Escapees RV Advocacy Coalition
We aim to alert RVers to potential problems, organize grassroots campaigns when necessary, and, when possible, push for solutions before detrimental laws are instituted.
Escapees has the top reputation for standing up for RVers’ rights! Over the past 35 years Escapees has fought to uphold RVers most fundamental rights (including the right to vote!) and has helped defeat unfair RV-specfic taxes.
Stay informed through Escapees Advocacy E-News, a critical alert hotline for legislative and advocacy issues affecting RVers.
Join one of the largest RV resources on the Internet. We promise you will be blown away by the amount of knowledge, tips, and helpful members!
Want to join the RV community but just don't know where to start? Got a problem and need some help? Want to share your love of RVing with others?
Join our friendly and active online RVing community on the Escapees Discussion Forum. With topics like beginning RVing, technical tips and tricks, and sharing the full-time lifestyle, there's always something useful being discussed. Join in or just read along; it's your choice. Registration is free. The site is open to all individuals interested in RVing.
Total Support Network
Escapees is a total support network that supports all your traveling needs whether you travel for a few days, a few weeks, or all year long!
50,000-Member Support Group
Probably the greatest benefit of your membership is the friendships you will form with others who share your lifestyle. Escapees are a Special Kind of People who share the RV way of life. RVing the Escapees way gives you a support network that will enrich your travels through companionship with those who understand your values and treasure your friendship. You'll find that displaying the house-and-wagon logo brings helpers and huggers alike. You will quickly learn that Escapees is not just a club; it is family!
Escapees has the most complete RV support network of any club in the nation.
While the majority of the services are owned and/or operated by the club, sometimes the best way to offer the highest quality service is by partnering with other leading service providers. So Escapees has developed close relationships with associations and service providers who have proven to be the best in their fields. Services that come with our highest recommendations display the "proudly endorsed by Escapees RV Club" logo.
The current Endorsed Vendors are:
AIS RV Insurance
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas
BancorpSouth Insurance Services
Alliant Credit Union
Coach-Net Technical and Roadside Assistance
RV Driving School
Mac McCoy - Fire and Life Safety
Geeks on Tour
For more information about our vendor services login to your MYSKP account.
Loads of resources and RV-related information to assist you, including a complete RV safety section, member services, resource links, and Texas State information.
The Escapees website is the gateway to all of Escapees’ great benefits and services. You will be able to browse current issues of Escapees magazine as well as archived editions. Search products and services provided by commercial members and even rate and review RV parks and much more. You will also get exclusive access to the RV Safety Section where you will find an abundance of RV-related tips, tricks, and know-hows.
Open a MySKP account, where you can manage membership services and access the Membership Directory. Mail Service members will also be able to update address information and keep track of their postage balance.
Instantly get our award-winning bimonthly Escapees magazine that is bursting with tips and items of interest for every type of RVer.
The Escapees magazine’s 96 pages are packed with useful, entertaining, and specialized information. Less than 38 percent of this publication is devoted to advertising. Members tell us they get more useful information from it than they do from any other RV magazine, and it alone is worth the membership value.
15%-50% off at Discount Parks
Make it easy for the almost 1,000 participating discount parks to give you the Escapees discount of 15-50 percent off. Show your Escapees RV Club membership card and say, “I’m an SKP..”
The Travel Guide is the Escapees discount and resource handbook. Search by state to find Rainbow Parks, SKP Co-Ops, Discount Parks, Overnight Parking, and Commercial Members along with maps, driving directions, contact information, discount information, amenities, restrictions, products, and services.
We think this is a great program, and you will too! Take advantage of the many discount opportunities and resources offered in this book.
Find RV Products and Services
This program creates a partnership between RVers wanting to locate a service or product and businesses who value Escapees patrons and understand the RVing lifestyle.
Our online Commercial Member Directory makes it easy and convenient for RVers to find nearly 700 RV services and products. These partners are located in the Travel Guide by state and on the online Commercial Member Directory.
In the online directory, you can easily search by:
• Name - listed in alphabetical order
• Business category
• CM number - listed in numerical order
Make Life Easier
With a touch of your finger, you cannot only find the nearest discount park, one further up the road, or at your final destination, but also get turn-by-turn navigation there!
Thumbing through pages of the Travel Guide while traveling down the road can be cumbersome, not to mention getting directions to the location once you have found one. The Escapees staff found a great solution
Know Before You Go
Search by state to view ratings and reviews and share your experience with our discount parks.
Do you want to review a park before you arrive? With the park ratings, you can “know before you go.” Read other’s experiences and leave your own to pass on. It is another great tool while traveling to make life just a little bit easier.
Share your experience with Escapees RV Club, and let us know who is great and those that are not so great. Escapees takes pride in providing not only one of the most complete parking systems out there, but also to meet the expectations of its members.
Partnership & Discounts
Travel Guide (Discount Parks)
Whether you are looking for short-term parking or long-term parking, we have the park for you!
The Escapees Rainbow Parks system provides great facilities and a friendly atmosphere along with rates that are well below the national average. These eight parks range from Arizona all the way to Florida and up to Missouri. Check out the individual park websites to learn about all the great things to do in the area and find out more detailed information on amenities and rates.
Continuing Assistance for Retired Escapees
CARE answers the question, "What happens to full-time RVers when they cannot take care of their own or their spouse's needs following an illness, injury, surgery, or the progression of a long-term health situation?"
Escapees CARE Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (tax-exempt) corporation formed in 1992 and is under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors. It is located in Livingston, TX, and its mission is to provide a safe haven with professional assistance at affordable prices for members whose travels are permanently ended because of age or temporarily interrupted because of health problems.
CARE is a place where you will receive professional help for the things you may no longer be able to do. It is not a nursing home. Its goal is to delay or eliminate the need for a nursing home by providing daily meals, scheduling medical appointments and providing transportation to appointments, providing on-duty nurses, secure day rooms, and a comfortable social atmosphere.
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The Escapees Head Out Program not only allows you to have fun and enjoy amazing sights and scenery, it also creates lifelong friendships and memories!
You will find that every HOP is unique, and each one targets unique locations, special events, and theme-related activities to create a fun-filled, adventurous outing. Some HOPs involve touring, while others consist of activities such as the Rose Parade, the Grand Canyon Train Ride HOP, Niagara Falls, and the Stampede. Step out of your comfort zone and try something wild and exciting like extreme rafting and ATVing. There are even cruises for your at-sea experience!
One of the best parts of this program is that, when you sign up for a HOP event, Escapees does all the work—the planning, reservations for campgrounds, restaurants, tours, and meals. All you do is register, then show up and have a great time.
Are you overweight?
Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.
The Escapees SmartWeigh program is an RV educational program created by the Escapees RV Club for the exclusive purpose of enhancing safety, enjoyment, and the overall success of the RV lifestyle. SmartWeigh provides critical RV weight safety and load management information in a highly accurate and usable format. The weights determined and provided to RVers under the auspices of this program will be highly accurate as a result of using very high-quality scales, which are annually tested, only suitable weighing sites, and highly trained volunteer personnel. To sign up for weighing at our permanent weighing sites, just call the number for that location. (See below.) You can also view the Event Calendar for available dates
We have 3 weighing sites available:
Site #1: Rainbow’s End, Livingston, TX
Appointments available: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 10 am
Call 888-757-2582 to reserve a time slot.
Site #2: Escapees North Ranch, Congress, AZ
Appointments available: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 11 am
Call 509-999-4429 to reserve a time slot.
Site #3: Sumter Oaks, Bushnell, FL
Appointments available: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm
Call 717-805-3400 to reserve a time slot.
Smartweigh is also available at many Escapees events including:
• RVers’ Boot Camp
• Rainbow’s End Annual Octoberfest
• Rainbow’s End Annual CARE Fair
Towed Vehicle, $10
Towable RV & Tow Vehicle, $55
Truck Camper, $45
Road Safety, Technical Proficiency, and Confidence for all RVers!
Escapees RVers’ Boot Camp provides you with the training and knowledge on the ins-and-outs of RVing and how to stay safe on the road.
The program includes training in:
• RV maintenance and operation
• Towing safety
• Tire and weight safety
• Basic RV systems
• Fire and life safety
• RV driving
• Personal safety for RVers
Your tuition includes:
• More than 20 hours of formal training on essential RV topics
• A copy of “The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide” (CD version); check out this 256-page definitive book on RV safety at www.rvsafetyinfo.com
• Course handouts where appropriate
• Special elective courses for new RVers
• Focus groups on motorhome towing and towable RVs
• Breakfasts on days two and three
• Dinner on day two
• Social gatherings, including an innovative full-timers discussion panel and Q&A session
• Numerous opportunities to talk one-on-one with the instructors
For a full event schedule, please visit:
Escapades: Five educational, fun-filled days!
“People from all across the U.S., Canada, and beyond are united with the love of RVing as a common denominator. The amount of knowledge shared at these events could fill a library, but it’s the personal interaction that I enjoy most.” Cathie Carr, SKP #3
Whether you’re just getting started with a new RV or you’re a seasoned veteran of the road, the nut-and-bolts seminars, lifestyle classes, and hands-on workshops will help you get the most value, fun, and adventure out of your RV investment.
Attendees get a chance to interact with RVing experts, ask their questions, expand their talents, and gain a stronger sense of confidence. Between classes, there is time to visit the commercial market area where all the latest and greatest RV gadgets, products, and services are on display.
Escapades offer entertainment, social opportunities, and hobbies and crafts, too. It’s everything an RVer could want, all wrapped up in a week of unforgettable fun!
11 SKP Co-Ops
These 11 parks are owned and operated by Escapees members with their own boards of directors.
There are 11 SKP Co-Op parks from Washington State to south Florida. The Escapees RV Club helped start the SKP Co-Op parks, but it does not own them or run them. Each SKP Co-Op park is a separate and independent nonprofit corporation. Only Escapees members may purchase an SKP Co-Op membership, and that membership entitles them to use a specified lot. Only members may rent a site in an SKP Co-Op. Each SKP Co-Op sets its own rules and is self-governing with a board of directors elected by the members. SKP Co-Op members share in the financial responsibilities of their SKP Co-Op. Operating expenses are shared equally among the membership by way of an annual maintenance fee.
Get the Best in the Industry
Since 1985, Escapees Mail Forwarding Service has been assisting full-time and part-time RVers with all their mail-forwarding needs.
As a licensed commercial mail-receiving agent, Escapees provides the largest, most economical service for RVers in the nation. You will enjoy being greeted with friendly, personal attention every time you call.
Rates start as low as $8.00 per month; see http://www.escapees.com/mailservice/Rates.aspx for a complete list of rates.
• We will sort your mail to your specifications.
• We forward whatever mail you desire, including packages and certified mail.
• We will send overnight deliveries via FedEx or UPS when requested.
• We accept your mail-forwarding instructions by email, phone, or fax.
• We offer unlimited use of our toll-free number for all your mail-service business.
• At your request, we will review your mail pieces with you over the phone.
• We will scan specific mail for you upon request.
• Full-time RVers have access to Home Base Options which allows you to choose Texas or Florida as your physical address.
• We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover for your credit card payments.
• You determine your mail-forwarding schedule. Change it as your needs change.
• You may set up automatic payments if you desire.
• Your postage balances are easy to track on each package you receive.
• You will receive email confirmations every time your mail is sent.
• You may check your current postage balance at your convenience.
“One thing we love about Escapees is the quick and personal service you provide. I don’t know how you do it with so many members, but in this impersonal world we live in, it’s such a pleasure to deal with all you real people!”
--Marcus & Caryl Seaford #64816
You can’t roast marshmallows on a virtual campfire! Join a chapter and/or BOF (Birds of a Feather) and get-together and make lifelong friends.
Chapters offer local events and social opportunities for you to enjoy close to home. Join us at our local luncheons, and travel to a planned chapter RV outing that is within hours from home for RV fun and adventure. The RV outings range from planned visits to area attractions and sporting events, to holiday get-togethers. They are like family reunions with good food shared with good friends. Whether you attend a luncheon or an outing, you'll have the opportunity to have your questions answered, share RV tips, and make new friends who RV and live in your area. Nonmember visitors are welcome guests.
BOFs ( Birds of a Feather)
Escapees BOF groups share lifestyle interests such as boondocking, working on the road, disaster relief, biking and hiking, boomers, amateur radio, pet lovers, solos, and quilters, just to name a few! Expand your talents and share your knowledge. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are welcome. Join a BOF! If there isn't a BOF focused on your special interest, it's easy to start one, and Escapees will help you get the word out.
Overnight Parking Directory
Looking for a great place to park overnight? You need the Day's End Directory!
The Directory has thousands of great boondocking and low-cost parking opportunities, with lots of extra information to make your travels easier. Day's End listings are submitted by traveling members and collected and organized by Guy Gipson #84383, and the listings are updated regularly.
Full-time RVers often face unique legal challenges based on their lifestyle. Regulations that are easily met if you live in a house can be major hurdles for someone who lives full-time in their RV.
One of the biggest considerations is where you wish to establish your legal domicile. In an effort to make it easier for you, Escapees created ESCAPEES: HOME, which offers two physical addresses that may be used for the purposes of domicile: Texas and Florida. (South Dakota is planned for the near future.)
If you are fortunate enough to RV full-time, you may be asking, “Which state is my legal domicile?” The answer to that question is probably more complicated than you initially thought. Escapees cannot, and does not, offer legal advice. But we have the experts available who can!
Contact Loring & Associates, PLLC: 800-260-1615 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They specialize in domicile and estate planning issues that RVers face. If you have questions, call them for a free consultation!
8 Rainbow Parks
RVers' Boot Camp
Escapees Mail Service
Chapters & BOFs
Day's End Directory