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The 2018 Calendar for Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Gatherings

| Updated Nov 14, 2017

We don't call our events “rallies.” We call them gatherings. There's no membership requirements. Any and all types of RVs are welcomed. Tenters are welcome. Even people who camp in the pack of their car are welcomed.

There are no dues. No nametags. No agenda.

It's all about the RV Lifestyle. The only requirements we have is that you have fun, are independent enough to plan your days on your own and are a nice person who gets along well with others.

That said, our gatherings have lots of activities you can participate in. Or not participate in. It's all up to you. We usually have opportunities to hike, bike, fish, photograph and tour great, scenic destinations. It's all up to you. We have local experts on hand to help you taker advantage of what's in the area, nightly socials around a campfire and, of course, lots of great food and fun.

Most of our gatherings are intentionally kept small – to no more than 30 rigs and 50 people. That way, everybody gets to meet and make friends and, if we agree to go to a local restaurant for dinner, we don't completely overwhelm the servers and space. The one exception is our big Photo Safari every June, where we try to make room for more people.

Below is our full schedule for 2018. Many gatherings are already filled, but we always keep a waiting list and usually can get in more people. We plan to add a couple more get-togethers later in the year but, for now, here is the 2018 calendar. I'll update this calendar as details are announced,  so bookmark it and come back to it from time to time for the latest info.

Again, everyone is welcome, no matter what kind of RV you have.

Annual Winter Campout, January 19-21, 2018

This annual event is held are Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The park plows the normal 2 1/2 feet of snow covering each site and we crank up the heat and enjoy the woods and wilds in the dead of winter. There's snow shoeing, cross country skiing, igloo building and lots of fun around blazing campfires. Here's a video on the first one –   Here's a story, video and pics from last year's event –   

This event is handled a little differently than our other gatherings. You make your reservation directly with the Michigan DNR site and pick your site from their reservation page at   After you do that, we ask you go to this page on Eventbrite and register (free) so we know you are coming and what site you will be in. This helps us plan our socials and dinners.

Florida Manatee Float, February 12-16, 2018

This event at Manatee Springs State Park in Florida will get us into the warm Florida sun and give us a chance to see the winter location for hundreds of gentle Florida manatees.

There will be kayak rentals available, lots of exploring, socializing, nature programs and a wonderful catered meal by our friends at Sunshine State RVs in Gainesville, FL, who will even have an RV technician come by to help with any minor issues anyone may be experiencing.

This event sold out fast but we have a waiting list and we use it to fill new reservations if people cancel. Were managing it through Eventbrite at this page.

Sonoma Wine Trip, May 10-14, 2018

This boondocking gathering will be on the grounds of the  Indian Leap Winery, Sonoma, CA. There will be wine tastings, hiking, cycling and tours of the area and lots of socializing. Due to the layout of the land, anything larger than a 25′ Class B or Class C, or trailers over 20′ are STRONGLY discouraged. Details, reservation, cost and tickets for this event are handled through Eventbrite on this page.

Annual Photo Safari at Glacier National Park, June 18-22, 2018

This is it. This is the one, Roadtreking’s Premier Event of the year, where we will embrace everything that is awesome about the Roadtreking Lifestyle, and you won’t want to miss it! We camp at the Chewing Blackbones RV Resort, located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Your campsite is just a few miles from the Many Glaciers entrance to Glacier National Park. There will be photo hikes, wildlife photography, boat tours, bus tours, mountain trekking and much more. Mostly boondocking, but some sites with electricity. Details and reservations will be handled by Eventbrite on this page.

If you want to see what last years event was like, see the video at 

To give you an idea of how spectacular this event is, the cover photo at the top was taken at last year's Photo Safari at Glacier.

Nantahala River Wildwater Adventure, July 9-13, 2018

Get ready to play July 9-13th in Bryson City, NC where all the fun can be found on the Nantahala River.  Spend a day in a river raft, either cruising down the guided and mild Class I-III rapids, or for the more adventurous, taking on Class IV-V white water while your guide gives you an unforgettable experience!  Or go for a drive on the Road to Nowhere in the Great Smoky Mountains that was supposed to assuage a displaced community, but ended up a $58 million dead end.  Walk the ¼ tunnel at the end of the road to find easy trails and stunning views. Ziplining is on the schedule too, for those who want to soar through the trees like a bird of prey. Details and reservations are handled by Eventbrite on this page.

The dates below are still tentative. We're working hard to nail them down.

  • September 6-10, 2018 –  Algonquin National Park, Ontario, Candada. Bears, moose, and Canadians. What could be better?
  • September 24-28, 2018 Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona – Hiking, photography, listening to the coyotes sing.
  • October 15-19, 2018  Flying W Ranch, Cedar Point, KS – Longhorn Cattle Drive (yes, you get to ride a horse and chase longhorn cattle). Mandatory City Slickers movie viewing beforehand.

On-your-own meet-ups: Spontaneous and even less structured than our already casual Roadtreking gatherings:

Smokin' on the Bayou, January 25-28, 2018

This is the fourth year that a Roadtreking Group regular named Paul Konowalchuk Pogorzelski  (just call him Pogo) has organized an informal gathering of folks to enjoy Pogo's culinary skills with a grill and a smoker, explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast area and take in the Mardi Gras parades in small communities along the gulf coast. Contact Pogo via Facebok if you want details, though the 2018 gathering is almost all sold out.

Walt Disney World, November 4-7, 2018

Camping in Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campground near Orlando, FL. This is not sponsored, endorsed, organized or put on by anyone. It's all informal. Pogo and a bunch of folks on our Facebook Group posted they wanted to do this, more said they were interested and, on their own, a meet-up was born. To go, you need to make your own reservations with Walt Disney World at  407-939-5277. Many requested Loop 2000, which is for tents, popups and campervans. There are water and electric hookups. That loop has filled up but ask for a Loop nearby if you want to be parked near others from the group. Got more questions? Reach out to Pogo via Facebook.

In addition to all of the above, we often do short,  as-it-happens, spur-of-the-moment meet-ups as Mike and Jennifer travel, visit RV shows, etc. Those are usually announced a day or two ahead of time on the Roadtreking Facebook Group or through Twitter.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-11-14

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “The 2018 Calendar for Roadtreking RV Lifestyle Gatherings”

November 20, 2017at7:59 pm, Peter Mahr said:

Sure would be nice to have some events on the west coast, say in Oregon.

January 08, 2018at10:05 am, mandi216 said:

There have been some events on the West Coast, including Oregon…. the events travel around to all sorts of places. I’m sure there will be lots more on the west Coast!

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