While we were at RV Driving School and RVers Boot Camp, we stayed at Rainbow’s End in Livingston Texas. Rainbow’s End is not your average RV campground. You can stay for a night or a week, and if you are an Escapee’s RV Club Member the cost is discounted. But people also stay for a month, a season, or live there permanently. There are 130 full hook-up sites available for reservation.
Rainbow’s End is set in the piney woods of eastern Texas, just south of Livingston. Livingston may be small, but it has a good library, restaurants, and a hospital. It is the only town of any size within 40 miles. Livingston is located about an hour north of Houston so there are all the advantages of a huge metropolitan area close by.
Rainbow’s End is more of a retirement community than an RV campground. As the national headquarters of Escapees, they have a mail center that handles mail for 4,000 people every day. People who live in their RVs full-time can use Rainbow’s End as their “permanent” address and then Escapees forwards the mail to wherever they are.
People can buy deeded lots and build on them at Rainbow’s End. So there are houses next to RVs, pole buildings covering RVs, and RVs next to permanent storage sheds. People especially like to stay at Rainbow’s End for the winter, which are generally mild and dry.
Another feature of Rainbow’s End is the Care Center which offers adult day care and Alzheimer’s care. For a monthly fee, you can park your RV on a site with a handicapped ramp and have meals, cleaning and laundry services provided. For Escapees Members, the current cost for this is $900 which includes staying in your own home (your RV) and having all utilities provided. Not a bad deal if you aren’t able to be on the road anymore.
There are lots of activities: ice cream socials, bingo, line dancing, an indoor swimming pool. Every morning flocks of people walking their dogs together would go by our RV. It is a social place and people are very friendly. We spent a lot of time walking around the park and it was a lovely setting.
Rainbow’s End is a good place to spend the night or a month. It is more suited to seniors than families with children, but anyone is welcome. We enjoyed our time there and enjoyed meeting some new people.