Last week we parked at the Payson Elks Lodge in their RV park. Many RVers join the Elks or Moose to take advantage of RV parking provided by some of the lodges. This gives RVers options, especially in a city or town where there may not be too many choices. We were able to park at the Napa Elks Lodge a couple of years ago. We could walk downtown; finding another RV park in the Napa area was difficult.
A number of Escapees Club members have joined the lodges in Gila Bend and in Ajo, both in Arizona. Those lodges welcome RVers. George joined the Gila Bend Lodge. I joined there too after Bill passed away. When I joined, about 30 or 40 Elk members and candidates for membership met in Gila Bend at the lodge in February. We divided up in teams to do various task at the lodge and around town. Not being knowledgeable about how this worked, I hesitated and found myself on the crew pulling a bumper crop of weeds! ugh.... That year George poured cement for a walkway, then walked around taking photographs. I couldn't convince him to help with the weeds, though I suggested it several times. We ended our few days with a dinner and initiation into the Lodge.
Members can purchase a directory of Elks Lodges with RV parking. Those guides are helpful when traveling. Two different authors who have compiled this information. We have RV Travel Guides. The Elkdom Travel Guides is the other.
If you are interested in joining the Elks as an RVer, you might want to look at the Escapees BOF site for Escapees who are also Elks Club members. It has the information for purchasing the Elks RV parks guides.
Being a member of the Elks or Moose adds to your parking possibilities. The sites vary tremendously from one lodge to another. In Payon, they are gravel. The Elks Lodge in Petaluma, CA had nice paved sites, while the Napa Lodge had very small ones. We were fortunately traveling in our Lance camper and could fit in the only site that was left the day we needed it.
Being a member of the Elks or Moose is also a way to meet local people. You can go in any lodge along your travels and attend activities, purchase a drink or a meal and find out things to do in the area. I dropped my membership after marrying George, but we find the Elks (and the Moose) well worth belonging to and support their charity work with a contribution each year. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Photo 2: Camphost site and board for Payson Elks campground
Photo 3: Our truck and 5th wheel in the campground