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Old 01-06-2020, 05:15 PM   #1
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My wife an I are looking into purchasing a used TT parks pass. If anyone that has a 45' coach that has any experience with this organization I would certainly enjoy to hear from you. That and we are attempting to get one with 180 day booking window to further help with our size. We have toured 2-3 different parks on the Oregon Coast and one I probably would never take my coach to. The others are a maybe. We are also looking at upgrading to their Trails Collection to add the 100+ parks as an option. I am sure that I am opening a can of worms by asking all of this. The reseller is telling us no problem but I thought I would throw it out here to all of you that use the product.Thank you for any help.

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Old 01-06-2020, 06:37 PM   #2
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I’m going to go out on a limb and say there are very few people that could answer this question. There are some parks that are tight and some that have huge pull-through sites. We’re in one of the TC parks that could accomodate that size easily. We’ve been to a couple parks in the PNW that were tight. I’m on a Facebook page and you wouldn’t believe the number of times that specific question is asked about parks. We’re only 33 feet and have never had a problem.

What ever you do make sure that you can go park-to-park and note that even 1 day in a TC park counts as a stay so you can’t go from one to the next without a week out. You can go from a TT-TC-TT but the time between TC parks needs to be 7 days no matter what once you use it.

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Old 01-06-2020, 06:53 PM   #3
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They have some truly nifty parks, but most are not at all worthy!
If you don’t mind the challenged campsites, the annual renters with the prime sites, nor mind the poor locations for those that prefer adventure rather than stationary camping that is only 2-weeks in, you’ll love TT.
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:44 PM   #4
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surely you jest
we are 40 and a few inches. I can say all the texas parks you can get in. the problem is the sites or sites you may fit on may be taken. You dont get to pick sites EVER, no matter how long or in advance you book.

You only book a "SPOT" in the number of SPOTS they have .

this means you often find small trailers in 50 amp sites or the large NICE level sites and my favorite are tents on BIG sites.

but Thousand trails allows by their rules, if you OWN a membership then you can use any open site, no matter your rigs size or power need

and once you go to reserve a SPOT it will say based on your choices, that there are xxx number of sites available when you book. that does not mean you may have a site, only that at time of booking there were open sites.

they play loose like airlines
if there is 300 SPOTS and 250 are reserved, it will show 50 open when you reserve your site. but time goes by so the day you arrive there maybe 10 spots open and none of those 10 are usable.

Lake medina does this to another level, they count all the NON FUCNTIONING spots as OPEN , so you may see 300 spots total and 100 open, but you arrive and BAM less than 10 are empty and or NONE are usable for your rig.
it sucks and i have been complaining since month three when we joined 9 years 6 months ago

and many of the parks you could easily FIT a 45 footer on a SPOT, but the road and trees in your path prevent you from using the SPOT.

IMO dont waste your money
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:19 AM   #5
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I think at this point we are going to just sit back and wait. From this source and others we have gotten such a mixed amount of thoughts. It seems as though the negatives are greater than the positives. I believe that if we were in the 25'-35' range finding a space would be much easier. But at 45' we have limited options not only in spaces that would accommodate us but in the ways that the parks are laid out for us to be able to negotiate the turns.

Their reservation system doesn't seem to be in their members best interest. There is no way to assure that there is a space that will fit a coach the length as ours even though we have a reservation. It sounds as though there is a large amount of year around campers in these parks that take up the better sites as in level, 50A, and FHU.

I really would like to purchase into this as it sounds like a no-brainer on paper. We have watched many different folks on You Tube that have good luck also but again they have shorter coaches or trailers. We just don't want to plan out our trips and find that when we get to a location that we are supposed to be staying for 14-21 days that we can't get into any of their open spaces or negotiate the campgrounds roads to the space.

There also seems to be a great variable in the quality and condition of their parks around the country. As we travel to country we will go and visit more parks in different areas and get a feel of our own whether we want to spend the money to purchase a plan.

Thank you to those that have commented on here. We appreciate all of your views.
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