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Old 02-28-2016, 09:53 AM   #15
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We just bought our first travel trailer and wondered if a membership to KOA or Good Sam's was worth it. ... Sadly, there;s only 1 KOA in NJ but several in nearby states. Any advise wold be helpful.
There is no hurry to join any of them if you are going to camp locally unless one of the local campgrounds offers a specific discount. I joined Good Sam, KOA, FMCA, Passport America, and Escapees not always for the discounts but for the other things they offer. GS, FMCA and Escapees offer either a magazine or online trip planner among other things that make the membership worth it. Passport America offers a nice online only magazine along with a 50% discount and KOA just a discount. I travel across the country on trips and stay overnight in campgrounds between 40 and 50 nights a year and find that on most years they either pay for themselves or come close. For example my month long summer trip this year stops at 16 different campgrounds and of those one is KOA, one is PA, 8 are GS, and six are no discounts. I generally select campgrounds by location and ratings over discounts. If you are just interested in discounts with everything online these days one can plan a trip, find what discount works, join online and become a member before you book the campgrounds.
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:12 PM   #16
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We were skeptical of all of them when we first started in 2014, but have ended up with Passport America & Good Sam. Like Robmat, location is most important to us, but I have been surprised at how many of our "choices" accepted either Good Sam or Passport America. The GS 10% discount is minor, but this winter we drove from Florida to Texas and back and found that ALL but ONE of our choices gave us some sort of Passport America discount. Some limited the number of days we'd get the discount or the type of space (back in vs. PT, e.g.), but they all gave us a discount.

The best example is the Gulfcoast RV Resort in Beaumont Texas. $40 normal rate for FH, PT, discounted to $20 and included a FREE breakfast. A very clean modern park, swimming pool, exercise room, etc. Stayed there going and coming back. If we hadn't already gotten more than our money's worth with PA, these 2 stays would have paid for it.

One other tip, Passport America typically offers a promotional rate at RV Shows. We took advantage of that and they even let us delay the start of our membership several months until we started our 2015 summer trip.
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I think it will depend on where and how often you are planning to go. We travel a lot so we have Good Sam, KOA, FMCA and Passport America. All have provided enough discount to make the yearly membership worthwhile. Also the Good Sam card gives you a discount at Camping World. If you plan on staying on a monthly basis, none of the above will help you as the rates are already discounted. We also like State Parks.
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