Join us on one or more
of our fabulous
Caravans
S*M*A*R*T
Special Military Active
Retired Travel Club
Choose a High Quality Caravan

Our caravans are usually 40-50% less expensive than other
commercial caravans

Click here  to access a
Caravan Application.
A deposit of $280 must be submitted
with each application.

"Seeing the Country We Defend"
Click on the links below to
learn about each caravan.
To save a spot on one of these great caravans,
print out the
Caravan Application
and mail it along with a $280 deposit to

SMART
600 University Office Blvd, 1A
Pensacola, FL 32504

The payment schedule for caravans is
50% of the total price by 6 months prior to caravan start
and 100% paid by 3 months prior to start.
Caravan costs include camping fees, and any other attractions, tours,
meals, etc. that the Wagon Masters have planned for the Caravan.
SMART CARAVAN TOPICS by Craig Christen

The top 5 Excuses you should not go on a SMART Caravan this year-- debunked

1
.        The fuel is too expensive this year
a.       Fuel is not going to get any cheaper
b.      Your RV is a very expensive lawn ornament if not used
c.       A 25% increase in fuel prices makes less than 10% increase in total caravan costs
d.      Traveling in SMART caravans offsets the higher fuel prices with lower caravan costs
2.        I’ll wait until next year
a.       Next year never comes
b.      Your health may not hold until next year—are these on your “bucket list”
c.       The caravan you want to go on may not be offered next year
d.      The cost will probably be more next year
e.      Many  our caravans fill up early and you might not get to go next year
3.       Caravans are too expensive
a.       SMART caravans are the least expensive quality structured caravans by 40-50%
b.      SMART gives you back any left over money
c.       Wagonmasters pick quality RV parks and exciting value-packed events & tours
d.      You attend more quality activities to more wisely experience your travel locations and not just waste your
travel $$.
4.       Caravans are too restrictive
a.       You can deviate from planned route as you want
b.      You have the safety net of other folks and trained wagonmasters
c.       Caravans are  great way to get to know an area that you are unfamiliar with
d.      SMART caravans travel slowly and give you free days to do/see your own thing
5.       Caravans are not fun
a.       New experiences & places is more fun shared with friends
b.      Traveling with folks of common military background is fun
c.       Wagonmasters use experiences from other caravans to help everyone have fun
d.      Just read the last few SMART Traveler magazines to see the fun we have
e.      You can bring your non-SMART RVing friends along if you want

Price Comparisons of SMART versus Commercial Caravan Companies for the 2012 Alaska Caravan
SMART's Price is $5385 for a 2 Person Rig, $4371 for a 1 Person Rig, and $948 for a Guest

Comparison                  # of Days                Cost                       Cost per Day

Company A                         50                    $7295                       $145.90
Company F                         60                    $9895                       $164.92
Company G 2011               43                     $7549                       $175.56
SMART                               67                     $5385                        $80.56
Once a caravan is Full, we start a Stand-by list.  If you would like to go on a caravan,
but it is full, please call HQs at 800-354-7681 or 850-478-1986
or email us at smart@smartrving.org and get on the Stand-by list.
You may still get to go.  We usually have a cancellation or 2 before each caravan.
You can now use a credit card to
pay for your caravan.
There is a sur-charge.
Call HQs to make a payment.
2014 Maritimes Caravan
June 19 - August 18
Wagon Masters:  Jon & Nancy Katin
Asst Wagon Masters:  Mike & Lorraine Lynch

Note the ending date changed from August 15 to August 18

Cost: $5,400 for 2 person rig
Can only take 20 rigs on this caravan.
Already have 20 signed up
We have started a Standby List.  Call or email to get on the list.
We have a very short Standby List.
Autumn in the Appalachians Caravan
Tentative date:  25 September to 30 October 2014

Wagon Masters:  Kathy & John Steinbauer
Asst Wagon Masters:  Marilyn & Chuck France

Cost:  $2,900 for 2 person rig
$2,300 for 1 person rig, $800 for guests
Can only take 18 RVs on this caravan
Already have 18 signed up
We will start a Stand-by List
Deposits for Caravans has been
raised from $260 to $280.  
2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Caravan
(AIBF)

October 3 - 15, 2014

Wagon Masters:  Craig & Terilu Christen

Estimated Cost:  $1,300 for 2 person rig
Have 4 signed up
Pacific Northwest Coastal Caravan
September 2 - 20, 2014

Wagon Masters:  Ken & Mary Helen Mayhew
Assistant Wagon Masters:  Ed & Charlene Julkowski

Cost:  $2,350
Already have 8 signed up.
We are a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(19) Veterans' Organization.
All donations are tax deductible.
The Great River Road 2015

mid April - mid June 2015
Travel between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Itasca

Wagon Masters:  John & Arlene Farrell
smartrnr@cox.net
Assistant Wagon Masters:  Doug & Connie Harrell

Costs:  TBD

Have 6 signed up
Explore San Diego!
27 Sept - 11 Oct 2014

Wagon Masters:  John & Arlene Farrell
smartrnr@cox.net
Assistant Wagon Masters:  Larry & Sue Lantzer

Cost:  TBD