We had a great time in the nation’s heartland, Sedalia, MO, at the 58th Escapade, as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Escapees RV Club! Escapade is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your RV lifestyle, share in the fun, and gain new friendships! The friendly folks of Sedalia welcomed the Escapees RV Club into their community.
Top-notch RV Education!
With more than 80 educational seminars, classes, and workshops, there is something for everyone. Fascinating featured speakers and interesting discussion panels offer a complete line-up to enhance your RVing knowledge and lifestyle.
A sample of the 82 different seminars offered:
- The Art of Storytelling
- RV Technology Made Simple
- LED LIghting Education
- Investing Strategies for RVers
- Auxiliary Brakes & Why You Need It
- Ways to Stretch Your “Fun Budget”
- RVing Atlantic Canada
- Insurance: What Affects Rates and Why
- Home is Where You Park It (Domicile)
- Roadside Assistance
- How to Plan A Medical Evacuation
- Lithium Batteries: A Full-Timer’s Perspective
- Tire Safety & Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
- A Beginner’s Guide to Boondocking
- Full-Timing Panel Discussion
- Earn While You Travel
- Nutrition Tips for Your Nomadic Lifestyle
- Converting Electric Trailer Brakes to Disc
- RV Disaster Corps
- Create Your Online Travelogue
- Maximizing Mobile Internet
- RV Weights & Balances
- White Knuckles & Windstorms
- Purge! Purge! Purge!
- Solve Pesky Dog Problems with the Dog Coach
- RVing Africa
- Understanding Absorption Refrigeration
- Women Driving Their RV
- Full-Timing: Come On In
- Photography Fundamentals
- National Campers On Mission
- Adult “Hands Only” CPR Training
- Geocaching: World’s Largest Treasure Hunt
- VA Benefits
- General First Aid
- 2018 Federal Tax Changes
The nationally acclaimed Escapees Boot Camp
RVers Boot Camp took place May 24-26, preceding Escapade. If you’re new to RVing, still in the planning stages, or needing to gain confidence in your RVing journey, RVers Boot Camp offers something for everyone. The class schedule included RV Systems Parts 1-4, Personal Safety, Weight Management, Choosing Your Perfect RV, Propane Safety, Fire & Life Safety, Driving the RV, Focus on Towable RVs, Solar & Batteries Parts 1-2, Tire Safety, Staying Connected on the Road, So You Want to Full-time RV, and General Maintenance. Escapade Boot Camp attendees enjoyed learning from a variety of instructors including Jim Koca, Escapees Safety and Education Director, Glyn Carson of RV Driving School Sue Valentine, long-time solo RVer and safety expert, and Eric and Tami Johnson of TechnoRV.
Camp-Reboot- Smartphone Photography & Google Photos
Geeks on Tour ( GeeksOnTour.TV ) partnered with Escapees to offer Camp Reboot, a 2-day Smartphone Photography & Google Photos class, just prior to the 58th Escapade. This workshop is very popular, and designed especially with RVers in mind. Chris and Jim Guld will present their workshop in two, half day sessions. This class was created to help you master using the “smart camera” features of your phone and teach you how to manage those incredible photos. Call Registration at 888-757-2582 for pricing and to register. Class size is limited, so don’t delay! (Early-arrival parking is available for participants.
Escapees proudly welcomes the Next Generation!
We’re once again very excited that Fulltime Families offered a children’s program, Kidscapade. If you will be attending with your children or grandchildren plan to enroll them in Kidscapade. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to meet other young SKPs while you’re attending some seminars or browsing the market, and they have a lot of fun activities planned! Click here for more information.
Escapade Photo Contest: America's Heartland Through Escapees' Eyes
Escapade attendees are encouraged to get involved in the fun and festivities in a variety of ways. Each year, members and staff come together to celebrate the unique talents of RVers. For 2018, in addition to our Escapade’s Got Talent performances, we invite our attendees to take part in a photography contest. Join us as we share “America’s Heartland Through Escapees’ Eyes” with entries in three separate categories: RV Community, Landscapes of the Heartland, and Heartland History. Click here to view winning entries.
We want to thank all of our exhibitors who joined us at Escapade. From RV gear to excursion planners to insurance and financial services, a wide variety of products and companies were represented. Attendees could visit the booths located in the market building, as well as visit the businesses set up in the outdoor area. Each afternoon, attendees were invited to the midway to tour RVs and enjoy drinks and snacks from RV Country. Many of these exhibitors also contributed to our welcome bags, nightly door prize drawings and shared their expertise in seminars. For a complete listing of our great market exhibitors CLICK HERE.
Friends New & Old
Every Escapade presents the opportunity to spend time with beloved friends who you only see once a year, as well as the chance to make new ones! Many, many friendships are formed during our various socials, informal campground gatherings, and sometimes, just from sitting next to someone new at a seminar! One of the things that really sets Escapees apart from other clubs is the warm feeling of family and friendship among members, and watching this unfold at each Escapade makes all the long days of planning, organizing, and facilitating so very worth it.
Escapade Evening Entertainment!
Every evening, attendees were treated to a good time from a variety of entertainers, including storyteller Bil Lepp, illusionist Reza, fellow SKPs at Escapade’s Got Talent, and local musicians Twisted Fate at Thursday’s street festival!
Sunday Afternoon- Opening Ceremony
Each Escapade kicks off with Opening Ceremonies, an opportunity to come together and greet each other, celebrate the past year, and cheer on the upcoming event. Following Opening Ceremonies, attendees shared ice cream bars on the lawn of the Mathewson Center!
Sunday Evening- Bil Lepp
Bil Lepp’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. A five-time champion of the W. Va. Liars Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life.
Monday Evening- REZA
Recognized as one of the world’s most sought-after entertainers in the illusion industry today, REZA delivers an exciting, innovative, spectacular evening of “shock and awe”. REZA’s grand scale show is designed to connect with the audience, allowing you to see magic up close on a personal level. He isn’t just a magician, he’s a true entertainer. Our attendees had a blast joining him on stage, too!
Wednesday Evening- Escapade's Got Talent
Escapade’s Got Talent! Back by popular demand, Escapade’s Got Talent! took place on Wednesday evening. It was a great opportunity to enjoy the skills and talent of many of our members! From comedic acts to musical performances to energetic line dancing, there was a little bit of everything.
Thursday Afternoon- Chili Cook-off & Closing Ceremony
A fun adventure every year, the chili cook-off is a chance for members to show off culinary skills! We had ten teams enter this year, sharing a variety of interesting recipes and secret ingredients. In total, the cook-off raised $1,966.63 for CARE, a non-profit adult daycare and respite care facility founded by Escapees co-founder, Kay Peterson.
Thursday Evening- 40th Anniversary Street Festival & Fireworks Show
Local food vendors along with local winery and craft beer vendors, plus a local band, lined the street in front of the grand stand for our festive outdoor celebration. It was the perfect way to celebrate a week of friendships and education, and honor the past four decades of Escapees RV Club. Hundreds of attendees piled into the stands after sunset to enjoy a stunning fireworks display.
A Big Thank You to our Valued Sponsors
2019 Escapade- Tucson, Arizona
Interested in joining us for the 59th Escapade? Mark your calendars for March 17-22, 2019!
We’re returning to Pima Country Fairgrounds for more fun, fellowship, and education. Registration for 2019 will open in the fall of 2018, so check back for more information. You can also sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, Club News, where Escapees members receive updates about HOPs, Escapade, club benefits and services, and more. To sign up, click the link in the footer of this page.