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2018 Shipshewana Not So Mini Rally

  • 6 Jun 2018
  • 10 Jun 2018
  • Shipshewana North Campground, Shipshewana, Indiana


We are planning another Shipshewana mini Rally beginning Wednesday June 6, 2018 until Sunday June 10, 2018 in Shipshewana Indiana. The Rally Location will once again be the Shipshewana North Campground and Cabins (wanabees note, there are a few cabins available here). The website for the campground is 

(check out the cool Drone video of the campground full of Bluebirds on this website), and the phone number is (260) 768-7770. Ask for Uma or Sam and tell them you are with the Bluebird Group. You can also drop my name if need be. 


This is an older campground with mostly 30 amp sites, but a few 50 Amp pull through sites are available. Hopefully we have planned it early enough that we won’t need much air conditioning. We really like this campground as it is quiet and has an ice cream store right on the site. They really like us too.

What do we do at this rally you ask? We plan nothing except one event that will likely involve a carry in dinner. 

Ok I lied. So now we have an event for each day.

Wednesday - Meet and greet. 4pm. Bring heavy cocktails and snacks. Or is that heavy appetizers and byob. Whatever, come to the picnic shelter with your chair and a party to share.

Thursday - Trying for a paddling trip with Rowland Rose as our guide, early afternoon weather permitting. For the evening you are on your own, but a suggestion is the Essenhaus in Middlebury for dinner or at least to checkout the hot rods at the cruise in. (I want the baby blue pickup, or the engine wrapped in what looks like a VW Beatle)

Friday - Carry in dinner at 5pm in and around the picnic shelter. George Hall will be cooking meat out there. Bring sides, salads, desserts, and desserts. Also plates, utensils, and beverages. Lawn chairs would be good. Did I mention that we need desserts?

Saturday - Our annual visit to Rowland and Joanne Ross's for an evening of arcade fun. This is really cool, don't miss it.

Sunday - like every other rally Sunday, the Wanderlodge Response crew will be available in case you need help getting on your way.

Don't forget to go out and hunt down those deals.

We don’t have awards, and we don’t plan tech sessions. We use to plan nothing because this is the Rally where the Boys go shopping. You read it right, there are several, many, a bunch of surplus stores within striking distance, and we come back with car fulls of RV trinkets. Some spend thousands, others spend some. The girls, if they trust us to be alone with credit cards, go to town with their own credit cards and shop in all of the quaint little Amish shops. 

Shipshewana also has a huge flea market every week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can google that to get the details if you are interested. You may have to come early to go there, but don’t spend all of your money there because there are other, better things to buy. 

This location offers other services. 
National RV Refrigeration. Many ‘Bird owners can’t say enough about Leon. Each year Leon works on several Bluebirds. He’s the go to guy for refrigerator problems as several Woggers can attest. His price is more than fair, he does a really good job, and he’s right next door to the campground. His website is If you have a need here, call Leon for an appointment and to make sure he has enough time to get what you need.

Stuarts Service in Elkhart is an authorized HWH repair facility. The website is You really need to call ahead here for an appointment as it seems they have limited hours. The phone number is on the website.

Ramco Mirrors is close by in Elkhart, and bird mirrors have been rebuilt here.

Mr. Wrench Service and Repair 260-768-4216 is a Powertech Service Center

There are also lots of other RV related manufacturers around the Elkhart area and this is only a half hour away. Lambright’s for furniture is a popular spot, and Bradd and Hall is also nearby. Check the display ad section of your FMCA magazine for information.

Once again if you can't make it and have a reservation, please cancel as soon as you know you won't be coming. We still have a waiting list that the campground is working their way through.

Looking forward to seeing you there !!!

David Styf

All information is believed to be correct, however, all questions concerning rally information presented on this web site should be addressed to the Rally Host.

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