Originally Posted by CampDaven
As a fulltimer, I'm interested in the multiple zones, where the camps are, what is the one-time outlay per zone, and which of those locations are allowing seasonal renters.
I need to see if the camps will be near my destinations, and conjure up the financial bottom line.
And with seasonals having the good sites, what is left? And can I get around the 2-week limit?
Well, I'm not a Thousand Trails sales rep, so I don't have any answers on pricing. AFAIK, however, right now they're offering a 2 zones for the price of 1 deal for new camping members. And I *believe* the membership cost about $560 per year. You should contact Thousand Trails directly for price info.
However, their zone map is easily accessible online right here
As far as seasonals having the good sites, that has NOT been my experience. DW and I have NEVER had trouble getting good sites at any of the Thousand Trails campgrounds we have visited. Having said that, I do know of one TT location that is something like 90% seasonal - I wouldn't even try to get into Lake & Shore in New Jersey. However, Sea Pines is about 5 miles away and has had plenty of nice sites when we and family have been there.
One caveat is that you need to plan carefully around holidays. Don't plan on arriving on Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend and expect a good site!! Their written policy is "first come, first served", with the obvious exception of seasonals.
And AFAIK you would have to upgrade to something like the Elite package to get around the 2-week limit. Is that a problem? We just returned last week from 2 full weeks at Thousand Trails Hershey (though Labor Day), and had a great site. We always plan to arrive on Sunday or Monday, never later than Thursday.
As I have said repeatedly, we are very happy with our Thousand Trails membership. It suits us and our needs very nicely. Certainly not everyone will find the same thing.