Sunday, February 21, 2021

Exciting May Rally Planned at Charlestown State Park

 Hoosier Cruisers Rally May 12-16, 2021

Charlestown State Park Campground

We are all ready for spring which we hope is just around the corner. Our May Rally will be held at Charlestown State Park campground on May12-16, 2021. Everyone will have to make their own reservations by calling 812-256-5600 or by going online at We will be camping in the Mulberry Loop and rally masters will be on sites #121 and #122. There are a few sites left in the full hook up section and plenty of sites in 50 amp electric only section. 

We will start off on Wednesday evening with a meet and greet followed by walking tacos for supper. Thursday morning your rally masters will provide breakfast of biscuits and gravy. We will spend the afternoon at Huber Winery. There are many activities going on such as farmers market, tractor rides, ice cream parlor and the Starlight Cafe. We will be able to take a tour and have a wine tasting for $15.00 per person. There are about 15 stairs to get down to the wine cellar so be aware if you feel mobility would be an issue. Supper will be on your own. 

Friday we will go to the beautiful Culbertson Mansion for a Clue Party. The Culbertson Mansion was built in 1894 and was completely restored in 1995. The party will include participants searching throughout the mansion for clues to discover who did it! Unfortunately it will involve 3 floors of the mansion so it may be more than some will want to do. The cost for the party is $25.00 per person. If you don’t want to do the party due to taking the stairs you may tour the downstairs and watch the Clue Movie which will be playing for $20.00. Other optional activities in the area include the Carnegie Center for Art and History (free), Town Clock Church (free), Falls of the Ohio State Park (free). We will return to the campground for happy hour and a hot dog roast. 

Saturday we will tour (free) Schimpff’s Confectionery which has been making candy for 128 years. The delightful couple who own the store will explain some of the ins and outs for candy making and how it has been done for many years. There also will be opportunities to tour the Howard Steamboat Museum ($8), the Vintage Fire Museum ($5), walk across the Ohio River on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge (free) and shop. We will have a dinner (cost $15 per person) and business meeting on Saturday evening but details are still being worked out. 

We will bid farewell after donuts and devotions on Sunday morning. The rally masters are looking forward to a fun filled weekend. We are still having to work around the covid restrictions but hopefully some of those will be lifted by May. One activity we are hoping to include is a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center but at this time they are not doing tours because of covid. If it changes we will put it into our plan. We need registrations back by 4/22/21. 

Please join us as it has been long winter. If you have questions contact us. Jerry and Roberta Covington 765-748-3747 Greg and Bettie Wessel 812-341-1156

Check your Hoosier Cruisers Newsletter for registration and waiver form.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Alan Neireiter Illness


Linda Murphy shared this information about Alan Neireiter who was a very new member of the Hoosier Cruisers,but a long time FMCA member and volunteer at GLAMARAMA. On July 30th, he has been either hospitalized or in rehab. If you know Alan you may want to contact Linda for more information.

The club wishes Alan a speedy recovery.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Hoosier Cruisers Sympathy Goes Out to John Saalwaechter

 Fellow Hoosier Cruisers,

It is with deep sadness that I report to you this morning that our good friend, Vicki Saalwaechter, passed away last night. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her husband, John, and all the family.

We will miss her smile and sense of humor. We are reminded how precious life is. Please keep John and her family in your prayers. 

God bless and please stay safe and well.

Jack Gebhart

President, Hoosier Cruisers

Friday, October 16, 2020

HC Information following the October Rally


October Rally Attendees,


I received a text from John Saalwaechter that he and Vicki contracted COVID.  Vicki is in the Lebanon Hospital. She is on oxygen and having respiratory problems. John is at home and not experiencing the same problems. They left the rally on 10/3/20, which is 13 days ago.

 You may want to take precautions if you experience symptoms associated with COVID.

 We all wish Vicki and John “get well wishes” and you may want to send them a note.

                John & Vicki Saalwaechter

                4648 W. 650 North

                Thorntown, IN  46071


Hope this email finds you all well,

Bettie and Greg Wessel

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Rockville Rally

The Hoosier Cruisers gathered at the Parke County Fairgrounds.  It was well attended with 22 coaches participating.   The rally began on Thursday and those attending enjoyed dinner at the Thirty-Six Saloon.  The restaurant has a rustic atmosphere and serves good food including smoked beef items.  Everyone seemed to appreciate the food and service.  

Friday began with coffee and muffins which was followed with a snowman craft project which was led by Connie DeCausemaker.  The men were offered a golf outing led by Harry DeCausemaker or a "Tech Talk" held outdoors.  In the evening the club members roasted hotdogs over a campfire and also made their own smores.  Just good old fashioned camping.

Saturday began with a trip to Bridgeton Mill.  It is the oldest continually operating mill in Indiana since 1823.  It burned down in 1869, but was rebuilt in 1871.  Mike Roe, the owner, gave an excellent presentation on the history of the mill and its importance to the surrounding community.  After viewing the mill some members went next door to the Artisans building and were treated to Mr. Wagoner creating pottery pieces.  For supper Hoosier Cruisers were treated with a pulled pork dinner which had been prepared by Linda Wible and Bettie Wessel.  The day ended with a group game of Family Feud.  It must have been enjoyed because there was laughing and discussion during the entire evening. It was fun.

Sunday began with donuts from the Wheel House Donut house.  They make gourmet donuts - have you ever heard of bacon and maple donuts....well they make them.

Dane Bailey provided outstanding music and a message that was enjoyed by all. Great job Dane.

The Wibles and Wessels thank all those who attended and wish them well as we look forward to the next Hoosier Cruiser event.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Great Fun in Portland

Hoosier Cruisers who attended the September rally had a great time due to the efforts of the Boyers and Rusters.  The rally was well attended with over 20 coaches in attendance at Jay County Fairgrounds. 

The rally began with a tour of the Jay County Historical Museum.  There were many exhibits and something for everyone from antique farm machinery to household items from the past.  It also houses a genealogy collection that is open to the public. Members enjoyed wandering through the museum at their own pace.  

Friday afternoon the club visited an Amish oil stove factory.  They make all the parts and each stove is hand built by craftsmen.  It was interesting to see the large stamping machines which are run by compressed air stamping the needed parts.  Some of the machines were made in the early 1900's and are still going strong.

On Saturday Hoosier Cruisers visited a vineyard and tasted wine.

 The rally masters and assistant rally masters provided excellent meals including a pancake breakfast, a fried chicken dinner with sides, and a picnic dinner with grilled hamburgers.  Many thanks go to their efforts for a successful rally.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Plan to Attend the October Hoosier Cruiser Rally
Park County Fairgrounds – Oct.1st -4th

Mark your calendar for the upcoming rally to be held in Rockville at the Park County Fairgrounds.  

Members can arrive on Oct. 1st and set up for camping and we may choose to have dinner at the 36   Friday, we plan to have a coffee hour in the morning and the remainder of the day members will have time to visit local sites that are of interest to them.  Suggestions will be provided in their welcome bag.  In the evening there will be a wiener roast.  Hotdogs, chips, and smores will be provided.  Please bring your hotdog sticks if you have them. On Saturday we had planned to visit the Antique Auto Hill Climb, but it has been cancelled.  Saturday evening, members will have an opportunity to test their skills at guessing the best answers to a Family Feud Game.  Sunday morning will begin with devotions, coffee and donuts

Campsites will have electricity.  Water and a dump station is available at the fairgrounds.  The cost per night is $25 and your registration will cover the charge for the meeting room rental.

Richard and Linda Wible, Bettie and Greg Wessel are looking forward to seeing you in October.  If you have questions please contact us by phone or email.  Please send your registration to Greg Wessel by September 15th.

Richard/Linda Wible – or 760-552-2616
Bettie/Greg Wessel – or 812-341-1048

Click for printable October Registration

Click for printable Required October Liability Form

Sunday, August 2, 2020

September Rally

The Hoosier Cruisers September Rally will be held Sept. 10th to Sept. 13th at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, IN. Ross and Melanie Boyer are the rally masters and can be contacted at email -

Click for September Rally Registration

Click for required FMCA Chapter Waiver Release Form

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Rally Rally

The August Rally will be held August 6-9 at Harbor Cove RV Resort, 632 Race Street, Coldwater, MI.

If you are interested in attending please contact:
Billy Fordeck at 260-343-8021 or email
Darlene Gebhart 765-744-6744 or email

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Special Hoosier Cruisers Update

Fellow Hoosier Cruisers,

As you may be aware, many of the FMCA events for the coming season have been cancelled. This includes Glamarama 2020 in June and the International Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska in August 2020.

As for our Hoosier Cruiser rallies, we (the Hoosier Cruiser Executive Board) have decided not to plan anything before August 2020. Therefore, there will be no rallies in May, June, or July of 2020. Hopefully, by August the COVID-19 virus issue will be behind us. You will be notified if there is any change of plans.

We certainly hope this is short-lived as we miss all of you and are anxious to get together again.

Please stay safe and well,
Jack Gebhart
Email: Cell: 765-748-3980 or 765-744-6744
Hoosier Cruisers
Special March Edition