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Kirk W

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  1. Welcome to the Escapees RV Club forums! 

    There are several companies that rent RVs here in the USA and by far the largest of them would be Cruise America. I suspect that the second largest such company would be El Monte RV Rental. You should also consider RV Share and Outdoorsy. I have no personal experience with any of these companies, but hear them mentioned or see their rented RVs frequently on the road. Some other companies that you may wish to check out are:

    1. USA RV Rental - Offers a simple, three-step booking process
    2. Apollo RV Rentals - Great for travelers who want flexibility
    3. Cruise America - With 121 locations across America, it’s a convenient choice
    4. El Monte RV - Huge selection and can help you plan your trip
    5. Motorhome Republic - Perfect for travelers who want all the included services
    6. Expedition Motor Homes - Can even get motorhomes delivered to your home or office
    7. Road Bear RV Rentals and Sales - Plenty of winter specials
    8. Motorhome Bookers - No-frills but great prices
    9. Camper Rentals USA - Great option for people wanting to explore California
    10. RV Rentals USA - Family owned and operated, but still plenty of RVs to choose from

    The most difficult part of your plan will be to find an RV that has separate private compartments for two pairs of adults. Very few RVs are built with separate bedrooms and only the largest will allow any significant amount of privacy. My suggestion is that you find ways to work around that requirement. Sleeping space for your group is easy to find but with only 1 private bedroom while the other would share space with the children.

    2 hours ago, ascanio1 said:

    We want to visit Grand Canyon or Yosemite or Yellowstone or other National parks in the US. We have 2 weeks (any time of the year).

    Each of those parks offer a great deal to see but it would be very difficult to see all three in only 2 weeks time. All 3 parks aslo are best visited in the summer months and they are all very busy in summer and so would need reservations to stay inside of the park. It would be possible to see both Grand Canyon and Yosemite in two weeks but to add Yellowstone would be problematic because of the distance involved. You could visit Yellowstone, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain national parks in that time period with perhaps a few other stops in the trip. I suggest that you narrow the field of where you wish to go first, then let us know and we can help a great deal to fill in with suggestions of thiings to see along the way. If you were to travel from Yellowstone NP to Rocky Mountain NP in Juy, there is a huge rodeo for 9 days in Cheyenne Wyo. that could be a good intermediate stop in route. There are many other possible things that could be included in your trip based on the area that you select and the time of year that you visit. 

  2. 41 minutes ago, Bigthinkers said:

    how to cook without setting off the fire alarm;

    Now if you manage to achieve that you will have acomplished much! Part of the problem is the proximity of the alarm to the stovetop in many RVs. If the rental RV has a range hood you can probably succeed, but if it doesn't you will have a major challenge.  We still set ours off from time to time. The key is to know how you get the battery out before you cook much. 

  3. 59 minutes ago, Barbaraok said:

    I am so glad we took early retirement.  We couldn't do today (13 years later) what we could do when we first retired.    More money doesn't mean more happiness or ability to enjoy what you have worked so hard to accumulate.  

    We very much agree with your thoughts! I left at the very earliest that my employer would give me retirement without penalty (age 57) and that has now been almost 20 years ago. We started to draw our social security at the age of 62 and that too was, for us the right decision. Yes, we would have more money if we had waited, but we would have missed out on so many wonderful experiences that we will always remember from those extra yeas. Remember that the only thing you have which once gone can never be recovered or replaced is time. Use it well as yours will run out far more quickly than you think!

  4. The best place to learn about the Escapee camping options is to visit the RV Parking pages and check out each of the different choices there. The Rainbow parks are the ones actually owned by the Escapees organization and they give members a significant discount (typically about 20-25% on all visits. Then are the co-op parks that were started by Escapees but as memberships were bought the ownership passed to those members and each one now manages its self and they maintain loose ties to the club. Next is the discount directory where the parks are not owned or in any way tied to the club but they give members a discount, some 15% on all stays and others 50% but for a limited number of nights. The last section is the "day's end directory" which is a listing of free or inexpensive places to stop for a night and it is maintained by a club member for a small fee and is compiled from the Day's End listings that are published in each issue of the magazine. 

  5. A week is hardly enough to test several lifestyles. I don't think that you should even think that is what you are doing but rather that you will be familiarizing yourself with RV travel. Keep in mind that there are many, many different ways of living in an RV and that the choices are only limited by your imagination. Since you are in Florida, I would agree with what Linda suggested and do so knowing that you will only scratch the surface and mostly learn about the RV. Being in FL you have access to a very wide range of RV park facilities and what amenities will be depends to some degree on the time of year that you choose to take the week trip. The Everglades NP has some great camping oportunities for getting away from the city but Florida has nothing to match the Bureau of Land Management's LTVA's where you are truely away from all city, and no remote areas like the national forests of the west where you may not even see any other RVs. With only a week to spend, do not try to cram in too much or it will be all work and little or no play. This life is supposed to be fun so make sure that you choose some things which will be. This is to be a trial run and not an endurance test. 

  6. 1 hour ago, sandsys said:

    Don't most people consider 40 to be the point at which they join that group?

    Most people who are into that sort of thing consider the baby boomers to be those who were born between 1946 and 1964. I am aware that nowadays that BOF will accept pretty much anyone who wishes to join, but that was not always the case in the early days. Also, at least in the beginning it also hinged around a gathering on the deserts near Quartzsite, which has never been on our favorites list. 

    • The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old)
    • Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old)
    • Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old)
    • Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)
    • Post-Millennials: Born 1997-Present (0-21 years old)



  7. Welcome to the Escapee forums and to the RV club as well, Amy! We are here to help so feel free to ask questions in any of the foums or just visit to comment.

    Under TX laws the mail service address is legal for all purposes but there are some companies that are reluctant to do so and that is especially true if you are dealing with them outside of Texas. If you move your business interests to Livingston, you will find that all of the business and professional people there understand what we do and how we do it. In addition, if you contact the Escapees office, they can often help you to deal with the companies who don't understand. 

  8. I went looking for information on the 1999 Endeavor and the HR website has downloadable owner's manuals, but only back to 2004, which is about when they became part of Monaco. In looking through that one it really doesn't show enough to be sure, but it doesn't seem that it does so and that wasn't common back then. Our 1998 coach, to get around that on long term stops, I just mounted a Battery Minder near the battery for the chassis and permanently connected it to the battery and to 120V shore power so that it was there anytime that we were connected to shore power or had the generator running. 

  9. 8 hours ago, sandsys said:

    I've been told a copper scrubby works better if you are going to park long term while leaving your hose connected because it doesn't rust.

    I keep one of those for the power cord & water hose as they will go right through the center of one but they can be hard to use around the sewer hose and steel wool is really cheap. I only use either if sitting for an extended period and trash the steel wool when finished.

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