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Old 04-26-2007, 07:39 AM   #1
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Has anyone had dealings with the "Coast to Coast" Campground membership? Any info, Pro or Con, would be appreciated!
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:39 AM   #2
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Has anyone had dealings with the "Coast to Coast" Campground membership? Any info, Pro or Con, would be appreciated!
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:35 PM   #3
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Coast To Coast is now owned by the Affinity Group (Affinity and ENCORE own just about everything RV related). I view this as a possitive. It would seem there is going to be a bit of a shake-up with all the different (Thousand Trails, CTC, Camping Worlds Dicsount Camping Club) offerings that are now available under the Affinity Group. While they claim to all be different, it reminds me of Chevy, Oldsmobile and Buick. Something had to give.

Sorry, I digressed for a minute. For CTC, it is a good thing to have if the terms of the contract fit your needs. Per my signature, I belong to a bunch of different organizations. Largely because they provide me benefits I feel are of value. For those that use CTC I am told it is a great way to cut your CG costs and still feel safe and have a good time.

The bottom line is I think the company and program are good. Read the terms of the contract, run the numbers and if it is for you, go for it.

FYI, I do not belong to CTC because the organizations I belong to completely fill my CG needs. In addition, I have a bit of a business case problem with offerings that require a large up front cost. However, this is a personal decision and the business case numbers may be unique to me.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:24 PM   #4
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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 GaryKD:
Coast To Coast is now owned by the Affinity Group (Affinity and ENCORE own just about everything RV related). I view this as a possitive. It would seem there is going to be a bit of a shake-up with all the different (Thousand Trails, CTC, Camping Worlds Dicsount Camping Club)... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just a comment - Affinity Group does NOT own Thousand Trails. Confusion has arisen about this because Thousand Trails is now run by the person who USED to run Affinity Group. He resigned from Affinity Group to move over to Thousand Trails.

But this misinformation will continue to be publicized for one reason or another.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:08 PM   #5
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Alan,
My apology for being incorrect. Your enthusiastic post has done a service to all who read it.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:43 AM   #6
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We are c2c members. Work good for us. I think it pays for it self if you use it alot. We don't at the present time. Look into buying it from a camp ground reseller. There is a good one in cleremont FL. Many real nice parks.
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:20 PM   #7
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Not trying to digress your direct question to this forum either, but I just completed purchasing a resale TT membership. I was able to find this membership that I purchased over the internet, not using the services of a resell company. If you have the time to do your own research, you may be able to save yourself some money. There are several of these resell companies out there and they do all the legwork for you. As with anything, that work they perform does come at a cost.

Granted, my membership with TT is an alliance and has the NACO and Leisure Time Resorts properties, so I cannot tell you how this membership and your CTC membership compare. One thing to keep in mind with a resell (at least with Thousand Trails) is that you cannot visit nor participate in any TT tours or programs within the prior 12 months to buying a resell membership.

For us, this was a great way to get a membership we were looking for at a considerable savings of a brand new membership through the campground organization.
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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 Dwain:
Not trying to digress your direct question to this forum either, but I just completed purchasing a resale TT membership. I was able to find this membership that I purchased over the internet, not using the services of a resell company. If you have the time to do your own research, you may be able to save yourself some money. There are several of these resell companies out there and they do all the legwork for you. As with anything, that work they perform does come at a cost.

Granted, my membership with TT is an alliance and has the NACO and Leisure Time Resorts properties, so I cannot tell you how this membership and your CTC membership compare. One thing to keep in mind with a resell (at least with Thousand Trails) is that you cannot visit nor participate in any TT tours or programs within the prior 12 months to buying a resell membership.

For us, this was a great way to get a membership we were looking for at a considerable savings of a brand new membership through the campground organization. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Another way is to purchase your RV through a dealership that includes a free regional Thousand Trails membership with your purchase such as LazyDays in Sefner Florida. Whether you buy a MotorHome or Pop-up Camper, New or Used, they give you a free Thousand Trails East or West Coast membership.

Bump-Up fees are reasonable to full National Membership and cheaper then buying a used or resellers membership.

You can even buy an old clunker to sell off and still get the free membership.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:41 AM   #9
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This post has me interested. I have a friend who got CC and paid around $5k for the membership plus a maintance fee every year. I just don't see how you can come out on this.
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I was able to purchase my thousand trails alliance membership (tt, naco and lt) at approximately 1/10 the cost of a new membership. I did have a thousand dollar transfer fee plus the yearly dues.

Regardless as to what any salesman will tell you, the cost of your "free" membership is rolled into your rv's cost. Nothing is free and rest assured your dealer is not willing to pay for a true cost add-on. As great as it sounds, both the campground and the dealer can't survive giving away memberships to campgrounds (nor free gas or any give-away that are frequently advertised).

Keep in mind that each membership package offers different options. Locations, durations, costs and fees. You may find that adding on additional privledges will work for your desired package, but may equally not be economical for your budget.

Another one of those personal things, finding the program that works best for your lifestyle or geographic region. The best suggestion anyone can offer is to check out the various programs and find one that suits your needs. Ask about costs, fees, locations, upgrades and the company in general. Checking into a forum such as this is the perfect way to start. See if they will allow a visit to the organization of your selection (make sure you intend on dealing with the company direct or they may specify a duration which you would be able to buy a resell elsewhere).

You can never ask enough questions. The best consumer is a well educated buyer. Knowing what you are getting before making a purchase is the best thing you can do. For me, seeking a private party resell worked best for me. I knew what I was after and was able to find the deal I was seeking.

Good luck, and happy camping.
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