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Old 06-03-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Any one have experience with thousand trails camping seems like a good deal just like some input before i commit
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LOts of opinions here.. I have a two zone pass, and really like it... BUT the resorts have to be where You want to go.. Try a zone pass for a year, see if you like it.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:32 AM   #3
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We've been members for years and really enjoy the system. We do camp in private parks and public parks as well, but we find the system is a great place to stay in many parts of the country. If you use it you will find it as a great benefit. Yes, there have been many changes over the years, some good and some not, but overall it is a great addition to our camping portfolio.
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Make CERTAIN you'll be wanting your membership for the rest of your life. Once you are in, it's unbelievably difficult to get out.
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When the DW parents were traveling in their RV, they belonged to Thousand Trails and really like it. Being that we only go to the 'lower 48' every other year, we are not members of Thousand Trails. Being that this was the year for us to make our foray to the 'lower 48', we decided to try a Thousand Trail RV park in an area that we were going to be spending some time. I made reservations back in Feb of 2015 for a May 2015 stay, requesting 50 amp, full hook up and a pull through site. I made the deposit and thought that all was 'good to go'! We got to the RV park late in the evening, 830PM and checked in, only to find that they did not have any 50 amp services or dump at each site. OK, I guess that I could live with that. We were directed on which section we could park in and told 'to just pick a slot'! OK, I questioned this, but their park their rules. We disconnected the TOAD, I drove the MH and the DW drove the TOAD to the section that we were directed to. After driving through the section twice and not finding any open spaces, we went back up to the front gate. I was tired after driving all day was not in the best of humor. When we talked to the attendant at the gate and told him that since there were no open slots that we 'are out of here'! He then proceeded to tell me that they work on a first come first serve basis. I asked what good was it for me to make reservations if that do not honor them. I just got the 'deer in the head light look'! We left there and spent the night in a Camping World lot, and found a place to stay the next day.
Thousand Trails may have a great network, but it is not one that I can/will support. Beside we do most of our camping/RVing in Alaska.
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Actually, the contracts expire after 10 years, and are transferrable at any time if you want to sell out before then. Whether or not you can find a buyer is hard to say, but there are usually quite a few on the resale market. But unless you get an annual Zone Pass, it is a long term contract and should be considered carefully. For that reason, you might want to try a Zone Pass first, to make sure you like the bargain.

Some TT parks are quite nice, e.g. Hershey PA, Clermont Fl, but others are only adequiate. Most all have nice clubhouses and recreation facilities, though, and are typically large and well away from any traffic and noise. We are on our way to the Hershey TT next week for two weeks - one of our favorite places.

Financially it's a good deal IF you use the parks extensively. If you do not, for whatever reason, you are still paying the annual dues but not getting your value. Only you can determine whether the parks are in places you want to spend time and how often you will go there.

Do not buy a new long term membership - they are over-priced. Plenty of re-sales available at a discount, and often the re-sale has as good or better perks than a new one. Seem top be running around $2000 these days, but there is a transfer fee of around $800 or so in addition. Transfer fees vary by type of contract, so always ask TT Customer Service before committing to buy one.
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An average annual dues membership is $600+/-. New memberships are only for 10 years but you can find members and brokers selling LIFE Time Memberships too. There are many different T-T contracts allowing you to stay 2 week in and 1 week out or 3 week in and 1 week out and prices too. Do your research. If you stay in T-T for more than 25 days a year you will find it a savings.
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Any one have experience with thousand trails camping seems like a good deal just like some input before i commit
thanking all of you for your responses, i can make a decision now , i think ill go for the year its 545.00 for one zone , thats all i will need this year.
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Be sure you read ALL the fine print. We joined then let it drop and did not renew. Sounded good, but did not live up to the hype.
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Sounded good, but did not live up to the hype.
Does anything?
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Does anything?
Probably not...maybe I should have said it did not live up to what we paid.
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I bought a Thousand Trails membership about 30 years ago. For many years I was not able to use it except on occasional weekends so it was a big expense. Now that I am retired I use the system frequently and it saves me a lot of money. I still think the Thousand Trails campgrounds are safe and nice and I know what I can expect in the campsites. I am happy with my membership and enjoy Thousand Trails.
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When the DW parents were traveling in their RV, they belonged to Thousand Trails and really like it. Being that we only go to the 'lower 48' every other year, we are not members of Thousand Trails. Being that this was the year for us to make our foray to the 'lower 48', we decided to try a Thousand Trail RV park in an area that we were going to be spending some time. I made reservations back in Feb of 2015 for a May 2015 stay, requesting 50 amp, full hook up and a pull through site. I made the deposit and thought that all was 'good to go'! We got to the RV park late in the evening, 830PM and checked in, only to find that they did not have any 50 amp services or dump at each site. OK, I guess that I could live with that. We were directed on which section we could park in and told 'to just pick a slot'! OK, I questioned this, but their park their rules. We disconnected the TOAD, I drove the MH and the DW drove the TOAD to the section that we were directed to. After driving through the section twice and not finding any open spaces, we went back up to the front gate. I was tired after driving all day was not in the best of humor. When we talked to the attendant at the gate and told him that since there were no open slots that we 'are out of here'! He then proceeded to tell me that they work on a first come first serve basis. I asked what good was it for me to make reservations if that do not honor them. I just got the 'deer in the head light look'! We left there and spent the night in a Camping World lot, and found a place to stay the next day.
Thousand Trails may have a great network, but it is not one that I can/will support. Beside we do most of our camping/RVing in Alaska.
When we joined TTN (25) years ago they told us then that TTN DOES NOT TAKE OR MAKE RESERVATIONS they take or make notifications that you want camp and that way if the home office knows the head count they will tell the next person the sites are full-----But they will always take you and find someplace for you to park. Even if it's right in front of the sales office. When we joined they only had (13) parks, all on the west coast.
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As Beak12 stated, TT takes reservations for an "RV site" but not a particular size, location or amenity level. The policy always was that all members are equal and have an equal (first come) opportunity to use any available site. Fair enough, as long as you know about it, but it can be a hassle for people who arrive late, have a big rig, or simply cannot tolerate anything short of a 50A full hook-up. If you fall into any of those categories, TT may not be for you.

In my experience they do not do a good job or keeping track of available sites and amenities, so you just have to hunt up a site that suits you. Have never received much help at the office if I asked what sites are available or which available ones have a particular amenity
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