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  1. Balloon Fiesta HOP (Head Out Program) Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 2 - 7, 2020 Option #2 October 7 - 11, 2020 Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Balloons, balloons and more balloons! If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, join the Escapees RV Club HOP for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each morning, as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will fill with 600 bright, beautiful hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta, with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park and a launch field the size of 54 football fields (78 acres). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with 886,307 attendees in 2019. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the "box effect" comes into play. The "box effect" is a unique wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path; allowing them to return to the launch field, or even landing next to your RV. The Dawn Patrol lifts off in the dark, with specially-fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The "Zebras," dressed in black and white, are the ones who coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too, and some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee's hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. When visiting any of the balloon pilots, remember to ask them for one of the trading cards, which will explain all the pertinent information about their balloon. This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons – America’s Challenge race, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Past gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and across Canada. You can track their progress on the Fiesta website. At dusk, you can see the Twilight Glow on the launch field. This is when the burners are ignited, filling the balloons with a bouquet of bright colors. Then, the nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. Escapees will have Boondocking, “rally style” parking and a private tent for inclement weather, socials, games and catered meals. There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, as well as binoculars and a camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime special moments. Early arrival - Options 1 and 3 Due to the popularity of this event, we recommend early arrival for parking at the HOP location for Options 1 and 3 only. Early arrival is September 29, 2020. The cost for early entry is $22.50 per night up to the date of the HOP. While registering for the HOP, please let headquarters know which day you plan to on arrive early. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Three options will be offered for The Balloon Fiesta HOP. Early parking is not available for Option #2 Option 2 sites will not be available for early arrival at the HOP. If you are registered for Option #2 and want to arrive early, you may call the Balloon Fiesta for any additional parking (for any dates outside of the HOP event) and pay the Fiesta directly. You will be parked in the Fiesta camping area, but will need to move your rig to the HOP camping location, with the HOP arrival date and time for the Option #2. Option #1: You may purchase the first five days (arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7), which will include the traditionally-shaped balloons, a special presentation by a Professional Hot Air Balloon Pilot and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Friday, Oct. 2 Options #1 and #3 Arrival Professional Balloon Pilot Presentation Announcements Meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation Announcements Socials – get together *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Mass Ascension Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social Balloon Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct. 5 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon *Farewell catered dinner for the Option #1 Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations – Professional carvers Option #1 - leaves Farewell Option #1. Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #1: October 2 – 7, 2020 Two-person rig: $1110.00 Each additional person in RV $755.00 One-person rig $999.00 Option #2: You may purchase the last five days (arriving the morning of October 7 and leaving on October 11), which will include the traditional shape balloons, the special shape balloons and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Wed., Oct. 7 Option #2 Arrival Free afternoon Announcements Meet and greet *Welcome catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Saturday, Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow Mass Ascension Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent at the north end of Main Street) Music Fiesta (extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social hour *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Laser Light Show Farewell Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q&A End of HOP - Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #2 October 7 – 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1095.00 Each additional person in RV: $745.00 One-person rig: $989.00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________ Option #3: Register for the entire stay of the Balloon Fiesta HOP, which will include four tickets per person, entrance into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below for ten days and nine nights. Friday, Oct. 2 Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Balloon Pilot presentation Announcements - meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading *Catered dinner Balloon Glow AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct.5 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational *Farewell catered dinner Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Announcements and social hour *Catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon launch Competition Flying begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sat., Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Music Fiesta (Extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Farewell Mass Ascension Prices for Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1355.00 Each additional person in RV: $855.00 One-person rig: $1245.00 Registration also includes: · Prizes · Your HOP hosts · Souvenir HOP name badge · All gratuities · Locations to visit that are optional. Some past options were Santa Fe, Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. And much more! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Payment options: Pay half of the fee upon registration and then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days before the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too. We’d love to have you! There is a $50.00 charge for nonmembers on land HOPs. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club, please call 936-327-8873. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 For more information, email registration@escapees.com Confirmation email Once registered, a confirmation notification will be sent via email regarding pertinent information, such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, etc. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. This insurance should be purchased within 10 business days of registering for the HOP. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75% Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub then, click on the event page For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com
  2. March 22 – 27, 2020 Called “The Big Easy”, New Orleans is one of the most fascinating cities in the United States; a melting pot of music, food and culture. New Orleans is rich in history and is known for the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the National WWII Museum, to name a few. In the French Quarter, you can enjoy decadent Beignets and Cajun coffee or, savor mixed drinks in the restaurants and bars that line Bourbon Street. You can even enjoy shopping in the many gift shops! Enjoy the rocking chairs and cool breezes on the porches of the South’s most beautiful historical plantations, once renowned for their rich crops of sugar cane and cotton. Walk through the beautiful gardens located on the plantation. After the tour, enjoy the local cuisine during lunch. Enjoy watching animals in their natural habitat? Take an amazing swamp boat excursion and learn all about the history of the Cajun Bayous, since the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain are nesting grounds for many different species of birds, alligators and various other animals that call the swamps home. Upon returning to the dock, enjoy a famous Louisiana Country Boil for lunch. New Orleans has unique folklore, traditions and burial styles and traveling through the city, with a local docent, you will see historical above ground caskets, known as Crypts. Stopping in the French Quarter for an authentic Cajun and Creole lunch. And what would a trip to New Orleans be without learning the fascinating history the Mardi Gras floats and what all goes into building them! Escapees has great New Orleans tours just for you! Come join us for this incredible HOP! Rain or Shine - Package Includes · 5 nights at a nice RV park with full hookups · Enjoy several New Orleans excursions with local knowledgeable tour guides · Swamp boat excursion, includes a Country Boil · Learn the traditions behind the Mardi Gras floats and how they are built · Visit one of the South’s most beautiful historical plantations, includes lunch · 4 meals · Private room for announcements and social hours · Catered welcome · Door Prizes · Meet and greet socials · Souvenir HOP name badge · Your friendly HOP hosts · All gratuities · And much more! Itinerary is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes considerable walking that will be on uneven terrain. Payment options When registering for a land HOP, you can pay half upon registration and then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days before the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too! We’d love to have you. There is a $50.00 charge for nonmembers on all land HOPs. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club, please call us at 936-327-8873. Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: $1,399.00 Additional person: $455.00 One-person rig: $725.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 Or, email registration@escapees.com Confirmation email Once registered, a confirmation notification will be sent to you via email regarding all the pertinent information, such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, etc. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files. RV Campground You will be able to relax at a nice RV park with full hookups. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance as well. This insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, at 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. Travel insurance must be purchased within 10 business days, once the HOP is purchased. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, · 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event 75 % Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub then, click on the event page to view, comment, or post pictures for the upcoming HOPs. Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the right side. Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control to do so. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make these arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring before, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV or another vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed, and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub, then, click on the event page For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com
  3. My wife and I are roughly six months away from full timing. We have settled on a fifth wheel (DRV) as our next "home." Size appears to be important when looking at entry into national/state parks. We are considering a 36'/37' unit but understand that even that can be too large in some situations. For those of you who travel "the parks" frequently, what feed-back can you provide. Thxs, B&D.
  4. DH and I are looking 5th Toy Haulers to go full timing in. We currently have two full dresser Harley Davidson motorcycle and I have a couple of questions that I am hoping you can answer. 1) What is your Toy Hauler, your tow vehicle and how long is your garage? 2) Do you garage your MC every night or leave them parked outside the trailer? 3) How difficult is it to back your motorcycle down the ramp? 4) How does the weight behind the axles affect the towing significantly? 5) What do you like best about your Toy Hauler, desperately wish you could change? 6) What is the rating on the tires? Thank you.
  5. SOLD! SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD!SOLD! Thanks to all for your interest. (original post starts below this point) We've been preparing for a few years now and the time has come for us to sell our sticks 'n bricks and begin our full time adventuring. We've setup our Arizona nest to be our forever paradise if only we were here long enough to enjoy it. As a result we have just announced to our neighbors that we're selling our home to begin our full time lifestyle adventure. As we begin to hit the road we know that some of us are on the opposite side of the adventure and want to slow down their movements, be close-by their doctors or to snowbird between the adventures in a house. This post is for anyone in our midst that might be interested in a Southern Arizona Home with a fully enclosed RV Garage. I've added a link at the bottom if you'd like to see photos. Please share this with any of your friends & family that has always loved Arizona as we have over the past 24 years. Beautifully remodeled 3 bdrm. that features two master bedrooms! Each with private bath. The 3rd bedroom has been our office/library. The property has a pool with integral spa, designer kitchen and laundry. 18" X 42" RV Garage complete with a loft and power lift for loading and unloading your stuff. There's a large separate workshop or storage room that has 3 tiers of Heavy Duty shelving. The home has a huge outdoor covered living room overlooking the Santa Rita Mountain Range plus much much more on .41 Acres. Heated and cooled square footage is approx 2222 Sq. Ft. It is a Southwestern Territorial designed home that speaks to us in the language of manana and manana is good enough for us! Most furnishing (Mission Styled) can be available if requested for those of you that are snow birds seeking a furnished home. Our home is in Green Valley AZ just 20 minutes S of Tucson. It's known as a very popular retirement community and is 95% age restricted (55+) There is an option in our neighborhood for the new owner to join GVR (Green Valley Recreation) and have access to all the community clubs, pools, facilities, etc. Asking price is in the mid 300's for this mature location with no HOA. Children are welcome however most of our neighbors are retired. 25 minutes from Tucson International Airport just up I-19. 35 minutes from the Nogales Arizona Port of Entry 2 hours from Phoenix Please use my email contact address of stippey47 at gmail.com for initial contact. Private party inquiries only Thanks! Tipper
  6. Was wondering which are the best camping clubs and discounts for full-timing?Which are best and most beneficial?Have looked into thousand trails, Passport America, Good Sam, and many more. Seems they are endless. Looking for some insider info so don't waste money on memberships wont use.We are planning stays of 2-3 weeks and will use RV parks national and state parks and some boondocking between destinations.
  7. We have been vacationing in the RV about every 3 weeks now and our longest trip was for 3 weeks across country. We love traveling. Have talked to my darling husband and he is starting to get on board for full timing after our son finishes with Boise State University. I found this vehicle that I like and would like to know if the manufacturer is respected, is it a quality model, and what have your experiences been using (or hearing about) this vehicle. 2014 or 2015 Bounder 33C by Fleetwood What do you think about the floorplan for being a full time home? 2015 Bounder 33C | Fleetwood RV
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