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Annual Bash 2019

January 12, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - January 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM CST

$15 – $135

Annual Bash 2019

LAKE HAVASU | JANUARY 12-20

Biggest Xscapers Convergence of the Year

Every January, hundreds of Xscapers converge in the desert Southwest. What started as a small gathering where people met to share stories, knowledge and laughter around the campfire, quickly turned into something bigger and more meaningful.

This community building and educational RV gathering is geared toward the working-aged RVer. The week is packed with daily activities from professional live music to a street fair and some that you won’t find anywhere else such as our annual Margarita Throwdown. Don’t worry though, alongside the fun, there will be plenty of opportunities for education with our daily featured speakers who have years of fulltime RVing experience and are some of the biggest names in the RVing community. Many people who come to the event are also first-time boondockers, so it’s an excellent opportunity to be surrounded by others with experience who can help out with questions or issues. We’ve got your back!

The best part of all will be the friendships you will make. For some people, this is their first attempt at building a community on the road, and for others this will be another convergence in the books. You will all have one thing in common though and that’s coming together to meet new like-minded people and share in your experiences. You’ll quickly find your Nomadic Tribe within Xscapers and it will be the #1 value of attending this event!

PREPARE

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ANNUAL BASH

Days
Hours
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register

 

12

Saturday - Arrival

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parking & Check In

Must Arrive During These Times Unless Otherwise Directed

6:00 pm – Welcome Party!

7:00 pm – Band – Pop Gun Rerun

80’s Themed Night

Get your groove on with an 80’s themed outfit.

13

Sunday

9:00 am – Dog Walk

10:00 am – First Time Attendees Meeting

10:30 am – Boondocking Tips

11:00 am Guest Presentation TBA

1:00 pm – Bloody Sunday (Bar)
Band – Tino & Ashley
Bounce House
Open Telescope Viewing

7:00 pm – Party @ Your Own Rig

8:00 – 10:00 pm – Open Telescope Viewing

14

Monday

9:00am – Dog Walk

4:00 pm – Guest Presentation TBA

6:00pm – Margarita Throwdown

15

Tuesday

9:00am – Dog Walk

10:00am – Yoga

11:00am – Kickball

4:00 pm Guest Presentation TBA

6:00 – 9:00 pm – Street Fair w/ Food Trucks and Bar Games
(Popcorn, “World’s Best Corndog”, Ice Cream)

16

Wednesday

9:00 am – Hike for a Reason

4:00 pm Guest Presentation TBA

6:00 pm – Mac & Cheese Fest
Beerluck/Wineluck

6:00 – 10:00 pm – Photo Booth

17

Thursday

9:00 am – Dog Walk

10:00 am – Yoga

11:00 am – Dodgeball

3:45 pm – Upcoming Convergences w/ Convergence Director JP

4:00 pm – Guest Presentation TBA

6:00 pm – Guacamole Throwdown
Band – The Status Crows

Fiesta Themed Night

Wear bright colors and some fiesta gear!

18

Friday

9:00 am – Dog Walk

11:00 am – Ultimate Frisbee

4:00 pm – Guest Presentation TBA

6:00 pm – Potluck

7:00 pm – Karaoke

19

Saturday

9:00 am – Dog Walk/Hike

12:00 – 3:00 pm – Vendor Area

4:00 pm – Guest Presentation TBA

5:30 pm – Catered Meal (Must have Ticket)

7:00 pm –  Farewell Party
Band – The Modern Mixtapes

10:00 pm – 2:00 am – DJ Boom Bandits (Rave Roover)

Neon Themed Night

Neon and lights! Let’s do this thing!

20

Sunday - Depart

9:00 am – Farewell (GTFO) Donuts 

12:00 pm – Checkout Time

EVENT INFORMATION

Parking Info

This is a Boondocking/Drycamping event (No Hookups) at the Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds. But don’t worry, your Xscapers tribe is here to help you!

If you have attended a Quartzsite Convergence or the Annual Bash in the year’s past,  things will be slightly different this go around for parking due to the Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds location.

We know… Sitting out in the middle of nowhere has its unique charm and experience and is partially what makes the Annual Bash so special.  BLM was our first choice, but the reality is it created many hurdles this year based on the activities we are planning, the size of the group, time of year, permitting, connectivity, facilities and turtles.Yes…we said turtles.


Organized Parking

While we plan to provide as much space as possible by limiting the tickets sales, there will be organized parking to ensure everyone has a place to stay. However, we’ll be letting you choose a “Preferred Parking Option” this year!

Pick one “Parking Option” that best suits your Annual Bash vibe!

General: (Quiet Hours 11 pm to 7 am)
For those that just go with the flow and don’t see another parking option that better suits them.

Party Peeps: (No Quiet Hours)
“What quiet hours?!?” You know who you are… So if you choose this option, it’s on you!

Solar: (No Generators. Quiet Hours 11 pm to 7 am. )
For those that have solar and only run generators when they absolutely must due to weather.

Solos: (Quiet Hours 11 pm to 7 am)
Are you a solo? If so, you can park with others just like you.

Families: (Quiet Hours 11 pm to 7 am)
For those with kids. Get together and let your kids make new friends along with you.

*We will do our absolute best to accommodate these options but we cannot guarantee to make them happen for everyone*

Speakers

We aiming to have an awesome line up of speakers this year! These featured speakers are avid community members and were hand picked to share their experience and knowledge on a variety of topics.

Impromptu community discussions and seminars are welcomed throughout the event. If your are interested in leading a discussion during the event, please let us know by filling out this form


Heath & Alyssa

Heath and Alyssa Padgett have been living, working and traveling in an RV since their wedding day in May of 2014. According to their parents, they are on permanent-vacation. According to Heath and Alyssa, they work every day. There is probably a middle ground of truth here.

During their first year of marriage, Heath & Alyssa traveled to all 50 states filming a documentary called Hourly America where Heath worked an hourly job in each state while Alyssa filmed the adventure. Their documentary work has been featured on CNN, CBS, Fox, Forbes and has led to consulting work with brands like Chick-fil-A, UPS, and Winnebago.

Together they run HeathandAlyssa.com, one of the most popular RV lifestyle blogs. Heath hosts The RV Entrepreneur podcast, where he interviews fellow full-time RVers on what it’s like running a business while traveling full-time. Heath is the CEO of Campground Booking, a software company he started from their Winnebago, while Alyssa manages their production company, Padgett Creative. They also host an annual conference for nomadic entrepreneurs called The RV Entrepreneur Summit.


 

Tim Ewing

Tim and Janette Ewing travel the country living in their fifth-wheel RV while homeschooling their one remaining child in the nest. All total they have five children and six grandchildren. Tim has been a CFO for 30 years working with small businesses and non-profits and currently runs his CPA practice full-time while on the road. Tim specializes in helping self-employed RVers unload their bookkeeping burdens and avoid IRS headaches. Find Tim at quest-cpa.com.


Kyle & Olivia

Meet Drivin’ & Vibin’ (Kyle, Olivia and adventure pup, River). They live and travel full time in a 16ft vintage travel trailer. Left their jobs and sold all of their stuff, to pursue life on the road. With a mission to live minimally and deliberately, by removing the clutter and fostering relationships with the community and the natural world.

You can follow their adventures and learn more about their lifestyle at drivinvibin.com. There, you will find a wealth of information about free camping, tips for full-time RVing, their monthly budget reports and much more. As an added bonus, you can listen to their album titled Among the Giants that they wrote and recorded on the road inspired by their travels.


Kerensa and Brandon SedonaKerensa & Brandon

Kerensa & Brandon hit the road in January of 2014 and haven’t looked back. After years of moving for jobs, they decided to go where they wanted and take the jobs with them. They loved road trips in the car and camping in their pop-up and decided an RV life would be a better choice for them. After an extensive research and planning period, they left with their two dogs and cat in a motorhome to explore the country.

They recently started a new venture to help others get out on the road. RV to Freedom (RVtoFreedom.com) is dedicated to helping people learn how to live in an RV with a website of helpful articles, a Facebook group (RVtoFreedomGroup.com) that’s welcoming to all RVers and dreamers, and a course on making the transition to full-time RVing. (RoadmaptoFulltimeRVing.com


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Entertainment


Pop Gun Rerun
Saturday the 12th – 7:00 pm

Pop Gun Rerun is the Premier 80’s live music experience!! Playing all of your favorite hits from the 80’s by artists such as Bon Jovi, Prince, Journey, Missing Persons, Depeche Mode, The Cure, INXS, Pat Benetar, Madonna, Rick Springfield…and many, many more.



Tino & Ashley
Sunday the 13th – 1:oo pm

Tino & Ashley are a husband and wife Indie Folk Pop duo currently based out of Philadelphia, Pa. The band has performed countless times across the Unites States and last year alone performed well over 150 events, with each performance receiving rave reviews. Collectively and Individually these two have had many notable accomplishments, which include: Television appearances; performances at world renowned venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, House of Blues & Hotel Café; collaborations with Grammy award winning writers and performers; & sharing stages with Shawn Colvin, Sara Bareilles, Sara & Shawn Watkins, Tyrone Wells, Shana Halligan (Bittersweet), Shai Carter, Rob Hyman, Tyler Bryant, in addition to Nick Canon, Sela Ward, Rocco D’Spirito and many others big names in the entertainment industry. They are currently performing numerous events, including: weddings, festivals, private and corporate events among many others.


 

The Status Crowes
Thursday the 17th – 6:00 pm

Xscapers Chuck and Michelle perform over 1,000 cover tunes from the 60’s through current hits. They customize every show, providing a “love-that-song, sing-a-long, let’s dance!” experience for their audience. Whether it’s rock, country, or today’s pop hits, every Status Crowes’ show delivers brilliant musicianship with pleasingly blended harmonies in a most unique style.

 
 

The Modern Mixtapes
Saturday the 19th – 7:00 pm

The Modern Mixtapes  is a Top Hits Variety Band. This collection of eclectic and professional musicians was built for entertaining casino venues, corporate events,  special events and private parties.

Based in Las Vegas, the members have all played together for years and came together to provide live, fun music. People don’t usually like ONE style of music. You might hear Rock, Pop, R&B & Country. If it’s a HIT and grooves, we probably play it. This is about the LOVE of music!

 

Boom Bandits – Rave Roover
Saturday the 19th – 10:00 pm – 2:00am

The Rave Rover is an obscene amount of fun packed into one crazy hot rod.  Boasting over 8000 watts of amplified power, dance club quality lighting, enough TV’s to fill a house, custom painted bored 454 Chevy big block engine with enough power to race, it’s own Apple computer full of every song you can think of and TWO DJ mixing board used to keep the crowds energized.

This is the most creative, over the top, wild event vehicle in Arizona!  The Rave Rover is featured in national from Nashville to LA including events such as Extreme Machines, Havasu Street Scenes, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races, IJSBA World Final Jet Ski Races, Big Boys Toys and Freight Night.  The Rave Rover dominates the entertainment portion of these events with DJ Boom Bandit spinning live to crowd requests.

 

Boot Camp Express

Location: Annual Bash 2019
Early Arrival (Required):  Jan 10th between 11am – 4pm
Course Date: Jan 11th from 9 am – 5 pm

This year we are excited to bring the Escapees RV Boot Camp Express program to Annual Bash. Boot Camp Express is a one day school that condense the traditional highly acclaimed 3 day program into one day. It is a great way for RVers to improve their knowledge and RV lifestyle.

*You are not required to be a registered attendee for Annual Bash 2019 to attend this educational course, but you will not be able to stay onsite with your RV during Boot Camp Express or Annual Bash.*


Pricing and Arrival Information

Topics being conducted in this Boot Camp Express are:

  • Basic Systems Common to All RVs
  • General Maintenance to Keep Your Rig Rolling
  • Fire Safety
  • Keeping the Weight Out of Your RV
  • Propane Systems
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Systems

Registration Includes:

  • Early Arrival Parking on Jan 10-11th for Annual Bash Attendees
  • Lunch

Price: $55 Per Person

Arrival: If you are a registered attendee to the Annual Bash you must arrive prior to the Annual Bash on Jan 10th at the Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds between 11am-4pm for parking. The Boot Camp Express class will be held on the following day, Friday 11th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


*Boot Camp Express will be cancelled and refunds will be issued if the minimum number of 25 registrations is not met.*

Optional Catered BBQ Meal

Date: Saturday the 19th at 5:30 pm

This year we wanted to provide you with the option to sit down, relax, and enjoy a nice dinner with your fellow Xscapers without having to worry about meal prep on the last night of the event!


Includes

  • Pulled Pork, Shredded Chicken, Shredded Tri-Tip or Veggie Burger
  • Loaded Potato Salad
  • Ranch Beans
  • Southwest Coleslaw

Price: $15 Per Person

Got Questions?

You may find an answer…or you may not.


Q: Do I have to be a member?

A: Yep! You must have an active Escapees RV Club membership to join in the fun. And yes, if you are an Xscaper you are also an Escapee!
Not a member? Don’t worry we can help with that! Join


Q: Can I bring a friend or family member?

A: Well, maybe… Contact us so we can accommodate your situation.


Q: Should I come with my tanks empty?

A: Please arrive with your black & grey tanks empty and full water, enough propane for heat, and gas to run your generators.


Q: Can I arrive late or leave early?

A: ARRIVE DURING THE DESIGNATED ARRIVAL TIMES! We don’t want our hosts and volunteers missing out on the fun to find you a place to park in the dark. If you can not make it in on the designated arrival day or if you know you need to leave prior to the event ending, please contact us so we can try to make accommodations to your situation.


Q: Can I come in early?

A: Only Boot Camp Express registrants and designated volunteers may arrive before Saturday the 12th.


Q: Can I stay longer?

A: Nope. We’re sure you will want to head out and link up with some of your new RVing friends anyway.


Q: What are the Quiet Hours?

A:  11 pm to 7 am in the camping area, except for those that choose the “Party Peeps” Parking Option.


Q: What are the Generator Hours?

A: 7 am to 10 pm. While no one will probably yell at you if you need to keep your batteries safe, please be courteous to your neighbors. And please, try to not use a contractor generator.


Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Of course! We do ask you keep your pet on leash and at all times due the number of other animals and two legged creatures rooming about. We shouldn’t have to say this…but pick up after your pets and don’t leave landmines for someone else to find!


Q: Where can I send mail?

A: Yes, you can have packages shipped, we will give you the exact address closer to the event.


Q: Is there Internet?

A: All major cellphone networks work well at the rodeo grounds. We are also aiming to have an Internet Cafe setup in the facilities. However, this has not yet been confirmed.


Q: Where do I take trash?

A: There are dumpsters located throughout the parking areas.


Q: Where can I get water?

A: Water is available on site to fill drinking containers throughout the event. However, you should arrive with a full tank.


Q: Where can I dump?

A: ARRIVE WITH YOUR BLACK & GREY TANKS EMPTY! There is a Dump Station available onsite for departure day. During the week a pumper truck will be available for a small fee to come to your rig if needed.


Q: Will I have electric?

A: You mean the thing you plug your thing into? No. But you may use your generator or collect rays from the sun.


Q: Can I have a Campfire?

A: Propane fires are allowed at your site. All wood fires must be burned at the designated fire ring near the facilities.


Q: Can I promote/sell my stuff?

A: Marketing? Who has time for that? Just come and enjoy yourself! We will make an announcement if an appropriate situation allows for this.


Didn’t find the answer you were looking for or need to contact us? Email: jp at escapees.com, traviscarr at escapees.com, melaniecarr at escapees.com.

Volunteering

We need your help!

If you would like to volunteer and help us during the event, please use the “RSVP” form below in the ticket section. While we appreciate your support, please only volunteer if you are willing to commit to the position and can be available during the event. We’ll reach out via email to follow up with details and confirm your volunteer position as we lead up to Annual Bash.

Parking Crew: (Requires early arrival on Thursday the 10th. We will cover the extra parking cost during this period.) With this year’s organized parking we need assistance to help bring everyone in a smooth and orderly fashion to speed up the arrival process. This team responsibilities are to help direct attendees on Saturday the 12th from 9 am – 4 pm.

Registration: (Requires early arrival on Thursday the 10th. We will cover the extra parking cost during this period.) Be apart of the welcoming committee to get Annual Bash attendees checked in and off to a great start! Check-in and Registration will be from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday the 12th.

Property: You are the backbone to help the Xscapers staff get actives setup and squared away prior to scheduled events.

Clean Up: Help us keep the area clean and maintained after activities and throughout the event

Campfire: For responsible pyros that will be sure the fire gets started and maintained as needed throughout the event. 

Security: No, we won’t give you a taser… Help us keep things in order and an eye out for broken rules or unsafe situations. You may help verify attendance during specific activities.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Annual Bash? Please send an email to Melanie Carr at melaniecarr@escapees.com for more information.

Premier Sponsors

Key Sponsors

TICKETS

REGISTRATION INCLUDES

– EVENT PARKING-

– EVENT ACTIVITIES –

– EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS –

– LIVE MUSIC –

– DANCE PARTY –

– EVENT APP –

– BASH T-SHIRT  –
(ADVANCED AND STANDARD REGISTRATIONS)

– XSCAPERS NAME BADGE –
(ADVANCED AND STANDARD REGISTRATIONS)

– SOUVENIR WRIST BAND –

– GOODIES BAG –

STANDARD REGISTRATION

 Regular Tickets available from Sep. 1 through Dec. 15
Must Have Active Club Membership


 

After Registering

You will receive confirmation of your purchase along with an event ticket. Please keep this ticket! It will be used to check you into the event and speed up the check in process. You will also receive instructional emails leading up to the event. Please read these them carefully and stay informed!
Please join the FB Group page created for this event specifically. This page will be used for communication leading up to and during the event. 

Cancellation

10 percent cancellation fee of the full registration amount will be deducted from any refunds 30 days or more prior to the event, unless stated otherwise.  No refunds 29 days or less prior to the event.

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 convergence, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees/Xscapers, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the 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.

Tickets

208 available
(Couple) Standard Registration - 1 RV Boondock Site$125.00Annual Bash 2019 Admittance for 2 and 1 Boondocking Campsite for 8 Nights.

Please fill in all required fields

208 available
(Solo) Standard Registration - 1 RV Boondock Site$100.00Annual Bash 2019 Admittance for 1 and 1 Boondocking Campsite for 8 Nights.

Please fill in all required fields

Unlimited available
Catered Meal (Per Person)$15.00Optional Catered BBQ Meal. (Must be an Annual Bash attendee)

Please fill in all required fields

65 available
Boot Camp Express Admission (Per Person)$55.00Selected topics being conducted in Boot Camp Express are 1) basic systems common to all RVs, 2) general maintenance to keep your rig rolling, 3) fire safety, 4) keeping the weight out of your RV, 5) propane systems, 6) batteries and 7) electrical systems.

Please fill in all required fields

Details

Start:
January 12, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
End:
January 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM
Cost:
$15 – $135
Event Category:

Venue

Lake Havasu Rodeo Grounds
Dub Campbell Pkwy
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 United States
+ Google Map

25 Responses to “Annual Bash 2019

  • Travis Carr
    Dorothy F Sholeen
    3 months ago

    I thought there was a Mexican convergence Jan 12-21..I don’t see anything written about that..

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      3 months ago

      The Mexico Convergence dates are Jan 27, – Feb. 6, 2019. You can reference the map on the Convergence page. We hope to have the details and registration open on the website this week.

  • Travis Carr
    Kathy M Federico
    2 months ago

    Are there full hook ups there?

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      2 months ago

      There will be no hookups available at the event. It is a drycamping location. Generators are allowed during designated hours. Check out the FAQ section for more details.

  • Travis Carr
    Kathy M Federico
    2 months ago

    If not, where is the dump station?

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      2 months ago

      There is a dump onsite for use during departure but we ask that you arrive empty to keep arrival parking running quickly and smoothly. There will be a pump truck available should you need to dump before leaving the event.

  • Travis Carr
    Lise Rubarth
    2 months ago

    I see a lot of dog walks. I have two cats that I walk on a leash. I assume that all pets are required to be on a leash for the safety of all (pets & humans)? Thanks!

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      2 months ago

      Yes, animals are required to be on a leash. You can check out the FAQ section for more information.

  • Travis Carr
    Sky Renfro
    2 months ago

    I see nothing that relates to kids. Is there an additional fee for them? The website says there is a scale from $15-$135? Don’t see any of that reflected. Thanks

  • Travis Carr
    Sky Renfro
    2 months ago

    Never mind on the kid thing……everyone knows I am a dork……just didn’t drill down far enough……..Carry on……hahahah

  • Do people typically work during the weekdays of this event? Or is it better to plan to take a whole 8 days off from working?
    Also, will you have tips for those who have never boondocked for that long?

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      2 months ago

      There is a mix of both. Most convergence cater to the working RVer with the schedule. However, because the Annual Bash is the biggest event of the year for Xscapers, there are activities that take place during the work hours. We do try to keep the more highlighted events at Annual Bash in the evenings and weekends as much as possible. The participation level is up to you :).

  • Travis Carr
    Prof. Buzzkill
    2 months ago

    I’d love to join you but there are no events in the northeast. Are you planning to expand?

    • Definitely! We are always on the lookout for new opportunities for our events, and are open to members offering to organize and host them. There is a Convergence in Michigan coming up in September, which is hosted by several Xscapers. Unfortunately, registration is already full for that one, or we would welcome you to join us there.
      If you have any suggestions for locations, parks, or even dry-camping areas, let us know! 🙂

  • Travis Carr
    Deborah Archer
    1 month ago

    I bought tickets last week, and have the PayPal receipt, but don’t have the ticket number to join the Facebook group. When will tickets be available?
    Thanks!

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      1 month ago

      We have resent your tickets to the email provided during checkout. Please check your spam folder in addition to your regular inbox.

  • Travis Carr
    barbara snyder
    1 month ago

    cannot seem to find my # skp anywhere. another way to register would be helpful

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      1 month ago

      Not having your membership number or card means you are missing out on many of your Escapees benefits. We recommend that you contact our customer service at 888-757-2582 or clubbusiness@escapees.com for help.

  • Travis Carr
    Clyde Brothers
    1 month ago

    Travis, How about some coordinates for the Annual Bash 2019. I have looked at 4 maps and the name of the road is different on each of them.

  • Travis Carr
    Clyde Brothers
    4 weeks ago

    Travis, I would like to volunteer to help, but I have some limitations. I use a wheeled walker and can travel several hundred yards, but I need to sit down (on the walker) every so often. I could work in registration, I will be going to the New Year’s Bash so I will be in the area. I could possibly work in Security using my truck as a roving patrol. Put me wherever you can use me. I will staying on site once I arrive. Just so you know I have a constant companion that I can leave in the RV, a 3 year old Doberman that is very friendly, minds well, but still has lots of puppy in her.

  • Travis Carr
    Deborah Archer
    4 weeks ago

    I signed up and paid, but haven’t received an email, yet, with my ticket. What should I do?
    Thanks!

    • Travis Carr
      Travis Carr
      4 weeks ago

      I will resend the ticket manually but also be sure to check your spam folder. If you still don’t get it, keep your PayPal confirmation to use during check in.

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