Editor’s Note: The following story by Terri Hughes-Lazzell, appearing on WOODALLSCM.com, offers a preview of this week’s Escapade hosted by the Escapees RV Club.

About 900 RVs were expected at this year’s Escapees RV Club’s Escapade which retuned to Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday (March 17). The event runs through the end of the week.

That’s about a 30% increase from the 2018 Escapade in Sedalia, Mo., according to Jean Mathes, who is Escapades co-director with her husband, Duane.

However, the attendance is in line with the 2017 Escapade also held in Tucson.

The increase in numbers has a lot to do with the Arizona weather and Snowbirds, Mathes told WOODALLSCM.com.

“With so many RVers wintering in the Southwest, Tucson is a perfect location for folks to gather at Escapade,” she added. Though winter hasn’t been as kind to Tucson as usual, the forecast promises sunny skies and temperatures ranging between the 70s and 80s for the week.

Escapade is the largest yearly gathering of the Escapee community. Mathes said they often are asked by first-time attendees if they’ll feel like an outsider in a group where so many know each other. “The answer is a resounding ‘absolutely not,’” she said.

Each year, about half of those in attendance are first-timers.“They soon see themselves as a valued member of the Escapees community,” Mathes said. “There are no strangers at Escapade!”

Among those attending the 2019 Escapade are a record number — about 10% — of Xscapers — an Escapades lifestyle group created for working-age RVers. Mathes said it is the fastest growing segment of the club.

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