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Old 02-22-2015, 05:22 PM   #1
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Camping Question - Good Value?

Have been looking at what I guess are similar to timeshare condos. In particular, Thousand Trails.
Has anyone had dealings with this program and if so, did you see any actual value or savings.
I have looked at some of the parks that are affiliated with this company and they look very nice and upscale. My issue is, does it really only cost $3 a night and can you make a reservation and get in most of the time. Are there any additional hidden fees that are going to increase the membership price?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hi chiavet,
It all depends is the answer to your question. TT has more programs than an insurance company has different policies. Do a search on TT. there are hundreds of posts about the company. All I can advise is to:
1. read the membership T/Cs to understand what you are legally signing up for.
2. Ensure the way you RV, you will use the membership. Using the membership is what creates value.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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I have an old TT membership, mine is a National Membership, lifetime type.. I get to spend up to 20 days a month (2 weeks in one out) in TT parks for about 50/month.. I have a 2nd membership which is only good in michigan in a competitor's CG, same program lower cost So my normal summer monthly parking fee is like 95 bucks.

What do you think

TT parks however tend to be older, and declining a bit, mostly 30 amp and not always that good a power quality,, The 50 amp sites are limited but have much better power, they also cost another few dollars a night.

The TT zone pass is, in my opinion, one o the best deals in membership camping cause you can think of it as a one year trial, if you do not like it, do not renew

If you go for it PM me for my member number and I'll get credit. Or don't.
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Many threads here regarding TT, findable via the search feature. Probably more than you would care to know about TT. (-:
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I think it's safe to say some people "swear by" TT and some "swear at it". We've not found the concept of going where the parks are fits our style of full-timing. We like to decide where we want to go then we find a place to stay. We go to a "place" as a destination, not a park. As someone who administers the RVParksReviews.com website I can tell you that reviews of TT parks are all over the place from exceptionally good to very, very bad. I suggest you do your homework before investing to make sure that it fits your lifestyle.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:09 PM   #6
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Once you do buy into TT, there is an annual maintenance fee that runs around $500 or more, whether you use your membership or not. We investigated buying a plan, but we travel where there are no/very few TT parks nearby. For some folks they are a good deal.
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I think it's safe to say some people "swear by" TT and some "swear at it". We've not found the concept of going where the parks are fits our style of full-timing. We like to decide where we want to go then we find a place to stay. We go to a "place" as a destination, not a park. As someone who administers the RVParksReviews.com website I can tell you that reviews of TT parks are all over the place from exceptionally good to very, very bad. I suggest you do your homework before investing to make sure that it fits your lifestyle.
That link didn't work, I took out the "s" in parks and tried RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks. Looks like a pretty cool site
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No personal knowledge of Thousand Trails.



We rarely stay at any campground / RV resort etc without checking www.rvparkreviews.com

We toss any old comments and the primary negative post.
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Being as I am a lifetime member with TT I am not able to answer your quesions 100%

I know Zone pass members get 30 nights free and 3.00/night after that,, 2 weeks in one out. (You can stay at a TT park every weekend, but be out after 3 nights.. Or you can stay for up to two weeks, Then park elsewhere for a week)

What I do not know is this... I have to pay extra for a 50 amp site, if I want one, I do not know if Zone pass members do or not.
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