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Old 01-03-2017, 08:55 AM   #1
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Quick question please

We're close to launch. Is Passport America worth joining if we are members of GoodSam, Escapees, and FMCA?
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:40 AM   #2
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Passport America's , annual fee can be recouped in 3>4 nights stay , best deal of the camp clubs we have.
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:48 AM   #3
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Another vote for Passport America...we saved over $$$ this winter staying in PA Parks. As stated the membership fee is easily recovered in 2-3 nights and PA offers renewal discounts and referral discounts... get your friends to sign up and tell PA you referred them.
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:50 AM   #4
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We are lifetime members and recouped the cost of the lifetime membership in one year without any effort at all. Of course we are full timers so if you are not, just an annual membership would be good. We have also stayed in a wide variety of PPA campgrounds. We have never stayed at a bad one because we research in advance.
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We tried PPA, but didn't renew because their member campgrounds were too far from our travel routes. Otherwise, it's a good deal.

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We're close to launch. Is Passport America worth joining if we are members of GoodSam, Escapees, and FMCA?
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:56 AM   #6
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Good Sam and FMCA only gives a small discount and the parks in their systems are usually only the more expensive parks. If you don't need 'resorts' then Passport America is an excellent choice and your yearly fee will be recouped after only a few stays.


They do have restrictions and yes, many aren't along the interstates. However, if you're not on a schedule of time and if you enjoy traveling secondary roads, as we do, then the membership can be worthwhile, especially as a 'fill-in'. We have found some real gems in the system's parks and we've also been waived the restrictions if they weren't busy.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:39 AM   #7
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There are several discussion threads regarding Passport America. I suggest doing a site search. All the threads say the same thing, over and over and over again.

Here is one such thread...Passport America opinions?

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Thank you for your patience and answers. I knew there must be a number of threads, but we are enduring a near perfect storm trying to get ready and time is scarce. Items in the perfect storm, but not all: flat tire (1 year old) required 2 visits to tire dealership, last one today, broken wet bay heater fan with lows in the low 20s, snow ice storm coated our slide out covers so we had to get on the roof to clear them so we could take the rig to the tire dealership, refrigerator refusing to switch to propane when we were away from shore power necessitating using the generator and inverter, purchase and installation of road master tow bar and invisibrake for CRV, leak in our propane line from tank to regulator necessitating replacement, attempt to air up leaking tire with two different 150 PSI air compressors (took em both back) am bought ViAire RV 400. IT is what allowed me to get a maximum of 70 pounds in the tire (air wouldn't go in well because of faulty stem), two usually well behaved dogs acting out because of stress (ones now on Prozac which is helping a lot) and wife starting to have stress induced crohns related symptoms and really unhappy because we can't just drive away. She wanted to leave last Friday and we had a row because I said we are NOT ready. We are hanging in there with the kind help and support of folks like you--I've asked a million questions and received good answers, signed up for 7 of Mark and Dawn's Wolf's RV 101 downloads and e books on your advice. We've covered our asses with both Good Sam and Coach-Net roadside assistance and joined escapees, FMCA, Good Sam and now Passport America. Oh, also bought and set up a Garmin 760 RV GPS and upgraded my dumb phone to an IPhone 7 Plus bought a hotspot with 24 GB data.
Been out once to try and weigh the coach and the folks at Pilot were most unhelpful. Going to a county scales tomorrow to do the full weighing process.
I don't know what else we can do to prepare but I've got this nagging feeling I'm forgetting something important and it's difficult for me to leave this safe haven where we've lived for 17 years. But the weather in the passes to the south looks favorable later this week and I think it's about time to just go. We've paid a monthly rate through the 17th and I hate to throw away nearly 2 weeks of paid stay, but it looks like my wife isn't going to hold up if we delay much longer.
Sorry for bending your ear with our tales of trials, but wanted to explain why I didn't do the search first
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:08 PM   #9
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Wow - sorry to hear all the troubles.

Where are you and where are you heading to?

Are you looking for RV resorts or boondocking or ?

Once you fixed the leak does your fridge work on propane now? Put a heater in the wet bay if you are on electric hookups. Take it easy and solve one or two problems at a time you are getting to know your rig with all these troubles so look at it positively hope it turns out better soon!
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Thanks. I understand about having a positive outlook, but it's good to hear it again. I did put a small heater in the wet bay- you can buy them at WMart for $10, for 250 watts! Perfect. Meanwhile a local mobile RV tech is fixing/ the little bay heater.

Yes on the fridge, it will run on propane now.

We're heading to Arizona going down I5 from Salem to Redding for first stop, so have to wait till the passes are ok. The next stop planned isFresno. Haven't planned stop 3 yet. We bought the garmin RV gps and I'd like to finish learning how to use it. ASAP.

Need to pack a few more things, get our extension ladder out of storage, pick up the new ball hitch receiver and get the bay heater back. Meanwhile I want to locate the fuel stops along the way and I guess then we'll cast off.

I'm a previous commercial pilot and am most comfortable with a thorough flight plan. So I think I'll concentrate on that now. Up till now it's been a matter of getting the coach road ready. I almost went to A&P mechanic school- wish I had now. Probably serve me better.
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Here is how I normally travel the I5 South.

Seven Feathers Casino is a good stop before the mountains to overnight absolutely Free. It's best to clear the mountains around noon next day when it's warmer and the roads are clear. Check out the buffet for an easy dinner.

Rolling Hills Casino is a good stop on the south side of the mountains, near Corning, $28/night

Kitt Fox RV Park, Patterson Ca is a good overnight Passport America park, $23/night

Desert Palms Mobile Home & RV Park is a great overnight Passport America park just east of Bakersfield, $15/night

I suggest not pushing long days when you start out, 4-5 hours is plenty and will get you 250+ miles a day.

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