Attending an RV summit or rally is one of the best ways to get involved in the RVing community. These events cater to families, entrepreneurs, and newbies alike. There are also RV rallies and summits held by RV clubs. Here are the most exciting RV summits coming up in 2021.
What Is an RV Summit or Rally?
An RV summit, or RV rally, is an event where RVers build community, learn via workshops, and generally cut loose. These events can last a day, a weekend, or several days. They’re great places to make new friends, learn about RVing, explore all the benefits available to RVers, and more.
The 10 Best RV Summits and Rallies in 2021
COVID had a significant impact on RV events during 2020. However, the 2021 season is already going strong. Many events transitioned online over the last year. But as vaccines roll out and the pandemic wanes, in-person events are picking back up too.
1. Escapees RV Club Events
Escapees RV Club holds events throughout the year. They’re a support network for all RVers. This club has events, resources, and communities for every RVer — whether you’re full- or part-time, retired or still working, or raising a family from the road.
Head Out Programs (or HOPs) are excursions to bucket-list-worthy destinations. The club takes care of all the planning and even some meals; attendees just show up and enjoy.
Escapees Hangouts are casual get-togethers with a theme. These lightly structured events include activities like hiking, bicycling, and kayaking. In addition, the club offers convergences, an annual bash, chapter events, and more.
2. RV Family Virtual Summit
Fulltime Families, Crazy Family Adventure, and Live Camp Work created the RV Family Virtual Summit, running from May 11-15, 2021. This virtual summit is an online event all about RV life and extended travel for families. It features daily keynotes and more than 20 interviews that will touch on choosing the right RV, homeschooling, costs, and more.
The RV Family Virtual Summit is free to watch live. But if you missed it, you can purchase a basic or premium ticket to access replays for 30 or 180 days.
3. Full-Time Freedom Week
Full-Time Freedom Week is an online event that teaches people how to become full-time RVers. The week hosts a variety of expert speakers that touch on all aspects of RV Life. Attendees learn about boondocking, RV basics, RV maintenance, working on the road, mobile internet, and so much more. This event is perfect for newbie or aspiring RVers who have tons of questions but don’t know where to go. It will run from Sept. 21-23, 2021.
4. Xscapers Events
Xscapers is a community within Escapees RV Club that caters to the working-aged RVer. Xscapers has multiple RV events, called convergences, that happen throughout the year all over the United States (and sometimes beyond). For instance, upcoming convergences include the 4th of July Convergence in Salida, Colo., the Grand Teton Convergence in August, the Balloon Fiesta Convergence, and more.
At these events, expect to make new friends, explore the local area, try local cuisine and drinks, hike, and more. Above all, no two convergences are alike. There are almost always activities for the kids, as well.
5. Winnebago Grand National Rally
Location: Forest City, Iowa
During the week of July 26, 2021, Winnebago owners will gather in Forest City, Iowa for their Grand National Rally. This week-long RV rally consists of educational seminars, entertainment, community building, and much more. Attendees can tour the factory and meet Winnebago employees.
6. Airstream Club International Rally
Location: Lebanon, Tennessee
The Airstream Club will host its 64th annual International Rally in Lebanon, Tennessee, from July 17-24, 2021. This annual rally packs a full week of activities, seminars, and many opportunities to meet fellow club members. In addition, the Airstream Club has regional rallies organized by local units and caravan trip events.
7. Grand Design National Rally
Location: Goshen, Indiana
The annual Grand Design Owners National RV Rally will take place from Aug. 31-Sept, 3, 2021, in Goshen, Indiana. This get-together is for owners of Grand Design RVs. Similarly, there are smaller Grand Design owner rallies in different regions around the U.S. However, the national event packs in the most events and excitement. Grand Design owners come together for community, socializing, guest speakers, local outings, and more.
8. Thor Diesel Club International Rally
Location: Goshen, Indiana
Thor Motorcoach owners can revel in their community at the Thor Diesel Club International RV Rally in Goshen, Indiana, from Oct. 3-8, 2021. Each rally has a theme, and this year it’s “movies.” Attendees get five nights of full hook-up camping, four breakfasts, five dinners, entertainment, games, vendors, a costume party, and more.
9. FMCA International Rally
Location: Gillette, Wyoming
The 103rd FMCA International Convention & RV Expo will run from July 7-10, 2021, in Gillette, Wyoming. The Family Motor Coach Association, or FMCA, is one of the longest-running RV clubs. Above all, they hold RV rallies, offer educational resources, and much more.
The International Convention & RV Expo will include RV displays, exhibits, educational seminars, member gatherings, and much more. Above all, members can choose to bring their RV and stay the duration of the expo. Or they can purchase a daily pass and stay off-site.
10. Escapees 60th Escapade
Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Escapade is Escapees RV Club’s largest annual RV summit. This year the event is taking place from July 18-23 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Escapees Escapade has many different entertaining and educational resources for RVers. For instance, this RV rally includes nightly entertainment, Kidscapade for children, educational seminars, and more.
An RV Rally May Be For You
Whether you want to meet like-minded people, hang out with owners of similar rigs, or learn about the RVing lifestyle, an RV rally may be for you. In addition, you don’t even have to go anywhere to attend one. Many RV summits have gone virtual. Above all, they’re perfect for newbies and aspiring RVers. Are you planning to attend any rallies this year?