SKP stands for Special Kind of People. The SKP organization is founded on the premise that people are basically good and want to help each other. Members call each other ‘Skips’. Everyone else knows SKP as Escapee and they have adopted that name for public purposes.
Skips hug each other. I do not know about you but one of the things about being single and getting older is that you need more hugs. Not want more hugs. Need more hugs. I do not know where the need comes from but it is not just me. Skips hug each other in place of shaking hands. Careful here as men will hug men and for me this took a while getting used to.
They have a nice web site at escapees.com. Like most RV organizations the Escapee Parks are on the coasts and the south. I have not been to all of them and each park has its own management style since many of them are cooperatives.
Escapees have a thing for rainbows. Their emblem is a little house in a little red wagon.
The home office is in Livingston Texas with the main street of the park called Rainbow Drive. If you see an RV with Texas plates, look for the little wagon emblem somewhere. Texas has no taxes and the registration fees are reasonable. So you register as a Texas resident with the Escapees Rainbow Drive address as your home address. 18,000 Escapee members.
The Escapee mail service is the best you are going to find.
Most Escapee parks have a very good price on propane.
You have three reantal choices here. You usually pay when you leave as that is when the electric usage is known.
This is usually about $3.00 per night. Some parks put serious restrictions on boondocking but in general it is the best deal in town.
Be careful with generators. Some have such restrictive hours (e.g. Yuma) that you cannot even keep your batteries charged. I have a little Honda that is almost silent – it does not matter – it is a generator and must be off. My Onan is one of those with the sound covers inside the cabinet on the side of the RV. It is not the noise they are concerned about, it is the principle: no generators.
Each park ‘sells’ lots. Sold lots are really leases or entry in the cooperative. In any case, it is your lot. Each park has rules as to what you can do with your lot. One thing you can do is periodically leave it and make it available for rent to others.
Parks have a waiting list for buying/leasing spaces. The list may be as long as ten years. Since they charge a deposit to be on the list, this is tied-up money for a long time. Many people know it is worth it.
You may enter a park and use one of the spaces of a member who is not using their space at the time. Some parks have non-owned spaces for temperoary rentals. You can get daily, weekly, or monthly rates. The rate usually does not include electricity which is separately charged. The nightly rate is from $11 to $18 dollars.
Watch out for the Tennessee park. You think you are getting a weekly rate and they will not tell you that they disable the weekly rate at various times of the year.
The park is on the main highway on road 416 east of Coarsegold by about 8 miles. Coarsegold is about twenty miles east of the south entrance to Yosemite. This is a better way to get to the park than driving from the Bay to the East entrance.
This is by far the best Escapee park I have seen. It is beautifully landscaped. Dottie at the desk is great. The bylaws do not permit building houses on the lots or putting permanent (‘Park Models’) on the lots. It is a true RV park and built on the side of a mountain just west of Yosemite and east of Fresno. You do not feel guilty about boondocking.
This is a little park about 8 miles off the Interstate. It is sort of a nice park with grass between most of the sites. No houses. Note the warning above: the daily rate is high and they do not inform you when you request a week that you will be charged the daily and not the weekly rate. They have an ambiguous sign on the wall that they hide behind when you question your bill. Boondocking is OK.
The Volunteer Park between the Interstate and the Escapee park is a better deal with treed lots and a fellow who year around dresses as Santa Claus.
The park is between 3E and 4E on 17 mile south and east of the airport.
This is a place to park when you are in Yuma. They advertise a daily rate of $2.50 but they charge $3.50. Honesty is not a strong point in many places for billing. The boondock spaces are 2-up at the end of the middle row. Level and gravel. They fill up in the winter.
There are many rental spaces but they also fill up early for the winter. There are fewer of them as the park is filling with park models.
Like all, it is really a nice place. It has a very small swimming pool but it has one. Fruit flies in season can be a problem.
The best place for propane is the farm supply store at the corner of 32nd and 4E. 4E is a better road than 3E to get to the park.
Take the road south out of Benson towards Tombstone. About 3 miles out it is on the right side with a litlle SKP sign letting you know you are there.
I like the Benson park. They are now restricting boondocking and pushing you into paid empty space of which they have an entire row available plus the owned vacant spaces.
The rows are tiered but they are still rows. They not only have park models but they permit small houses to be built on the lots. I do not like this.
This is east of Casa Grande north of I-8: Take the last exit north from I-8 before it intersects with I-10.
They have a row of boondock sites and regular spaces available but they do fill up in the winter. The last time I was there I was told I was on probation because I was rude, inconsiderate of others, and three or so more really bad things. I would never be permitted to return if I repeated this aberrant behavior.
Such slander of me is misplaced. I mean I am one of the quietest people that you will find. I am pathologically shy and do not even play my radio in the RV. In the Mexican RV park, people check pericdically to see if I have died. I think this park has the wrong guy but they insist that they are right. I shall go there agin when I need to but the operative word is ‘need’.
The park is really north of Wickenburg and I have driven past it but not stopped. That is all I know about it.