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Old 06-08-2017, 11:00 PM   #1
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Please help we don't know where to begin this journey as full timers in our third yea

How can we benefit from joining Escapees again? Our first year as full timers we didn't understand how to use it, or how to find the best places to camp in our rv. We have researched camping clubs, we heard something about rpi or coast to coast but we didn't know if that was such a good idea, so in desperation to stay full time, and unable to afford $35.00 a night and up we started doing volunteer camp-host jobs. We enjoy hosting but we would rather be traveling, seeing our beautiful country, making new friends, and just enjoying life. We have tried to find rallies to go to on the west coast, so we could meet other full timers and hopefully learn some tips, and meet new people from them too, but we can't find any out here. So if anyone here can guide us in the right direction we would really appreciate it and we would like to pass it on to help others newbies that we meet along the way. Thank You in advance for any ideas.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:03 PM   #2
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How can we benefit from joining Escapees again? Our first year as full timers we didn't understand how to use it, or how to find the best places to camp in our rv. We have researched camping clubs, we heard something about rpi or coast to coast but we didn't know if that was such a good idea, so in desperation to stay full time, and unable to afford $35.00 a night and up we started doing volunteer camp-host jobs. We enjoy hosting but we would rather be traveling, seeing our beautiful country, making new friends, and just enjoying life. We have tried to find rallies to go to on the west coast, so we could meet other full timers and hopefully learn some tips, and meet new people from them too, but we can't find any out here. So if anyone here can guide us in the right direction we would really appreciate it and we would like to pass it on to help others newbies that we meet along the way. Thank You in advance for any ideas.
Hello and welcome, however you are looking for a different group than this one. This is the Owners forum for trailers built by "Escape Trailers Industries, INC." not the "Escapees RV club."

You can find the "Escapees RV Club" at this link: https://www.escapees.com
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:27 AM   #3
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IMHO, on a tight budget, none of the clubs are that good. The lowest cost sites tend to be Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, small town city owned, etc. most of which don't offer club discounts (but some will have senior discounts).

In addition, rather than being a camp host where you just get free camping, consider working at a National Park, where you will get a paycheck and often free camping as well. Do a 3 or 4 month stint, then travel on your own the rest of the year. And while you are working, you still will have plenty of free time. You might decide to do three months in one NP, and three months in another, and the other six months on your own. Working can add to the enjoyment, meeting other people doing the same thing, interacting with the public, learning the ins and outs of NPs, etc.

Some of the small town city campgrounds also introduce you to small town living. I am looking at one right now for an upcoming trip. The city run campground is $20 on season, $15 off season. Meanwhile, the KOA 25 miles away is $59 a night.... And in many of these small town campgrounds, you can walk to restaurants, shops, whatever. And they are not wedged between the interstate highway and main freight train rail line. We traveled through eastern WA recently on US20, seemed like every small town had a city or county owned campground.
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