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SmokeyBare
02-07-2009, 11:07 PM
Spring is slowly trying to push Winter's chill away for good.... It's fast approaching Rally time...

Who is going to the Escapee's Rally at Sedalia Missouri on May 24 to the 29 ?? Did you know that Heartland is one of the Rally Sponsors?? Here is the Link: http://www.escapees.com/escapade/2009/

It's a challenge to find anyone at a large Rally... let alone where they are parked... The Rally parking crew do a Great job of parking the steady stream of RV's... BUT.... they can't save a spot for a friend.... save a few spots for a small group... Just too difficult a task.

One way to be able to park close together is to all go in at one time. One RV after another... all in a row... as you drive to the Rally grounds. Often times folks gather together at a Rest Stop... or a short distance away from the Rally Grounds...

This takes some planning. Not all that much... maybe posting here is a start... just to see who is going and who might want to park close together...

Remember there are early arrivals... some will be going to the BOOT CAMP sessions... Some may be going to the several Pre-Escapade HOP... if that is the case... those will not likely be able to consider parking together with those coming just for the main part of the Rally.

If your planning on attending this Escapade... please let us know.

jbeletti
02-07-2009, 11:30 PM
Thanks Marv!

I will be attending Escapade and will have a Heartland booth in the exhibit hall. I will be camping there as well.

My "planned" arrival date is May 23rd with an overnight at the Double J CG in Chatham (Springfield), IL on the 22nd. I may be able to push this out 1 day is there was a group planning to arrive on the 24th.

It would be cool to park a bunch of Heartlands in a row! Or maybe several rows, 1 for each day's arrivals.

Jim

leftyf
02-08-2009, 08:34 AM
Thanks Marv!

I will be attending Escapade and will have a Heartland booth in the exhibit
Jim

Heartland Dunking Booth? Heck, I'd show up for that one...even if I had to roll up in my wheelchair!

At 1$ a throw...we could pull the economy back on it's feet.

C'mon, Jim, take one for the home team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kakampers
02-11-2009, 09:41 PM
We will be there also...not only as attendees, but as vendors....come visit us at the Rescue Tape booth....:D

Paul & Nan
02-11-2009, 11:43 PM
We are starting to plan on going--Jim, we might be interested in a caravan. Anyone else from Illinois going??

SmokeyBare
03-22-2009, 10:38 PM
Hey gang.... Spring is quickly showing up... Cabin fever is nearly over...

It's time to plan on attending an RV Rally...

Escapee's RV Club is having their Escapede at Sedalia Missouri May 24 to 29...

You don't need to belong to Escapee's to attend... just pay the required fees for the Rally...

Those who will be going... might like to be parked close together... I feel it helps make the Rally a little more enjoyable doing that...

Anyone going and wanting to park close together will need to drive to the Rally ground together... so they can park you together.

Jim Belitti will be there as well representing Heartland who is a Sponsor at the Escapade ...

After the Escapade we will be heading to Dayton Ohio, to attend the Ohio Chapter of the Heartland Owners Club - May 29 to 31...

TRAVELER07
03-22-2009, 10:55 PM
Hey Marv We will be attending arriving May22 and depart May30 TRAVELER07

Paul & Nan
03-23-2009, 12:33 AM
Paul and I have reservations for Sedalia arriving 5/23, leaving 5/29. We have to work Friday, were hoping to hook up with Jim going over as he will be staying about 45 minutes from us on Friday(I think). Anyone else going???????Can we form up a group somehow??? Nan

netters1
04-11-2009, 02:32 PM
We have made our reservations for the Escapade in Sedalia arriving Saturday, the 23rd and leaving Saturday the 30th. This will be our first Escapade and we are really excited! Especially since we are only 140 miles from Sedalia. :D

jbeletti
05-03-2009, 06:28 PM
I have great news! I worked with this year's Escapade director (Harrell Hicks) on getting some sites set aside so Heartlanders can park in a group.

They worked it out! Here are the details as best as I know them:


10 each - 30 amp full hook-up sites are set aside
You must arrive between 8 am and 2 pm on either 5/22 (Fri) or 5/23 (Sat)

You must ask to be parked in the Heartland group
All of the above is subject to change should the Escapade need to adjust

So there you have it. If you are registered to attend the 2009 Escapade in Sedalia, MO, if you are registered for a full-hookup site, if you plan to arrive 5/22 (Fri) or 5/23 (Sat), between 8 am and 2 pm, if you ask at check-in to be parked with the Heartland group and if that group area is not already full, chances are good you can be sited with someone you know :)

I know this does not work for everyone. And some have no interest in such an arrangement. That's all okay. It is just an option that may fit for some.

If you are a Heartland product owner with plans to attend Escapade and have no idea what is going on with this post - not to worry. This affects "no one". It's just a potential option.

Potential Questions:


Q. If I arrive later than 2pm on 5/22 or 5/23, can I still get into a site set aside for Heartlanders?
A. Escapade stops parking all rigs at 2pm.
Q. If I arrive between 8am and 2pm on 5/22 or 5/23, and I am told the Heartland group area is full, can they add me onto the group area?
A. Probably not.
Q. If I arrive between 8am and 2pm on 5/22 or 5/23, and I am told the Heartland group area is full and I am registered for Escapade, can I still be parked on the grounds somewhere.
A. Yes. All registered Escapade attendees will have a site somewhere.
Q. If I get sited in this Heartland group area, will it be a longer walk to the events?
A. No. Most attendees will be camping in the "Outer Reserved Campground". See map at this link (//heartlandowners.org/rally/2009/escapade/missouri_state_fairgrounds_map.pdf). I am not certain where all events will be happening, but I know that the Escapade Marketplace will be held in the Agriculture Building - marked "2" on the attached map. Escapade will have shuttle vans in operation.
Q. What area or level of camping are these 10 sites (boondocking solar, boondocking generator or full hook-up)?
A. They are 30 amp full hook-up. If you are registered for boondocking, please do not ask to be sited with the group.

netters1
05-05-2009, 01:06 PM
Jim, the thumbnail photo of the map will not open. It just keeps trying to load. Can you re-post the map photo? Thanks. Also, are there only 10 sites total or 10 sites set aside for Friday and 10 for Saturday arrivals.

jbeletti
05-05-2009, 05:55 PM
Lynette,

10 sites total. I will be in one of them :)

I had no idea how many Heartlanders were coming and of those, how many would want to be parked together versus with SOB friends. So I went conservative.

I also didn't know how much I could push Escapade on this favor None

By the looks of this thread, we will be lucky to get 10 together.

See you there!

Jim

PS: I added a map link. It works. Unsure why the attachment does not work. I turned a trouble ticket in on it.

kakampers
05-06-2009, 07:44 AM
We'll be arriving a day early, since we're vending. We'll try to be placed in one of the Heartland sites, however, they may insist on us being in a different area for vendors, we'll see. Maybe since Jim will be in this area, and he's basically a "vendor" too, maybe we can work things out....either way we'll see everybody soon!!

jmgratz
05-06-2009, 08:56 AM
We are getting there on the 21st. Don't know if they will have the area set up yet but will ask.

SmokeyBare
05-06-2009, 09:32 AM
I plan on being in the area on the 20th... I hope to camp a short distance away... so we can make the drive to the rally easier... Warsaw Missouri has a few RV Parks...

Mariposa
05-06-2009, 11:46 AM
Grace and I are moving in the direction of Rally in Sedalia. We are currently in Texarkana. Repairs have been done and now waiting for better weather before moving on. I don't have to drive in heavy rain, thunder, lighting and strong winds. ( Oh, yes, snow).

Tom of Ypsi
05-06-2009, 10:33 PM
We just signed up and will be in on May 23. Save us a spot at the Heartland site. We will be leaving on the 29th and heading to Goshen for an appointment with Lippert on June 4. Need our front jacks worked on again, back to using jack stands.

Paul & Nan
05-06-2009, 10:44 PM
Jim, looks as if the 10 sites will not be enough--still wondering what your plans turned out to be? Will you be at Double J the night of the 22nd? We are still planing on leaving about 5A, could meet you to travel. Keep us posted. Nan

jbeletti
05-06-2009, 10:48 PM
We just signed up and will be in on May 23. Save us a spot at the Heartland site. We will be leaving on the 29th and heading to Goshen for an appointment with Lippert on June 4. Need our front jacks worked on again, back to using jack stands.

Tom,

Site are first-come first-served. They are not really reservable. Hope you get one.

jbeletti
05-06-2009, 10:52 PM
Jim, looks as if the 10 sites will not be enough--still wondering what your plans turned out to be? Will you be at Double J the night of the 22nd? We are still planing on leaving about 5A, could meet you to travel. Keep us posted. Nan

Nan,

I was pushing it to get them to "set aside" 10 sites. I am now planning to arrive at Escapade on the 22nd so I can get in and setup my booth the morning of the 23rd as exhibit hours start at 3pm that day. Unsure of where I will stay overnight on the 21st. Will work that out next week. But I want to end up near Sedalia the evening of the 21st so I can get in line to park the morning of the 22nd.

Jim

jbeletti
05-08-2009, 11:02 PM
I have set my route to Escapade.

Leaving my home CG in Marengo, IL the morning of May 21.

Overnighting at the Granite City, IL KOA.

Rolling into Escapade around noon on the 22nd.

Here's my planned route. (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=19609+Harmony+Rd,+Marengo,+IL+60152+%28Lehma n%27s+RV+Resort%29&daddr=3157+West+Chain+of+Rocks+Road,+Granite+City, +IL+%28KOA%29+to:2503+W.+16th+Street,+Sedalia,+MO+ %28Escapade+2009+-+Missouri+State+Fairgrounds%29&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=40.480381,-90.878906&sspn=4.72942,8.569336&ie=UTF8&ll=40.472024,-90.889893&spn=4.730008,8.569336&z=7)

Jim

jmgratz
05-08-2009, 11:51 PM
See you there....

netters1
05-09-2009, 05:37 PM
we will be there Saturday morning...see you all there!

SmokeyBare
05-18-2009, 05:38 PM
Parked about 30 Miles South of Sedalia... Our arrival date is Friday... 5/22.

We'll see you at Sedalia gang !

Marv

bsummit
05-18-2009, 10:32 PM
We have 7 escapee's units at Ozark RV park in Mountain View, Ar. They are chapter #42 from Tn. They are making their way to
Sedalia.

Bill

SmokeyBare
05-19-2009, 05:35 PM
For those going to the Escapade in Sedalia...

The area for camping is grass... but it is high ground and very solid... I drove over some of it today.

You will Need a long sewer hose... all the sewer connections are in the back of the RV Sites.

30 Amp connections are behind as well.

There were plenty of water valve connections but these too are at the back of the RV.

Remember to bring plenty of water hose and sewer hose.

If you find you need to add to your sewer hose... Wal-Mart had a few boxes of 10 foot - 3" sewer hose with out ends... way in the back of the store... Clearance area... for $ 4.00 .

Plenty of places to pick up supplies and plenty of places to eat as well. Should be a good time !!

netters1
05-21-2009, 07:24 PM
We will be arriving on the 23rd. Grrr... Here is some info for anyone traveling from the west. The Super WalMart in Warrensburg, Mo will NOT allow any RV overnight parking. I spoke with the assistant manager today and he said they DO NOT allow RV's parking in their lot overnight, but if you wanted to come in to shop you would be allowed to park your rig to buy your items and then be on your way. And then he told me that that decision was in their best interest. I told him I thought that we would be glad to spend our money at another store that was more RV friendly.

jbeletti
05-21-2009, 10:52 PM
That's a bummer Lynette :( I shopped at a Walmart in IL today on I-55. Spent $100. They had many semis in the lot still at 11 am. One RV that was there shopping. My guess is any overnight RVers were already gone.

For reference, the Walmart in Galena, IL also does NOT allow overnight parking for trucks and RVs. Then, it is next door to Palace Campground :eek:

I wish CGs would realize that those coming in off the road at night, in the dark, who plan to leave early the next morning do not require the accommodation of a CG. Just a simple spot in a lot - no hookups.

Jim

netters1
05-21-2009, 11:24 PM
Jim, I would understand if there had been a campground close by, but there isn't one for about 30-40 miles. The assistant manager was very unconcerned about the idea of us needing to find a place for just a few hours of sleep. But if we wanted to shop we could park for about an hour in their lot..lol...I told him that was not going to happen. Mac and I are anxious to meet you at the Escapade.

jbeletti
05-22-2009, 06:39 AM
I hear ya Lynette. I would have acted similarly. In fact, I would have told him he was out of his mind, thinking I would now drop a hundred dollars there after they denied me a few hours of shut-eye. Oh well - their loss. Fortunately, the majority of Walmarts do allow overnighting and sometimes - that is all you need. See you today! I should put in by noon.

Jim