News in the ‘Caravans’ Category

Reservation status

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

As of today, July 29, 2015, we have one opening and will take standby reservations. See the caravan description for particulars.
Please call and email us right away if you are interested. Use Margie’s email address:

Status of 2011 & 2012 Caravans

Monday, August 30th, 2010

There are currently 30 units signed up for the 2011 caravan.  A couple who had to leave the 2010 caravan will join us along the way, so there will be 31 (plus the two leaders for a total of 32) rigs on part of the caravan.  Five units have either canceled or moved to the 2012 caravan, so there are 12 units on the stand-by list..  Some of these on the stand-by list also have their name on the 2012 list in case they don’t get on the 2011 caravan.The 2012 caravan has 30 units signed up and 20 units on the stand-by list.  The 2012 caravan will run in the Fall September and October and will we will try to include the Albuquerque Balloon Festival Rally as a part of the caravan.

2010 SW Adventure Caravan completed

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The 2010 caravan has been completed, or will be by tonight at the final dinner.  We experienced weather temperatures from 23 degree in Mesa Verde to 96 in Moab, so all types of clothing is required.  The first four weeks were definately cool to cold while the last part has been warmer.  We also experience a major dust storm on the route to Chinle, AZ and wind gusts up to 55 mph.  At the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we awoke to 2 inches of snow one morning.Also there was boondocking camping.  Two nights for some of us in Roswell,Three days in  Chinle, Canyon de Chelly, followed by three days at Mesa Verde.  Then five days at Page followed by two days at the North Rim.  Three nights at Zion where we had electric only.  Everyone learned a great deal and now know that they can handle boondocking.

We completed the “scouting” trip for the 2010 caravan

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Elna and I completed the scouting trip for the 2010 caravan and are slowly heading for home.  We drove the caravan route from Santa Fe to Moab, locating and negotiating rates for campgrounds and various caravan activities.  The trip started August 31 and we should be home about October 17.  We had a great time as the weather was excellent and minimal crowds.  We were surprised at the number of folks out camping and enjoying the National Parks.  every campground manager and all but one tour operator indicated that business was “better than they expected” this year.  The only one who had a bad year was the helicopter ride at Bryce Canyon.  We also had many opportunities to practice our German as there were many Europeans traveling in their rental “Cruise America” class C’s.  I wrote a blog about our trip if you want to review our trip.  I plan to set up a blogspot for members of the caravan as we travel on the caravan.  Most of the commercial campgrounds have wireless.  We are going to try to get reservations at a couple of National Park campgrounds, i.e. North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.  The reservation system for the national parks is interesting as we can only make four reservations per call or internet access, and the reservations must be in the individuals name.  The obvious reasons to stay in the park campgrounds are location and cost.  At Zion, the park cost is <$15 while the commercial cost is almost $40.   At the North Rim, the N.P.S. campground is right on the rim while the campground at Jacob Lake is 42 miles away.Depending on the number of N.P.S. campgrounds, we will have 14-17 nights of dry camping, so plan accordingly.  We will be providing our personal guidelines for dry camping in the next few months.  Also we are planning a “dry camping” rally in Feb. for those who can make it to Lake City, FL the week before the FL State Rally.

Status of sign-up for the 2010 SW Adventure Caravan

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

We had a great response to our caravan at the International Rally in Madison.  We have the 30 units on the list for the 2010 caravan and  21 more on the stand-by list .  The 2011 caravan has 26 on the list and we won’t ask any for a deposit until November 2009.  Our expectation is that some of the stand-by list for 2010 will get on the 2010 caravan and the remainder will have the option of being on the 2011 caravan.  Several have indicated that if they don’t get on the 2010, they want to be on the 2011 caravan.  Thus, a stand-by list has been effectively been started for the 2011 caravan as there are 77 units signed up for the 2010 and 2011 caravans.A “GAM” was held in Madison to answer questions and pass along information about the caravan.  About 45-50 folks attended.

Status of sign-up for the 2010 SW Adventure Caravan

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

As of today, May 24, there are 30 units with paid deposits for the 2010 caravan and 10 on stand-by, also with paid deposits.  We will continue to sign folks up for stand-by on the 2010, but will not ask for a $200 deposit until they move further up on the stand-by list.  There are still 10 units signed up for the 2011 caravan.  We are pleased with the response to this caravan.

Status of the sign-up for the SW Adventure Caravan

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

There are currently 30 units with $200 deposits on the list for the 2010 caravan and six units also with deposits on the 2010 stand-by list.  We will continue to accept deposits for the 2010 stand-by list and these will roll-over to the 2011 caravan (their option) if they do not get on the 2010 caravan.  The 2011 caravan has 11 units on the list and we have not yet requested a deposit for this caravan.

Status of Sign-up for the 2010 SW Adventure Caravan

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

There are now 30 units signed up and with deposits made for the 2010 caravan.  A Stand-by list will be started as we have experienced in the past, several from the stand-by list normally will be included on the caravan. Because of illness or some other problem, folks may need to re-schedule.Ten units have signed on for the 2011 caravan, so the list is started for the caravan’s second year.Carol and Winston Montague are back from the Baja and Cajun Caravans and they had a great time on both caravans.  Traveling on a caravan is the really fun and great way to travel and experience the sights and activities along the way.  By the way, we have scheduled a Segway tour of Old Town in Albuquerque, a raft trip (no white water) on the Colorado, and a trail ride into Bryce Canyon.Both the Montagues and the Thompsons will be at the International Rally in Madison and will be glad to talk with you about the SW Adventure Caravan.

Status of sign-up for the 2010 Caravan

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

We plan to take 30 rigs on the Caravan plus the co-leaders(2) for a total of 32.  The twenty-four (24) who had signed up and made a deposit for the 2009 and 2010 Caravans have priority to sign on for the 2010 Caravan. This priority will last until Feb. 1, 2009.  Presently we have received deposits from ten.  Three have moved to the 2011 Caravan, three have made other plans while eight have not yet indicated their preference. Fourteen additional units have indicted an interest in being on the 2010 Caravan, but we have requested that they not make deposits until Feb. 1, 2009.  After that date, applications and $200 deposit will be accepted from anyone.