New Escapees initiative guides RVers on public lands use

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Camping on public lands is a privilege, not a right. With the help and support of its advocates, the Escapees RV Club has created a list of best practices to ensure these lands remain beautiful treasures.

More than 20 years ago, the club saw an increase in abuse of overnight parking options which led to proposed legislation that would prohibit overnight parking in places such as Walmart. In the interest of protecting these options for RVers, Escapees took action and created the Good Neighbor Policy, sharing it with RVers nationwide with the help of many respected RV organizations. They have recently created a condensed version of the RVers Boondocking Policy of best practices and etiquette to help RVers be good neighbors to each other and the land.

According to Escapees: “As thousands of new RV enthusiasts join us on the road, we see a similar pattern developing with the increased use of public lands. We must do our part to help protect these lands for all. This led us to creating the RVers Boondocking Policy, something similar to the Good Neighbor Policy, that focuses on respecting and caring for public lands.”

“Overuse can hurt local ecosystems that take years to recover, and abuse can create tighter regulations, raise maintenance fees, and have an overall negative impact on public lands and our ability to use them in the spirit in which they were intended,” said Mark Nemeth, who participated in the formation of the policy.

Key points of the policy include respecting established rules, preserving the terrain, respecting neighbors (both fellow campers and native wildlife), and leaving the area better than upon arrival. Detailed explanations of these points, recommended resources, and actionable steps can be found on the Escapees RV Club website.

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mdstudey

I am in 100%. I can live by these rules and do. Now how can we educate the masses who trample our national treasures. I see people in our National Parks just trashing it. I was at Jackson lake in the Grand Teton’s and watched a kid throw a plastic water bottle into the lake. I made him go get it. Water was freezing and the parents were just looking at me and my husband got mad at me. I just didn’t care and told him (DH) that maybe he will think twice before doing it again. I am at the point where I don’t want to go to a National Park until before or after it’s season.

We stayed at Gros Ventre and we were backing our trailer in. These young women were going around the loop the wrong way and got pissed off at us. What is wrong with young people these days?! Now I sound like my Grandmother.

DENNIS J CHARPENTIER

When young rver’s began their camping life in a group, i.e. Boy Scouts, Good Sam, etc. They learned proper camping behavior from the elders of the group. Today, new campers buy a glamper and hit the road; bringing their poorly learned manners with them.