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Old 03-24-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Resorts of Distinction

We are thinking about buying a membership to the resorts of distinction (ROD) plus program. We have attended a presentation to far, but havn't taken any action. We have a home park and currently use coast 2 coast. We just retired and want to get on the road more than a couple of times a year. Does anyone have any negative input about ROD? We have heard all of the positives from the salesmen, any other postive comments?
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:56 AM   #2
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Can't be of any specific help with ROD except the following site sells "memberships" that folks are no longer using. ROD is included.
www.rvproperty.com
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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As you are already a C2C member you are probably familiar with membership parks. We are ROD members and really like some parks and their are others where we would not consider staying at. If you are in or plan to be in the Pacific Northwest you will have more parks available. We are currently in Florida and plan on heading up the east coast and the parks get few and far between.
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Programs like ROD, Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast, RPI, etc. are excellent if you use them, meaning you have to go to where the resorts are and stay there. If you just want to travel around the USA from time to time and see the sights, chances are these resorts will not often be where you are, though. Some will be, but probably not enough to make it worth while.

So, consider your travel style (which you haven't really established yet) and the location of the ROD resorts and also other chains. Maybe Thousand Trails or Mid Atlantic Resorts have more places near where you want to be. Or maybe none of them fit real well and you ought to join Passport America or other inexpensive camping discount program.
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ROD is probably the favorite reciprocal membership park system available, The down side is that since it is the most used it is also the hardest to get into. Each of the membership parks that belong only have to set aside a certain number of sites for ROD members. When those are gone they are not required to take you. If you sign up don't drop your C2C membership.
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Are you familure with Camp Coast to Coast?

The two programs are fairly close as to how they work, IN both cases it's about the same price pre night with very much the same restrictions

The major differences is the two systems have some parks that are mutual, and others that are not.. So parks are divided into C2C, ROD and Both
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Programs like ROD, Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast, RPI, etc. are excellent if you use them, meaning you have to go to where the resorts are and stay there. If you just want to travel around the USA from time to time and see the sights, chances are these resorts will not often be where you are, though. Some will be, but probably not enough to make it worth while.

So, consider your travel style (which you haven't really established yet) and the location of the ROD resorts and also other chains. Maybe Thousand Trails or Mid Atlantic Resorts have more places near where you want to be. Or maybe none of them fit real well and you ought to join Passport America or other inexpensive camping discount program.
I guess you don't understand about affiliated parks - which is what ROD is. You can't join it directly, you have to have a home park, which he says he has, that is a member of ROD in order to get the affiliated membership. We love ROD, use it extensively, but you have to make sure you get your reservations in early as everyone likes the $0/night and will be making their reservations at 90 days out. We use membership parks about 180 nights a year and have been from one coast to the other and into Canada and can use them everywhere.

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Barb, you mentioned making reservations 90 days in advance, can they be made earlier than 90 days? Say 120 days?

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We use our ROD extensively and it more than pays for itself.

The only problems (if you can really call it that) is that if we dont' make reservations at least a week in advance then the park/resort won't always have the paperwork ready when we arrive.

FYI our travels are mostly in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada & Arizona.
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I know what ROD is - am a member of a ROD affiliate park myself. My only point is that joining any extended group of resorts like that is good only if you use it extensively. We chose to go with RPI rather than ROD because the locations suited our needs better, but it's the same idea.
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If you understand ROD and we know that the individual already has a home park, then why were you suggesting he join another home park. He's already got C2C, which in my opinion is better than RPI - the reservation system alone is so much better that we dropped RPI several years ago and have never missed them.

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Barb, you mentioned making reservations 90 days in advance, can they be made earlier than 90 days? Say 120 days?

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The parks in the ROD system decide how far ahead you can make reservations - anywhere from 30-90 days. It's all stated clearly in their book and on line. I've never seen any that allow 120 days - but that doesn't mean they aren't out there.
ROD plus typically allows 2 week stays, but be aware that there are at least several parks that only allow a 1 week stay. Both I can think of right now are in Florida.
I full time and use both ROD and RPI and feel like both are worth the price. I've been on the road a little more than 2 years and they've paid for themselves already. As stated before, ROD has fewer parks and can sometimes be harder to get into. Generally, if you plan ahead, you'll do OK.
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then why were you suggesting he join another home park.
Did I do that? I don't think so...

Anyway, it's not important. Roadrunner understands his option and that's all that is relevant.
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I have used ROD for several years. The parks that are available are not always close to where you want to stay. You do have a lot more choices in the northwest.
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