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Old 10-12-2016, 04:51 PM   #1
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RV Resort Memberships

We are NOOBIES and received a 4 night 5 day stay free after entering a "drawing" at Camping World. I would like some thoughts on what this forum thinks of RV Resort Memberships? Seems a little extreme to me...
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Speaking from one who has looked at them but not actually have purchased a membership I felt it was not worth it and it was sort of paying in advance for a discounted space and if for some reason you can't use the days you bought it was a loser. The selection and location of campgrounds wasn't that much either. On one of the RV shows they had a factoid that an average person camps 60 days a year. I find myself in the average category and I am still in the sightseeing mode that is location is more important than price. I have stayed at some of the club campgrounds go to RV Parks & Campgrounds | RV Resorts & Camp Sites | RVontheGo where they rent unused extra spaces and I find them nothing special or different than other campgrounds. Sometimes you can get into them easier and with out restrictions - for example Williamsburg, VA the Encore CG you could book one night at a cheaper rate than the other area campgrounds which also required a three day minimum. I personally like Passport America's 50% off deals better. Perhaps if I was a full timer I would have seen it all and would now be looking for simply a place to stay with nice weather it might be worth it. Give yourself a couple of years of traveling to see what you like to see and do - there is no hurry.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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Everyone that enters, wins! Then lose if they pay for membership. They see newbies as easy targets!
Passport America, Good Sam, Escapees, etc are bonafide good deals.
We have fulltimed 5 years, and refuse to stop adventuring.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:27 PM   #4
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Resort memberships are like time shares as in fine if you use them. We won one of those and looked over the only park in a reasonably close place. Not interested in going there and not interested in being tied to the chain so no sale. OTOH some full timer and long time out folks really do use their memberships by moving from member to member for long stays. For them it works, for us we travel a few months a year, move around a lot, and are seldom where the membership would work so it is not worth the money.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:49 PM   #5
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If you accept the free days be prepared for a SUPER hard sell during your mandatory presentation.
Do your research and see if you can justify the expense. They work for some and others not so much.
If I was going to buy one it would be through a reseller or owner that is selling their membership at a large discount. Check out the classifieds in the RV magazines for numerous listings.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:56 PM   #6
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We did our free stay years ago for Thousand Trails. We were highly pressured to buy. We were told if we didn't do so now that in a couple years we'd never find a place to stay. Yeh, right. We had absolutely no problems during our 16 years of full-timing and traveling constantly.

Some folks like them and that's fine. That's their way of traveling - going from park to park rather than from destination to destination. If you want a free trip then definitely go but leave your checkbook at home so you won't be tempted to buy right away. At least go home and think it over. If you do want one of these memberships there are owners that sell them cheaper than you'd pay with the actual company. Google 'RV park memberships for sale' and you'll find lots.
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My boss quit RVing and is stuck with a membership she doesn't use. She still has to pay quarterly maintenance fees. She wanted to give it to me and I absolutely refused. The fees were approximately $1,000 a year. The two parks we could use were 800 miles apart and neither areas I would want to travel to often.
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Biggest problem I have found is they keep selling the resort(s) and want more money to stay with them.No deal!
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I did a little looking and found many Thousand Trails memberships available for paying for the transfer fee of 1K, and agreeing to the original terms of the original agreement. That tells me many people just want out of their contract and monthly /(annual) fee.

If you have time to spare, go, eat any food, have any beverages, enjoy a free campsite, listen to the pitch, ask some awkward questions about the re-sell market, how many can be picked up for transfer costs, ie be a pain... they may let you leave the meeting early...
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Passport America is always my first lookup when I'm on the move...Their Iphone App is great, showing locations along your route with phone numbers etc to call and book ahead. A couple of nights a year more than pay the membership.
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If after a year of thinking about it and you decide that you want a membership, look online for people that are interested in selling their membership.

Be prepared for a high pressure sales person when you make your "free" visit.

Most people do not gain from membership, some people do but not most. For the record, I am a happy timeshare (brick and mortar) owner but would never need a campground membership. I would much rather spend my money on owning an RV site and not a membership.

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Old 10-13-2016, 02:19 PM   #12
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Passport America is the way to go!! We are full timing and space our travels on boondocking every three or four days (casinos, walmarts, cracker barrels...etc) then find a participating campgound to pump out and refill fresh water....and enjoy the areas!
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:14 PM   #13
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We're member/owners of a deeded RV resort in the North GA mountains. We're actually a HOA managed by a board of directors. For a minimal yearly service fee we can camp 14 nights per month for free. It's a great facility, and we're self sustaining and in good financial condition. We have over 2000 members, and many stay in our 21 rental RV's and park models--and don't own RV's. It's a great deal and only 65 minutes from the edge of Atlanta.

Many membership campgrounds are actually disguised as time shares--and not necessarily financially stable.

Many of our members are Coast to Coast members when traveling outside our vicinity.
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They a great deal if you use them, and a poor deal if you don't use them enough. If you really like there campgrounds and locations, take a week to think about it.
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