, 17


*Kelly Barnett (2PSNAPOD) is a contributor to Heartland RV's blog. All opinions expressed are her own.*

18. You know what it means to be part of the Heartland Family.

17. You attended so many seminars and/or Lifestyle presentations that your mind is on overload.

16. You've enjoyed spending time with old friends and meeting new ones.

15. The Blue Gate Restaurant and/or Das Essenhaus are your new favorite dining establishments.

14. You attended one or more of Ann Mayer's Wake Up Work Out or Pole Trekking classes and are fired up and plan to continue one or both activities.

13. You've become accustomed to falling asleep to the sound of trains going by and are afraid you won't be able to fall asleep without that soothing sound.

12. You've been privileged enough to meet Nelly and enjoy at least one of her famous Nelly Muffins.

11. The words Shipshewana, Wakarusa, and Mishawaka are now a part of your vocabulary.

10. You've gained a new appreciation for what it takes to build an RV because you witnessed it first hand at the Heartland factory.

9. You've roamed the many aisles of the Shipshewana Flea Market and went home with lots and lots of 'stuff'.

8. You attended more than one potluck with so many food offerings it made your head spin and your tummy rumble.

7. You know the layout of the Elkhart County Fairgrounds like the back of your hand.

6. You visited the E&S Bulk Food store and can't wait to go back again, and again, and again.

5. You know where and what goes on in the ECCC.

4. You attended the Instant Pot presentation and have already made hard-boiled eggs and/or macaroni & cheese! [Editor's Note: Kelly taught the Instant Pot cooking class. For more Instant Pot and RV-friendly recipes, visit Kelly's website, kellyskitchen.info.]

3. You find seeing an Amish buggy and hearing the 'clip clop' of horse hooves calming.

2. You know who Jim Beletti, president of the Heartland Owners Club, is and also know who many of his 'elves' are…

1. You are already making plans to attend the 2019 North American Heartland Rally in Goshen, Indiana - June 11 – 16, 2019!!

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Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett


RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.