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Uberland

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Hey everyone I just saw that expo East is in Arrington, VA in October this year. That's only 2.5hrs from me. Thought it was normally further away. I'm buying a couple day passes for Saturday 10/12 for Courtney and I. I'll try to camp somewhere nearby Friday night, spend Saturday at the expo, camp Saturday night, head back Sunday morning. I really want to see the new Nomad cap tent on a short bed in person.
Anyone else want to join? I bet there's already an expo East thread I haven't looked yet.
I’m aiming to attend as well...not sure for how many days or if I’ll camp there/nearby. I’m coming from northern VA, so it’ll be a time/distance/convenience calculation with the family!
 
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Nootherids

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Hey everyone I just saw that expo East is in Arrington, VA in October this year. That's only 2.5hrs from me. Thought it was normally further away. I'm buying a couple day passes for Saturday 10/12 for Courtney and I. I'll try to camp somewhere nearby Friday night, spend Saturday at the expo, camp Saturday night, head back Sunday morning. I really want to see the new Nomad cap tent on a short bed in person.
Anyone else want to join? I bet there's already an expo East thread I haven't looked yet.
So what are these expos about anyways? Is it just vendors, products, and lessons sprinkled in with social hour or is it actual trail riding?
 
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So what are these expos about anyways? Is it just vendors, products, and lessons sprinkled in with social hour or is it actual trail riding?

@Nootherids , yep, you got it. Filled with vendors and manufacturers, at least almost every major brand, classes, skills courses, and the absolute best part about any event like this is all of the folks camping on the property. You see such a huge variety of vehicles and setups in the camp areas-this is where the real excitement is. Yea, the vendor stuff is cool, but it's generally all stuff you've already seen on the internet, but there are vendors that offer specials at events like this. Absolutely worth going to, especially at only 2.5 hrs away.
 

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Hey everyone I just saw that expo East is in Arrington, VA in October this year. That's only 2.5hrs from me. Thought it was normally further away. I'm buying a couple day passes for Saturday 10/12 for Courtney and I. I'll try to camp somewhere nearby Friday night, spend Saturday at the expo, camp Saturday night, head back Sunday morning. I really want to see the new Nomad cap tent on a short bed in person.
Anyone else want to join? I bet there's already an expo East thread I haven't looked yet.
Will definitely be going down with others from the area. Will be camping Thurs, Fri and Sat night on site. That's the best part about the whole trip!
 
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geekyadam

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@Nootherids , yep, you got it. Filled with vendors and manufacturers, at least almost every major brand, classes, skills courses, and the absolute best part about any event like this is all of the folks camping on the property. You see such a huge variety of vehicles and setups in the camp areas-this is where the real excitement is. Yea, the vendor stuff is cool, but it's generally all stuff you've already seen on the internet, but there are vendors that offer specials at events like this. Absolutely worth going to, especially at only 2.5 hrs away.
Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the expos as they seem very superficial and productized, but I do want to see new products do I'm looking forward to going to one. I want to see the Nomad cap tent, and some overlanding trailers in person. Should be a good time.
Hey @sabjku bring that Cobra two-way radio if you still have it haha
 
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sabjku

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Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the expos as they seem very superficial and productized, but I do want to see new products do I'm looking forward to going to one. I want to see the Nomad cap tent, and some overlanding trailers in person. Should be a good time.
Hey @sabjku bring that Cobra two-way radio if you still have it haha
Haha yea I still have it. And don’t forget your lantern as well lol
 
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Nootherids

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Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the expos as they seem very superficial and productized, but I do want to see new products do I'm looking forward to going to one. I want to see the Nomad cap tent, and some overlanding trailers in person. Should be a good time.
Hey @sabjku bring that Cobra two-way radio if you still have it haha
I might join you guys just to go somewhere and hang out at least. I’ll check schedule later. Driving down to Florida now.
 

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Let me know when they make one that lasts 24 hours! ;)
We just went camping last weekend with some extended family (like 10 people total) and it was mid-nineties the entire weekend. Also we took the kids for a hike and got a really good sweat going. Good thing is Prince William Forest Park has showers (nice ones too, recently renovated!) so everyone was able to shower afterward...and another 4 or 5 times that weekend to beat the heat. Hot shower to clean all the sweat off, then ice cold to cool down, then back out into the heat and humidity. At some points you'd just start sweating sitting still in your chair in the shade. We were all pretty miserable. I hate to call myself an overlander but whine about it being too hot out to go camping, but it just makes the whole trip miserable, except when inside the vehicle with the A/C pumping. I'd much rather be in very cold weather because you can layer up and keep a fire going and snuggle in with the pups etc. If it gets super hot, you can only remove so many layers, but you're still sweating.
 
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100RNR

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Let me know when they make one that lasts 24 hours! ;)
We just went camping last weekend with some extended family (like 10 people total) and it was mid-nineties the entire weekend. Also we took the kids for a hike and got a really good sweat going. Good thing is Prince William Forest Park has showers (nice ones too, recently renovated!) so everyone was able to shower afterward...and another 4 or 5 times that weekend to beat the heat. Hot shower to clean all the sweat off, then ice cold to cool down, then back out into the heat and humidity. At some points you'd just start sweating sitting still in your chair in the shade. We were all pretty miserable. I hate to call myself an overlander but whine about it being too hot out to go camping, but it just makes the whole trip miserable, except when inside the vehicle with the A/C pumping. I'd much rather be in very cold weather because you can layer up and keep a fire going and snuggle in with the pups etc. If it gets super hot, you can only remove so many layers, but you're still sweating.
I'm with you on the above.
I just want somebody to try one.
If it really works, there are times I would go camping that I currently won't.
 
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Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the expos as they seem very superficial and productized, but I do want to see new products do I'm looking forward to going to one. I want to see the Nomad cap tent, and some overlanding trailers in person. Should be a good time.
Hey @sabjku bring that Cobra two-way radio if you still have it haha
Just bought my day pass for OE Saturday!
 

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Fellow NOVA Overland Bounders...
I'm new here and its great to see so many from the NOVA area. I'm heading out to Lookout Point (OBX) August 9-11 if anyone is interested in meeting up. It will be the first time in my first time in Specter and I'm looking forward to getting it sandy! If anyone is interested in catching up, hit me up.
 
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DRJ

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Fellow NOVA Overland Bounders...
I'm new here and its great to see so many from the NOVA area. I'I'm heading out to Lookout Point (OBX) August 9-11 if anyone is interested in meeting up. It will be the first time in years that I'm going wheeling, and my first time in my 4runner. I'm looking forward to getting it sandy! If anyone is interested in catching up, hit me up.
Welcome to OB from NOVA!
 
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