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Old 11-09-2014, 02:06 PM   #131
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We always enjoy Circle M also but we normally do not use that park during the prime season between Memorial Day & Labor Day. I think that helps us some.

I have come to realize the same is for us- we're usually here in April, May, and October, November. And, on the chance that we're here on a holiday weekend- we come in early (Tuesday or Wednesday) to get a preferred spot and accept that things will be a little nutty.

For me and the decision to become my own membership and stay a member, it came down to usage. I found the parks nice enough for what we wanted and actually have found some jewels of sites and experiences. Plus, we have the luxury of being able to stay a significant number of nights per year that really makes a financial difference for us. We spent 5 weeks in Florida this summer for $135 (plus our yearly dues but they're spread over many other nights).

Are they great RV parks? Not always but sometimes. Are they campgrounds? Generally not. But, I find that they rival most other RV parks that we stay at.

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Old 12-01-2014, 02:05 PM   #132
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Well, we moved from Fawn Ridge to TTO this morning after being told that sites were very scarce, we got there at 8:30am and they had plenty of sites. True to form, they are still having water problems, got an email "Please be advised: The water in our park will be shut off tomorrow, December 2nd, from 7am for approximately 3 hours. This will be followed by a precautionary boil water notice. We advise guests with water tanks to fill them before the shut-off. We also advise all showering, laundry washing and drying, and other activities involving water use be completed before 7am. A notice will go out once the test results return, and we can declare the water safe to drink once more. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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-Thousand Trails Orlando Team"

This is 3 years in a row for this same crap. It happens at least once every week or 2. But, they did get the real important things accomplished, new pool furniture.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:48 AM   #133
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My free membership expires in July 2015 they keep calling me from all over to renew, but most campgrounds near me are not great and to pay for another Zone closest am secondary zone for me is 5 hours away and I hate first cone dismay serve, I never seem to get a level full hookup site
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:52 AM   #134
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Hear that wicked1. We just renewed for 2nd yr. Think we paid just over 200 and got 2 zones and made them give us a Ready, Camp, Go card that gives us access to all of the encore campgrounds for I believe 20 bucks a night.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:47 PM   #135
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Presently at Peace River FL ...just came from Clermont (Orlando).... both these park are better than I've found further north but still leave a lot to be desired.
Peace River has great staff and good recreational ameneties but infrastructure is out of date and insufficiennt. The location is great if you like peace and quiet yet still have access to a small town and a Walmart & WiinnDixie within 5 miles.
3 mens toilets and 4 showers for a 350 space park...only 1/2 the park has 50 amp and sewers....the other half has 30 amp and no sewer. Pump out truck will come and do you once a week for free. 10 bucks if you need more frequently. Flooding problems had several big rigs needed haul out of the mud with BIG tow trucks...this was after a normal rainfall. Power voltage is said to be spotty when the weather gets hot and the literature asks everyone to use propane for their water heaters to avoid "rolling brownouts". Nice group of folks anyway.
Orlando has none of the infrastructure issues but not as good activity and people wise ...IMO.
I could probably justify a renewal if I were a snowbird every year...but I am not and so probably will not.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:53 PM   #136
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Not renewing my membership but I am going to use the last 12 of my 20 days of camping. I was wondering if McGeorge's RV gives these memberships out, bc when I bought my first used trailer they gave me TT for one year for Free 30 Nights of camping, and there are 2 sites, one in PA and one in NJ I will never use again.

I like the adventure of going somewhere I have never been, and if I am paying for a Full Hookup, I want one, not like TT, first come first serve, that leads to bad camping unless you can get them to pump you out for free every other day.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:59 PM   #137
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Def don't like the first come first served as well as the 30 day booking window. We re upped for 1 more yr but had them throw in all the encore parks. But same thing as far as 30 day booking. Will use the heck out of it but did book one trip to ny that I'm paying full price for at an encore park just so I have a good site after an 8 hr drive
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I think the concept for TT was good at the start, but they were just too tempted to fill them up with full-timers in all of the better sites. And then they let maintenance get way behind as well at the one I visited. I get it that their bills don't have a season like camping does, but they knew that going in; or should have. The DW and I have run across other private RV Parks recently that I now refer to as "Trailer Parks" with all the negative connotations that evokes. Lots of old trailers and LOTS of junk as you drive into the park doesn't come across as "Recreational" camping to me, or relaxing for that matter. I would like to see all of the RV parks list the percentage of permanent campers in their facility on their advertising. Might help steer you away from some of them to find 75% are permanent residents.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:24 PM   #139
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I think the concept for TT was good at the start, but they were just too tempted to fill them up with full-timers in all of the better sites. And then they let maintenance get way behind as well at the one I visited. I get it that their bills don't have a season like camping does, but they knew that going in; or should have. The DW and I have run across other private RV Parks recently that I now refer to as "Trailer Parks" with all the negative connotations that evokes. Lots of old trailers and LOTS of junk as you drive into the park doesn't come across as "Recreational" camping to me, or relaxing for that matter. I would like to see all of the RV parks list the percentage of permanent campers in their facility on their advertising. Might help steer you away from some of them to find 75% are permanent residents.
Oh I agree to that, one local park we go to because we get together with friends, it has decent things to do and pretty much same people every year, but it let's part time campers stay in their good full sites while they work locally for 3-6 months. What pains me is since they are guaranteed money for this timeframe, it makes all of us use non full sites and have to pay for sewer.

I think if they had some sort of guidelines for TT campgrounds it might improve their image, because every time I go to a show and they try to get me to upgrade I tell them I never will because of all the broken sites, and lack of Full Service sites when I get to where I am going. I would rather pay $40+ per night and be able to pick my site and make sure I get full service sites, then perhaps $18 per night for crappy sites using TT (based on $545 per yr divided by 30 nights = 18.20 per night) Amusingly their answer to this is pay a one time $800 upgrade to add another zone for the same $545 per year and 30 nights of camping so I can explore more sites? Really that is what they tell me, so hard not to tell them what they can do with their memberships but mine expires July 2015 and I will NOT be renewing.
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Great reasoning on their part..."think those sites are crappy? How about paying us for the opportunity to see more just like them?" Odd, they aren't telling you these will be better, just more to choose from. LOL! I'll just pass and like you said, pay $40 and pick my site with full hook-ups.
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