RV Rallies 2013

Hook up your travel trailer and make plans to hob nob with your fellow RV enthusiasts in 2013!

AirstreamNot long ago, I was waiting for the dump station at Davis Mountains State Park, and met a great couple who’d been traveling with the Escapees RV Club and attending RV rallies all over the U.S. (It’s amazing what you can learn at the dump station!)

Attending a rally has been on my list for some time, so as I pondered my travel adventures for 2013, I finally did some research. I found lots of info on upcoming events and travel groups, and thought I’d share. Maybe I’ll see you at one of these rallies next year!

The Escapees RV Club is a membership organization, and they plan HOPs (Head Out Programs) all over the world. These include U.S. based RV excursions as well as international travel and their prices are super reasonable. There’s a Savannah HOP planned for April 10, 2013 that looks like lots of fun. If you go, you’ll be camping at the Savannah South KOA, enjoying a walking tour of Savannah, and saying “mmmm” a lot when you eat out at Food Network Chef Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons.

Good Sam is also a membership organization, and they’re planning a 13-day Cajun Country RV Caravan starting on February 16 in New Orleans.  Good Sam also hosts what they call “The Greatest RV Rally in the World.” In 2012, it was held at Daytona, and involved more than 3,500 RVs and 7,290 people. That may be a few too many people for my taste, but if you’re interested, they’re doing it again next year in Syracuse, New York.

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Boondocking made easy! Photo Credit: Howard Payne, RV-Dreams

If you’re looking for something in the Western U.S., you can spend Valentine’s day in the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona. RV-Dreams is offering a “Boondocking for Novices” rally from February 10-24, and you can decide for yourself how long you’d like to stay. . They’ve also got a spring rally planned for Elephant Butte, New Mexico, from March 19-24.

Finally, if you’re fond of Airstreams (like me!) you can plan to attend Alumapalooza from May 28 through June 2 where you can camp on the field right next to the Airstream manufacturing building in Jackson Center, Ohio. The week includes Airstream tours, musical entertainment, roving happy hours, and workshops that range from Dutch oven cooking to Airstream maintenance.

Even more Airstream events can be found on the AirForums site.

So many rallies, so little time! Which one should I choose? If you’ve been to a rally before, post a note and let me know how it went!

~ G. Elaine Acker