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RV Rogers just want to have fun

“We’re a very friendly group,” says Kathy Perry, president of the Rogue Valley Rovers. “We are the Southern Oregon chapter of the national Escapees RV Club, based in Livingston, Texas.”

That feeling of welcome, a relaxed sense of camaraderie and the enjoyment of camping with friends is what keeps this club growing. Its current membership includes about 84 families, Perry says.

“Our club family just keeps getting larger. It doesn’t matter if you RV full time or part time, whether you have a tiny teardrop trailer or a 45-foot motor home. It makes no difference. Nobody has to put on a façade or have a fancy kind of rig to be a part of our group. We’re all about having fun.”

Wagon master Cheryl Cook schedules the trips, from May through October.

“This year we have plans to visit Train Mountain in May, which has over 36 miles of miniature gauge track over 2,200 acres near Chiloquin.

“In June, we camp at the Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake, California,” Perry says. “While we’re there, we’ll tour the encampment site where over 18,000 Japanese people were incarcerated during World War II. Then in July, we’ll stay at the Southern Oregon RV Park to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. After that, we’ll head for Bandon in August, Hat Creek, California, in September and Florence in October.”

Because some of the rigs are larger Class A motor homes, Perry says, “We usually stay at RV parks and fairgrounds where we have roomier spaces and full hookups. But other times we may have more limited accommodations, like water only or electric only, and we also do some dry camping where we have to rely on our own generators and fresh-water tanks.”

Anywhere from 12 to 25 rigs at a time meet up at the rallies, Perry says. “I’d say we average about 16 or so,” she says. “Some of our members are still working, so they may be more limited as to how much time they can take off.”

Camping destinations are often planned to coincide with local events such as annual celebrations, street fairs and festivals.

“Volunteer hosts arrange for us to see sights in the area and help with organizing games and activities. We also have a talent show, or as we call it, a no-talent show, so that’s always fun. You can relax at your campsite or stay as busy as you want to be.”

For anyone interested in joining the Rogue Valley Rovers, they meet at 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month from April through November at Elmer’s Restaurant, 2000 Biddle Road, in Medford.

“People are welcome to come to a few meetings or even join us at our rallies to see if they like us and feel comfortable before joining,” Perry says.

Membership requirements include joining the national Escapees RV Club for $39.95 for a year, and then the local Rogue Valley Rovers Chapter, which is $10 a year. Members receive a periodic newsletter that describes upcoming events.

“We joke, we laugh, we play games. And if anything goes wrong with your rig, chances are someone in the group knows what to do or how to fix it. We are our own little community of friends who love to RV,” Perry says, “and we have a lot of fun together.”

For more information, contact Perry at 541-659-7208 or by email at perrykathryn4@gmail.com; or call 888-757-7701, ext. 8037. See www.escapees.com.

Reach Rogue Valley freelance writer Cindy Quick Wilson at cquickwilson@hotmail.com.