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National HDT Rally

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What is an HDT?

HDT stands for Heavy Duty Truck. They are commonly known as “Commercial Trucks”, “Big Rigs”, “Semi Trucks”, or “18 Wheelers”. These trucks have been converted to RV Toters for hauling large 5th wheel or other trailers that are too large to safely be towed behind a pickup truck.

What is the National HDT Rally?

The National HDT Rally is an annual event for people that have or are thinking about getting an HDT. We have educational and entertaining seminars on subjects about using an HDT as an RV Toter and the RV lifestyle as well as many fun social events. Experienced owners can pass on their knowledge, new owners can learn more about their RV Toter, and prospective owners can make an informed decision if an HDT is right for them. For those that are deciding whether an HDT is the right choice for them, they may have a chance to ride in, or even drive an HDT. You will have a chance to reacquaint with old friends as well as make new friends.

Do I need an HDT to attend?

No. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you don’t have an HDT, come on and join us to find out if an HDT is the right choice for you.

What are the dates for the National HDT Rally?

The 2019 National HDT Rally is from October 13 to 19, 2019.

Where is the National HDT Rally held?

The National HDT Rally is held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, KS.

Do I need to be an Escapees member?

No, you do not. Even though many of our participants are Escapees members, the National HDT Rally is not officially affiliated with Escapees.

How much does the National HDT Rally Cost?

The price for the 2018 National HDT Rally was $105 per person. However, there was an early registration discount of $10 making it only $95 per person. If you are staying on site at the Kansas State Fair RV Park, it’s $141 for the week (6 nights). The price of the 2019 National HDT Rally has not been determined yet. It is unlikely to change by much, if any from the 2018 rates.

I can only come for a day or two. Is there a daily rate?

If you can only make it for a day or two, it’s $35 per person per day. If you will be staying on site in your RV, it’s $30 per night for an RV site.

I don’t have an RV. Are there hotels near by?

There are several hotels within 10 minutes of the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Click HERE for a list.

Is an HDT right for me?

An HDT is not right for everyone. You have to evaluate your individual needs. At the National HDT Rally, we believe you will get the exposure and education you need to be able to make that choice.

Do I need to Reserve my RV site?

No. The sites are first come, first serve, but there are plenty of sites to accommodate everyone. All of the sites are level and long enough foe even the largest of rigs.

What are the RV sites like?

All the sites are long, level, grassy sites with 30 and 50 amp service as well as water and sewer.

I require a Handicap site due to a disability. Are Handicap sites available?

Yes, there are a limited number of Handicap sites available. A valid Disabled Placard is required. Please mark the check box on your registration if you require a Handicap site.

Can I come early before the National HDT Rally or stay for a while after it ends?

Yes. Many people come anywhere from a day to a week prior to the National HDT Rally. This has unofficially become known as the Pre Rally Rally. There are no preplanned events like seminars etc. It’s just a gathering of old and new friends getting together to have some fun.

Are there vendors at the National HDT Rally?

Not in the way that you may find at some other Rallies. We don’t have vendors selling jewelry, or other trinkets. However, some of the seminar presenters may be able to take orders for items that are directly related to HDTs like hitches etc.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed. They must be on a leash, and please, as a courtesy to others, pick up after you dog. Only service animals are allowed in the buildings.

Are there things to do in and around Hutchinson outside the National HDT Rally?

Yes. There is the Salt Mine. Tickets and reservations are required. There is the Cosmosphere. An excellent space museum. The town of Yoder has some interesting shops. Downtown Hutchinson has lots of interesting shops.

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