Pineknot 2019 was the 15th year of the rally and was held once again at Salmon Lake RV Park in Grapeland, Texas from October 23-27.

We had 68 Trailers in attendance and several people who drove in on Saturday to attend the open house.

For the most part weather was good. Wednesday started with official rally arrivals and although many were already there having arrived the prior weekend or even earlier. Tom and Marha Jo once again provided morning coffee and rolls/pastries/etc. We’re fortunate that they so willingly give of their time to make sure the days start out with nutrition and fellowship.  

Thursday’s events included a Boondocking panel with George Childs, Reine Trent, Claire Ruffin, and Jeffrey Deal. The four panel members provided various perspectives on dry camping to include water conservation, electrical power sources and safety. Karl Kenny and David Desjardins from Escape Trailer Industries in Chilliwack, British Columbia gave a talk on the change of ownership and future of Escape Trailers as well as some insight into the fiberglass trailer industry. They also briefed us on their plans to expand distribution and production into the United States with the possibility of an eventual plant in Texas. We had invited the other major fiberglass manufacturers to attend but did not get responses from them. We will extend an invitation to them again in 2020. The evening concluded with a potluck dinner and lots of socializing at the various campsites.

Friday’s events included a swap meet and the ever popular Ladies Tea - thank you so much to Sandra Hanna for organizing this event and doing a fantastic job.  Terry Stroud gave an incredibly informative talk on the care of fiberglass and gel coat, it’s safe to say we all learned something from his presentation. He also demonstrated the new Battery Tray Slide for 17’ Casitas, a product Casita owners have been yearning for for many years. The day concluded with a potluck dessert night to make sure everyone returned to their trailers with a nice sugar high.

Saturday morning was the Dutch Oven demo.  George and Sandy Childs along with Tom and  Mary Jo Trostel put on a great show. This year the demo was augmented with a sideshow displaying some of the capabilities of the Blackstone Griddle as Rob Bertoia and Dave Allen were assisted by Patti Bertoia and Linda Allen in preparing cinnamon rolls and sliders on the griddles. Little House Customs arrived on Saturday and set up their store. They indicated they would be returning in 2020 and we certainly hope they do. As always the Egg Parade was popular and allowed everyone a chance to show and tell their mods and talk trailers for a few hours. The night concluded with a catered BBQ dinner, door prizes and the initial round of goodbyes. Little House Customs and Escape Trailer Industries each sponsored a door prize and we express great appreciation for that.

On Sunday the exodus began, goodbyes from the night before were repeated and lots of fiberglass was pulled out of Salmon Lake Park hopefully to return on October 21-25 in 2020.

Have safe travels until we see you again!