We left Thousand Trails near Bend, OR on Tuesday and headed west about 175 miles to come to the Escapees Co-Op at Sutherlin, OR called Timber Valley. For those who are Escapees, but not familiar with the differences between the regular Escapee campgrounds (called Rainbow Parks) and Co-Ops, here's a quick overview.
Rainbow Parks are owned by the Escapees RV Club and offer transient campsites to anyone who wishes to stay at their parks. Within the Rainbow Parks, deeded lots and leased lots are also available. The major distinction between the Co-Ops and the Rainbow Parks are that Co-Ops are owned and run by the members of the Co-Ops and offer a lifetime membership in that particular campground. Members "buy into" the co-op lots, but do not own the land. They pay an annual fee (similar to maintenance and operations fees elsewhere). These fees usually include everything with the exception of electricity use. The interesting thing about the Co-Op setup is that should you decide to leave that particular co-op, then you receive your original "buy in" money back, along with any special assessments made during your membership in the co-op. There is no selling of the lots, as the lots are simply put back into a pool (of which there is a waiting lists at ALL of the co-ops).
This was the first Escapee Co-Op we have ever visited. I will have to say that we are impressed. The grounds are maintained very well and EVERYONE we've met has been very friendly. This might be because of the requirement that anyone desiring to stay (either long or short term) must belong to the Escapees. We have found the Escapees members to be some of the friendliest folks of any of the RVing organizations we've had contact with.
If it sounds like we like this park, you'd be right. There are currently 84 names on the "wait list" to get a spot here and I think Karen would like to make it 85.
As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!