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National Rally: 59th Escapade – March 17-22, 2019 (TEMP)

What is Escapade?

Escapade is the Escapees RV Club’s national rally–an annual event that packs a wide variety of educational seminars, social gatherings, nightly entertainment, shopping and much more into five fun-filled days. With thousands of attendees, staff and exhibitors, Escapade is a fantastic way to learn more about the RV lifestyle from professionals and experienced RVers alike, all while having an amazing time!

Escapade is education

Escapade features an extensive lineup of educational workshops and RV lifestyle seminars. Topics range from technical instruction to lifestyle tips, in the past covering information such as solar power, boondocking, mobile internet, RV insurance, domicile, RV electrical systems, roadside assistance, safe driving, volunteer opportunities, hobbies, pet safety, RVing destinations, choosing the right RV, and much more. With nearly 80 different sessions throughout the week, there is something to interest every attendee, whether you’re brand-new to RVing or a seasoned veteran. (See last year’s seminar schedule for a sample.)
Escapade seminar presenter

Escapade is community

One of the best parts of Escapade is the opportunity to socialize with like-minded friends. Some of the most practical learning–not to mention the most fun!–happens during organized socials, informal campfires, and happy hours, where RVers relax as they swap embarrassing stories, cheer-inducing successes, favorite destinations, helpful tips, and more. Escapade also features “The ROW”, where you can learn first-hand about goings-on in the club’s local chapters, Birds-of-a-Feather groups, Escapees parks and SKP co-op parks.

Xscapers happy hour 2018 Escapade

Escapade is entertainment

Every year, Escapade features fantastic headline entertainment suitable for the whole family. Whether it’s a Las Vegas-style illusionist, an award-winning professional humorist, or popular musical acts, Escapade’s nightly programs will keep you laughing, dancing and clapping along. Check out the exciting entertainment lineup for 2019 below!

Reza illusionist at 2018 Escapade

The American Rogues

Sunday
The American Rogues will help you “get your Irish on” on opening night, St. Patrick’s Day. This American-Canadian Celtic band blends rock, folk and classical elements into rollicking performances across the globe.
Listen

Redhead Express

Monday
Redhead Express is a four-sister act that left Alaska in 2007 to capture the hearts of America. In the last 10 years, they’ve performed over 3000 shows, opening for artists such as Sammy Kershaw, Clay Walker, Jerrod Niemann, Trace Adkins, and many more.
Listen
escapade pickers

Escapade's Got Talent

Wednesday
Sit back and enjoy as your fellow SKPs take the stage to showcase their talents! You'll see everything from comedic hijinks to stunning vocal and musical performances.

Farewell Fiesta

Thursday
Gather your old and new friends to celebrate a successful week of community and education with a street party featuring food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more!

Escapade is shopping

Escapade’s Market showcases dozens of vendors, with hundreds of RV products from towing systems and braking upgrades, to flagpoles and LED lights, to park memberships and guided caravan adventures. In the Market, you’ll find not just great deals, but also extensive knowledge of products that can make your RV life more comfortable, convenient and safe. And if you’re in the market for a new RV, Paul Evert’s RV Country will have many luxurious new units on display for you to tour. (Vendors who are interested in exhibiting may contact Duane Mathes, Escapade Co-Director, at duane@escapees.com or (907)715-7505 for information.)

Escapade Market

Bonus programs

We are proud to offer options for families at our National Rally! Kidscapade, powered by Fulltime Families was introduced at Escapade in 2016. Click here for more information

This nationally acclaimed course will be in session March 14-16, preceding Escapade.With an in-depth study of RV safety, operation and information, this intensive RV training course is perfect if you’re new to RVing, still in the planning stages, or needing to gain confidence in your RVing journey. 

Certified Weighmasters will be on hand to professionally weigh your rig at Escapade. Weight safety affects every aspect of the RV experience, from fuel mileage to brake & tire wear, and can potentially pose the greatest hazard to your personal safety. Have your RV weighed and receive a full weight analysis in Tucson. Visit SmartWeigh for more information. You can sign up for weighing at the SmartWeigh booth. 

Registration

As of November 26, 2018, all full hookup and electric/water RV sites at Tucson’s Pima County Fairgrounds are sold out. However, plenty of dry camping sites are still available. To join the waitlist for a full hook-up (at least 30 amp electric, water and sewer) or 30 amp electric/water site, please call 936-327-8873. 

Escapade fees and registration policies

Your Escapade registration fee includes five nights in an RV camping site and admission to all Escapade events for two adults. Add $50 for each additional adult attendee in the same RV. Deduct $50 for an RV with only one adult attendee. There is no additional charge for children in the same RV. 

Early bird registration (by January 30, 2019)

  • Dry camping site: $240
  • 30 amp electric/water site (sold out–waitlist only): $340
  • 30 amp full hookup site (sold out–waitlist only): $400

Regular registration (on or after January 31, 2019) 

  • Dry camping site: $270
  • 30 amp electric/water site (sold out–waitlist only): $370
  • 30 amp full hookup site (sold out–waitlist only): $430

If you are not yet an Escapees member, $39.95 will be added to your registration fee. You can apply this amount toward your first year of Escapees RV Club membership if you join before or at Escapade!

Your Escapade walk-in registration fee includes admission to all Escapade events between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on your selected day(s). Prices below are per adult. Children are free.

  • Entire Escapade (five days, Sunday through Thursday): $120
  • Single-day tickets (not available for Sunday, opening day):
    • Monday only: $40
    • Tuesday only: $20
    • Wednesday only: FREE
    • Thursday only: $10

Early-arrival RV parking is available at the Pima County Fairgrounds for the nights of Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. Post-Escapade RV parking is also available for the nights of Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Prices below are per night.

  • Dry camping site: $25
  • 30 amp electric/water site (sold out–waitlist only): $30
  • 30 amp full hookup site (sold out–waitlist only): $35

You may purchase pre- and post-Escapade camping during advance registration, or at the Registration booth when you arrive at Escapade (subject to availability).

You must provide a valid email address when you register for Escapade. All Escapade information and tickets will be sent via email.

You will receive a confirmation email shortly after your  registration is complete.

In mid-February, we will email your Escapade credentials, including a welcome letter with arrival instructions, entry ticket, and a parking permit. Please display your parking permit inside the driver’s side windshield before arrival at Escapade. After you’re parked, bring your printed entry ticket to Registration to receive your Escapade credentials.

Cancellation and refund requests must be in writing and must be received by February 11, 2019. A cancellation fee of $25 will be deducted from all refunds.

After February 11, 2019, all fees are non-refundable.

  • For safety reasons, your RV must remain in the same site throughout your stay.
  • Vehicles using handicap parking must display a valid state-issued handicap tag and provide the tag number at registration.
  • Only registered exhibitors may sell products or perform services at Escapade, including any vehicle or RV repairs. If your vehicle needs on-site repairs during Escapade, the repair company/person must register and pay the $320 exhibitor fee. Non-registered vendors are allowed on-site beginning on Friday, March 22.

Download the above registration information in PDF format.

Online registration

Our online registration system will automatically calculate your total cost based on your desired ticket type, arrival and departure dates, number of people in your RV, and other information. 

You may also add attendance at one of the two post-Escapade Head-Out Programs (HOPs) to your registration. If you have not previously registered for the selected HOP and it is already fully booked, your payment for the HOP will be refunded.

Register by mail

Our online registration system is the quickest and easiest way to register for Escapade! But if you prefer to register by mail, click below to download a printable registration form, then mail the completed form with your payment to Escapade Registration, 100 Rainbow Dr., Livingston, TX 77351.

Register by phone

We can also take your Escapade registration over the phone. Simply call 936-327-8873 and ask for Escapade registration.

If you’re already registered and looking for more information about how to prepare for Escapade, visit our Attendee Information page to read more about socials, entertainment, seminars, and everything else awaiting you at Escapade!

Frequently Asked Questions

Trying to wrap your head around the excitement that is Escapade? Maybe some of the most commonly asked questions will help!

Yes, you may register for Escapade upon arrival at the grounds. You may advise the parking greeters that you are not registered, and they will direct you to Customer Service to complete the registration process.
If you require electric or water hook-ups, though, we advise that you register in advance to secure your desired parking options. Once all hook-up sites are reserved, only boondocking will be available to those who register on-site.
If you are interested in a day pass, an option available for those who are not camping at the fairgrounds, look for Registration or Customer Service to purchase your day pass and receive your event badge. To learn more about this option, including the cost per day, keep reading.

Early arrival days are Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.
Extended stay days are Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23.

Per-night fee schedule
Boondocking: $25.00
E/W: $30
FHU: $35.00.

Yes, we welcome those who want to drop in for a day or so to see what Escapade is all about! 

Fee schedule
Sunday: No daily walk-ins allowed (Registration will already be swamped checking in attendees)
Monday: $40 per person
Tuesday: $20 per person
Wednesday: FREE (It’s Community Day!)
Thursday: $10 per person.

Daily walk-ins are welcome to attend all Escapade events each day, 8 AM to 9 PM.

Yes, there is a handicap RV parking section, available to registrants possessing and displaying a valid state-issued handicap permit, on a first-come first-served basis. There is a very limited amount of handicap parking available. Please request this option and provide your handicap permit number to register for handicap parking.

The E-ticket is your entry ticket and proof of registration for admission upon arrival at Escapade. Please print and have it available for presentation to the parking greeters when you first arrive to be parked.
The parking designator indicates your selection of hookups for campground parking and has a large letter designating your paid selection (B for boondocking, E for electric, H for handicap, etc.). Please print and place the parking designator prominently in your driver’s side windshield at arrival so the parking team can identify the correct area and direct you to your site quickly.
You will receive this information approximately 5 weeks prior to the event, along with driving instructions to make your trip to the fairgrounds easier and less stressful.

Yes, group camping is available if you arrive together & select the same camping option. Groups of six or more rigs, please email the parking chair at
escapadeparking@escapees.com to advise the number of rigs in your group and an approximate time of your group’s arrival.
If your camping options (FHU, E/W, Boondocking, etc) are not the same, then your chance of getting parked together will probably not happen at this fairground facility. Our parking team will do their best to get you parked together, but understand this is not a guarantee.

Yes, yes, and yes. 
There are showers and restrooms at the facility for attendee use. There are also 2 self-pay laundry facilities for attendees to use. The fairgrounds has a propane filling station.

Yes and yes.
 Yes. An independent mobile pump-out service will be available on site. Please schedule directly with them for a pump-out. The fee will be $25 per pump-out. They will have a booth in Hospitality. It is highly recommended you arrive with empty holding tanks.
Yes, the Pima County Fairgrounds has a dump station. Signs will be posted and the location will be noted on the map. Please notify the Parking Crew if you need to dump prior to being parked. It is highly recommended you arrive with empty holding tanks so as not to delay having your rig parked.

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors, whose generous support makes Escapade possible!