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2016 Gettysburg NorthEast Truck Camping Jamboree Report

The NorthEast Jamboree in Gettysburg was from September 28 through October 2, 2016 at the Gettysburg Campground.  Mike Tassinari, aka Mikeee, and Lee and Beth Lee did a fantastic job of organizing the activities and 10th Year Anniversary celebration.  Congratulations to Mike and Cathie Tassinari for celebrating 10 years of running Jamborees in the northeast!

Gettysburg Rally 2016 Group

Wednesday night started the rally with a dessert night.  What started off as a light sprinkle turned into a deluge of rain.  Umbrellas and rain gear came out of storage and were used the entire weekend.

Annie and Rita Jamboree

Thursday was registration and then a gathering to talk about why people picked a truck camper.  It was a nice way to learn how others got into this wonderful way of RVing.

At 1:00pm was Mike’s seminar on cleaning EU2000i Honda generator carburetors.  At 3:00pm Lee gave us tips for loading and unloading.  Some tips included practicing as much as possible, and trying to be as level as possible.

The left, right, center game is a popular rally event

That evening was the left, right, center game and a movie hosted by the campground.

Left Right Center winner

Brenda Fair was one of the winners of left, right, center.

Torklift Seminar Group NorthEast Jamboree

On Friday, there was a Torklift Fastgun seminar.  Mike talked about the different colors, the way they work and are tightened, and the newer pistol grip turnbuckles.

Miniature Golf players at Gettysburg Campground

After Mike’s presentation there was a miniature golf tournament.  How great is it that the Gettysburg campground has a mini-golf course right in the campground?

Truck Camper Open House at Gettysburg Campground Rally

All afternoon we walked around and looked at different truck campers at the rally.  Even though it was damp and cold, about 20 of us went on the camper tours.

Buffet Dinner at Northeast Jamboree in Gettysburg

At 5:20pm we posed for the group picture. Dinner that night was a buffet with many appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.

Winners of the Fastgun turnbuckles

At 7:00pm was the 50/50 and raffle.  Many prizes were offered, including a very coveted set of Torklift Fastguns.

Raffle Table 2016 Gettysburg Jamboree

Saturday started with the swap meet, which turned more into a question and answer about truck campers.  There was also a crafting event sponsored by the campground.

10 Year Birthday Cake

At 3:00pm was a fun birthday party with ice cream, cake, and gifts.  The gift giving was a bit different than you’d expect.  Gift Exchange NE Jamboree

Everyone who wanted to participate brought a wrapped gift.  Then, when you walked in and put your gift on the table, you received a number.


The number you received determined when you got to pick a gift from the table, but there was a twist.


Beth read a poem, and during the poem there were times you had to switch gifts or find someone wearing a certain color and swap gifts.


At the end everyone got to unwrap their gift and find out what they got for the birthday celebration.



At 8:00pm, the CB Pickers Bluegrass Band took the stage with a packed house.  Talking to Robert Adams, owner of the campground, he told us that they have entertainment most weekends.  Robert is also a fellow truck camper and owns a Lance 1191.  When the campground is closed in the winter he goes traveling around the country in his Lance Camper.

French Toast Breakfast

Sunday was the farewell breakfast with coffee, juice, and french toast.  We had a great time seeing friends and meeting new friends!

For a full listing of more truck camper events, visit our RV Shows and Rallies page.


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