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Old 09-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Hi all, I just bought our first motorhome. I hope to travel 3 to 6 months a year stopping for 2 to 3 days at a time in national parks etc. could I get advice on which club as to join? Good Sam Escapees Passport America. I would do the east one year and the west another and so on. Thanks in advance. Oops, one more question, is it difficult to plumb my propane tank for use with a portable grill? Whew. So many things to learn. Thanks. Doug
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You might want to look in to joining the Family Motor Coaching Association (FMCA) They can be reached at www.fmca.com. They have several state and regional chapters that might be of interest to you and by joining the association you will receive their magazine which will contain many articles that you will find useful as a new motorhome owner. If you feel you have good mechanical skills the propane plumbing is pretty easy but if you have any doubts, call a plumber. A fire from an improperly modified tank could both be dangerous and not covered by insurance
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Why just one? We joined KOA, Passport America, FMCA and Good Sam. Strangely enough, our AAA card was the only one accepted at one campground.

We 'shop' for campgrounds based on what we plan to see or do, first, then research price, amenities etc. (Research can be done on line.) I don't worry about discounts much. I just take all cards in to the campground office and see which, if any work.

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Thanks. I was planning on more than one but was just curious if any one was better than any other. I will research others. Doug.
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Why just one? We joined KOA, Passport America, FMCA and Good Sam. Strangely enough, our AAA card was the only one accepted at one campground.

We 'shop' for campgrounds based on what we plan to see or do, first, then research price, amenities etc. (Research can be done on line.) I don't worry about discounts much. I just take all cards in to the campground office and see which, if any work.

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We do the same thing. We stay where we want and take any discounts they may give us. Including the pizza or chicken deal. Too funny.....
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Ask what discounts they offer, most will just give one to you and not bother wanting to see any cards.

If you are a veteran or military of any sort then ask EVERYWHERE if they offer a veteran/military discount. Carry a copy of your DD214 if you don't have any other ID for that. You will be surprised at how many offer discounts and sometimes it is more than 10%. We had to go to MI for just a few days and it did not make sense to take the RV (esp with an electrical problem we are still working on) so we stayed at hotels. Regular prices were around $130 and we got the rooms for $60-$80 instead. Never hurts to ask.
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Thanks. I was planning on more than one but was just curious if any one was better than any other. I will research others. Doug.
Passport America gets you a 50% discount, which is hard to beat, but I believe there may be fewer campgrounds in their system. (Just a guess.) KOA is 'brand specific' obviously. Good Sam seems to have the largest network. This is just based on what I've found as we've routed ourselves. Others may have other experiences.

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Join them all. You will come out ahead.

Question: Why only 2 or 3 days at each Nat'l Park? You will barely scratch the surface of the things to see and do.
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