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Old 12-15-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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your thoughts on coast to coast and rpi ?

coast to coast an resort parks international ,do any of you use these memberships at all ?
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We have both. We save the annual dues easily every year. Ten to twelve bucks a night is a bargin. We do NOT book way in advance. Find the C-2-C point systme a pain in the backside. During the day we'll call a park along our route and book direct most of the time. look at where you want to travel and are there RV parks where you want to go? This is the biggest problem with membership parks. So, we also have Passport America.
Like many things if you don't use the membership then there is no benefit.
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We belonged to RPI until a few months ago and thought it was a great deal. We dropped out because they put restrictions on Thousand Trails members that do not apply to other members and severely restricted my choice of resorts in their system. If you belong to a member park other than Thousand Trails (or other ELS owned park), it's a good deal. Well, it's good assuming you use it more than a couple nights a year.
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my last thousand trails yearly update they told us RPI was now fully under the ELS umbrella, but wouldn't elaborate how that changed or /t/ membership

we dropped rpi after the first FREE year, t/t discounts were odd and limited
now i am not sure and will be looking to rid myself of my t/t in the future as they are now focused on the 97% that don't Rv or camp, so $$ goes to the condos, cruise ship and other vacation stops

this is evident by the condition of many of the parks we visit in t/t.
the sites that are not LONG TERMED leased are in horrible condition, un-level, overgrown and not kept up as well as should be.

last trip our power pedestal was full of issues and kept tripping out

while the site next to us was a long term lease spot had a new 50 amp box , plus leveled gravel and was very nice like they all used to be.
such is life i guess, they lost money on 10 year deals so now they are squeezing us out
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We have both. We save the annual dues easily every year. Ten to twelve bucks a night is a bargin. We do NOT book way in advance. Find the C-2-C point systme a pain in the backside. During the day we'll call a park along our route and book direct most of the time. look at where you want to travel and are there RV parks where you want to go? This is the biggest problem with membership parks. So, we also have Passport America.
Like many things if you don't use the membership then there is no benefit.
Me too. We have all 3 and they pay for themelves every year. We travel the country during the summer months (May-Sept) and try to stop at one of the member parks along the way.

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We belonged to RPI until a few months ago and thought it was a great deal. We dropped out because they put restrictions on Thousand Trails members that do not apply to other members and severely restricted my choice of resorts in their system. If you belong to a member park other than Thousand Trails (or other ELS owned park), it's a good deal. Well, it's good assuming you use it more than a couple nights a year.
this is what im finding out to gary i liked the encore parks but now no discounts ?
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Me too. We have all 3 and they pay for themelves every year. We travel the country during the summer months (May-Sept) and try to stop at one of the member parks along the way.

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where are the 10 dolllar pks / there is only 3 in fl mow ?
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You have to really check these deals out closely. They are getting more and more complicated as to what/where you can stay for how often and how long. We have 1000 Trails and had RPI. Let the RPI drop and will drop 1000 Trails when the initial membership expires...not worth hassle.
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Originally bought into AOR with included RPI and Passport America. Used them all and feel we more than recovered our membership costs over the 8 years we had them when figuring actual cost vs. theoretical $20-30/night for comparable commercial CG.
Viewing the iffy viability of Western Horizons/AOR, we dropped that membership last year, but continue the RPI and PA. We use them at least 3 weeks/year, so we still get value from them, plus they usually have good options for where we want to stay. Most all the AOR sites are in RPI, so we still have the choices we want except we are restricted to one week instead of two. But, that has been fine with us.
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We have C2C, TT, ROD and RPI. Have never used RPI, but use C2C and TT all the time. Since we are full-timers, it saves us a ton of money. We have used ROD a couple of times, but will probably not renew it or RPI.
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We are TT/N members and were considering adding an RPI membership, so I sent an email to RPI asking about restrictions on TT members using RPI Resorts and received a reply that only the normal RPI member restrictions (7 day stay - 125 mile radius) would apply. As long as there is room, looks like we could use their parks for the $10/night fee.
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As long as there is room, looks like we could use their parks for the $10/night fee.
Just know that $10/night means "at least". This fall, one RPI park charged us $10/night complete. Another added a $3 "resort fee" and $3 for 50-amp electric, so $10 was really $16.
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