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Old 07-19-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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info on discounted sites

Hello we are about to take our first RV excursion and I would like to know of anyones experience with Good Sam's or RV camping who gives you the best rate and useable info for future use who has the most to offer. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:24 PM   #2
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It really has a lot to do with your type of camping.

We have Good Sam, Passport America and KOA.

More parks take GS than PA. Pa can pay for itself with one or two nights. GS is 10% off per night.

KOA in my opinion is good if traveling long distances, they are usually near major routes and like Mcdonalds, you usually know what to expect. Some times you can get fooled though.
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We don't go out of our way for a Good Sam's or any other 10% DISCOUNT park. Other camp grounds are usually competitive in price and amenities ,?,. and offer just as good or better services than Good Sams, KOA, etc.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:53 PM   #4
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We use Passport America for discounts and are giving another one a try, Freedom Resorts. Both are 50% off, so if you stay a couple nights you get your investment back. And here are over 1600 PA parks, so there are some wherever you go.

Good Sam discount isn't enough to worry about. For 10%, why drive even a mile or two out of the way?
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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Hi NewRVer,


Another thought is State, Federal & County parks. A LOT of them have full hook ups or water/electric and they (at least around here) are a fraction of the cost of the private parks. You will not receive telephone, cable or WiFi though but the view is usually pretty good

Good Luck and tell us how things went next week!


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Old 07-20-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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Passport American gives one of the best discounts. However, you should read the fine print. There are many restrictions. And as someone has already said, it depends on what kind of camping you like to do. For example, if you use PA you will likely get only one or two nights at the 50% discount. So, if you want to stay a week or two you need to look at the overall costs. I agree with others, GS discount is not worth looking for. Find the campground that suits you best (i.e. adults/kids, pets/no pets, pool, free wi fi, etc).

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This is my experience.

GS - Mostly well run mom & pops. Well maintained and a step above the rest.

PA - can get the discount for 1 or 2 nights at most. Older and a lot of permanents.

KOA - Mostly older, run down. Tight for big rigs. Charge for guests to visit. Lots of permanents. No longer look for them.

Jellystone - not a lot of them but very family oriented. Well run and maintained.

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Discount clubs can be helpful usually only when you use them during the week not on weekends or holidays and usually only for a day or two at the discounted rate. If your camping is going to include longer stays, always check for the weekly and monthly rates at any park, a $30 a night park will charge between $350 and $400 a month (plus electric). If you are only going to stay a couple weeks, it's cheaper to pay the monthly rate.
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