November RV Vacation: NASCAR Season’s Final Competition!

NASCAR kicks off the final races this championship season with NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway on the weekend of November 2-3, 2019. Then, the next weekend, on November 8-10, the semi-finals action moves to ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway); and the season wraps up on the weekend of November 15-17, 2019at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Don’t miss the races this month as each one launches the winning drivers closer to the top as they compete for these coveted trophies.

The Texas Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR Playoff weekend and the AAA Texas 500 the weekend of November 2ndand 3rdand will feature Shooter Jennings at their Pre-Race show on November 3rd. If you want the VIP Experience, you can sign up for a AAA Texas 500 race ticket, the Pre-Race Pass, access to exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Drivers Martin Truex, Jr., Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Newman. Denny Hamlin was the big winner at Kansas Speedway last Sunday, wrapping up the third five-win season of his career and putting an exclamation point on his clinching drive into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. But it isn’t over yet; be in Texas to see the Playoff weekend if you possibly can.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway: There are many options for camping at Texas Motor Speedway. Go online early and reserve a spot if you want to ensure you have one for this season’s VERY exciting weekend.

The following weekend, November 8th–10th, the action moves to ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) for the Semi-Finals, beginning on Friday November 8thand wrapping up with the Bluegreen Vacations 500 race at 12:30 on Sunday the 10th. Watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200, NASCAR Xfinity Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 9.

Experience the intensity of the Playoffs – NASCAR style – at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final Playoff Race, November 10. Watch eight drivers battle for a Championship Four spot.

Camping at ISM Raceway: While most of the reserved spaces at the GEICO Campgrounds around ISM are sold out already, if you act fast, you can still reserve one in the GEICO Gecko Dunes North campground. The track actually has 5,000 spaces for motorhomes and some of them are free. If those are all taken, look at possible sites in nearby campgrounds, such as: Point of Rocks RV Campground in Prescott; Payson Campground and RV Resort in Payson, and Trails End RV Park & Campground in Camp Verde.

The Campionship Finals at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayThere’s only one venue where you can witness ALL THREE NASCAR Championships in one weekend: Homestead-Miami Speedway, on November 15-17th. After 18 years, experience NASCAR’s exciting season-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series wraps it up Sunday in this thrilling race, while the NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 takes place on Saturday, November 16th. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup went to Joey Logano last year. The 33 week NASCAR XFINITY Series season all builds to this moment. Four drivers are battling head-to-head for the championship at the Ford EcoBoost 300. Tyler Reddick hoisted the trophy in 2018 winning the XFINITY Series Championship. Be in Homestead to see who takes the prize this year. And on Friday, November 15th, the championship weekend kicks off with the EcoBoost 200, the final race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. Last year, Brett Moffitt took the title home. To see who takes the cup this year, be in Homestead on Friday, November 15th.

And, to entertain the race fans prior to the Sunday headlining race, the Gin Blossoms will be bringing the noise to Ford Championship Weekend. The Gin Blossoms will kick off the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the same front stretch where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will be crowned later that day. The one-hour concert is scheduled to begin at 1:20 pm.

Champing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: You can find lots of camping for the championship options in Homestead-Miami Speedway. Check the link for reserved and unreserved spaces and their prices. Be sure to reserve early as they will undoubtedly be full for this last weekend of the NASCAR season.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV from one of our El Monte RV rentals locations to get to any of these tracks. Find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates for the location nearest your RV NASCAR adventure.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping– The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go. No matter where you spend your RV Vacation, enjoy the excitement as this fall season is bound to thrill the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Vacation – Late August Music and Other Festivals and Fairs

Late August is packed with exciting events all around the country. Here are just a few to consider for your late summer vacation plans, Whatever you choose,  include getting out on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting music and other festivals and fairs!

We feature a few here but please check our EVENTSpage for many other possibilities.

Music happens across the country from the east coast in Virginia and Pennsylvania to the west in Utah and to the southeast gulf coast in Panama City, Florida. Here are some highlights of some of the top upcoming music and other festivals in late August.

Lockn’ Music Festival– Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA – August 22-25th– According to Ed Williams from The Revivalists, “LOCKN’ is one of those festivals that is extremely good at getting so much talent in one place, that meld so well together, so you never know what’s going to happen.” This festival is so packed with bands you should check their website – 2019 Lockn’ Schedulefor the full talent schedule.

Reggae Rise Up Music Festival– August 23rd– 25th, Heber City, UT, River’s Edge Campground. This festival is also filled with immensely talented performers from Rebelution to Dispatch and too many others to list out here. Find all the performers and their scheduled performance times at Reggae Rise Up – Lineup.

Gulf Coast Jam-Country on the Coast, August 30th– September 1st, 2019, Panama City Beach, FL features this year’s headliners, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock among many other country top-billed singers. Be sure to catch their Country on the Coastwebsite to see the full schedule and all the activities that will be featured.

Another fun festival for the last weekend in August (the 31stto September 1st) is the Pocono Garlic Harvest Festival, now in its 25thyear. This festival promises to fill the Poconos with a garlic aroma over Labor Day weekend. Food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. There will also be live music featured on the main stage as well as strolling musicians on the festival grounds, educational demonstrations, the 6th Annual Garlic Eating Contest and plenty of children’s activities! This event takes place in East Stroudsburg, PA, near the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. For more information about the entertainment schedule and full details, see their Pocono Garlic Harvest Festivalwebsite.

Travel to theColorado Balloon Festival, August 31st– September 2nd, in Colorado Springs, CO. Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is only a few weeks away and this is one festival you won’t want to miss. Admission to the park is FREE, so bring the whole family for a day of fun!

Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks. Activities continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving and donut eating competitions. Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

Where to camp:

Check all the links to these individual activities for information on where to park your RV. Camping is allowed at most of these festivals but not all accommodate RV’s. Check each site for what is available at your destination.

State Fair Season

Don’t forget that there are plenty of State Fairs from August 22nd and 23rdto Labor Day, September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fairin Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; and the third is the Colorado State Fairin Pueblo from August 23rdto September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Utah’sand New Mexico’s State Fairscome up in early September from the 5thto the 15th. Check their websites for all the details. The Utah State Fairwill feature entertainment by Foreigner and Prince Royce as well as Old Dominion and many other well known groups. And New Mexico’s will feature Aaron Watson & PRCA Xtreme Bulls, as well as Mitchell Tenpenny, the Eli Young Band among others. Be sure to look at the New Mexico State Fairsite to get all the details.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’spage to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure, be sure to take your family and camera to capture the memories of this exciting summer.

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We’re Rewarding Your Loyalty with Monty Perks!

The loyalty of our long-term customers has helped build El Monte RV into one of America’s largest RV rental companies. We’re returning the favor by rewarding your loyalty with a great new program called “Monty Perks!”

This easy-to-earn, easy-to-redeem rewards program allows our customers to earn points for showing their loyalty in several ways. Not only do you earn points each time you rent an RV, we’ll reward you just for being a fan! Here are seven ways to earn points redeemable for free days/mileage on RV rentals:

  1. Each night rented = 100 points
  2. New account signup = 300 points
  3. Follow us on Facebook = 50 points
  4. Follow us on Twitter = 50 points
  5. Monthly Newsletter Signup = 100 points
  6. Responding to Survey Questions = varies

Exciting, isn’t it? Now you not only will you be renting a luxurious RV from one of our locations nationwide, you’ll also be earning points for each night rented and for keeping up with our rental specials and travel information.

In case you’re wondering what rewards those points can earn, here’s the scoop:

  • For each 1,000 points earned, you receive 500 free miles on an RV rental
  • For each 2,000 points earned, you receive 1,000 free miles on an RV rental
  • You can also redeem 2,000 points earned for a free day of RV rental

As we mentioned, this is one easy-to-redeem loyalty points program. All you need to do is log into your account and print the reward certificate earned. The certificate is then presented to the El Monte RV Rentals counter agent when you pick up your RV. It’s that simple! Your points never expire and they’re good at all of our locations.

Ready to start earning points? Go to El Monte RV Monty Perks and create your account. (Make sure you include a valid email address.) Then all you have to do to earn points is to take advantage of our great RV rental rates when you’re ready to travel. Once again, we appreciate your loyalty!

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The Top Reasons People Choose a Motorhome Vacation

At El Monte RV we regularly survey our customers to see what they are thinking. We thought we would share the top reasons people give for choosing a motorhome vacation:

  • Freedom
  • Flexibility
  • Not having to pack and unpack
  • Try something different

For more on this topic see: Love, Good Times, Good Company, Good Beer, and Other Interesting Customer Feedback

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