Tonight’s A-to-Z Challenge topic – becoming an escapee!
Venture into any RV park, and chances are you’re likely to find one, or maybe two. They might be tucked into a far shadowy corner, hiding away from the faster-paced “transient” population. They were probably once transients themselves, darting from park to park on a nightly basis, but they’ve become far too smart for that. They now prefer to lay low and move their little hide-away more slowly and much less often.
Who are these elusive and exclusive people? Escapees, of course!
Uh, no. Not those kinds of escapees!
RVer Escapees. Those folks smart enough to leave vacation “frenzy-mode” travel permanently behind and live full-time in their RVs.
I signed up as a member last week and a big packet of membership materials arrived on my doorstep today, including my official member card!
So, consider me now a card-carrying Escapee!
The club was founded in 1978 by Joe and Kay Peterson to fulfill three basic needs for full-time RVers: Support (an array of services, and friendship of fellow RVers), Knowledge (via various events, seminars, magazines, and forums), and Parking (the club has a number of owned and affiliated RV parks that offer RV sites at a very low cost). These three things together make the acronym S-K-P (or “Escapee”!).
New memberships are usually $70/yr, but if you’re a member of Passport America, Thousand Trails or others, your 1st year is discounted, and if you’re a member of the Good Sam Club (as I am), the first year is just $35-- this seemed like too good a deal to pass up!
I’ve not been to an Escapee RV park yet, but I’ve heard they are quite friendly with plenty of activities (granted, most might cater to their predominant demographic of “old geezer” RVers, but I guess I should be honest and admit that I’m not the youngest spring chic cruising down the highway anymore, so if I’m now old enough for an AARP card, I’m likely now an old geezer candidate myself!)
While the various events and “Birds of a Feather (BOF)” special interest sub-groups sound interesting (and I’m sure I’ll look into them further), I’m most curious to check out some of the Escapee parks and co-ops themselves to find a potential future “home base” (after a few years of full-time RVing when I might wish to settle in one place again for part or all of the year, yet still continue to live in my RV).
Are there any other Escapee members out there? Any feedback or recommendations for me on parks you’ve liked (or other aspects of the club)?