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Escapees Will Host 54th Escapade in Elkhart Co.

January 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Escapees RV Club, headquartered in Livingston, Texas, will host the 54th Escapade at Indiana’s Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds May 12 -17. According to a press release, Escapade is a five-day, fun-filled, informational event centered around the RV way of life, delivering an extensive lineup of educational workshops and lifestyle presentations for the RV enthusiast.

First held in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1979 with 24 families attending, the event now attracts over 1,500 attendees from across the nation and internationally. As the third-largest RV club in the nation, Escapees RV Club members share “a very special bond and a passion for RV travel.” Considered one of the top educational venues for RVers in the country, classes are geared to the needs of serious RVers as well as teaching RV basics to people new to the RV lifestyle.

On May 15, Escapees RV Club will host a complimentary community appreciation day as a special thankyou to the surrounding communities. Area residents are invited to visit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the club, its members and living the RV lifestyle. Guests may participate in the seminars, craft show-and-sell and peruse the wide selection of RV-related products available in the exhibitor and market areas.

Other events include first-rate evening entertainment, crafts sessions, line dancing, RV driving classes, travel, computer and RV technical presentations and daily socials round. Escapees RV Club and Adventure Caravans will bring musician-impressionist Johnny Counterfit to entertain Escapade attendees on Monday evening along with the Homestead Pickers on Tuesday night.

Learn more about the 54th Escapade at http://www.escapees.com/escapade/2014/

 

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Escapees RV Club Readies for 53rd Escapade

February 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Escapees RV Club, headquartered in Livingston, Texas, will host the 53rd Escapade at the Cam-Plex Multi-event Center, in Gillette Wyo., June 30–July 5.

According to a press release, Escapade is a five-day event delivering an extensive lineup of educational workshops centered around the RV lifestyle. This year marks the 35th birthday of the club, founded by Joe and Kay Peterson in 1978. The milestone will be honored with a birthday banquet on July 4 sponsored by Paul Evert’s RV Country, followed by a fireworks extravaganza.

The first Escapade was held in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1979, with 24 families attending. The event now attracts as many as 1,500 attendees from across the nation and internationally.

According to Escapees, the Escapade is the premier opportunity to learn or refine the nuances of a lifestyle that continues to attract devotees while also meeting likeminded people enjoying the RV adventure. With almost 50,000 active family members, Escapees RV Club members “share a special bond and a passion for RV travel,” according to the release.

On July 3, Escapees RV Club will host a complimentary community appreciation day at the Cam-Plex as a special thankyou to the surrounding communities. Area residents are invited to visit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the club, its members and RVing. Guests may participate in the seminars and peruse the wide selection of RV-related products available in the exhibitor and market areas.

In keeping with the Escapees mind-set of giving something back, the club will support Gillette and the surrounding community with a food drive for the Campbell County Council of Community Services during the event. In addition, Escapade delivers as much as a million dollars into the local economy while attendees shop, dine and enjoy the charm of the local areas.

Learn more about the 53rd Escapade at http://www.escapees.com/escapade.

 

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Escapees Program Honors Military Personnel

November 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Livingston, Texas-based Escapees RV Club has launched a new program to honor America’s heroes, according to a press release.

“We are thrilled to launch this new program that’s been years in the making,” said Escapees President Cathie Carr. “Not only do we honor our honorably discharged veterans with a substantial discount, but active duty military members can join the club for free.”

Effective Nov. 11, honorably discharged U.S. veterans will receive a 5% discount on Escapees RV Club dues (whether new or existing Escapees members), Escapees Mail Service dues, club products and Escapade admission. Active duty U.S. military will receive a free membership in the club for as long as they are in active duty.

Proper identification is required and more information can be found on the Escapees website: www.escapees.com/veteran or by calling the club at (888) 757-2582.

 

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Escapees’ 52nd RV Escapade in Sedalia, Mo.

September 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The 52nd Escapade begins Sept. 16 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo.

The Escapees RV Club, headquartered in Livingston, Texas, hosts this event annually and expects over 1,200 attendees. Escapades are five-day, fun-filled, informational events centered on the RV way of life and are often referred to as a “rally,” according to a news release Escapade delivers an extensive line-up of educational and lifestyle presentations for the RV enthusiast, as well as evening entertainment and socials.

For the serious RVer, it’s also a great way to meet like-minded folks enjoying a “home on wheels” adventure. With over 50,000 active family members, Escapees RV Club members share a passion for RV travel. You may meet as strangers, but you will part as more than friends.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Escapees RV Club hosts a complimentary community appreciation day at the Missouri State Fairgrounds as a thank-you to the locality of Sedalia. Area residents are invited to visit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the club and the RV lifestyle. Guests may participate in seminars, craft show-and-sell, and peruse the wide selection of RV-related products available in the exhibitor and market areas.

Opening ceremonies take place Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. Crafts sessions, line-dancing, RV driving classes, travel, computer and RV technical presentations, and daily socials round out the busy week of Escapade. Escapees RV Club and Adventure Caravans bring comedian Yakov Smirnoff to entertain Escapade attendees on Sunday evening, and world-acclaimed tenor and showman George Dyer performs on Monday night.

The club supports the Sedalia community with a food drive to benefit Open Door Benevolent Ministries during the event. Escapade delivers as much as a million dollars into the local economy as attendees shop, dine, and enjoy the local hospitality that Sedalia graciously extends to participants.

Learn more at http://www.escapees.com/escapade/2012/.

 

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Escapees RV Club Set for Sept. Rally in Missouri

March 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The Escapees RV Club, headquartered in Livingston, Texas, will host the 52nd Escapade at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia Sept. 16-21.

According to a press release, a new series of seminar topics will focus on the full-time lifestyle in addition to an extensive lineup of educational workshops and lifestyle presentations for the RV enthusiast. The Escapees RV Club currently has almost 60,000 members.

The gathering will also feature a number of activities, including evening entertainment, crafts sessions, line-dancing, RV driving classes, travel, computer, RV technical presentations and daily socials. Escapees RV Club and Adventure Caravans will bring renowned comedian Yakov Smirnoff to entertain attendees Sunday evening and world-acclaimed tenor and showman, George Dyer, will perform Monday night.

In keeping with the Escapees mindset of giving something back, the club will support the Sedalia community with a food drive during the event. In addition, Escapade delivers as much as a million dollars into the local economy while attendees shop, dine and enjoy the charm of the local areas.

Learn more about the 52nd Escapade at http://www.escapees.com/escapade/2012/.

 

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Escapees Members Enjoy Rose Bowl Festivities

January 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid the vuvuzelas, fire pits, silly string and marshmallow fights of Monday’s (Jan. 2) Rose Parade overnight campout sat the members of the Escapees RV Club, a group of adventurers who are very familiar with sleeping under the stars.

The Pasadena Star News reported that although most had come to the parade as part of an annual family tradition, the Escapees had come to Pasadena as another stop on their North American RV tour.

Glenda, 58, and Don Wicks, 62, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Wendy, 60, and Vince Hall, 56, who have lived on their Winnebago RV since 1994, live a lifestyle of flying by the seat of their pants and traveling where the road takes them.

“The vast majority of the things we do are spontaneous,” Don said. “If you asked me what I was going to be doing three days from now I would tell you I had no idea.”

The Wicks attended the Rose Parade for the first time this year, and said they were impressed with the experience so far.

“I can’t believe they let people do this, camp out on the street like this overnight,” Glenda said. “My whole life I never thought I would be sleeping on the streets of Pasadena.”

Don compared the experience to a 10-day festival in Calgary called the Calgary Stampede, which he described as “10 days of drunken partying.” The parade, he said, topped that experience.

“This is a little bit tamer, but a lot more interesting with regards to the street activity at night,” he said.

The Halls, who have lived on their Winnebago RV since 1994, are familiar with overnight camping, however, they said they had never had an experience quite like the Rose Parade.

“We were doing this a week ago in the Arizona dessert,” said Vince, who is a retired member of the Coast Guard, “and now we’re camping out in downtown Pasadena.”

He estimated about 12 Escapee RVs were parked at the parade this year.

But the group didn’t brave Colorado Boulevard just for the campfire, or watch the parade for the horses, bands or even J.R. Martinez. They had a personal stake in the parade as volunteers who helped build the float for the city of Glendale.

Wendy Hall, who came to the parade once before when she was seven years old, said she was most excited to see her float come down the route, to “see the results of all our hard work.”

“I always thought it would be really cool to work on one and see how it comes together,” she said. “It’s something you have on your bucket list.”

 

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Woodall’s Directory Marks 75th Anniversary

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

woodalls75th.horizsig copyCelebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Woodall Publications Corp. is launching a host of new digital products and services to complement its industry-leading campground directory and website.

“It’s cool to be celebrating 75 years,” said Ann Emerson, vice president and publisher of Woodall Publications Corp. “It’s not only 75 years as a print title – Woodall’s North American Campground Directory – but look at all the digital stuff we’re doing today. The RV lifestyle lends itself to the technology that’s coming out now. It’s all about the digital world.”

“It’s very exciting. There are some incredible statistics out there about how many people own cell phones and are texting. The younger demographic is ripe for the digital channel and we are ready to deliver it,” she said.

For example, Emerson noted that in 2010 Woodalls had 277,000 people visit woodalls.com via mobile devices. In 2009, that might have been around 5,000.

Virtually all Woodalls’ readers have cell phones and 79% own two or more. Average age is 57, average income is $85,000, average nights annually spent in parks is 57. And those campers, on average, spent $1,500 on their last RV trip.

“We had a 33% increase in the number of visitors to our website in 2010,” said Emerson. “We get 15 million page views in a year, twice as much as our nearest competitor gets. That’s why we’re doing the mobile version of our website.”

Emerson and her staff rolled out plans for the 2012 Woodall’s North American Campground Directory and a host of related programs at their annual “rep” conference, a term referring to the teams that travel North America visiting campgrounds on behalf of Woodall’s, which was held Jan. 17-20 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel.

The company officially marked its 75th anniversary at a closing banquet attended by an array of industry leaders.

The 27 rep teams, some of whom began their data collection in the field on Feb. 1, were introduced to a host of new cutting-edge digital programs at the Woodall conference to better serve Woodalls’ “affluent, active and tech-savvy” customers, 54% of whom own web-enabled mobile phones.

Packaging its digital assets – mobile and online – is a focus for Woodall’s, allowing consumers to find RV parks and campgrounds through multiple channels and touch points. Many of the enhancements offered on woodalls.com are also available on the mobile application, often optimized for this emerging channel, explained Emerson.

Woodall’s will roll out its first mobile application this spring, which will be available for the iPhone (including the iPad and iPod Touch). This free app will allow RVers to search for campground listings geographically, by name or by nearby attractions. Some of the campground products and features available on the mobile app include:

  • Website Link: A direct link from the application right to your website.
  • Digital Photos: Up to five digital photos with one’s Listing Details Page.
  • Banner Ad: A mobile version of a listee’s state/provincial banner found on the Search Results Page of the application.
  • Front of the Line Exposure: Exclusive Woodall feature that “jumps” your listing to the top of the iPhone Search Results Page in a city of your choice.
  • Video – A video of your park, optimized for viewing on the application.
  • Digital Spotlights: Your story in your own words.
  • Visual Tour: This interactive slideshow is located on the Listing Details Page and “paints the picture” of the camping experience you offer guests.
  • The above-mentioned products will also be available on woodalls.com, as well as:
  • Digital Web Ads: A digital version of a print ad in the campground directory can be activated from the Search Results and Listing Details Pages.
  • Instant Email: Customers can e-mail a campground directly from the Listing Details Page.
  • Social Media: Accesses a campground’s Facebook and Twitter links from the Listing Details Page
  • Rotating Banners: Rotating State/Provincial Banners found on both the Search Results and at the footer of a campground’s Listing Details Page.
  • Blogging Opportunities: Three blog posts to draw readers to a given area.
  • E-newsletter Editorial Features: Reach the inbox of Woodalls’ most engaged users by telling a story in your own words. Campgrounds may choose the months.

“We are so excited and our rep teams are excited to go out and talk to our campground customers about this technology and marketing possibilities we can all learn together,” said Emerson.

The traditional print directory will include full-color state and provincial travel maps, GPS coordinates and physical addresses on select listings and “One Tank Trip” ideas, among other helpful information for campers.

A scannable QR (Quick Response) Code placed in a campground’s ad connects RVers from their offline print ad to their online Visual Tour via their mobile phones.

Cover of 2011 Woodalls North American

Cover of 2011 Woodalls North American Campground Directory

The 2011 edition also marked the first year advertisers were able to incorporate an industry-first, four-color process in the listing section advertisements in the Woodall’s directories. “It’s breathtaking, the colors really pop,” Emerson said. “We know for the 2012 edition there will be even more parks that want to do that.”

The 2012 directory will contain ratings of more than 8,000 privately owned and 6,000 public parks across North America.

Woodall’s is the official directory of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), Family Campers & RVers, Camp Club USA and Camping World President’s Club. The Escapees RV Club and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) are also partners with Woodall’s, while Camping Life is its affiliated family camping magazine.

“We are very optimistic it will be a good year for the industry and for Woodalls,” said Emerson, noting that the deadline for data collection for the 2012 directory is Aug. 31. The directory comes off the presses the week after Thanksgiving.

For information, call (800) 323-9076 or visit www.woodalls.com.

Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) is the parent company of Woodalls and RVBUSINESS.com.

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Tom Johnson RV Hosts Escapees Club Rally

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Escapees' rally brochure cover

Escapees' rally brochure cover

The Escapees RV Club’s Second Annual Eastern Multi-Chapter Rally will be held April 27 to May 2 at the Tom Johnson RV Rally Park in Marion, N.C.

The first Eastern Multi-Chapter Rally was nicknamed SKP-ACRE (SKP-All Chapter Rally East). It was an enormous success last year, with 85 rigs and 156 people in attendance, and this year it is expected to be even better, according to an Escapees news release.

The Tom Johnson Rally Park provides an ideal rally setting, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains is perfect touring spot. The SKP-ACRE rally will have a full agenda with time to check out interesting places like Mount Mitchell or the Biltmore Estates.

And this year, Mark Nemeth, Escapees’ technical advisor/consumer advocate and Boot Camp director, will be offering several seminars, sharing tech tips, and bringing Escapees’ new SmartWeigh program as well.

The registration deadline is April 1. Visit http://sites.google.com/site/rallyinfosite/Home/rally-schedule-cover for more information.

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Life Celebration Set for Escapees Co-founder

January 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A “Celebration of Life” service will be held Saturday (Jan. 8) at 2 p.m., in the Activity Center at Rainbow’s End, in Livingston, Texas, for Joe Peterson, co-founder of the Escapees RV Club, who died Dec. 22.

Following is his official obituary as provided by the club

Joe was born in Carlsbad, N.M, on April 23, 1927, and spent a lonely childhood as the son of a laborer at Carlsbad Caverns. Like so many others born in this generation, life was tough, but he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and never allowed the hardships to beat him out of a successful life.

After completing his service in the Navy in 1946, Joe, now 19, went immediately to Alaska, where people said you could make a million dollars. He didn’t take up gold panning, but, rather, he joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). This led to a prestigious craft that not only allowed him to make a solid income for his family, it later enabled him to travel and work at his trade in 27 states. Eventually, these factors, combined with the encouragement of his enthusiastic wife, Kay Peterson, miraculously led to the inception of the Escapees RV Club in 1978. Joe received his 60-year union electrician pin in 2007. It is an honor few people attain.

Joe was embarrassed that he never received his high school diploma, but if you didn’t know better, you might have suspected he had a PhD. One of his heroes was Benjamin Franklin, who, like Joe, was self-taught and read everything he could get his hands on. There wasn’t a single subject Joe couldn’t discuss intelligently, and he often enjoyed taking the “other side” just to encourage a debate!

Some say Joe actually struck gold in 1964 when he met Catherine (Kay) Keith, who within the year became his wife. It was, without a doubt, the most important turning point of his life. Joe and Kay made a team that was so complementary and strong that they were named one of the most influential couples in the RV industry. And today thousands of friends all across North America and beyond grieve along with his family.

Joe’s strength and determination were evident through the many challenges he faced and overcame. But what most folks will remember is that he never met a stranger. They will remember how his endless stream of jokes and quick wit made them laugh out loud. They will remember that he was never too proud to shed a tear, too meek to take a stand, or too masculine to withhold a hug.

With a sparkle in his bright blue eyes and a smile on his face, he told the surgical team one last joke and then went to sleep. He may never know what an impact he had on so many lives, or how this crazy old world just won’t be the same without him in it to make us laugh.

Joe is survived by his wife, Kay, six children (two preceded him in death), along with 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

If you would like to honor Joe, please send a donation to Escapees CARE Inc. (155 CARE Center Drive, Livingston, TX 77351), or to a charity of your choosing.

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Peterson was Founder of Escapees RV Club

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe and Kay Peterson (seated) with their family during the 50th Escapade in September in Goshen, Ind.

Joe and Kay Peterson (seated at right)) with their family during the Escapees RV Club's 50th Escapade in September 2010 in Goshen, Ind.

Escapees RV Club founder Joe Peterson died Wednesday (Dec. 22) in Houston.

Peterson and his wife, Kay, founded the club in 1978. They were 2001 inductees into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

The Petersons were owners/developers of 18 RV parks in 11 states and were widely recognized consumer educational seminar speakers at RV events. They authored numerous self-help books on the RV lifestyle.

For over 20 years they  developed the Escapees RV club, mail and message forwarding service and coordinating medical insurance. They operated an adult day care and residency program near their office in Livingston, Texas.

RVBUSINESS.com will provide more details when they become available.

The Petersons were interviewed by RVBusiness in September in Goshen, Ind., at the club’s 50th Escapade. Excerpts from that interview follow:

When Joe and Kay Peterson started the Escapees Club July 4, 1978, they had no idea how it would evolve or how big it would become. Now with 50 chapters across North America, the club shares the RV lifestyle with both full- and part-time RVers, and takes freedom a step further by working to defend, protect and secure legislation that promotes Advocacy Coalition RVers’ civil liberties.

The Petersons started the organization simply out of a need to feel connected with other RVers.

“The need for information was great,” Kay said.

“We had been on the road eight years and met very few full-timers on the road,” Joe said. “Escapees was the first full-time RVer club. We basically got the party started.”

Rainbow’s End near Livingston, Texas, became the Escapees headquarters in April 1984. It rests six miles from Livingston and about 70 miles north of Houston. Rainbow’s End was the first Rainbow Park created. Then seven more sprang up in seven different states, followed by 11 SKP Co-Op parks that are owned and operated by members who reside in those parks. There are also two new Escapees Rainbow Parks Unlimited. Escapees is affiliated with another 1,000 parks that offer discounts to its members.

The organization employs approximately 100 full-time people across the club and parks. Joe and Kay remain on the club’s board of directors as vice president and director, respectively. Their daughter, Cathie Carr, is president of the board and her husband, Bud Carr, is vice president. Greg and Travis Carr serve as directors. Angie Carr oversees all daily operations of the club and also serves as secretary/treasurer of the board. The club remains fully owned by the Carr and Peterson families.

While it may not be an easy endeavor, defending civil liberties is among the most important roles the Escapees RV Club plays.

“Back in early 2000, we did fight and win a voting rights challenge in Texas,” Carr explained. “Our members and their right to vote were vindicated when the courts upheld the legality of our mail forwarding address.”

Along with defending RVers rights is Escapees’ belief that RVers should be free to “boondock.”

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Escapees’ SmartWeigh RV Program Underway

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Boot Camp COLOREscapees SmartWeigh is an educational RV program created by the Escapees RV Club for the exclusive purpose of enhancing safety, enjoymentand the overall success of the RV lifestyle.

Angie Carr, executive director of the Escapees RV Club, stated in a news release, “A long-standing mission of the club is to educate RVers, both new and experienced, on the aspects of RVing safely. There’s a big difference between what you can do and what you should do for the safety of yourself and your family. The new SmartWeigh program will be operated within the highly praised RVers’ Boot Camp program since both focus on preparing RVers for this wonderful lifestyle. Really, the Smart Weigh tag says it all: ‘Escape with Peace of Mind.'”

SmartWeigh provides critical RV weight safety and load management information in a highly accurate and usable format. In order to produce the most accurate information, Escapees SmartWeigh uses quality scales, which are annually tested. Highly trained weighing teams will also use only the most suitable weighing sites, like the one specifically designed and installed at Escapees headquarters for this purpose.

Neil LeKander, SmartWeigh program administrator, explained, “This is a comprehensive program that addresses all the major weight and load management issues. Once your RV is weighed, you will be provided with the resources that allow you to understand your weight control options in order to help you make the necessary changes to correct any weight or loading issues. It also provides the essential data for RV trailer hitch analysis and adjustment, as well as the information needed to correctly set your tire pressures for longer tire life and a better ride.”

The Escapees SmartWeigh program will be introduced in phases as rapidly as possible. The first scheduled weighing event took place at Rainbow’s End during the Escapees Octoberfest and the RVers’ Boot Camp program in Livingston, Texas. The next weighing event will take place at Escapees North Ranch RV Park in Congress, Ariz., Jan. 31 to Feb. 3,  during Escapees RVers’ Boot Camp.

In the future, SmartWeigh will be offered at many other club and RV events! Weighing will also be available at Rainbow’s End on a weekly basis when event schedules permit. Please check www.escapees.com/smartweigh for a list of times and places.

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Escapees RV Club Rallying in Goshen, Ind.

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ESCAPADE2010LOGO-webThe Escapees RV Club celebrates its 50th Escapade, which coincides with the RV industry’s 100th centennial. The “Honor the Past, Embrace the Future” event will take place Sept. 12-17 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind.

This year’s event is expected to draw at least 1,500-1,600 people and 800 coaches.

“This is a perfect opportunity to honor our past, but at the same time embrace the future,” said Cathie Carr, president and Escapade director along with her husband Bud. “While the pioneer-like days seem far behind us now and access to every kind of information is as close as the stroke of a computer key, nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction, where kindred spirits share what really works and what doesn’t according to the book of experience. There is no better way to gain this level of inside knowledge than from the folks who live the lifestyle.”

The Escapees RV Club got its start in 1978 by Carr’s parents, Joe and Kay Peterson. The group has held one, sometimes two Escapades a year. Carr said the group plans events three to four years in advance and it is by sheer coincidence this year’s Escapade in Goshen coincides with the RV centennial.

Al Hesselbart, RV/MH Hall of Fame historian, will be talking at the event, and many Escapees members will visit the Hall of Fame in nearby Elkhart during their visit to the area.

“Our members just love the Goshen area since that is where so many RVs are manufactured,” Carr noted.

The Escapees is considered an organization for full-time RVers, but during the Escapade there will be several classes for novices, including a boot-camp program. There will also be classes for more seasoned RVers.

“There is something for everyone, including crafts, hobbies and chapter activities,” Carr said. “We want to make sure people know the Escapade is not just for Escapee members; non-members are welcome to attend, too.”

“Our events are focused on education and we have a lot of fun and entertainment,” Carr added. “We are very proud of our faculty line-up this year and are offering some really neat classes.” (Visit www.escapees.com/escapade/2010 for a list of the faculty line-up).

In addition to class time, each day those attending can shop for new products in the centrally-located commercial market area.

“The Escapade provides the perfect forum to inspect products up close and ask questions of some of the leading service and product representatives that will be available there,” Carr said.

Escapade Exhibitors include:

Adventure Caravans, Alliant Credit Union, Almost Heaven Micro Fiber, America Hears, Blue Ox, Blue Streak, LLC, Cliff Spears Enterprise, Coffelt & Co., Community Resource Credit Union, Coyote Enterprises, Fantastic Vent, RV Advantage/Farm & City Insurance Services, Fire and Life Safety, Flags Galore N More, G & L RV Specialities, Geeks on Tour, General RV, Generations Financial Services, C & C Marketing and Insurance, Heartland RV, Lawrence RV Accessories Inc., Magne Shade, Master Tech RV Services, Miller RV Insurance, Minelab USA, Mobile RV Academy, MOR/ryde International Inc., One More Time Music, Passport America, Poliseek RV Insurance, Bensten Palm by Rhodes Ent., Inc., Rolling Home Press, RV Driving School, RV Glass Solutions, RV Safety Education Foundation, SkyMed, SMI RV Parts and Accessories, SMI’s Vacuum-Assisted Braking Systems, Southeast Publications, Sunrise Bedding, TechnoRV, Tire Traker tire Pressure Monitor System, The RV Solution, The Shop, Thumbs Up Store, Titan Tire, Too Crazy Ladies, U.S.B. Med I.D., Workhorse Custom Chassis and Your Water Filter Source.

Heartland RV and General RV will showcase new coaches during the event.

The Escapade will also feature craft classes and for the not-so-crafty, items can be purchased at the Crafts Show & Sell. There will be medal-detecting treasure hunts with loads of prizes, geocache explorations, exercising, dancing, and CPR training, plus a chance to visit with chapter reps or learn more about Birds of a Feather Groups. Those attending can even take a day off and go on a Head Out Program (HOP) tour. (Call (888) 757-2582 to book a tour.)

Those that would like to order Escapade clothing with the 50th Escapade logo on it, visit Escapade Clothing, www.sportsindiana.com/escapees/index.html for polo shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps. Those that prefer the national Escapade logo will find that apparel there as well. Attendees who order early may request delivery to the fairgrounds to avoid shipping charges.

Major sponsors for the 50th Escapade include:

Register for this year’s Escapade event and find seminar schedules, craft classes, and many other daily programs and information at www.escapees.com/escapade/2010.

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Escapees RV Club to Rally in Goshen, Ind.

July 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ESCAPADE2010LOGO-webThe 50th “Escapade,” a rally of members of the Escapees RV Club, scheduled for Sept. 12-17, is reaching its maximum capacity at the rally site, the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., the club has reported.

More than 1,000 RVs will gather at the fairgrounds, located just east of the Northern Indiana community.

“Honor the Past and Embrace the Future” is the theme of the 50th Escapade, according to the current issue of the club’s newsletter.

The club noted various pre-rally rallies at points leading up to the Escapade:

  • Coming from the west, North Central No. 12 is gathering in New Ulm, Minn., Aug. 23-26. Iowa Wild Roses No. 48 is having a rally in Corning, Iowa, Aug 26-29. The Badger SKPS No. 49 is having a kickoff rally Aug. 22-27 in Superior, Wis. They are then caravanning with a grand rolling rally to Goshen for Escapade.
  • Just to the north, Great Lakes No. 6 will be in Corunna, Mich., Sept. 2-6.
  • Coming from the East Coast, Northeast No. 3 has its lobsterfest Aug. 18-22 in Herman, Maine. Wooster, Ohio, is a favorite rally spot for Erie Shores No. 36, Aug. 26-29. And Maple Leaf No. 18 is gathering Sept. 7-9 in Goderich, Ontario, on the way to Goshen.
  • Coming from the south, Ken-Tenn No. 42 is having a rolling rally with stops near Cave City, Ky., and Columbus, Ind., Sept. 5-8.
  • The ELK C-BOF is celebrating its 10th anniversary at a pre-Escapade Rally in Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 7-10, and the SOLOs invite all singles to join them for their pre-Escapade rally Sept. 7-12 in Buchanan, Mich.

Meanwhile,  Hoosier Neighbor No. 51 will have its chapter rally at the Goshen Fairgrounds following Escapade, Sept. 17-21, while Lincolnland No. 46 will rally in Howe, Ind., Sept. 17-19, after Escapade. The DOVEs will be having training classes after Escapade. The MDT will have is annual rally Sept. 20-24 in Berrien Springs, Mich., just north of Goshen.

To find all the event details online, go to www.escapees.com/escapade/2010

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800 Coaches Expected at Sept. 12-17 Escapade

April 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ESCAPADE2010LOGO-webThe Escapees RV Club celebrates its 50th Escapade, which coincides with the RV industry’s 100th birthday, in Goshen, Ind., Sept. 12-17.

The event, bearing the theme “Honor the Past, Embrace the Future,” will take place at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen.

This year’s event is expected to draw at least 1,500-1,600 people and 800 coaches.

“This is a perfect opportunity to honor our past, but at the same time embrace the future,” said Cathie Carr, president and Escapade director along with her husband Bud. “While the pioneer-like days seem far behind us now and access to every kind of information is as close as the stroke of a computer key, nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction, where kindred spirits share what really works and what doesn’t according to the book of experience. There is no better way to gain this level of inside knowledge than from the folks who live the lifestyle.”

The Escapees RV Club got its start in 1978 by Carr’s parents, Joe and Kay Peterson. The group has held one, sometimes two Escapades a year. Carr said the group plans events three to four years in advance and it was sheer coincidence this year’s Escapade in Goshen coincides with the RV centennial.

Al Hesselbart, RV/MH Hall of Fame historian, will be talking at the Escapade, and many Escapees members will visit the Hall of Fame in nearby Elkhart during their visit to the area.

“Our members just love the Goshen area since that is where so many RVs are manufactured,” Carr noted.

The Escapees is considered an organization for full-time RVers, but during the Escapade there will be several classes for novices, including a boot-camp program. There will also be classes for more seasoned RVers.

“There is something for everyone, including crafts, hobbies and chapter activities,” Carr said. “We want to make sure people know the Escapade is not just for Escapee members, non-members are welcome to attend, too.”

“Our events are focused on education and we have a lot of fun and entertainment,” Carr added. “We are very proud of our faculty line-up this year and are offering some really neat classes.” Visit www.escapees.com/escapade/2010 for a list of the faculty lineup.

In addition to class time, each day those attending can shop for new products in the centrally located commercial market area.

“The Escapade provides the perfect forum to inspect products up close and ask questions of some of the leading service and product representatives that will be available there,” Carr said.

Escapade Exhibitors

The list of exhibitors at the Escapade includes: Adventure Caravans, Alliant Credit Union, Almost Heaven Micro Fiber, America Hears, Blue Ox, Blue Streak LLC, Cliff Spears Enterprise, Coffelt & Co., Community Resource Credit Union, Coyote Enterprises, Fantastic Vent, RV Advantage/Farm & City Insurance Services, Fire and Life Safety, Flags Galore N More, G & L RV Specialities, Geeks on Tour, General RV, Generations Financial Services, C & C Marketing and Insurance, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, Lawrence RV Accessories Inc., Magne Shade, Master Tech RV Services, Miller RV Insurance, Minelab USA, Mobile RV Academy, MOR/ryde International Inc., One More Time Music, Passport America, PoliSeek RV Insurance, Bensten Palm by Rhodes Ent. Inc., Rolling Home Press, RV Driving School, RV Glass Solutions, RV Safety Education Foundation, SkyMed, SMI RV Parts and Accessories, SMI’s Vacuum-Assisted Braking Systems, Southeast Publications, Sunrise Bedding, TechnoRV, Tire Traker tire Pressure Monitor System, The RV Solution, The Shop, Thumbs Up Store, Titan Tire, Too Crazy Ladies, U.S.B. Med I.D., Workhorse Custom Chassis and Your Water Filter Source.

Heartland RV and General RV will showcase new coaches during the event.

The Escapade will also feature craft classes and for the not-so-crafty, items can be purchased at the Crafts Show & Sell. There will be medal-detecting treasure hunts with prizes, geocache explorations, exercising, dancing, and CPR training, plus a chance to visit with chapter reps or learn more about Birds of a Feather Groups. Those attending can even take a day off and go on a Head Out Program (HOP) tour. (Call (888) 757-2582 to book a tour.)

Those that would like to order Escapade clothing with the 50th Escapade logo on it, visit Escapade Clothing, www.sportsindiana.com/escapees/index.html for polo shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps. Those that prefer the national Escapade logo will find that apparel there as well. Attendees who order early may request delivery to the fairgrounds to avoid shipping charges.

Major sponsors for the 50th Escapade include:

  • Adventure Caravans,  grand prize ($2,695 value).
  • RV Advantage Insurance, blast-off prize ($2,500 cash).
  • Heartland RV, attendee badges.
  • PoliSeek RV Insurance,  transportation.
  • Coach-Net Roadside Assistance,  Wi-Fi Coffee Cafe.
  • Foremost Insurance Group, ice cream social.
  • General RV, Fare-Thee-Well Picnic.
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Escapees to Celebrate 50th in Hoosier State

April 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ESCAPADE2010LOGO-webThe Escapees RV Club will celebrate their 50th anniversary Sept. 12-17 during their Golden Anniversary Escapade at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind.

The event will bring together more than 1,000 members of the Livingston, Texas-based organization that serves the lifestyle needs of fulltime RVers.

The main event officially begins on Sunday (Sept. 12) with “Orientation,” followed by opening ceremonies and entertainment by Johnny Counterfit. Counterfit was selected as a top comedian of the year by Music City News. He does more than 25 voice-character impressions in a clean concert format.

There will be daily socials with door prizes, as well as evening games, discussion groups, night classes, chapter and BOF get-togethers, dances, exercise classes, treasure hunts and a multitude of other activities.

During the 50th Escapade, over 60 educational seminars, classes, workshops, VIP (Info-Mercial) programs and demonstrations will be offered. There will be three levels/types of seminars taking place at the same time.

  • The nationally acclaimed Escapees Boot Camp for RVers will be a free venue this year, a series of classes for newer RVers.
  • A second track will be geared to seasoned RVers and includes topics on boondocking, full-timing, RV maintenance/repair, new gadgetsand important lifestyle issues including health and recreation.
  • The third set will be a variety of classes and workshops from computer skills to hobbies.

In addition to all of these choices, there will be a full range of craft classes on subjects like painting, matting, sewing, beading and many more.

Tours of the Northern Indiana Amish Country and other tourist locations also are planned.

Major sponsors include Adventure Caravans, RV Advantage Insurance, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, PoliSeek RV Insurance, Coach-Net, Foremost Insurance Group and General RV Center.

This will be the largest of nearly 20 RV groups scheduled to rally at the fairgrounds in 2010.

For more information on the Escapees event go to www.escapees.com.

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