Recently (February 2018), we stayed at the SKP Ranch in Lakewood, NM for a week. If you say “SKP” out-loud, you’ll hear yourself say “Escapee”, which is the reason for the name. This park is a co-op park of the Escapees RV Club, which is basically a club that supports all RVers. Tim and I joined Escapees ($40/year) to be able to stay at their parks. They have a portion of their membership specifically focused at the younger crowd, called Xscapers. So technically Tim and I are Xscapers. Yeah, it’s all a little confusing – I believe they are working on re-branding and further differentiating the names.
The SKP Ranch is more commonly called “The Ranch” and you can buy a parcel there and park your RV on it. It’s meant to be a home base of sorts for life on the road. Most of the lots also had a little casita, which adds to the living space you have when you are parked for extended periods of time. Most of the people we talked to park at The Ranch for the winter months, then travel during the summers.
All of the residents are full-time RVers, many whom have been full-timing for decades. So when I was at one of their happy hours, I couldn’t help but to get their advice for people who are new to RVing or who are considering the lifestyle. Who better to get advice from than those who have been doing it that long?!
Question: What advice would you give to those just starting the full-time RV lifestyle or to those considering it?
See the world while you’re young and healthy. -Laney, 30 yrs experience
Take a summer, rent a class C RV and do some traveling – get away from the area you know and just see if you like it. Full-time travel is not for everyone. -Loyce, 30 yrs experience
When you plug your electric in you should have a surge protector. You get what you pay for in terms of quality. It protects you from poor power at RV parks. – John, 15 yrs experience
Always have a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) on any motorhome, travel trailer, or toad – John
You cannot boondock efficiently with a residential refrigerator. Consider the fridge and the type of camping you want to do before buying. -John
I’ve never regretted it -Shirley, 26 yrs experience
The only place you need to be is where you are -Marilyn, 28 yrs experience
Just do it. Take your time. Enjoy it. Don’t be in a hurry. -Krystal, 1 yr experience
Not all who wander are lost -Krystal
It’s not for everyone. It’s an adjustment. -Nettie, 20 years experience
Like each other a lot. Be patient and kind with each other. Do a lot of research. -Charlotte and Richard, 1 yr experience
Some other time, Tim and I will do a post on our advice to anyone considering the RV lifestyle. I hope that these quotes from the veterans have been both informative and inspirational. Many thanks to the kind souls at The Ranch who were willing to share their advice with others! See you on the road!