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Old 03-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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We are on our second night in our RV and are addicted big time. We are planning our summer vacation and thinking of a trip to Yosemite. The campground agent was pushing the Thousand Trails Club. I know the voice of experience here far outweighs the promises of a salesman so I thought I'd ask. Anyone know of its a worthwhile deal and what it costs?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Looked at it.
Suffered through the sales pitch.
The place we went to for the free weekend and the pitch was not up to snuff. Spacious but not near level. Needing maintenance on water and power at the sites.
Not slamming them as I have stayed in similar parks, but not for much money.
It just does not fit our travel style against the investment, limits on length of stay, and such.
Some like it.
Just my take.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #3
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Two "ZONEs" are only about $500.00 for a year. We stay at Thousand Trails in Calif, Ore., and Washington State. It is a good deal for us, and we enjoy the cool weather during the summer months. No contracts or large purchase price as in the past. You can sign up on line NO sales talks to attend etc. If you don't want to continue membership don't renew. deSanford
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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Find out where the parks are. If they are not where you want to go then it's probably not for you.
Look at those parks. If they don't "up to snuff" as in your coach takes 50 amp to run 2 ACs but they only have 30 amp or the kids park area is falling apart or any number of things that just give you pause then it's probably not for you.
In other words if you have any misgivings at all then it's probably not for you.

We looked at it and decided it's not for us but then that's us and it just does not fit us. We are at a KOA staying as monthlies right now and have a TT park right down the road and most of those come down to here for their "week out".
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:04 AM   #5
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Hi Raining Star,
There are many choices for you to belong to that provide a wide variety of services. My recommendation is do nothing for a year or two. During that time, read the advertisements in the magazines you get. Search the Internet for choices. The hardest part, of this decision, is to determine if you will use what the organization has to offer. Is the benefit worth the expense? This will take some time for you to sort out.

Based on my RV style, I stayed away from these organizations. They did not fit me. I am now at a place in my RVing where having a lot in a luxury RV resort makes sense, for me. It took me 3 years of looking for me to get to where I was comfortable with the resort I made the purchase.

There is no hurry to make this decision.
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Don't rush into a long term commitment on something like that. Most any membership park is a good deal financially IF you actually use the parks heavily, but there is no point in buying in if you won't be traveling/staying where the parks are. Give yourself a year or two to establish your style. The Thousand Trails Zone Pass, however, does not involve more than a year and is a reasonable way to get acquainted with their parks. Don't get suckered in on their long term sales pitch, though. You can buy a re-sale of a membership for pennies on the dollar and often get more benefits from an older membership than those being sold now.

TT parks vary a lot in quality and many of them are old, so not always up to current standards. The popular parks like Hershey PA and Chesapeake VA are quite nice, though.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Staying uncommitted at this time is obviously our best bet. Once again popping off a question to this forum has saved me uncertain research at commercial websites, and prevented hours of wondering and second guessing. Thanks again everyone.
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TT tries to get you to a long term committment with a big one time payment with an additional annual fee. We joined for three years, not like the 10 they wanted, but let it drop. We were very disappointed in the sites. In an attempt to generate more revenue, they encouraged locals to rent sites annually. Thus, when we got there to stay for a couple of weeks, all the prime locations were occupied by mostly empty RVs.

Check out where they are, the restrictions and how they handle annual space rentals. Be very careful and read all the fine print.
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You can buy a TT membership from somebody else who no longer wants it and typically can get it for under $100. Sometimes even free! But there is a substantial transfer fee (varies by the membership contract buy typically around $800-$900), so figure $1000 to buy a resale membership. Compare that to the several thousand dollars they want for a new membership and it's a "no brainer", I think. You can find memberships on Ebay or online (there are brokers who handle resales).
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