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Old 07-27-2015, 05:33 PM   #1
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Is it worth the cost of a Thousand Trails Elite Membership if you are not full timing?
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
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I didn't see the elite membership on their website - but I did see someones video discussing it. According to their website you can purchase additional zones... maybe something changed?
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:44 PM   #3
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They sell zone passes or elite memberships.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:01 PM   #4
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We have a zone pass, with two zones. You can have more than one pass if you like. Each pass is about $550/year.


The limitations are pretty strict, mostly in that you can stay for a max of 14 days in the system, and then you have to be out for seven days. That caught us this week when we stayed for five days and cannot get into another TT park for a week. If we had stayed FOUR days, we could get back in with no delay. Such is life.


The Elite memberships cost more, but offer more. There, you can stay 21 days and still go directly to another park. There are lots of memberships for resale at varying prices, but they all require approval and registration by TT. That costs about $750. There are lots of agencies that handle the re-sales ---google it.


The older memberships may not include the latest parks added to the system, which leads to what I find to be the biggest drawback, namely that there are not enough parks for me to be able to spend most of my time in the TT system. In other words, I can't just drive across the country and stay in TT parks everywhere I go; it's more like MAYBE once in a while I can use my membership pass.


We use ours, but have not seen that it keeps us out of expensive commercial parks enough.


As always YMMV,


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Old 07-28-2015, 02:15 PM   #5
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the elite as they call it
jsut by passes the 14 day per park stay time and allows you to go park to park with no "OUT" time which with the normal plan is 7 days .
14 in, 7 out etc.
BUT
here in texas all the parks are pretty liberal about the 14 day rule and 7 out,
i think each park manager has a way to by pass the central booking system.

we visit medina and whitney often and there are folks that are always there.

plus if you want
each park has a month rate that does not effect your 14 day contract.
it usually equates to 10-15 per night if you do a 30 day "visit"

we pay 3 a night for 50 amp service,
some parks SUCK and others are fantastic.
medina is sliding to the suck rating as the sites need work to level and clean up.
whitney is nice, but the roads are horrible
VERY NICE POOL

lake livingston is nice. but sites are limited for 50 amp.

texoma is nice, but to many sites are LEASED to perm spots and that leaves all the good sites as taken.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:16 PM   #6
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the RVLove.com blog has a very good and full review of your options with thousand trails , good but long writeup. Take some time and read it . when your done you can answer your question.

in the resale market there are hundreds of plans almost no two exactly alike so one persons elite may ,and most likely is not the same as the next person.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:38 PM   #7
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My experience with 1000 Trails is the only thing "elite" about them is the price. I caution you to read all the fine print...very, very carefully.
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My experience with 1000 Trails is the only thing "elite" about them is the price. I caution you to read all the fine print...very, very carefully.
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i didnt want to mention that and spoil the sale or research. but what we purchased 4 years ago is nothing like what we imagined we were promised
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I don't have a TT membership, but have met many of them in our travels, most in the dreaded TT "time-out" period when they gotta move out. They don't bad-mouth TT, but their membership is most often for sale.
Just sayin.....
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