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Old 11-08-2005, 10:25 AM   #1
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We are fairly new to RVing and live in Northern California. As we are
more than 10 years away from retirement, we use our 5th wheel for
weekends and vacation travel once a year.

My father has a Classic C2C membership at River Bend, Brownsville, TX.
which restricts his use to between 4/1 thru 9/30 each year.He can
transfer this to me for the following fees;

Coast to Coast 1 yr. renewal fee & Kit $110
River Bend transfer fee $100
Annual fees to River Bend $300.00

Texas is probably out of my reach, even for vacations. I would
suspect that I would not go East of the Rockies until after I retire.
From the above it would seem that my first year fees would be $510 and
subsiquent years would be $300.00 To recoup this expendature I would
have to camp a mininum of 16 nights in C2C parks (there seem to be
less than 6 in my area) a year just to break even. Is it worth this
transfer to keep this membership until I retire?

From what I can gather from the posts here, these fees seem high (some
claim annual dues of $59.00). In your experience, what is the best
deal in membership camping for weekends in Northern and Central
California and vacations West of the Rockies? We normally stay in KOA
or Good Sam parks for the most part.

Thank you in advance
Ed & Karen

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Old 11-08-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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We are fairly new to RVing and live in Northern California. As we are
more than 10 years away from retirement, we use our 5th wheel for
weekends and vacation travel once a year.

My father has a Classic C2C membership at River Bend, Brownsville, TX.
which restricts his use to between 4/1 thru 9/30 each year.He can
transfer this to me for the following fees;

Coast to Coast 1 yr. renewal fee & Kit $110
River Bend transfer fee $100
Annual fees to River Bend $300.00

Texas is probably out of my reach, even for vacations. I would
suspect that I would not go East of the Rockies until after I retire.
From the above it would seem that my first year fees would be $510 and
subsiquent years would be $300.00 To recoup this expendature I would
have to camp a mininum of 16 nights in C2C parks (there seem to be
less than 6 in my area) a year just to break even. Is it worth this
transfer to keep this membership until I retire?

From what I can gather from the posts here, these fees seem high (some
claim annual dues of $59.00). In your experience, what is the best
deal in membership camping for weekends in Northern and Central
California and vacations West of the Rockies? We normally stay in KOA
or Good Sam parks for the most part.

Thank you in advance
Ed & Karen

2004 F-350 CC, SB 4x4 6.0D
2004 Titanium 26E31DS
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Old 11-09-2005, 05:51 AM   #3
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Doesn't seem to good a deal to me.

These membership groups have done their homework and they have structured their memberships to insure that MOST of the time they are doing better then you on the deal. Having said that, remember there is a unique group of members that are truly benefiting from the deal. That group is small, else the whole program would suffer.

Based on the information submitted, you should wait and get in later if you really see a need. There will always be meberships around to be acquired. ( Have seen them for free-just pay transferr and dues)
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Old 11-10-2005, 05:20 AM   #4
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Western Horizons has a lot of parks in California and along the west coast (Duh "Western" Horizons), anyway I would look for a membership in them that you can pick up from an existing member, not a new one that would cost you big bucks but one that someone wants to sell cheap.

Because of the cost of RV parks in California (I didn't want to buy it, only use it over night) memberships can come in handy.

I know where you are coming from on not getting your money's worth also, I bought one of my memberships 8 years before I retired, used it an average of 7 nights a year before I retired, used it close to 180 nights last year with dues frozen at 199 a year..
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:41 PM   #5
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I think there are deals to be found. We just got a C2C Classic, homepark of Breckenridge Lake in Crossville TN (We live in FL so the 125 mile rule won't eliminate parks close to where we live) for $249, $0 transfer fee, $29 frozen annual Dues, $89.95 C2C annual fee, $69.RPI annual fee, Total $436.95 as a show special at FMCA rally from Campground Membership Resales. With annual fees/dues of <$190 including C2C & RPI, we figure we'll recoup our costs in less than 20 nights/yr. The initial $249 we'll recoup in the first 2 months of our planned 4-5 month summer trip. Hope we figured right. But whatever, didn't invest an arm & a leg, and we have an "out" clause. I think this would be a fair deal for even a weekend camper.

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