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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Escapees RV Club

Resources for RVers Weathering COVID-19 Related Concerns

First of all, the good news is that most RVers are prepared for national emergencies such as this. We are resilient problem-solvers who take action while lending support to our fellow RVers and neighbors. That said, we know the wave after wave of news updates, stricter camping and travel guidelines rolling out across the country, and stress about finding provisions are not things we encounter often as RVers. To help you navigate this flux of circumstances, we’ve compiled the following information on preventive measures, camping resources, social events, and more.

Latest Update from Escapees RV Club

April 1, 2020

Escapees 60th Escapade in Rock Springs, WY is cancelled. 

We are extremely disappointed that we won’t get to see our Escapade family this summer. Like many of our members, we eagerly look forward to each Escapade as a chance to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and enjoy our time together. However, we are confident that this is the best decision, based on a number of factors regarding the ongoing concerns with COVID-19.

Even if stay-in-place orders and bans on gatherings are lifted in time for Escapade, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. We believe it is irresponsible to encourage large-scale gatherings at this time and in the near future.

Additionally, recent state and local mandates have caused unforeseen expenses for many RVers. In the interest of returning needed funds to attendees as soon as possible, we expedited our decision instead of waiting until May 4. All who registered will be offered full refunds on their registration fees. This includes RVers Bootcamp at Escapade, the Murder at Rainbow’s End HOP, and of course, Escapade registration fees.

We hope this expedited decision will also help those who need to rearrange travel plans and head to long-term camping destinations. We encourage those who haven’t already to seek long-term accommodations in order to wait out the current stay-in-place orders. We look forward to seeing everyone again when it’s safe and responsible to do so!

All tickets will be refunded. Refund details can be found at escapade.escapees.com

Where Can I Camp?

Stay in Place Recommended

Most important to many RVers right now is finding a safe place to stay for the next month or longer. With more states adding stay at home orders on top of CDC and other health organization recommendations, we feel it’s best for RVers to stay in place for the time being. Our goal is to ensure that proper officials understand these facilities are an essential part of your daily lives by providing shelter and necessary amenities such as water and dump stations. 
 

We hope you’re somewhere you feel comfortable and can stay for the immediate future. If not, we recommend you quickly make your way to somewhere you are comfortable and can stay for an extended time. Whether you’re at your property, an RV park, or a family member’s driveway, we want you to be safe. Staying in one spot will mean less chance of not finding another open campsite and help minimize your exposure. By practicing social distancing and any stay at home orders, hopefully we can help flatten the curve.

We can’t dictate how other parks operate, but we can do our best to ensure all Rainbow Parks will remain open and able to serve RVers. To encourage RVers to stay in place and support our goal to accommodate full-timers who are in a desperate need of a place to stay for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, Escapees Rainbow Parks has made the difficult but necessary decision to amend our current reservation policies. You can learn about these new policies in the Rainbow Parks section below.
 
SKP Co-Ops are a key piece of our park system, but it is important to recognize that they are individual cooperatives, each governed by their own board of directors. We have been in contact with each park, sharing the policies and procedures we are personally implementing into our Rainbow Parks system, and have stressed the importance of taking care of the community during these difficult times. We are maintaining a list of their openings and availability below in the SKPs Co-Op section.
 

For now, please stay safe. Ask your park to extend your stay and make sure you can safely stay in your RV for an extended time.

We Need Your Help to Keep RV Parks Open!

That said, we are aware that SKP Co-Ops and Rainbow Parks combined don’t offer enough campsites for the thousands of displaced RVers. To answer this need, we are working with RVIA and other industry leaders to persuade local, state, and federal leaders to keep more public and private parks and campgrounds open for RVers in need. Additionally, we support this petition started by Truck Camper and circulated among nearly 13,000 RVers, and encourage you to do the same. 

Most importantly, we encourage you to take part in a grassroots effort to reach key leaders directly.  Every day that passes, Federal and State campgrounds are continuing to close their gates. And, with the potential for more states and counties to mandate private RV park and campground closures, we need to act now. In addition to working as an association with our political leaders and our fellow industry leaders, we feel it is time to encourage each individual to reach out to their elected officials and explain to them why is it critical that they consider RV parks as essential businesses.

We have composed three samples to help you with ideas. You are welcome to use any of them as you wish, but it may be considered more earnest if you modify the examples to better fit your opinions and circumstances or write your own words. 
 
No matter if you choose to call or write, it is always best to keep your message respectful and courteous and limit it in in length. And remember, our political leaders have rarely been so busy as they are right now. 
 
You can find all the details including the samples and links to help contact your representatives at Escapees.com/keep-RV-parks-open-during-coronavirus.

UPDATE FROM ESCAPEES RV CLUB 3-24-2020

Escapees RV Club is one of the largest and longest-running RV membership organizations. We support all RVers from weekenders to those who choose to live full-time in their RV. Our board of directors, and the entire team at Escapees RV club, has been working nonstop to ensure that all the many factions of our service network are running as smoothly as possible during this very turbulent time. However, we understand that our full-time community is being significantly impacted by some of the policies being put in place regarding RV park closures and evictions as a result of COVID-19 (coranvirus) measures.

As part of our ongoing efforts, we have been working behind the scenes to formulate a plan of action to advocate on your behalf to keep RV parks and campgrounds open. Our goal is to ensure that proper officials understand these facilities are an essential part of your daily lives by providing shelter and necessary amenities such as water and dump stations. This includes educating them that RVers are self-sufficient but must have somewhere to shelter-in-place and practice social distancing.

We understand that we all are navigating through uncertain times. We cannot guarantee results; but, we assure you we are going to do our part to continue to protect your rights, as we move forward together as a community. This includes making contact with the appropriate official agencies and continuing to work with industry leaders. Our team will keep the community up to date on new developments as we have them.

Ideally, you should stay put where you are, if at all possible. Limiting your exposure to new environments and new people also limits the likelihood of you contracting or transmitting the virus. However, we know this isn’t possible for some as campgrounds close across the country. If you must relocate, we hope these resources help you find somewhere safe to land.

 
Campendium.com, a favorite camping resource among RVers, is actively maintaining a database of campground closures and restrictions at https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses/. Their up-to-date information can help you find what areas are/aren’t accessible as you travel. You can also filter your campground search by open campgrounds removing those with temporary closures.
 
Escapees Rainbow Parks
You will also see changes at our Rainbow Parks. For the safety of our park staff and guests, access to certain amenities will be restricted for the foreseeable future. Though access is restricted, please know our parks are still open for guests.
  • All park buildings are closed and locked to the general public, including campground staff and park residents, until further notice with exception to laundry rooms and exterior-accessible restrooms. This includes park offices, activity centers, clubhouses, etc.
  • Park offices are closed to outside guests. If you need to make a reservation, ask a question, make a payment, etc, you will have to call the park office. Staff will still be available during regular office hours, but face-to-face interaction is discouraged.
  • Social hours, meals, and formal community gatherings are cancelled until further notice.
 
We at Escapees RV Club are concerned for our members and all RVers during this time of crisis. With more states adding stay at home orders on top of CDC and other health organization recommendations, we feel it is best for RVers to stay in place for the time being. To encourage RVers to stay in place, effective March 24, park reservations also change.
  • We hope this will all subside sooner rather than later, but for the time being, we will no longer accept daily and weekly reservations until further notice.
  • We will try to accommodate a 1-night stay for guests in need of a safe place to park overnight as they travel to their long-term destination. However, a hook-up site cannot be guaranteed.
  • Currently our priority is taking care of those currently in the park and guests due to check-in in the very near future. However, new reservation requests will be allowed to reserve 1-month a week prior to the request check-in date.
  • New reservations may be made for 1-night if guest is just passing through. We will do our best to provide a full-hookup site for their one-night stay, but we cannot guarantee it if all sites are taken. We will, however, do everything we can to make space in the boondocking section if nothing else is available.

We hope you are somewhere you feel comfortable and are able to stay for the immediate future. If not, we recommend you quickly make your way to somewhere you are comfortable and may stay for an extended time. Whether you’re on your own property, at an RV park, or staying in a family member’s driveway, we want you to be safe. Staying in one spot will help minimize your exposure and also remove the stress of hunting for another campsite. By practicing social distancing and any stay at home orders, we hope to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

 
SKP Co-op Parks 

We consider our park system a critical component to full-time RVers’ peace of mind, and it hurts to see some of them still frantically searching for a safe haven to shelter. Of course, SKP Co-Ops are a key piece of our park system, but it is important to recognize that they are individual cooperatives, each governed by their own board of directors. We have been in contact with each park, sharing the policies and procedures we are personally implementing into our Rainbow Parks system, and have stressed the importance of taking care of the community during these difficult times.

 

As of March 26, co-op parks are doing the following:

  • SKP Saguaro in Benson, Arizona is currently closed to new reservations because they are at capacity, with both leaseholder lots and short-term spaces fully occupied. However, they are offering their dump stations and water facilities to those in need during their office hours, which are 8:00AM- 1:00PM daily.
  • Rover’s Roost in Casa Grande, Arizona is still open to new reservations until they are at capacity. They, too, are offering their dump stations and water facilities during normal business hours. 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm daily.
  • KOFA Ko-op in Yuma, Arizona is currently closed to new reservations.
  • Jojoba Hills Co-Op in Aguanga, California is closed to new reservations. Reservations beginning between March 17 and March 31 have been cancelled. However, they are offering use of their dump stations and water facilities during normal business hours. 9 am to 12 pm, Monday to Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Park Sierra Co-Op in Coursegold, California is closed to new reservations. Their dry camping area is limited to 2 spaces outside the gates for 2 nights only (dry campers are requested to not enter the park). The water and dump station is not available at this time. Office Hours 8-12 Mon, Tues, Wed, and Friday;  closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
  • Florida SKP Resort in Wachula, Florida remains open to new reservations. However, RVers considering staying here should review their adjusted park rules to ensure they are willing to comply. Guests who violate these rules will be asked to leave. The co-op is also offering their dump stations and water facilities to travelers during their normal business hours. 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday; 9 am to 12 pm, Sunday.
  • SKP Pair-A-Dice in Pahrump, Nevada is closed due to being at capacity. Water facilities and dump stations are available to visitors during their normal business hours. 8 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday
  • The Ranch in Lakewood, New Mexico is closed due to being at capacity. Travelers are welcome to use their dump stations and water facilities during normal business hours. 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Timber Valley in Sutherland, Oregon is open to new reservations until they reach capacity. Both now and once capacity is reached, they are keeping their dump stations and water facilities open for travelers during normal business hours 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Alamo Area SKP Co-Op in Hondo, Texas is closed to new reservations. Travelers may use their dump stations and water facilities during normal business hours. 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Saturday; closed Sunday.
  • Evergreen Coho in Chimacum, Washington is closed to new reservations. Visitors may use the dump stations and water facilities during normal business hours 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm, Thursday; closed Saturday and Sunday.

We recommend calling the parks ahead of your visit for the most current information.
Click here for contact info for SKP Co-ops.

 

We’re working with you to keep private parks and public lands open.

We, Escapees RV Club, are working with RVIA and other industry leaders on their respective COVID-19-related initiatives. Specific to the closure of state and federal parks, we support efforts to enable them to remain open. Please know this is a controversial issue. There are some groups who fear that if state and federal parks remain open to travelers, those visitors will promote the spread of COVID-19 from cities (where it is largely impacting) to rural areas. Moreover, there are concerns that some public parks lack the staffing to accommodate an influx of visitors, especially if any of their staff become ill. In addition to the closure of public parks, we are witnessing the closure of privately-operated parks.

Our contention is that to close parks is to disenfranchise approximately one million full-time RVers. As the owner and operator of eight parks in seven states, we assert that a park can continue to receive guests and still comply with the CDC’s recommendations. As such, our parks will continue to remain open with precautions in place to protect our staff and guests, barring anything unforeseen.

We encourage you, as a member of the RVing community, to help keep parks open in two ways. First, we have joined with Truck Camper in support of their petition to keep RV campgrounds open and encourage you to do the same.

Most importantly, we encourage you to take part in a grassroots effort to reach key leaders directly.  Every day that passes, Federal and State campgrounds are continuing to close their gates. And, with the potential for more states and counties to mandate private RV park and campground closures, we need to act now. In addition to working as an association with our political leaders and our fellow industry leaders, we feel it is time to encourage each individual to reach out to their elected officials and explain to them why is it critical that they consider RV parks as essential businesses.

We have composed three samples to help you with ideas. You are welcome to use any of them as you wish, but it may be considered more earnest if you modify the examples to better fit your opinions and circumstances or write your own words. 
 
No matter if you choose to call or write, it is always best to keep your message respectful and courteous and limit it in in length. And remember, our political leaders have rarely been so busy as they are right now. 
 
You can find all the details including the samples and links to help contact your representatives at Escapees.com/keep-RV-parks-open-during-coronavirus.

In addition to signing this petition, we encourage you to contact a state or federal park that you would like to have remain open and offer to volunteer or work camp for them. Volunteering and work camping may provide these public parks with support staff needed to enable them to continue to operate. In all ways, and at all times, we strongly urge you to comply with the CDC’s recommendations. Your health and safety should be your primary concern. If you do not have the capability to volunteer or work camp, or if you have concerns about your health and safety, please disregard this request.

Being a Good Guest

These policies are currently in place at Rainbow Parks. For the good of the RVing community, we think they should be applied to any RV stay during the crisis. They are to help keep you and your park hosts healthy and safe.

  • All park quests occupying a site are to stay home and only leave their RVs to perform essential activities. Such activities include:
    • Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets. Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication and visiting a health care professional. 
    • Activities to obtain necessary supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food, pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
    • Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if they maintain social distancing, such as staying six feet away from other people.
    • Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis, in accordance with local policies and/or orders.
  • No outside visitors and/or off-site guests are allowed until further notice. With exception to essential services/deliveries such as groceries, home care, supplies etc. Social invitations are strictly prohibited.
  • All campground guests must practice social distancing and handwashing in accordance with CDC guidelines.

How Do I Get Food/Paper Goods/Fuel?

With businesses temporarily closing or implementing new processes such as limiting their hours of operation, closing dine-in service, limiting the number of customers allowed inside at once, etc, finding what you need can quickly become a very frustrating experience. To best utilize your time, and plan for as few excursions as possible, look to local news and information sources before you head out. Make sure to follow best practices when in stores maintaining physical distance, touching just the items you need, and quickly finishing your shopping trip.
 
Even better, look to see if delivery services such as Instacart, Favor, etc are available in your area. Utilizing delivery services like these limits your interactions with those who may be infected, and prevents you unknowingly transmitting something to others.
 
If delivery services aren’t an option, you can also consider using curbside services. Several large retailers, including Walmart, offer this as an alternative to wandering the store’s aisles yourself. Using their website, you select your items, pay for them, and set a time when you will arrive to pick them up. Once you’ve arrived at your set time, you let them know via phone or app and they bring them out to your vehicle. 

Check for Local Orders and Regulations

Make sure to check for any restrictions in your area. States and municipalities are enacting measures everyday to combat the spread of the disease with many implementing stay at home orders. This page lists the statewide orders, but you you will want to search for any county and citywide orders also in your area.

What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) established guidelines based on what they know about how this virus is transmitted. You can read them in depth on their website, but a few we believe are particularly important to RVers are
  • Avoid close contact. RVers tend to be friendly, welcoming individuals, so this can be a hard habit to change. Avoid hugs, handshakes, sharing food or beverages, etc. If a campground neighbor needs your help, do what you can to minimize person-to-person contact, sanitize shared tools before loaning them and after they’re returned, and make sure you both wash your hands before and after your interaction, and try to avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid gatherings. A favorite pastime in RV parks are socials, happy hours, and campfire hangouts. Even if the park you’re visiting continues to have these, it is in your best interest to avoid them. We hope all who attend are washing their hands, covering coughs and sneezes, sanitizing tables and chairs, etc, but it is impossible to know for sure, and is it worth the risk?
  • Practice social distancing. This includes gatherings, but also extends to interactions with others in general. If you need to leave your campsite for an errand, do you best to maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and others. The reasoning behind this is that “the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).” (Source: CDC)
  • Check with local city, county, state rules in effect. There may be curfews, shelter in place orders or other orders in effect in a new area you arrive to. 

What About Escapees Events?

Escapees RV Club leadership and event directors have been closely monitoring the circumstances surrounding the spread of the coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to inform our decisions regarding upcoming Escapees events and to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

It is with a heavy heart that we made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all events currently scheduled through June 26th. This includes our Convergences, Hangouts, and Head-out Program (HOP) events as well as our RVers Boot Camps. We do not wish to risk the safety and well-being of our membership by continuing with these events. Event-specific changes will be communicated to those registered for these events and refunds will be issued.

We understand that this issue is cause for concern to many, and our deepest sympathies go out to all who have been affected already. We assure you that as the situation continues to develop, we will make our decisions with the health and well-being of our members and employees as our highest priority.

Escapees 60th Escapade in Rock Springs, WY is cancelled. 

We are extremely disappointed that we won’t get to see our Escapade family this summer. Like many of our members, we eagerly look forward to each Escapade as a chance to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and enjoy our time together. However, we are confident that this is the best decision, based on a number of factors regarding the ongoing concerns with COVID-19.

Even if stay-in-place orders and bans on gatherings are lifted in time for Escapade, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. We believe it is irresponsible to encourage large-scale gatherings at this time and in the near future.

Additionally, recent state and local mandates have caused unforeseen expenses for many RVers. In the interest of returning needed funds to attendees as soon as possible, we expedited our decision instead of waiting until May 4. All who registered will be offered full refunds on their registration fees. This includes RVers Bootcamp at Escapade, the Murder at Rainbow’s End HOP, and of course, Escapade registration fees.

We hope this expedited decision will also help those who need to rearrange travel plans and head to long-term camping destinations. We encourage those who haven’t already to seek long-term accommodations in order to wait out the current stay-in-place orders. We look forward to seeing everyone again when it’s safe and responsible to do so!

All tickets will be refunded. Refund details can be found at escapade.escapees.com

Escapees Press Releases Regarding Coronavirus(Covid-19)

Note: Information in newer press releases may override information in older press releases.

March 20,2020 – Polk County Texas is closing it’s tax office until at least April 6. You will unable to set up domicile or register vehicles in Polk County (Livingston, TX) at this time. 

March 2020 – Escapees Press Release – Topic: Event Cancellations and Escapees RV Parks policies.

March 2020 – Escapees Press Release – Topic: Keeping Public Parks Safely Open to RVers

March 2020 – Escapees Press Release – Topic: Rainbow Parks and SKP Co-Op Parks Openings, Availability

Helpful Resources

Official Government News

Up to date information regarding the Cornoavirus (COVID-19)

Visit CDC.gov

Official website for the Whitehouse – to follow the US response to the Coronavirus.

Visit CDC.gov

Official website for the WHO with guidance and news on the Coronavirus.

Visit CDC.gov

Information on travel restrictions of all non-essential travel in and out of Canada

Visit Travel.GC.CA

RV Related News

In addition to our advocacy efforts, we’ve started a grassroots campaign for all RVers to contact their representatives to help keep RV parks open for full-timers by deeming them essential businesses.

Visit Escapees.com/keep-rv-parks-open-during-coronavirus/

Truck Camper Magazine has created a petition to keep all public campgrounds open in order to serve the needs of displaced travelers. We urge you to sign the petition.

Visit truckcampermagazine.com

“RV Industry Association working with policy makers on COVID-19 relief for the RV Industy”

Visit RVIA.org

Campendium.com has compiled the most up to date list of campground closures related to the Coronavirus.

You can filter your search by open campgrounds.

Visit Campendium.com

Campendium.com has compiled the most up to date list of campground closures related to the Coronavirus.

Visit Campendium.com

Rootless Living has compiled a list of state campground closures related to the Coronavirus.

Visit Rootlessliving.com

“Here’s the latest news about the coronavirus and how it is affecting the RV community. We will update this daily as news develops.”

Visit RVTravel.com

General Travel News

We have seen reports of various states closing inside dining areas and restrooms including the PA turnpike service plazas, Ohio rest areas, and New York rest areas.

In addition, many tollbooths are closed and will be billing based on your license plate. Please check the toll roads you plan to use for specifics.

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