RV Clubs offer great ways to make the RV Lifestyle even more enjoyable by connecting with a community of like-minded travelers, saving money, and getting help if you break down on the road.
Jennifer and I are not, by general practices, joiners. And we didn't think we would be particularly fond of camping in big groups i.e. rallies like shown in the photo above (yes, we are in there somewhere).
But when those groups are made up of friends that become so close they are almost like family, it's another story.
And when the RV Clubs offer so many benefits that you'd be crazy not to join, then it makes sense.
RV clubs serve as a network of like-minded folks, offering support, encouragement, adventure, and fun, usually with special perks and discounts for its members.
Here are three RV clubs that have our wholehearted recommendation. We are members of all three.
We love the Escapees RV Club. It is absolutely perfect for every type of RVer, from singles to coupes to full-time RV families.
For with the Escapees RV Club you really get the benefit of two clubs in one – The Escapees and Xcapers RV Clubs.
The Escapees is the umbrella organization made up of RVers of every age and demographic. It's been around 40 years.
It can help you find places to camp (there are 18 Escapees campgrounds around the country), provide roadside assistance if you break down, get members-only RV service discounts and perks, and handle everything from mail to finding ways to supplement your income on the road.
It will also connect you with a group of instant friends, other RVers who share your interests and can help you along the way.
The Xcapers is a subgroup within Escapees that tends to skew a little younger and is made up of those who work from the road, along with many who are raising families as they travel.
We did an interview a few months back on the RV Podcast with Travis and Melanie Carr, the leaders of the club and I think it helps you understand the group better than my written words alone can convey.
Membership is $39.95 a year and you can participate in both the Escapees and Xcapers communities.
RVillage is a real up and comer among the RV Clubs out there today.
Its motto is that the RV Lifestyle is not only about the places you go, it also about the people you meet along the way.
It boasts almost 290,000 members, who join for free and connect via a smartphone app that helps you find other RVillage members near you as you travel, or who are staying in the same campground. The idea is you can connect and form friendships as you bond over a campfire and swap ideas and tips.
There are groups and subgroups galore within RVillage, owners of particular RV brands, boondockers, workcampers, snowbirds, RVers who also like to motorcycle, and many, many more.
RVillage is free to join.
The FMCA is perhaps the oldest of the RV Clubs out there and its membership tends to reflect that. It started out well over 50 years ago as the Family Motor Coach Association. Initially, it was only for those who owned motorhomes. And while there was a good smattering of Class B and Class C owners, most of the members were in big Class A luxury coaches.
That all changed a couple of years ago and the motorhome-only requirement was changed to welcome all RVers, including those in trailers, Fifth Wheels, and even teardrops. Like the other RV Clubs, it has chapters all over the country and, normally (except for this COVID year) puts on two mega week-long national rallies that are known for their excellent forums and educational seminars, as well as top-notch nightly entertainment and socializing.
The FMCA has offers some of the best membership benefits and perks you'll find in any of the RV Clubs, including roadside assistance, a service that will drive your RV home if you are incapacitated on the road, discounts on important services and RV products, and a highly professional RV Living magazine. I confess a bias there as I wrote a column for the magazine for many years.
A one-year membership for an RV owner is $85 for the first year and $75 upon renewal
Those are our three favorite RV Clubs. One is perfect for you.
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