You do not have to be a member of Escapees for residency in South Dakota or Florida. I'm not knocking Escapees because I am a very active member of the Orginization but for us South Dakota was the better choice for us to make our residency. It was a very simple process that started with a phone call. I posted a step by step procedure not too long ago and you might be able to find it by doing a search. If not, PM me and I will be happy to tell you what we daid and why. You do have to go there once every five years.