Safari International is proud to announce that we will partner with a host of other industry leaders in support of the Escapees Club and their efforts to establish an overnight parking etiquette standard.

The following is an overview of the policy. I encourage all within our club to abide by the standards while traveling across the country and find it necessary to park overnight in a business or restaurant parking lot.

Thank you.

Ken R. Barker
President, Safari International

Overnight Parking Etiquette


The Good Neighbor Policy, which was created in the early 90s by the Escapees RV Club, has become the industry standard code of conduct for overnight parking. The Good Neighbor Policy serves as a reminder that RVers must be respectful of the communities they visit.

1. Stay one night only!

2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
3. Obey posted regulations.
4. Do not put out awnings, chairs or barbecue grills.
5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
7. Purchase gas, food or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.

If your plans include touring the area, staying for more than one night, or necessitate conduct not within the code, please relocate to a local campground. It’s the right thing to do!

Most of the complaints lodged regarding RV parking on business parking lots have to do with aesthetics and perceived abuse of the privilege. The code of conduct is nothing more than an RVers’ “Good Neighbor” policy.


The spring 2020 issue of Safari Trails

is HERE Now

An email notice will let you know when your issue arrives – some time between March 26 and April 1, so be sure to look for it.  If your email is not on-file and you would like a personal copy of the Trails delivered electronically, then you can contact your Membership Director, Mary Lou Streckel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that she can add you to our email list.
As most of you know, effective with the Summer 2019 issue, our club magazine is being distributed only by email.  An explanation can be found in the “Notes from the Editor” column in that issue.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the editor, Elaine Trendler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I have an invitation for all of you who enjoy our rallies or take advantage of coach, travel and club information in our quarterly magazine Safari Trails and on this website.  I invite you to think about taking an active part in your club.

It is an often stated truth that there is never a job left undone at a rally because Safari members will always volunteer.

The same cannot be said for serving the Club as a member of the Executive Board.  Those of us who have served or are presently serving the Club in some capacity will tell you that the comparatively small amount of time spent on Club business is well worth the effort.  The Executive Board, which consists of five National Officers, seven Regional Vice Presidents and the Alternate FMCA National Director, is responsible for governing our Club.  Virtually all business is conducted via email.

As a member of the Board you will have a say in the future of Safari International.  You will be working with Board members from across the country.  Over the years I have served Safari International as Regional Vice President and President, I have had the pleasure of working with many people who wanted to do their part for our Club.  All of us have our own personalities which reflect who we are, where we have lived and what we did when we had j-o-b-s.  The two factors that we have in common are a love of the motorhome lifestyle and a desire to do what is best for Safari International.  We do not always agree on what that is, but there can be no doubt that we are all sincere.

If you would like more information about joining us as part of the Executive Board, please feel free to call me or any member of the Board.  Our contact information is available in the “About Us” section on this website and in every issue of Safari Trails.

Bill Trendler, President 



Forum Changes

We now have a new category in our Forum. Actually, there are three new categories. All of them are viewable by the non-members, but only registered and signed-in members can post to these new categories. They are a parent category of Classified Ads and then the three new sub categories are Safari Motor Homes, Safari Related Items, and All Other Items. This last category is where a member may post other brands of Motor Homes, Toads, BBQ’s, Pop-Up Awnings, etc. If you have it for sale, we have a place to advertise.


PayPal - We now accept PayPal (no PayPal account needed) for membership applications and renewals.

Safari International has a number of manuals, brochures and files available for you to read or copy.  We have added a "Manuals and Files" menu item in our Members area and are continuing to collect these items from our members.  You can help us by emailing your scanned digitized PDF files to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. PDF files are the only files that we can accept.














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