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Old 03-01-2006, 06:28 PM   #1
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We received an invitation to join CampClub USA for a price of $49.95 with a $10 discount if we are members of the Good Sam Club.
They advertise Half-Price Campsites at many campgrounds nationwide.
Their letter has logo's for Good Sam, Coast to Coast, Camping World and Woodall's.
Does anyone have any experience with CampClub USA, I'd appreciate your comments.

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Old 03-01-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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We received an invitation to join CampClub USA for a price of $49.95 with a $10 discount if we are members of the Good Sam Club.
They advertise Half-Price Campsites at many campgrounds nationwide.
Their letter has logo's for Good Sam, Coast to Coast, Camping World and Woodall's.
Does anyone have any experience with CampClub USA, I'd appreciate your comments.

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Old 03-01-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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I'd like to hear about them as well. The cost is only about 50 bux...you could save that in a couple of nights. They do have a website www.campclubusa.com . Any one have any experience with them?
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Old 03-02-2006, 05:44 AM   #4
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I've had a couple invites but haven't joined up. I'm already a Passport America member, so get a lot of half-price deals anyway. I'm guessing that Affinity Corp got tired of passing on $$ by selling Passpart America memberships and decided they would start their wn discount program, just like they tried to start and high end, exclusive RV club a year or two back (it flopped).

The key to any such program is whether there are participating campgrounds where you travel. If they aren't where you are, the discount is meaningless. You can check out the available campgrounds on their website.

Would be interested to hear if anybody has joined up yet.
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Old 03-02-2006, 06:44 AM   #5
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I have used PassPort America for years and I'm more than satisfied with them.
CampClub USA for $49.95 a year with just a little over 200 campgrounds.
PassPort America at $44.00 a year with over 1300 campgrounds make the choice easy.

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Old 03-04-2006, 03:48 PM   #6
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While using Passport American do the campgrounds that are listed have to honer them? I mean do you alway get a site if the campground is not full.

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Old 03-05-2006, 07:55 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">While using Passport American do the campgrounds that are listed have to honer them? I mean do you alway get a site if the campground is not full. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, though some parks may list restrictions such as no holiday weekends or even limit the days of the week. The restrictions, if any, are listed in the Passport guide book. Most places have none. The worst that has ever happened to me is that the owner grumbled about the 50% discount all the while he was checking me in. I've even received the last available site on my PA discount.

If a campground doesn't want to honor the discount, they simply drop out of the PA network Nobody is forcing them to offer it.
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Old 03-16-2006, 11:02 AM   #8
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We have Passport America Gold Membership so do not have the yearly fees anymore. We haven't used it for a couple years but will in May when we travel from Oregon to New Hampshire for another Workamper job.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:14 PM   #9
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I just received a Campclub USA invitation in the mail today. The Good Sam logo is prominently displayed right next to my name at the top of the letter, at first giving me the impression that it was associated with them, only to find out by completely reading the letter that they aren't. Strike one!

Then they say that I can go online to see the campground listings, but fail--anywhere in the letter--to give the website address. Strike two!

In the letter, they give some very attractive, but inventive, savings based on staying ONLY in their campgrounds for your whole trip, and based on a 50% savings without saying 50% of what? Mythical inflated fees if you aren't a member? They never define that. Strike three!

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Old 02-06-2007, 04:47 AM   #10
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I am an owner of a Campground. I am not in the CampClub USA book. I don't want to get into why I'm not in the book. I'm happy to expound via PM. Here is how it works.

CampClub contacts CG owners and offers a free listing. CG can pick what dates it wants to offer the 50% off. This can be time of year, or day of week. CampClub proposes to put more campers in your campground particularly when you are not busy. Also, CG can designate which sites to allocate to the program.

The rate is 50% off of a published price. Usually the CG will make it so that is 50% off the standard (mid-summer) rate.

From me as a camper perspective, I'm not sure what they charge, but, given that the 50% off rate is going to be for when a campground is empty anyway, probably not a good payback. Oh by the way I'm probably getting a less desirable site.

Also, if the campground isn't full during the high season when the book would be most valuable, then their prices are probably too high to start with or they are a sub-par CG. Basic economics.
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Old 02-06-2007, 05:43 AM   #11
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I belong to Passport America, the KOA Frequent Camper club and Good Sam. PA & KOA are Gold level memberships. GS is a life membership. All have worked very well and I have had no problems. Each works a little different from each other.

There are a lot of different ways to determine how best to minimize the cost of CG fees while obtaining the value one needs. There are times when the full service CG, with a nationwide Brand affiliation and services is what we need. There are other times when economy is the top requirement. And there are times when I just want an over night stop and need a program with a large CG affiliation. All this means we stay in a wide variety of CGs. It all depends on what we need at that time.

Determinining if or which membership to purchase requires each person to determine their own needs and then do the math. If an organization meets your needs, then the purchase is a valuable one.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:52 AM   #12
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I see that alot of the RV resorts in Florida will not provide the discounts in the winter months. Us being from the the midwest, we travel mostly during that period so it would not work for us.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:57 PM   #13
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I got the invitation too. At first it looked very attractive and then I got on their website and researched approximately 25 campgrounds in GA, TN, FL and TX. I was shocked to see the restrictions and limits.

As posted above, most CGs only honored the discount during off-season and even when they did give the discount, the maximum stay limit was 1 night!

I too shredded my special invitation.
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We joined Campclub USA last year,but there don't seem to be significant differences with PA, plus the maps are MUCH harder to read. We won't be renewing.
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