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Old 07-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #11
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Earlier this year, we bought an RV resort membership based in Blaine, Wa. and so far we are very happy with it. We paid $4K for ours which includes most of the bells and whistles. Our home base resort park is nice - large, nicely treed, flat (easy walks), next to a State park on the beach, quiet, numerous amenities and near numerous attractions.

We can stay at the affiliates - Coast to Coast, RPI, Good Neighbors and Enjoy America. The only thing we'd like to upgrade to is shorter reservation booking time. Right now, we can only book 30 or 60 days in advance depending on which affiliate it is. We can also stay at Preferred Access condos around the world as part of our package.

We're currently on an 18 day camping trip. We stayed at one affiliate and it only cost us 35 cents a night! The Enjoy America one we are in at the moment on the Oregon Coast cost us $59 for 2 nights, but the place is like, WOW! Most of the affiliate campgrounds are $10 or $15.

DW is an accountant and great negotiator. DW did a lot of research on the internet and when we went to the presentation, she really squeezed them where it counts. Even when I thought she was done, she got free gas cards and some free camping for our friends thrown in. With the current state of the US economy, there should be more room for negotiating the best deals with RV resort owners. I should add that we "won" a $2,000 membership at our RV resort at an RV show. I think they give these away by the handful though anyway, so it's no big deal. For the $2K, you don't get much but we did get them to put it towards the new membership we bought. We probably could have gotten a good deal without the $2K prize.

As mentioned, you might also look for pre-owned memberships. I've seen some pretty sweet deals for sale that include things like NO annual dues.

We expect to do about 40 - 50 nights of camping this year. At this rate, we expect to pay off the cost of the membership in 3 years or less. After that, we will be saving a ton of money each year. The only caution I would have is if you expect to do a lot of travelling around the country and want to be able to book a site at an affiliate on short notice, you need to make sure you have that option included in your membership.

Gil & Deb & Dougal the Springer Spaniel
Langley, BC
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by B47 View Post
Well from personal experience - I would have to say yes. We purchased a membership in the Ocean Canyon Properties club which includes a membership in the Resorts Of Distinction club as well as the Coast To Coast(CTC) club. Remember that when you say CTC membership, that also includes membership rights in their Good Neighbor Parks, ELS- Encore Resorts and Best Parks In America clubs.

Keep in mind that some of the various parks have the right to access certain additional charges, but we have been pleased with them so far. In addition, there are some other perks that go with the membership and I cannot tell you all of them.

If you are interested, I suggest you listen to their presentation and don't sign until and unless you are certain that they are what you need and want. Remember - they are not the only rodeo in town.
In addition to what i posted here earlier, I may add that when we brought our memberships, we made a decision to make a rt from Texas to NY and a rt from Texas to CA. We are leaving this week for the Texas to CA rt and have already made our Texas to NY rt.

We have decided after the Texas to CA rt that we will limit our RV trips to Texas and the surrounding states for the rest of our RV life. So this means we will probably not renew our Coast To Coast membership when it expires in 01-13 and instead just use our Resorts Of Distincition and Ocean Canyon Properties memberships as their locations better suit our overall plans.

So in addition to what the others have posted here, you might want to take a long range look at what your RV trips may involve as far as each clubs locations are. Of course you are not limited to staying in only the CG's that your membership club offers, but in some cases, the cost savings can be signicant.

Just a thought.

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