Ranch Hands


We leaseholders, called "Ranch Hands", are the heart and soul of this thriving community .  We're a diverse group and volunteer our variety of  knowledge, skills and talents, to keep the Co-op running smoothly . 

 "Co-Op" is an organization designed to operate for the benefit of a group who are also the owners.  It is true democracy at work as like-minded individuals work together to accomplish a common goal. The privilege of being a part of a Co-Op comes with a commitment to be involved. 

We have an elected Board of Directors, Office Manager  and various member committees which assist in the running of the park.  The park is governed by our Bylaws, Standing Rules and Regulations and a Pet Policy.

It cannot be overstated that we’re a Family and could not survive without everyone pitching in one way or another, even if it’s just to help a neighbor in need. 

The Ranch has long and rich history formed by tough, independent, and wholesome folks that knew what it took to form an RV community that still flourishes today.

History of Lakewood,NM

In the beginning

In 1978, Joe and Kay Peterson started a support group called Escapees RV club to answer a growing need for community among early RVers.

“I wish I could tell you it began with a grand vision of what the Escapees Club would be in the future. The truth is, there were no grand five- and ten-year goals. We were simply two working travelers enthralled with the RV lifestyle who wanted to make RVing the best it could possibly be for ourselves, our friends, and our fellow travelers.” – Kay Peterson.

Escapee SKP
What is a SKP?
SKP was originally used as an abbreviation of Escapees. (Say S-K-P fast and it sounds like Escapees.) Many members began calling themselves SKiPs because it was easier to say. It has become a commonly used nickname. Escapees (SKPs) are Special Kinds of People who are always ready to help each other, but S-K-P can more accurately be used to designate the three distinct concepts on which the club is built.

S - Stands for Service
One important benefit of Escapees is the support members get from each other as they travel. Because some Escapees travel long distances from their home base and families, and because they may be on the road for many months at a time, it is important to be part of an extended family of travelers. Support also includes the many benefits and optional services that the Escapees Club provides.

K - Stands for Knowledge
Members often say that the money-saving tips they get from Escapees magazine alone more than pay their annual dues. Learning is also the keynote of the semiannual Escapades that take place each spring and fall. Going to an Escapade is like attending a concentrated five-day college course on RVing. 

P - Stands for Parking
One thing that makes the Escapees RV Club different from other RV clubs is that it offers members places to park. In addition to home-base benefits for those who join an SKP Co-op Members also have overnight parking opportunities with other Escapees members across the country.

Helping Each Other
Escapees RV Club has a strong caring tradition that is an important part of our support network. Escapees members are well known for their volunteer spirit. You will find Escapees involved in many of your favorite charities or helping someone who is in need.

We also have an important tradition of helping fellow Escapees; wherever you see the house-in-a-wagon logo, you know there is a kindred soul. All Escapees are expected to honor the logo by giving the assistance they can when help is needed.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a total support network for ALL RVers. 


Next Generation

What is Xscapers?

In 2015,  Xscapers was formed , a lifestyle group of Escapees that brings the club back to it’s origins. Xscapers are RVers who work full-time while traveling, just like Joe and Kay Peterson did in the 70s.  Xscapers has grown to provide numerous benefits targeting the needs of this demographic, including the development of Escapees’ Job Board and diversifying Escapees’ social and educational opportunities.

Xscapers is a support network geared toward a new generation of RVers who have not yet retired and who have already, or are aspiring to, hit the road pursuing a full-time or part-time nomadic lifestyle.