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Old 08-21-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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It seems there are a gazillion Camping groups, all say they offer discounts -- Sam's, KOA, 1000 Trails, etc. Is there a site that compares costs and benefits? Could go broke joining all of them. ;-)
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We are Passport America members - it's a no brainer for the most part. Used just a couple three nights a year and you are ahead.

Also Good Sam, if you use anything via Camping World and the occational campground discount.

Thousand Trails zone member as well, as it works for us. Here evaluate whether the sites are located where you will use them and if you will in fact use them.

America the Beautiful pass if you are of age and use the associated facilities.
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We are Passport America members - it's a no brainer for the most part. Used just a couple three nights a year and you are ahead.

Also Good Sam, if you use anything via Camping World and the occational campground discount.

Thousand Trails zone member as well, as it works for us. Here evaluate whether the sites are located where you will use them and if you will in fact use them.

America the Beautiful pass if you are of age and use the associated facilities.
X2 on most of the above. We haven't needed the America the Beautiful pass yet.

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Good Sam- If you join when they have a gift card that is included in the membership it ends up being free to join. Watch their special offers.
Passport America- As mentioned above, it pays for itself after very few uses. So basically free.
America the Beautiful- For seniors it is $10. Again it is basically free after savings from it's first use.
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Passport America has saved us the most - Also use Good Sam for trip routing and camp grounds
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I think the benefits depend on your travel and camping style. We had Passport America once, but it seemed that the participating campgrounds were almost always too far from our route. We tend to use KOA when traveling so, for us, there is a definite benefit. We are Good Sam members, so any campground with their discount is a plus but we don't make much effort between choosing a GS or non GS campground, and the same for our FMCA membership. We have also used the Harvest Host program where you can dry camp at a winery, brewery, etc. https://harvesthosts.com/

We keep yearly GS, FMCA and KOA memberships, and join the other groups we think we might use. Even so, we don't always camp where the benefits are available, so these are not always cost effective, but are nice to have. I don't think there is one correct answer; one person's luxury may be anothers necessity.

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We are Passport America members - it's a no brainer for the most part. Used just a couple three nights a year and you are ahead.

Also Good Sam, if you use anything via Camping World and the occational campground discount.

Thousand Trails zone member as well, as it works for us. Here evaluate whether the sites are located where you will use them and if you will in fact use them.

America the Beautiful pass if you are of age and use the associated facilities.
Perfectly said. Escapees is not a bad one either. Like Thousand Trails, make sure that they have discount campgrounds where YOU travel.

If you decide to go with Thousand Trail, HOLD OFF until they have a special. Usually 2 zones for 1 or $100 off.
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It seems there are a gazillion Camping groups, all say they offer discounts -- Sam's, KOA, 1000 Trails, etc. Is there a site that compares costs and benefits? Could go broke joining all of them. ;-)
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

We use Passport America, Escapees, and Good Sam, in that order. All pay off for us!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Try this for a review

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Try this article to help make your decision.
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Try this article to help make your decision.
Good info! Thanks for sharing!
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I've saved hundreds of dollars with the Escapee's discount. I shop for the 50% off parks first, then the 15% discount parks if there aren't any 50% parks near where I'm going. The small amount of money I paid to join Escapee's was paid back at the first 50% off park I stayed at, and it's been nothing but savings since. I boondock whenever possible, but Escapee's has definitely saved me money.

The only way to get cheaper than some of the Escapee's discounts is to stay for or almost a month and pay a monthly rate. Compare all of the prices before you reserve, also thinking about how long you'll be staying.
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Can't go wrong with Passport and GS. We joined 1000 Trails but did not renew. Seems every time we went to one of their CGs all the good places were taken with empty RVs. Be sure to read all the documentation carefully.
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