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Old 06-02-2005, 05:34 AM   #1
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Okay --- I'm new to this RV stuff, so bear with me . . . I've received solicitations for:

1. discount card for Camping World
2. membership to the Good Sam Club

I'm wondering- are they worth the $$ ?
Are there others I should get instead (or in addition to) ?

By the way - don't have an RV yet, still "shopping."
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:34 AM   #2
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Okay --- I'm new to this RV stuff, so bear with me . . . I've received solicitations for:

1. discount card for Camping World
2. membership to the Good Sam Club

I'm wondering- are they worth the $$ ?
Are there others I should get instead (or in addition to) ?

By the way - don't have an RV yet, still "shopping."
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:42 AM   #3
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Good luck on your shopping for an RV, we hope you're soon successful and join the ranks of the RV owners.

I've been a Good Sam club member since sometime back in the 70's and enjoy the benefits of that club, feeling it's a fair value for the fees charged.

I recently intentionally let my Camping World 'President's Club' card expire because the price has escalated in the past few years to a point above where I felt it was no longer a fair value. Everyone would have a different thresh hold for that value point dependent on their anticipated purchases from Camping World.

Neither cost much and are a fair value to many and useless to others.
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:53 AM   #4
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We've been Good Sam members for many years. In addition to the savings at campgrounds, we have the Good Sam ERS (Emergency Road Service) plan and just last year transferred our vehicle and RV insurance to the Good Sam VIP (GMAC-administered) program. We saved $400/year and got 5-year full replacement coverage on the RV.

Unlike Richard, we just re-upped for the Camping World President's Club. Do we buy enough for the discount to offset the annual dues? I dunno - it's close, I guess.

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Old 06-02-2005, 06:43 AM   #5
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The Absolutely best discount card available - if you are at least 62 years old - is the Golden Age Passport. It costs $10, is good for lifetime, and gets the holder and other in the vehicle into all national parks and monuments free. It also provides for 1/2 price camping and boat launching in the national parks and forests.
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Hi there, good questions. We looked and researched for about a year before making the plunge, that was 15 years ago. We are Good Samers also, we checked out several clubs and decided on Good Sam. Some discount cards are well worth their cost, others are not. It is an idividual decision. We move around a lot so we do not belong to any membership parks. We used to carry KOA cards but not recently, we only use them if other less expensive camp grounds are not available. We live in Canada and grocery stores do not have discount cards, when we travel in the USA which is often we have cards for every grocery store we frequent and they do have good discounts. The camping world card can save you some money and they have some unique stuff but you can get camping stuff cheaper at other places to. We have a LOVES card and a Flying J card for gas discounts, lord knows we all use a lot of gas!!!
Don't be in a hurry, check things out and ask questions like you are doing. Good luck.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kent & Peggy:
The Absolutely best discount card available - if you are at least 62 years old - is the Golden Age Passport. It costs $10, is good for lifetime, and gets the holder and other in the vehicle into all national parks and monuments free. It also provides for 1/2 price camping and boat launching in the national parks and forests. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Kent & Peggy:

I second that motion...had my wife's mother with us two years ago when he hit Bryce, Zion, and quite a few others on a 2 week trip- had to have saved $200!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kent & Peggy:
The Absolutely best discount card available - if you are at least 62 years old - is the Golden Age Passport. It costs $10, is good for lifetime, and gets the holder and other in the vehicle into all national parks and monuments free. It also provides for 1/2 price camping and boat launching in the national parks and forests. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you are under 62, the Golden Eagle Pasport is also an outstanding buy at $65 a year. It will get you into all of the parks and U.S fee areas.

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You should get the Good sams card, merely for the magazine they send you each month. Then when you get your camper the discounts will come in handy. Just about all private camp grounds give a GS discount camping fee. My new credit card in a "Gas" Discover card-- gets you 5% off gas. We have had this one for about 2 months. They do give you money back.
( this card is different from the regular Discovery card.) I think I would hold off on all memberships except the GS card and Discover Card until you get your camper. Your style of camping will then determine what kind of memberships you will need IMHO. s/Toby
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Old 06-03-2005, 06:32 PM   #10
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One of the best is the PassPort America cards 1/2 pricing at 1024 campgrounds well worth the price it costs.
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The Good Sam Cark is excellent because of the discount and the magazine but they are also great for the good things that they do in the RV world itself.
Well worth the money.
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We have Good Sam and think it's worth it but will probably not renew our President's club. We've been RVing for several years and really don't buy much from them so I don't think it's worth it. For newbies it might be worth it until you buy all the "toys" you want.

As for Discover, the 5% gas discount is only until the end of August and then it goes back to the 1%. It also is only good at certain gas stations. It's just a grabber to get you in. We have had Discover for years and they offered us the same thing, we just had to sign up for it and it became effective on our existing account.

It's on the website in very clear print that it is only until August and if you read everything you will find that you have to get it at certain participating gas stations.
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We have been a member of the Good Sam Club, Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) and Camping World's Presidents Club for years. It appears, along with a lot of others, we are also not going to renew our President's Club card. I have found that I can usually match or beat Camping World's discounted price by searching the other internet RV/camping stores. It is worth the membership price for the Good Sam Club and FMCA just for the magazines. We have stayed in a lot of Good Sam campgrounds and received a discount by just showing the card.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Passport America. I think it's fantastic! The 50% savings at campgrounds makes up for the join-up price the first time out, usually.
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