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Old 07-15-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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Hi All,
we are in the early stages of trying to decide if we should join a camping club for campground discounts or not. There are so many out there, and we have read many threads saying that some are not worth the money. Please give us the pros and cons of the clubs that you have experience with.

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Old 07-15-2010, 05:55 AM   #2
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Camping clubs or membership campgrounds are not for everyone. But there are a few that make life easier. Depending where you live and like to travel, membership clubs such as Passport America can save you some money. Thousand Trails and Outdoor world are another. Here you pay a annual dues and get to use their campgrounds for nothing. Thousand trails has campsite all over the US. Outdoor World in on the east coast. Passport America discounts the campgrounds up to 50% off. There are used membership ownerships out there for less than half the price campgrounds are quoting. Look in trailer Life or motor home magazines. Good Sam gives 10% discounts on certain campgrounds.

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:22 AM   #3
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:53 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=bobnshirlene;670000]Hi All,
we are in the early stages of trying to decide if we should join a camping club for campground discounts or not. There are so many out there, and we have read many threads saying that some are not worth the money. Please give us the pros and cons of the clubs that you have experience with.

This is our first long trip across The west and we also making decissions about differantClubs etc.We joined or renewed GS for $45 3 years and got discount 8 night for $24 so will use again,Also thinking about others that dont cost much,but have very good benefits MHFA and Escapeies I think thats right.
We really thought we would go State and Fed Parks and Corp Parks,but most aren't as good as in Texas so we will need discounts some.We arent to the point of wanting to Boon dock by are self's,like to talk and learn from others.All this said to say still learning about RVing,we both just retired1
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I would suggest that you think long and hard before forking out big money for any membership campgrounds. Do your research and make sure what they offer will fit with your needs.

Having said that, I'd strongly suggest forking out "little money" for Good Sam and probably Pasport America. We also belong to Escapees and Camp Club USA. We haven't found Camp Club USA very usefull... since many/most are also Pasport America parks... and we love Escapees but they are more specialized and geared toward full timers... with a dozen or so nice parks where members can stay for about $85/week. Pasport America paid for itself the first week we had it!
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:55 AM   #6
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Passport America has worked well for us. It's $44 a year and at 50% off at participating CG,s you get your money's worth in returns about first 4-5 nights you stay anywhere.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:33 AM   #7
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we belong to thousand trails we joined about 10 yrs ago, we payed a few thousand but can go in and out 2 wks at a time all year round for just the yearly maint fee, for us it works but if you are weekender it does not pay the more you use it the more it becomes worth it,,thousand trails now has many different deals for not much money it works out to about $20 a night with the new deals,,,we also belonged to passport america for a few years we found that the parks were ok for day or so but would not want to stay for an exteded period maybe we just never found the upscale passsport am campgrounds also there weren't many along the routes we had been traveling,,,we also belonged to rpi and found the same thing as passport america campgrounds not that nice and we didn't want to travel far off our routes just to get to the parks,,Now we belong only to tt and good sam
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:59 PM   #8
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We spend several months a year on the road, so like to keep our average campsite cost down. We find Thousand Trails useful for that, though some of their parks are pretty old and have small, crappy sites. We also belong to RPI through Thousand Trails, so we have access to a couple hundred additional membership parks at $10/night. Just left a really nice one in Ohio and moved into a Thousand Trails 50 miles away.

But if you are fairly new to Rving, I don't recommend any fixed location membership. Get out and see the country first. Later, if you want to settle dopwn more, you can select areas you like and find membership parks near there.

Passport America, on the other hand, is inexpensive to join and no long term commitment. We use the PA parks when we travel around and need an overnight place. You can recover the membership fee in just a couple of nights, so it's hard to go wrong.

One nice thing about going to the same membership park repeatedly is that you get to know people and have a social circle there. It's like being in the neighborhood at home. For some people, that's a good thing. For others, it is the opposite of why they bought an RV.
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:42 PM   #9
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Thanks to everyone that responded, we did join Good Sam Club but decided to take a wait and see about any other memberships.

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