Thanks for the kind words, Norm!
I want to be clear that, for an awful lot of folks, Escapees could be a fine
choice. I like their magazine. I hear that their events are first class. The
one time that we did stay in an Escapee park, the park was very nice,
the people were warm and welcoming and many of them thought our
little Scamp13 was "cute!".
Having not read that "self-contained only" clause in the book, we were
perhaps too brutally honest when we "asked for a spot near the bathroom
because we don't have built-in onboard facilities."
At the LBL rally
, I talked with a fellow who stayed in a park with published
restrictions, but the park manager volunteered "I'm not going to come
out and inspect your trailer for compliance."
I suspect that, in the past, Escapees was more focused on "full timers"
and big rigs. Now, perhaps, they are trying to become more inclusive
and truly be a "Total Support Network for ALL
RVers". (I'm sure that
Norm knows much more about the history and future direction of the
Escapees organization than I do
Sometimes, even with the best intentions, change comes slowly.
If you have a larger trailer that meets whatever it takes to comply with
their definition of "self-contained", Escapees could be a great choice.
If you have a Scamp13 (see the first sentence of my original post) with
a porta-potti, I think that you might be doing yourselves and the
Escapees organization a real service by picking up the phone and asking
questions. That way, you both may win. They will know what you
want/need; you will know what they have to offer and what restrictions
My unfortunate experiences were just that .... unfortunate experiences.
I have more months remaining on my membership and my mind is still
Overall, I think Escapees is probably a really good organization. If you
have a small trailer and porta-potti, maybe they will be relaxing some
of the restrictions in the future? Or, and I hate to suggest this, maybe
you should be aware of the restrictions and just not be as honest as we
I will be eagerly looking forward to Norm's update(s). In the meantime,
call them and maybe give them a chance. Everyone may benefit from
some open communication.
Wishing everyone safe travels and happy camping!