Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-23-2013, 01:16 AM   #43
Registered User
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: May 2008
Location: N. Palm Springs CA (in winter)
Posts: 2,420
FYI - Remember that Thousand Trails is now Open to the Public (non-members), which includes homeless, provided they have the money to rent a camp site. Being non-members, they have NO vested interest in the park which has resulted in dirtyer restrooms and increased thievery. Also Thousand Trails hasn't any restrictions on the condition or looks of campers, trailers and RVs. It is not uncommon to have to park next to a dead "Mallard" T-Trails rental trailer or have a broken down vehicle held together with duct tape, rope, scrap metal, scrap plywood, and tie down straps park next to you. There are also no restrictions regarding the smells that come from the interior of RVs.
__________________

__________________
Doggy Daddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-23-2013, 07:21 AM   #44
Senior Member
 
acampingwewillgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 123
Yes, many reserves are open to the public, this is true but the public does not get any bargain pricing! TT is also associated with KOA in a number of their Reserves and I've never been a fan of them yet some people swear by KOA! The Zone Pass itself opens many of the Parks to lower income or even homeless, transient traffic......yet I have yet to have an issue with this. As a matter of fact, the last two years while staying at Tahoe Valley, one such "homeless" guy has been there using the two week in Park, one week out for at least two years now and in talking with this gentleman, he was the most interesting, intelligent, friendly and Yes, even clean person I came in contact with on regular basis In my 3 weeks their and My Gosh, he lived his life out of a tent. So what!
__________________

__________________
1995 Vogue PrimaVista 37'
Mollie and Cassie ..Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Humphrie, the stray Mini Schnauzer. RIP LiL Rubie and sweet Maggie!!
acampingwewillgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 07:29 AM   #45
GG1
Senior Member
 
GG1's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: WHITING,NJ,USA
Posts: 1,082
Heres something to think about are homeless people considered full timers? Or visa versa. So even if your coach is a 500k one you are considered homeless.
__________________
07 Itasca Ellipse 40fd, 2014 Honda CRV, greyhound lab mix, pit pointer mix(RIP bessie) , shar pei mix, stupid cat, wife
GG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #46
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,033
If all you do is stay at TT parks then of course you would eventually recoup your money. It is however not free. You are paying for the privilege of using their facility.
__________________
jpharley is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 08:51 AM   #47
Senior Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Signal Hill, California
Posts: 3,296
The DW and I have gone up North and have really enjoyed the TT "resorts" in Ore. and Washington State. We stay 4 nights and off to the next one and take in the various points of interest. NO days out, and we could stay 14 days with 7 out. We also have a 5 year Passport Membership. All the TT we have had the privilege to visit have been GREAT for camping. The pools are clean and HEATED. I use my own bathroom so I can't comment on theirs. They just added another Zone to my membership without any additional cost. They go for about $700.00 a Zone. I now have 3 Zones and still have my membership dues "frozen" at $495.00 per year. Did you know that the daily rate is around $65.00 per night? Simple math tells me it doesn't take long to get your monies worth if that is important to you (it is to me). Those of you that nit pick the word FREE should get a life. deSanford
__________________
Sanford, Linda & R cats: Molly, Levi, Cody
2011 Monaco by Navistar RV
Good Sam Life Member Good Sam Hams Chapter
deSanford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #48
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 375
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpharley View Post
If all you do is stay at TT parks then of course you would eventually recoup your money. It is however not free. You are paying for the privilege of using their facility.

We travel from east coast to west coast......north to south and with the use of the military bases, RPI, and sometimes a casino from time to time, our cost for staying at mostly clean, secure facilities are much better than a Walmart or a gas station. We make our reservations as we se fit, and am guaranteed a campsite every time. Sure everything is not free, but it's as close as you can get to getting your monies worth.
Our average cost for the season for all of our camping is far less than what you would pay without such a membership. We are at this very minute staying 2weeks at Palm Desert TT park, surrounded by mountains, close to everything, in a 50 amp site....where they allow you to wash your coach, have grapefruit trees all around for your personal consumption...tons of date palms throughout the park......... and the cost it priceless. We go from here to Rancho Oso, than on to Lake Minden, Soledad Canyon, and than on to a 14 day cruise to Hawaii .......to another stay at Soledad Canyon......onto Les Vegas for the Xmas and New Year...and start our trip home to south Florida for a couple of months.
Next year we travel for our third trip to Alaska......all with the use of TT, RPI and the military.......can't beat that with a stick........and all for a minimal cost per night.
__________________
corjaguar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 10:08 AM   #49
Senior Member
 
acampingwewillgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 123
"corjaguar"...when are you going to be at Rancho Oso? We'll be coming up hopefully on the 17/18th next month, then to Pismo for a week. How are you liking Palm Springs...have reservations their in Feb for a couple of weeks.
__________________
1995 Vogue PrimaVista 37'
Mollie and Cassie ..Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Humphrie, the stray Mini Schnauzer. RIP LiL Rubie and sweet Maggie!!
acampingwewillgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 04:20 PM   #50
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 375
Quote:
Originally Posted by acampingwewillgo View Post
"corjaguar"...when are you going to be at Rancho Oso? We'll be coming up hopefully on the 17/18th next month, then to Pismo for a week. How are you liking Palm Springs...have reservations their in Feb for a couple of weeks.
Lots of 50 amp sites.......very nice TT RV park.....hope you get to help yourself to all the wonderful grapefruit. The clubhouse/ pool are very nice....you will have a very nice time.
__________________
corjaguar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2013, 02:13 AM   #51
Member
 
Java Memah's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: HUDSON VALLEY NY
Posts: 32
We have 2 TT zones. Northeast and Southeast. (got on a recent special 2 zones for price of 1 and only one zone annual dues EACH yr. We chose a 3 yr contract because we travel ALOT. If you do not do alot of camping it will not work out for you. You get 30 days free camping then just $3. a day after the 30 are used up. Also get deep discounts in Equitiy Lifestyles and Encore Resorts. )
We leave for Disney soon and since we are VERY familiar with the whole area down there (kids lived down there for years), we even stayed at one of the campgrounds before TT bought, we feel quite comfortable with what we have. We're in for 3 yrs. Our son signed up also. (a 2 zoner also). WE will be staying in Florida for about 5 or 6 months traveling ALL over down there, or not, depending on how we feel. So between TT and our methods of camping free in some areas, (just got a few more ideas on this today too), this should prove to be our most interesting camping trip/adventure ever. We always look for the nicest BUT lowest budget rates in ways to travel/camp. ..... Hubby's packing his guitar so we'll never starve. LOL
__________________
Java Memah and The Senator ...HAPPY CAMPERS from WAY BACK ! ...CURRENT Hermit Crab Shell on Wheels is a 34'/1992 Holiday Rambler 1000(ClassA)
Java Memah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2013, 07:41 AM   #52
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,033
Again, it is not free camping because you had to pay for the zones. You may not have to pay any additional fees for the first 30 days because you paid for that when you bought your zone. It certainly is discounted camping though.
__________________
jpharley is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2013, 05:38 AM   #53
Member
 
Java Memah's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: HUDSON VALLEY NY
Posts: 32
NO, of course not really "free", but do the math, still good price. Actually I just realized that since I bought mine on a sale promo & got the three yr plan i only paid total $445. So comes to about $15 day. (based on a 30 day camping spree) Still a very good deal. I'm familiar with the campgrounds I'll be staying at (not bad), and basically I'll only be sleeping there (plan to be at the parks most of the time). I do not only use TT, I combine it with OTHER means of staying places REALLY free or close to it. Hubby and I camp ALOT. I mean ALOT so it pays for us, but if someone does not camp at least 30 days a year, and only goes camping 1 or 2 weeks at most every year, then it's a total waste of money.
Since we camp so much at freebie places, and they usually do not have sewer and some have no amenities at all, so we are mostly boondocking, it's refreshing to just stay at a place prepaid and pretty cheap (for us), every now and then, just to use the dump, laundry, showers, wifi, and satellite or cable tv and mingle among the masses at a bingo game, breakfast special, or a movie
..... LOL
__________________
Java Memah and The Senator ...HAPPY CAMPERS from WAY BACK ! ...CURRENT Hermit Crab Shell on Wheels is a 34'/1992 Holiday Rambler 1000(ClassA)
Java Memah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 01:09 PM   #54
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Somewhere I guess?
Posts: 453
Help me understand - Do you join and then not have to pay any fees for staying in the parks (aside from the $3/day fee after 30 days of usage)? Are there limited nights per month? Do they descriminate against older RVs? (My Class B is a 1978 but it's NOT trashy)

I am a full timer and based on RV park costs in California, I am wondering if the $525/yr might be *well* worth it if there's no additional (almost - $3/day) rent to pay . I understand there may be *some* restrictions for length of stay as with State and Federal campgrounds, but even if there is a one or two week limit.. geeze, it would be CHEAP to pay the $525 for the zone and make use of it for 6 months as much as possible.


EDIT:

Okay, I finally found the "rules" document:
https://www.zonecampingpass.com/contract.aspx?qs=4Rule

It states there is a 14 day limit per park, if I am reading it correctly. That seems reasonable.

I don't see any rule about age (or even condition) of RVs. The only thing I see that mentions specifically about condition of RVs is the holding tank outlets must be capped when they aren't being dumped. Again, that's reasonable.

They make some mention about it must be an RV, no permanent setups allowed. I guess they are trying to point out that mobile homes aren't allowed, or that under the $525 deal, you can't stay there for a year without moving.

I have no issues saying in low end RV parks myself. I am in one now. One person with 10-15 year old 5th wheel has a free standing chain link fence up for their small dogs. That shows how long they have been here and plan to stay. The rent here is $220/mo plus metered electric, though. (Pretty cheap for AZ in winter) But then again, the spots are all mostly VERY small. There's no pull through at all, and there's no way a 40fter could fit into the space I have.

Sorry, I got a bit off topic there.

I see they are even offering buy one zone get one free. Dang, that's a great deal. I wonder if they will still be by January when I'll be in a better finacial position to buy a membership. I might be able to manage it next month if they still offer it then.
__________________
Cubey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 12:12 AM   #55
Senior Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Signal Hill, California
Posts: 3,296
Cubey ask about their time payments. deSanford
__________________
Sanford, Linda & R cats: Molly, Levi, Cody
2011 Monaco by Navistar RV
Good Sam Life Member Good Sam Hams Chapter
deSanford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #56
Member
 
Java Memah's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: HUDSON VALLEY NY
Posts: 32
Thousand Trails and fees .... I am a member ...

I joined under the buy one get one zone free promo. (it might still be going on, not sure though, but the guy who signed me up said they MIGHT extend it. The day after the promo I signed under ended, I was able to get my son the same deal thru the same guy (salesman).
I actually paid a little less (w/tx $450?) for mine because I signed up to do time payments for 3 yrs. I PAY $37.50 month for 3 yrs. *for the TWO ZONES every year for 3 yrs ! My son pays less because he got his 2 zones for 4 yrs. (you also can get some kind of gift card, $25 or $50, for every person you sign up, I am told. I have not received one as of yet ....LOL, but i don't care).
ANYWAY (i chose northeast and southeast zones)<-- those are MY "camp for free" zones.
YES there is time restrictions 14 day limit then you have to leave the system for 7 days before returning, but they have discounts of 15-50% at other campgrounds (well known campgrounds that I've stayed at before at their full rates, in the past). If you let TT do the booking, they arrange the discount and rez for you. AFTER the 7 days you can return for another 14 days and so on, with a limit of 30 days a year.
NOW with all that in mind, AFTER you use up your 30day allotment, you pay just $3 a day for the camp grounds in your "camp for free"zone (s), that used to be free, for the rest of the year. The next year you get the free days back (your anniversary date)
(but not at those discounted campgrounds, those are still, just discounted campgrounds all the time).
I DON"T want to make it sound like I'm endorsing them (TT) in any way. I just wanted to help you understand that it will only work if
A. You camp ALOT.
B. You have to use it, in order for it to work for you.
C. IF you DO plan on camping for weeks/months at a time, keep in mind you do have to keep leaving, so you have to be creative when planning your trip, to keep those "other days" costs down (ex: discount camping, state/fed/nat parks, work camping, boondocking, flying j, walmart etc ...) IF that is your objective.

So to recap , IF YOU DO NOT CAMP ALOT, do not bother buying into it, cause then you are wasting your money. This just happens to work for ME cause we are going to be camping for a very long time, and I'm a cheapskate. LOL

whew ....
__________________

__________________
Java Memah and The Senator ...HAPPY CAMPERS from WAY BACK ! ...CURRENT Hermit Crab Shell on Wheels is a 34'/1992 Holiday Rambler 1000(ClassA)
Java Memah is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.