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Old 09-27-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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I am an owner of a new to me class a motorhome. I am staring to get emails and calls about travel clubs. How do I choose a good fit? So far we have camped in our driveway to get used to the rv. Thought we'd try national parks or a small local campground first. Any suggestions on travel clubs as I have to be careful w/$.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #2
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In my humble opinion, they don't work for us for several reasons. On the first planned trip with one motorhome three trailers, two pop ups after being on the road for about 2 hrs they wanted to "stop" and have a smoke. Two hours later they wanted to "stop" and stretch. On stop three about an hour later for another smoke, we said we will see you at the first destination.
It didnt work for us. Had it been all MH's that might be different. On the second trip they group wanted to go to a campground "in town" So we could see this was just nor for us. Every group of course is different but being able to do,go and see what, and when you want seemed to fit better.
So ask questions about travel groups you might be interested in then decide.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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We've hit 48 states in an RV and have never been in a travel club. We very seldom travel with another RVer.

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My advice is to stay away from them if you have to pay money to join them.
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I'm not quite sure what you mean by a "travel club". If its a caravan type thing, I would avodi ti. If it's a group that goes camping together, say once a month, I would attend a few as a guest to see if I liked the people. If you mean a discount program such as Passport America or Camp Club or Happy Campers, then "maybe". I uses Passport American because it saves me money, but we travel a lot (5-6 months a year in the motorhome), so its adds up easily. It sounds like you will be occasional campers, so I would not be in a rush to join anything like that.

Last, you will probably be urged to buy a membership in a campground or chain of campgrounds, e.g. Thousand Trails or Outdoor Resorts or...? Again, don't be in a rush and develop your own style of camping. Odds are you won't want one of those at all, but you again you can try them out as a guest of another member if you think it might be of interest. And don't fall for their enticements - you can nearly always buy a re-sale of a membership for much less than the company sells it for. And that tells you something about the value of the membership too.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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Since you are new to motor homing, iwould join Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). You will receive a monthy magazine that has many articles: Technical, travel, and lifestyle. Not sure what area you live in, but FMCA has about 450 chapters across the county. Visit a few to see if you like them and they like you. Camping with those that have the same interests that you do is great. We have belonged to one in Indiana for 14 years and have travelled all over the state for up to six rallys a year and have learned more about our state than we knew before. Plus making a lot of friends. $50-1st year and $40/year thereafter. The discount for tires will more than pay for your membership in a 6 year period.
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Hi Julie

My name is Marian and my husband and I would love to hook up with newbies and trade stories and find some good CG's or RV parks to settle in. I'm getting rPeady for surgery on my eyes Wednesday and after a short recovery time(I hope) We can finally get on the road and kiss this place goodbye. Lets keep in touch just in case it's something everbody wasnts to do.
We live East of Sacramento, in the foothills, kinda called the back door into South Lake Tahoe. The only place we've gone to so far is in Morro Bay and the Morro Dunes RV Park. It was really nice and close enough to walk to the beach and shops. Ya might want to try it!
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