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Old 04-05-2007, 08:40 AM   #1
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When we purchased our new MH at Lazy Days, we got a 90 day membership at Thousand Trails. We are going to the Orlando Preserve next week. My question to those who have this membership is, is it worth the money for this membership? They told us that we can renew the membership for a year for under $500.00, with the initial fee being waived.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:40 AM   #2
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When we purchased our new MH at Lazy Days, we got a 90 day membership at Thousand Trails. We are going to the Orlando Preserve next week. My question to those who have this membership is, is it worth the money for this membership? They told us that we can renew the membership for a year for under $500.00, with the initial fee being waived.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:20 PM   #3
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I am not a member of TT, so I dont know much; however, I visited their park outside of Clermont and it was nice. I went thru their sales pitch--very pushy. I think you have to ask yourself what kind of camping you do and how many days a year do you camp. Then see about how much each night would cost you. Also, they have 3 or 4 level of membership which cost extra, so check this out also. If you are full time it could be justified. I would suggest you move this question up to the Just Conversation heading for more knowledgable responses. Also, check with the re-sellers. There is a shop about 2 blocks south on hw 27 from the TT in Clermont. I know some people love it and there are others who do not. s/Toby
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1. How many days ahead can you make reservations, If 90 days some people have trouble getting into a high use park like Orlando in winter.
2. Can you go park to park or do you have to stay out of the system a week?
3. If you buy in FL, you pay an 11 percent tax on your dues every year.

Do your homework. A used contract may be cheaper and a better contract than what you are offered. We use our membership all the time. We bought our Alliance contract used 9 years ago. $443 dues plus the dreaded FL tax for a total of $500 a year for 50 days and $5 a day there after. We can go park to park and make reservations 150 days ahead. Only you can decide if it will work for you. Good Luck
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:00 PM   #5
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I am not a TT member, but my cousin is. He and his wife love it. They can keep the trailer in the same park for 2 weeks, then they have to get out of the system for a week. They actually stayed at TT sites 63 days last year. They love it, but it is not for everybody. For instance, I work shift work and lots of weekends, and I don't think I would get my money's worth out of a membership like this. Also, I would be limited to TT sites. I can take the initial several thousand dollar investment and the $500.00 per year and do lots of camping at other places. That's just my opinion.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:32 AM   #6
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I have beena member for 18 years now and consider it one of my better decisions.
We leave tomorrow for a stay at the Verde valley preserve.
However, as others have said, you have to use it to make it a good choice.
Also I would look into used memberships. They can be purchased at a much reduced price.
Invest the $500.00 bucks for a year and try it out. I think you will be pleased.
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #7
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I have visited my cousin at the location in Conroe when they come to town to stay. It is a very nice place. It is great for them. He will retire in a couple of years and they plan to do lots of traveling. They go to several TT sites every year. They get their money's worth and more. In my case, working shift work and weekends and holidays, with a bit of overtime would pretty much be throwing my $$$ away. For now, I will have to stick to just paying as I go. The next time they come here, I will take my trailer and stay for the weekend with them and listen to the TT sales pitch.
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:13 AM   #8
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Review on Thousand Trails Orlando---
It was a pretty nice place. They wanted me to do their presentation, but when I asked if I had to they told me no since I was already a member, so I didn't do it. Couldn't see taking up valuable relaxing time to sit through it. We were in a section that was wooded, and it was a pleasant setting. There was mostly dirt with very little grass, but the kids had a ball playing in the dirt. I only had to wash them up about 10,000 times a day. We were able to break camp before a pretty severe storm came through. Overall we liked it and will go back, especially since it is a free membership for the first 90 days.
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just came back from TT Hershey PA for the 3 day weekend. Asked them to tell us about the new upgrade, liked it so much we bought it.
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We just joined TT and have stayed at 3 parks, Orlando, Hershey and Chesapeak. does anyone have pictures of other TT preserves that we can look at.
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There are some pictures under the Campground Reviews here on iRV2 ....Oregon listing -South Jetty-Florence
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I bought my Thousand Trails membership in 1986. Right now I figure my camping with them costs me about $100.00 per night. One of these days in the far distant future I will be able to retire and get to really use it. I have been to most of the Texas preserves plus Hershey (gorgeous) and Orlando (terrific). Lake Conroe is the closest to me and I always enjoy going there.
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I happen to be at the Orlando Preserve now and the place is only about 1/4 full. In fact 2 sections are closed completely. The upgrade was quoted to me as $6,995. Then when I told them no it dropped signifigantly. Still did not go for it as the upgrade did not fit in for me at this time. My annual dues are $500.00 (East Coast only) and with the amount of camping I did last year my nightly fees worked out to just under $1.00 per night. Retired and traveling most of the year I find Thousand Trails to fit in pretty good with traveling area.
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