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Old 09-20-2014, 09:11 PM   #71
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Hey Wa11ly...just back from Gaston and have a mixed review of the Thousand Trails facility there.
On the good side...
1. It is a beautiful location on the lake and heavily wooded in the campsites.
2. The Pool and beach areas are well kept and they just finished installing a little kiddie playground as we arrived. Shuffleboard court and miniature golf ditto though the golf could use a good sweeping.
3. The people working there were nice and friendly and accommodating.
4. There is also a small marina with slips there if you rent a boat...and plenty of spots with well groomed lawn and benches along the lake for fishing or just enjoying the views.
5. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained even though well past their prime.
6. Office has a grill for breakfast etc. and icecream & small sundry store.
7. Very few sites have full sewer. BUT a honey wagon will come pump you out for free twice a week...Tuesday and Friday.

On the downside:

1. The roads are atrocious rutted dirt and gravel...busted a piece off my scooter while going 5 mph.
2. MANY sites are FAR from level. And I'd say 80% of available 50 amp sites were occupied with long term campers who have built decks etc.. I'm glad we arrived off season on a Sunday as we were able to get a great site close to the lake. I'd hate to try in July and as always with TT...sites are guaranteed available on reservation...but the particular site is first come, first served.
3. There's no cable...just the PBS over the air...and no ability for a dish to see through the trees. Bring DVD's!
4. There's no wifi except at the office locations. Good connections there.
5. There's not much around to see and do. Littleton...about 4 miles away does have a Piggly Wiggly and a Hardees & Hardware store & Family dollar. Most of the store fronts in town are deserted. Closest major shopping is in Roanoke Rapids about 15 miles away.

A much better run campground than the last one I stayed at... and we had a nice but quiet camping experience...but probably will not return.
If I had an inflatable or kayak/canoe ... that would have been a big plus for this location...Thinking about that!
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:17 PM   #72
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Well....that sounds like it sums it up for us....I take my kayak and fish , and my wife watches DVDs.
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:53 PM   #73
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Still no response from TT regarding my email to them

I sent an email to TT regarding my trip to the Lake Texoma TT park, which I outlined in the first post of this thread. I received an email response from them on 9/5/2014 that they had received my email and their goal was to respond in one business day...fast forward to 9/10 (slightly more than one business day) I received an email from joanna_shoemake@equitylifestyle.com on behalf of Member Services. She again thanked me for contacting them and said my email has been forwarded to corporate office. I don't think they realize the image that most of the posts have painted of them, perhaps they do and don't care. Still waiting for "corporate".
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:07 PM   #74
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I sent an email to TT regarding my trip to the Lake Texoma TT park, which I outlined in the first post of this thread. I received an email response from them on 9/5/2014 that they had received my email and their goal was to respond in one business day...fast forward to 9/10 (slightly more than one business day) I received an email from joanna_shoemake@equitylifestyle.com on behalf of Member Services. She again thanked me for contacting them and said my email has been forwarded to corporate office. I don't think they realize the image that most of the posts have painted of them, perhaps they do and don't care. Still waiting for "corporate".
I'm sure you are familiar with the phrase "Passing the buck"? I would be very surprised if you get a response from "corporate". I have found that Equity Life Style is strictly a stock holder money maker and they really don't care about the members like myself and others. Now, knowing what I know and have experienced with TT, I would NEVER join TT in any type zone pass or membership. The campgrounds are just not that great even at a reduced rate. We will continue to use TT Orlando, because at the annual fee of $526/yr and us staying 7-8 weeks, it comes out between $9.39 & $10.73/night for full hookups.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:17 PM   #75
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Yup, they don't care as long as the parks are still bring in some money. Imagine what they could earn if they spent some money on roads (seems the #1 issue) and worked with the permanent residents to keep it still looking like an RV park should. DW and I have been in a couple of other RV parks around the Texas coast that had permanent residents, but their sites were not the prime sites by the water and there was a STRICT enforcement of no junky trailers or sites.
I did just send another email after seeing Camaraderie's post. Our experience with TT was actually two experiences...first and last rolled into one. We will never stay in another.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:41 PM   #76
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I was wondering what is the cost to join TT and I know that they have zones that you have to pick. But once a member what will it cost a person per year to camp, or is it free after you join? Do you have to pay for maintenance, power or water. It seems as if it sort of like a time share Condo? What happens if you do not use it at all one year? Are they allowed to rent your space if you are not using it. What happens if I pick like the eastern zone but I want to travel to California, can you use other sites free in different zones? Really don't know to much about them. But I thought I seen that thing about a zone you need to pick. Is the savings really that great compared to staying at public CG'S?...Thanks
I have the East Coast package and the cost back in 2001 was approx $-000.00 this a one time cost for the package then i have to pay an annual maintenance fee of $-00.00 and this is due January 1st of every year.

I can go any where on the East coast in a TT's campground and pay nothing, and all amenities are free and all I have to do is call and make a reservation.

You CAN NOT rent your space out to anyone.

If you want to use campgrounds in other zones you have to up grade your membership and that is an additional cost.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:02 PM   #77
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I am on the East Cost TT as well and I won't go to NY because check in time is 4:00 PM and I am 3 hours away so won't use NY of Mass so that leaves me with 3 in NJ and 5 in PA will be going to Circle M and PA Dutch Country for a week on 9-27 so we will see. I have 30 days of free camping and used 2 nights so far in NJ at Chestnut Lake and it was horrible so we we will not be renewing our membership too expensive to add another zone for the same 30 days of camping. All my camping friends prefer to go to other CG and I like trying others but TT CG's are just boring an not that nice in the East Coast Region


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Old 09-21-2014, 11:16 PM   #78
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We have been members since 2006 when we had our pop-up. For the $500 in dues we pay a year it is well worth it to use to go just about anywhere we want. Sure, I have had some interesting experiences at a few of the TT parks but nothing I would even care enough to write home about.

To me they are a "free / cheap" place to camp for my $500 dues a year anywhere in the US we want at a moments notice. It is a place to park with connections, we have never actually used of the parks activities other than when at Timothy Lake and the CG's water park this past Labor day. We generally just sleep there and explore the areas around the CG.

Our home CG is Hershey which is a very nice CG IMO, but then again I used to camp in a tent and pee in the woods, so I have low standards! LOL
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I will be going to Circle M and PA Dutch Country for a week on 9-27 so we will see.


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I check into Circle M Sept. 30th for 2 nights, if you see a big gray Kenworth pulling a Cedar Creek stop by and say hi. Just left Pa Dutch after a 2 week stay for the Hershey show.
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I check into Circle M Sept. 30th for 2 nights, if you see a big gray Kenworth pulling a Cedar Creek stop by and say hi. Just left Pa Dutch after a 2 week stay for the Hershey show.

We are at Circle M from 9-27 and leave 9/30 then head to PA Dutch from 9/30 to 10/4. I will look for you but this will be me

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