Offering mountain and desert hikes, exceptional Southwest cuisine, museums and missions, even a casino, Tucson has it all. But more importantly, it is the site of RVing Women’s 2019 Convention, where you can learn tons about RVing. Even better is the connections you will make with women who will become life-long friends.
| RVING WOMEN’S 23RD ANNUAL CONVENTION
|October 31 to November 10 2019
You can arrive as early as October 31
Tours start November 2
Opening Ceremony Tuesday, November 5
Whether newbie or veteran, there’s fun for all!
Registration Opens July 1st.
Watch here for online link to registration form.
RVW invites you to join us at the 2019 National Convention in Tucson, Arizona. Come prepared for fun times, learning opportunities, entertainment events, fun-fundraisers and even some surprises.
The Old Pueblo Building at Pima County Fairgrounds will be the convention site. As an extra bonus, La Mesa RV plans to hold an RV show at the fairgrounds the last weekend of our convention, so you’ll get two events for the price of one!
Convention officially begins with opening ceremony Tuesday, November 5, but there are plenty of pre-convention activities for those who come early. They include tours, maintenance classes, a golf scramble and Tuesday’s First Timers gathering.
The campground will open for arrivals at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 31. Unless you are part of the pre-planning crew, do not arrive prior to this day and time. There is another rally at the fairgrounds not leaving until Thursday morning. Convention goers can register for up to 11 nights of camping, leaving on either Sunday or Monday morning, November 10 or 11.
There is so much to see and do in the area that we are letting
you decide what you want to do. We will offer info on area activities prior to convention, and members can use message boards to carpool to area sights.
We did arrange two tours: Saturday, November 2 will be the Old Pueblo tour of Tucson and on Sunday, November 3, a Tanque Verde Ranch Horseback Ride. Both tours must have final numbers and payment as of September 1, so if you want to sign up for one or both, submit your registration by September 1.
Our basic and advanced maintenance classes will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5. It is recommended that you have attended a basic maintenance class prior to taking the advanced class. This may be ours (this year or a previous year), or another basic maintenance class at some time prior.
Back this year will be our Ladies Golf Scramble, held at the Del Lago 9-hole golf course. Lunch will be included.
Tuesday afternoon, the Member Services Committee is pleased to welcome all of our first-time convention attendees to our First Timer Event. This is a catered event and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about convention activities and meet with chapter leaders and RVW Board members.
Camping & parking
Pima County Fairgrounds has full-service, 30/50-amp sites near our venue ($30/night). There are modern restrooms and showers available, as well as laundry. There are also boondocking sites in the campground ($22/night) for those who opt to forego services.
Parking volunteers will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Tuesday, November 1 to 5. Please plan to arrive during these times. If you have a friend or group that you want to park with, please gather prior to your arrival and come in together. Once parked, you are asked to visit the registration area to officially sign in and obtain your registration materials. Opportunities for volunteering will also be located by registration. Please do not plan to arrive prior to Thursday at 11 a.m., as there is another rally using our campgrounds and they won’t be leaving until Thursday morning.
Seminars and exhibits
Seminars, vendors and fundraising will open on Wednesday morning, November 6. We hope you take advantage of the vendors who are on site, and learn about new products and ways to make your RV experience more enjoyable and safe. Seminars will cover a wide range of topics from RV care and maintenance to tips and resources you can use in your travels, as well as exploration of hobbies, crafts and games.
Seminars will be presented by vendors and members, and are included in your registration. If you are a member with something to share, there’s still plenty of opportunity to sign up to present a seminar. The exact seminar schedule will be available on the RVW website in October, prior to convention, and will be included in the Program Book that you will receive at convention.
To register by mail or fax, use the form in the latest issue of our magazine or you will be able to download it here soon. Mail it to: RVW, P.O. Box 1940, Apache Junction, AZ 85117-4074. Fax to: 480-671-6230. On the form, indicate your arrival dates, number of nights you will be staying and length of your RV. A separate registration is needed for each attendee.
Dates to Remember!
Online Registration Opens July 1st.
Sept. 1 - Tour deadline
Register by September 1 if you plan to go on one or both tours. Registrants who want tours after that date will be put on a waiting list, and will only get on the tour if there is a cancellation.
Refund/early bird pricing
Earliest arrival date
Pressed for Time?
Try the Weekend Warrior Pass: In addition to full registration, Weekend Warrior registrations are available the final weekend of convention. Unable to attend the full convention? You can come in on Thursday or Friday and participate in the daily activities and Friday and Saturday evening events. You must register in advance to be included in the Saturday night banquet. The Weekend Warrior Pass is $125.
Day passes for $45 will be available on site. These are for daytime activities only. Members can purchase day passes for up to two days between Wednesday and Saturday.
|Entertainment and Meals
Your evenings will be filled with fun events and opportunities to get to know your fellow RVW members and Board.
We’ll kick off the week with opening ceremonies on Tuesday evening. Wednesday evening will be a catered (BBQ) Welcome Party, followed by a member rodeo. Thursday evening will be the member variety show, featuring our own RVW member talent. Watch the RVW magazine for more info on these events and an opportunity to participate. Friday will bring a concert by Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen. This award-winning duo from Owl’s Nest Productions will include a variety of music, including jazz, blues and boogie woogie. Lisa will embrace you with her sultry voice and amaze you with her two-fisted piano style. Diane makes a personal connection to her audience and you’ll feel like you’ve known her for years. She puts her passion into every song she sings. Together, they will entertain and enrapture you.
Saturday night will be our catered closing banquet and final drawings for various fund-raisers. The Saturday night meal is included in your registration. In addition to the above, the SoCALjourners Chapter is sponsoring an Ice Cream Social.
Counting the Cost
Camping: $30/night for full hookup 30/50-amp sites. For dry camping sites it’s $22/night.
RVW Registration: $175 for RVW members by October 5. $200 if received after October 5. Includes entertainment, seminars, banquet.
Non-member Registration: $235 for non-RVW members if received by October 5. $260 if received after October 5. Includes entertainment, seminars, banquet.
Go to Tours & Workshop page for more information
$95 Old Pueblo City Tour
$95 Tanque Ranch Horseback Ride
$65 Ladies Golf Scramble
$50 Basic Maintenance Class
$60 Advanced Maintenance Class
Refund/early bird pricing
October 5 is the last date for early bird pricing and cancellation with a refund. Cancellations MUST be requested in writing and sent to RVW at the office address. $50 processing fee will be deducted from refund. If you are traveling with another person and both are cancelling, include both names in the cancellation request.
Earliest arrival date
Due to another group using the fair-ground’s campground, you CANNOT arrive until 11 a.m. on October 31. There are numerous campgrounds in the area if you choose to spend time before the convention in Tucson.
The Fairground is located at 11300 S. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ 85747, east of Tucson off I-10. From I-10, take exit 275 for Houghton Road. To get to the campground, turn right onto E. Brekke Road and in ½ mile turn left into the fairground. Follow the signs to RVW parking.
Mail should be addressed to:
c/o RVW Rally
Southwestern Fair Commission
11300 S. Houghton Road
Tucson, AZ 85747-9755