Originally Posted by Batman_777
Are Campground Memberships worthwhile?
It looks like there are two main groups:
Coast-to-Coast and Thousand Trails
Memberships can run from a few hundred (resale) to several thousand (new or orginal) with yearly dues.
The campgrounds are private and require membership stay rules, etc.
Does anyone have these? Are they worth the purchase?
First.. Coast 2 Coast is an assoication of campgrounds.. You buy a membership in a membership campground.. Such as Thousand Trails, and then you buy a very low-cost C2C membership and you can then use your memberships (You need to present both cards) at other membership campgrounds for like $13.00/night if the price has not changed.
Another outfit is Resort Parks International... WOrks like C2C (Coast 2 Coast) same price even
Now.. Thousand Trails actually is a membership campground.. I should know.. I'm sitting in one as I type
Is it worth it? Depends.. Wife and I have two memberships. one TT one in another campground.. We got rid of the stick house and now live in the "Wheeled House".. So we spent most of the summer going back and forth, 2 weeks in TT two weeks in OAI, 2 weeks in TT. Very low cost summer.. No electric bills, No water bills, No sewer bills.. Just gas to go park to park.
And this winter (The OAI parks are all in Michigan and not really where I wis to be) I'll be doing mostly Thousand Trails parks closer to I-40 or points south.. 2 weeks in a TT park and a week of either bumming around (Boondocking or overnighting) or a Moose Lodge (I belong to the Moose)
But what you do is figure the cost of camping. v/s how many nights you will spend in the park v/s your dues
Example Dues 600/year.. Average cost of a private campgroud near where I lived 60/night. so if I only use the park 2 weeks a year.. I've recovered my dues.
If I spend another 2 weeks ... I am eating away at the membership cost
I spent at least 12 weeks in just ONE park this summer and .. as I said I'm in another now.. WEEK 14.. and give me a bit more than a week and I'll be at yet another.
Even if I look at it with Moose Rates (usualy 10/night give or take a few dollars) 14 nights at Moose at 10/night is my quarterly dues. And I spent more than 8 weeks in the TT parks already (So that pays my year's dues)
Parks also offer activities.. Last night was "Thanksgiving Dinner" (Since THIS park closes for the winter. Only full time residents and weekenders till spring) we got a very good Pot-Luck type dinner. Park provided Turkey, Ham and Potatoes. Members provided many other things.. What I brought... Well let's just say the leftovers took up no space at all when I returned to the rig
I bake bread nearly every other day.