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Old 11-30-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Camping plans, clubs for newbies?

We've just purchased our first MH - 2008 Winnie 38J, so we'll need 50 amp hookups. We're still working for now and we live in SW FL, so mostly long weekends on holidays (not Christmas or Thanksgiving, more like Labor day, President's Day, etc. We got a free Thousand Trails with purchase, but comments seem pretty bad, and there's only 3 camps in FL.

We don't want to stay in crappy places. Our favorite place is Riverbend near Ft. myers, (we've rented MH's several times), but that sets a high standard we know. We have AAA, so that gives us some discounts at some places which is probably what we need rather than a $4,000 plan.

Any suggestions for us to look into?

We love IRV2 and probably wouldn't have bought a MH without you guys' experience and advice.

Yes, I have searched here, but haven't come up with answers to this specifically.

Thanks so much in advance.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new MH!!! The majority of our MH group has gotten into membership camping so we finally took the plunge. Some have gotten into the EXPENSIVE plans (CRA) and some of us have done some research on the web and found plans that are really affordable and get you into the same parks as the expensive plans.

Getting set up into a home park and getting Coast 2 Coast and RPI parks to use is really affordable. our home park is in Georgia with a yearly dues fee of $95. C2C and RPI is about the same. broker fee was $199 so we were all in for under $500 initially. Yearly is under $300 after this year is up.

Google discount camping memberships, its all there. or shoot me a pm and i'll send you our guys ph#.

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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We googled! What do you think of this one?

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Passport America. A 50% discount company with a LOT of campgrounds in the registry. Some good and some not so good just like the whole industry. The membership fee pays for itself in 3 nights stay. The RV park can make some restrictions but it still is a bargain.
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Don't bag Thousand Trails without giving it a try. So much of the bad things you hear about them is from those who are fussy about the changes, often those who are benefiting most from working the system.
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Dont hurry. Check them out real close. Run the numbers against your travel plans. Are they where you need them?

I did all of that
Dont need.

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Passport America. A 50% discount company with a LOT of campgrounds in the registry. Some good and some not so good just like the whole industry. The membership fee pays for itself in 3 nights stay. The RV park can make some restrictions but it still is a bargain.

X2 on PA. TT been there done that; no longer.
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Thousand trails is great if you like camping in a sardine can. We just came from one and you could reach out your window and shake hands with your neighbor. If you like tight places be my guest. But if you want to visit the real Florida go to the state parks. These parks are some of the nicest parks in the state. Some have free wi-fi, full hookups and half the price of private parks. Also check out county parks.
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we belong to the Good Sam Club and also our local chapter the Good Time Sam's, its a great group and we are all in the Elkhart area. we camp once a month during the season and get together once a month in the off season. we all help each with out RV's and any other items that may come up.
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