Thank you to the citizens of Moab

Editor

For the second year in a row, the Xscapers RV club spent a week in Moab this spring. Xscapers is a different sort of RV club geared toward the “working age RVer.” We fill a void in the RV world in that our events are organized around a working day. About 80% of the members who came to our event in Moab work and live full in their RVs.

Being that we all live in our RVs and are constantly on the move, the opportunity to gather doesn’t happen as often as we would like. That’s why Moab is special to us. It’s a great location and an awesome town. About 110 RVs were parked in Spanish Valley for the week preceding the Easter Jeep Safari. Intentionally coming to town when it was a little less crowded afforded us the opportunity to hike, bike, and generally explore the area. We had a tent set up to protect us from the crazy April weather as well as a gathering place for the socializing and coming together that we all enjoy. An after-event survey showed that the town was well patronized. The average amount spent in town was about $800 per person over the week of our event. The money was spread among the gear shops, souvenir stores, river trips, bowling alley, and just about every restaurant in town. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the USPS employees who surely received more “General Delivery” mail than usual since a lot of us use that service to catch up on mail from home and general life duties.

The history and adventure of Moab come together with a great location at the old airport that affords us a safe place to park. I know it is a strange sight for some Spanish Valley locals to see that many people on the old runway at one time, but I want to express our sincere gratitude to the people of Utah for allowing us to rent that beautiful location from you. Knowing that the money goes to help the school kids of Utah is a bonus. A big thanks to the local residents that stopped by just to say hello and see what was going on, tell us to have a good time, and give suggestions of the best activities in the area. We appreciate hearing the inside scoop from locals and being welcomed into the community.

The 200 or so of us out there did spend an afternoon cleaning the runway as a small way to give back. We collected about 20 bags of trash and a few historic beer cans, only stopping to explain the “pull tabs” of old cans to the younger members of our club. I know that the Moab area is growing fast with the runway’s future availability in question, but I want to extend a sincere thank you to the kind folks at SITLA and the Moab community in general for the warmth you showed during our week in town.

With hopes that we will see you next year,

— JP Smith
Xscapers RV club