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We attended bootcamp in Goshen last year. We had our HDT to sleep in, no RV. We lived & learned while parked along side some seasoned RV veterans & some rookies like us. Other people we know stayed at nearby motels & came in daily. When your not busy at the seminars learning the basics,

you should have plenty of time to talk to & learn from the veterans that are eager to share their experiences & opinion on the various RV models & gadgets.

“…nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” – Mark Twain

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We went the Boot Camp in Livingston, TX in November 2011 and we didn't have an RV. I think it was best because Boot Camp tries

to help you buy your third RV first! We both enjoyed it very much and met some nice people. We were lucky that we live close enough

that we went back and forth for the three days. There were others who stayed in local motels.

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We attended Boot Camp in Sedalia, MO three years ago and attended Escapade in Gillette, WY two years ago. Since we haven't yet pulled the trigger on our RV purchase, we stayed at local hotels both times. We consider both experiences very helpful in getting prepared for our plans to full-time when we retire in the near future. There were quite a few "dreamers" in our Boot Camp and we felt very welcomed at Escapade.

Phil and Jan Gordon

2016 DRV Mobile Suites 38 RSB3

2015 RAM 3500 Long Horn DRW / Crew Cab / Long Bed / 6.7 Cummins Diesel / 4x4 / AISIN / 4.1

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We were exactly like you last year. Some friends told us about Escapees and Boot Camp. We had no idea what to expect but signed up for the one in Congress AZ. We drove up there and stayed in a local Motel and walked into Boot Camp!

It was GREAT, we learned so much and everyone was warm, welcoming and very knowledgeable. Attendees ranged from newbies with no rig yet (US) to people who were already full timing.

I'd suggest taking a writing pad and a couple of pens that's about all you'll need. There will be a bunch of people starting off on the path with lots of questions for the staff.

Ask lots of questions, collect all the stacks of handouts you'll get. If you have a personal business card with your contact info on it, it would save writing your name and e-mail address down for your new friends.

You'll be amazed at what you learn in such a small amount of time.



2009 Monaco Cayman DP 38'


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We just graduated from Boot Camp earlier today in Heiskell, TN. I have to say it was a fabulous experience! We got our first RV over 30 years ago, a pop up tent trailer. and then transitioned to a travel trailer later. But, we got our first motorhome just 4 months ago. Although we were experienced RVers, we learned so much from Boot Camp that we had never encountered in our years of pull behinds.


We didn't need to bring paper and pens, because those were supplied. There were lots of handouts of the seminar presentations, and the Ultimate RV Survival Guide was provided on a CD. (Hard copies were available for purchase). The instructors were all VERY knowledgeable, and the group participation provided a lot of accumulated knowledge.


I'm glad we booked this seminar. It is pricey, but worth much more than it costs.

Mike and Retha Hopkins

2014 Fleetwood Discovery 40G

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