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Petaluma / Santa Rosa, CA area small gathering

Graphite Dave and I are working on pulling together a small van related get together.

Nothing fancy or complicated - just who ever is in the mood to stop by and look at vans and related stuff.

A few details still to be worked out, but the general plan is:

- Sunday April 28, 2019
- 11 am - 6 pm

It is going to happen, just narrowing down the location options.

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- Petaluma / Santa Rosa CA area.
- Exact site still being worked out.


Criteria
- Ideally able to accommodate up to 30 - 40 vans
- Parking place where we can keep them relatively close to each other
- Children are welcome, so it would be nice if there was something for them to do as most will tire of looking at vans long before those who think of it as a hobby.
- Nearby bathrooms
- Nearby food places would be nice

To be honest, finding a place that can accommodate and be children friendly is a bit complicated, which is really unfortunate.

This isn't brand specific and anyone who enjoys this sort of hobby event is welcome to stop by.

My own van actually is not really a conversion at all - more of an auxiliary power demo unit in some ways. If you have any interest in finding out what it takes to power something, feel free to plug in and ask questions.

If you think that there is at least a 10% chance that you might stop by, please post here so we can do some approximate planning.

Originally it was planned as a "bring your own food and drinks" but one of the sprinter van owners is attempting to pull together tables and related for more of a potluck sort of arrangement.

Take care,

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Petaluma Friedman's parking lot. The area over by the entrance to the lumberyard never has any cars in it. It's not an official event, no one is collecting money or selling anything, so it's perfectly fine to park in the unused parking area. Restaurants nearby, bathrooms in the restaurants and Friedman's. Dog Park adjacent to walk the dogs.

Heck, just looking on Google Earth, the dog park has a huge unused parking lot, and there are some other paved lots right by it. All right next to the Friedman's strip mall.
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Petaluma Friedman's parking lot. The area over by the entrance to the lumberyard never has any cars in it. It's not an official event, no one is collecting money or selling anything, so it's perfectly fine to park in the unused parking area. Restaurants nearby, bathrooms in the restaurants and Friedman's. Dog Park adjacent to walk the dogs.

Heck, just looking on Google Earth, the dog park has a huge unused parking lot, and there are some other paved lots right by it. All right next to the Friedman's strip mall.
Thank you. Of the places that Dave checked out, this looks like the best so far.

Most likely will use it - will confirm the week before the event.

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Just bumping this thread.

Some people have asked if you need to own a particular van or a van at all to attend.

The answer is that the event is for those who are curious or enthusiastic about van conversions, and those that they drag along.

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I’m unfortunately out of area then. Good luck.


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Harry asked me to post the information on the Petaluma van conversion meet:

When: Sunday April 28th.

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00PM

Where: Petaluma

Location: The parking lot of the Deer Creek Village shopping center. Friedman's Hardware store is in that shopping center. Friedman's address is 429 North McDowell.

Where in parking lot: The Northeast corner of lot at McDowell and Rainier.



The shopping center has several restaurants. No separate toilet facilities. There is a dog park next to the shopping center.

We hope no one asks us to leave.

Any brand van or anyone interested in conversions are welcome.
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Harry asked me to post the information on the Petaluma van conversion meet:

When: Sunday April 28th.

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00PM

Where: Petaluma

Location: The parking lot of the Deer Creek Village shopping center. Friedman's Hardware store is in that shopping center. Friedman's address is 429 North McDowell.

Where in parking lot: The Northeast corner of lot at McDowell and Rainier.



The shopping center has several restaurants. No separate toilet facilities. There is a dog park next to the shopping center.

We hope no one asks us to leave.

Any brand van or anyone interested in conversions are welcome.

Would love to come but have church service on Sunday. If I arrive around 4 pm will people still be around?

My wife and I have Monday-Tuesday off so would like to stay & find a nice spot to camp in, near a Napa winery or a beach. Would love to hear recommendations from someone local :-)
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If everything goes as planned we are planning to be there.
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Great idea of organizing another van meet, but I'm sorry to miss this one.
Have fun and please do post some pictures.
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Would love to come but have church service on Sunday. If I arrive around 4 pm will people still be around?

My wife and I have Monday-Tuesday off so would like to stay & find a nice spot to camp in, near a Napa winery or a beach. Would love to hear recommendations from someone local :-)
I will stay until at least 6 pm.

If I am not there, just hang out a bit and I will be back.

BTW - at least one person is going to bring a table for food / drinks with the idea of a sort of potluck. Unlike our very organized wives though, he hasn't actually done anything to organize types of food. I am letting him handle it.

A bit of randomness I guess.

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