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2016 Montana Truck Camper Rally Report

Rich Bain, rally organizer for NATCOA (North American Truck Camper Owners Association), sent in the following report from the 2016 Montana Truck Camper Rally.

2016 Montana Truck Camper Group

“The 2016 Montana Truck Camper rally was a great success.  The weather was excellent on all but part of one day.  We are truck camper people, so we just adapted and had fun.  We ended up with around with sixteen rigs in attendance.

Torklift BINGO game

Day one was the arrival day.  In the evening we all gathered at the meeting spot and played three games of Torklift BINGO with prizes for the winners.  That was followed up by a ten question quiz on Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.  Prizes went out to the winner and the person who did not do so well on the quiz.

Polebridge Mercantile bakery in Glacier Montana

On the second day there was a caravan to Polebridge, Montana to visit the Merc; a very historic mercantile where they make some outstanding bakery goodies.

David Walburn music artist

Later in the evening we had local musician, David Walburn, play for us.  David was a great entertainer and story teller.  Everyone really enjoyed listening to him.

Hike to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

Day three was the hike to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park.  We had several people hike this year.

70s outfits at the Montana Truck Camper Rally in 2016

Back at camp that evening, it was Chili Cook-Off and 70s night.

1970s night at the Montana Truck Camper Rally

Not many dressed up in the 70s fashion, but we had fun with ours.

Chili cook off at Montana Glacier Rally

All the chili was delicious.  We had nine chilis enter the contest.

Red Bus tour in Glacier National Park

Day four was Red Bus tour day in Glacier National Park driving up the west side of Going To The Sun Road.  We had two buses for our group to go on the three hour tour.  There were fabulous views out the windows and great story telling by the drivers of the buses.

Potluck dinner at NATCOA rally

That evening was the ever famous potluck dinner and prize giveaway.

Potluck dinner at NATCOA rally in Glacier Montana

The food, as always, was plentiful and amazing.  If you went away hungry it was your own fault.

Raffle Prizes at Montana Truck Camper Rally

The final day of the rally was the farewell breakfast.  Sally and George made biscuits and gravy for everyone.  It was a good solid breakfast for attendees before their travels to wherever they were headed.

We enjoyed meeting new friends and getting back in touch with others.  For me, the people we meet are the best part of these events.

I want to thank everyone who could attend and the companies that supported the rally. Of course a big thank you to Glacier Campground for letting us have our rally there once again.  It was a fantastic place for our rally.  The owners and workers there are very accommodating.”

To read more about the Glacier Rally and other NATCOA events, visit Rich’s blog at

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