About Escapees
Joe and Kay Peterson had been full-timing for eight years before they started the Escapees RV Club on July 4, 1978. There was no grand idea of what the club would become; it was started through Kay’s column in Woodall’s Trailer Travel magazine. She asked the question that if a club was started to help people enjoy RVing, would anyone be interested in joining? She received a couple dozen responses and began to think big: One day there might be one or two hundred people in the club! Today there are over 32,000 member-families. Those who joined the club were immediately asked for a name for the club. Escapees was suggested by Harry and Peg Lewis, SKP #22.

The first Escapade was held in February 1979, near Bakersfield, CA. Twenty-four families, including nine children, attended. Today Escapades are attended by as many as 1,500 members. Escapades are open to everyone regardless of whether they are a member of Escapees. Please view our Escapade pages to see if one is near you!

Rainbow’s End, in Livingston, Texas, became the Escapees headquarters in April 1984. Located in East Texas, it is six miles from Livingston and approximately 70 miles north of Houston. Rainbow’s End was the first park created, followed by seven more Rainbow Parks, eleven SKP Co-Op parks and two new Escapees Rainbow Parks Unlimited parks.

What is a SKP?
SKP was originally used as an abbreviation of Escapees. (Say S-K-P fast and it sounds like Escapees.) Many members began calling themselves SKiPs because it was easier to say. It has become a commonly used nickname. Escapees (SKPs) are Special Kinds of People who are always ready to help each other, but S-K-P can more accurately be used to designate the three distinct concepts on which the club is built.

S - Stands for Support
One important benefit of Escapees is the support members get from each other as they travel. Because some Escapees travel long distances from their home base and families, and because they may be on the road for many months at a time, it is important to be part of an extended family of travelers. Support also includes the many benefits and optional services that the Escapees Club provides.

K - Stands for Knowledge
Members often say that the money-saving tips they get from Escapees magazine alone more than pay their annual dues. Learning is also the keynote of the annual Escapades. Going to an Escapade is like attending a concentrated five-day college course on RVing.

P - Stands for Parking
One thing that makes the Escapees RV Club different from other RV clubs is that it offers members places to park. In addition to home-base benefits for those who join an SKP Co-Op or Rainbow Park, all Escapees members may use short-term parking at Escapees parks. This includes Rainbow's End campground, located at the international headquarters in Livingston, Texas.

Helping Each Other
Escapees RV Club has a strong caring tradition that is an important part of our support network. Escapees members are well known for their volunteer spirit. You will find Escapees involved in many of your favorite charities or helping someone who is in need.

We also have an important tradition of helping fellow Escapees; wherever you see the house-in-a-wagon logo, you know there is a kindred soul. All Escapees are expected to honor the logo by giving the assistance they can when help is needed.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a total support network for RVers. We are committed to excellence. We are dedicated to providing Support, Knowledge, and Parking and will never stop striving to improve. We are honest in everything we do.

Escapees offers a multitude of services, which include a mail forwarding service that caters to your personal needs, discount park system, as well as discounts on affiliated services. The fee to join Escapees is $60 per year with an enrollment fee of $10. For applications and more information about Escapees RV Club, request our information kit. If you are ready to join, visit our store or call us at 1-888-757-2582.

We thank you for dropping by and hope to see you at Rainbow’s End soon!