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Old 03-26-2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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Encore/Thousand Trails opinions

DH and I are considering a month or two in Florida next year possibly end of Jan into Feb - knowing these all book fast and so far in advance , we are starting our search now

Looking online we have found alot of adult resorts 55 and older that we do not qualify for yet....we have been adults for over 35 years ourselves!!

However, we have seen many that reference these two memberships - wondering how these work, annual fees, extra costs etc???

Can we buy each of us a membership and use each of our two week limits in sequence to eliminate having to move for seven days?

Any info will be helpful as well as any recommendations for the Punta Gorda area - we have a 35ft fiver with three slides and a spoiled rotten chocolate lab who loves camping too!
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You cannot buy 2 memberships and use them back to back. There are specific mentions of this in the contract that says it is disallowed.
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The annual fees depend on what kind of membership that you buy. Figuring you'd buy a simple zone pass for the southeast region, you would have about $500/year dues. For that $500/year, you get up to 30 nights of camping included. Some parks (and some locations within some parks- it's up to the specific TT location) can charge extra if you're on a 50-amp site (even if you don't use it). This 50-amp charge is usually $3-5/day.

After your allotted 30-nights per year, you then are charged $3 (I think, maybe it has gone up to $5) per night for a night of camping.

As you said, the membership is up to 2 weeks in/1 week out. You can go to Encore parks and get a discount usually. Be aware that this 1 week out hits as soon as you've been at a park for more than 4 nights. This caught me up last summer as we tried to go park to park during some of our travels.

I can't help recommend any specific parks in that area outside of the Orlando park (in Clermont, FL) and the Lake Magic Encore park. They're the only TT/Encore parks that I've stayed at in Florida.
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DH and I are considering a month or two in Florida next year possibly end of Jan into Feb - knowing these all book fast and so far in advance , we are starting our search now

Looking online we have found alot of adult resorts 55 and older that we do not qualify for yet....we have been adults for over 35 years ourselves!!

However, we have seen many that reference these two memberships - wondering how these work, annual fees, extra costs etc???


Can we buy each of us a membership and use each of our two week limits in sequence to eliminate having to move for seven days?

Any info will be helpful as well as any recommendations for the Punta Gorda area - we have a 35ft fiver with three slides and a spoiled rotten chocolate lab who loves camping too!
You can google for TT memberships but you cannot use 2 memberships to bypass the 2 in 1 out requirement during peak seasons. Our yearly dues are frozen @ $526/yr. We have the Lifetime membership which is no longer available, but you can buy one from an individual and pay a transfer fee of around $750 IIRC.
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The annual fees depend on what kind of membership that you buy. Figuring you'd buy a simple zone pass for the southeast region, you would have about $500/year dues. For that $500/year, you get up to 30 nights of camping included. Some parks (and some locations within some parks- it's up to the specific TT location) can charge extra if you're on a 50-amp site (even if you don't use it). This 50-amp charge is usually $3-5/day.

After your allotted 30-nights per year, you then are charged $3 (I think, maybe it has gone up to $5) per night for a night of camping.

As you said, the membership is up to 2 weeks in/1 week out. You can go to Encore parks and get a discount usually. Be aware that this 1 week out hits as soon as you've been at a park for more than 4 nights. This caught me up last summer as we tried to go park to park during some of our travels.

I can't help recommend any specific parks in that area outside of the Orlando park (in Clermont, FL) and the Lake Magic Encore park. They're the only TT/Encore parks that I've stayed at in Florida.

Please clarify that 4 night thing..,,
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You cant stay two weeks at one then go to another for two weeks without having a seven day gap in between??
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You cant stay two weeks at one then go to another for two weeks without having a seven day gap in between??
Depends on the membership you buy. 2 weeks park to park IIRC is for Gold, Platinum & Diamond memberships. Normally during NON PEAK seasons, it is 3 week park to park or 3 weeks in 1 week out in the same park.
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Please clarify that 4 night thing..,,
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You cant stay two weeks at one then go to another for two weeks without having a seven day gap in between??
Depending on what membership you have, that can be correct. If you just go to RV Resorts in the US | RV Parks & RV Campgrounds | Thousand Trails RV Resorts and sign up for their "zone pass" membership, it is correct. However, if you have an older membership or one that was upgraded to an "Elite" membership (or the colors that OldCoot mentioned- they've changed names), you can go to parks back to back (e.g. go to one and immediately go to another).

The 4 night thing is essentially re-stating the same as above. For many memberships, if you have to be out for a week; that rule is triggered after you've been at a park for 4 or more nights. Essentially nights 4-14 require you to be out for a week. Nights 1-3, you can go back and forth between parks.

Taking today as the example:
  • Night 1, 3/26-3/27 - you're camped at campground 1 (on 3/27, you could go to another park)
  • Night 2, 3/27-3/28 - you're still camped at campground 1 (on 3/28, you could go to another park)
  • Night 3, 3/28-3/29 - you're still camped at campground 1 (on 3/29, you could go to another park)
  • Night 4, 3/29-3/30 - you're still camped at campground 1 (on 3/30, you would have to leave TT parks entirely for a week before you can go to another park)
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I spent time in the Peace River Thousand Trails and the Clermont locations last month.
We enjoyed both places but neither are up to today's better park standards. Many of the Peace River sites were flooded and muddy...and electric service was 30 amp and no full hooks in much of the park. There were 3 showers and stalls for 300+ campsites and the pool heater was broken the entire week we were there. Wifi only up at the office. With all the negatives...we had a great time because of the people and activities as this is a very active place and canoeing down the Peace River was a blast. We would go back again but with more realistic expectations. Orlando//Clermont was a slightly nicer park but less to do on site.
I would value each place at $25-30 bucks a nite in peak FL rates compared to the private parks we stayed at. It is pretty easy to get your money's worth in season but first come, first served site choice, and less then top notch infrastructure is a turnoff.
SUN Resorts this winter had FIRST TIME visitor rates of $200 a week or less at many of their campgrounds in FL....these are first rate operations & I know they had monthly deals as well but many are booked by returnees so even big parks have few vacancies in season. There are a number of them near Punta Gorda.
Finally... we used Passport America memberships 50% off parks a lot for short stays as we travelled. Quality can be spotty OR great...do your research as a good price often is not a great deal...but that IS one membership I paid for VERY quickly and happily.
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camaraderie, that is exactly why we are seriously thinking about selling our TT membership. We bought a lease/title in Fawn Ridge @ Deer Creek in Davenport, FL that has level concrete sites with concrete patios and is gated for $436/year with the same 2 in, 1 out and the option to buy in the 1 week out for $125/week. The park is very well kept and friendly. Not much for kids, swimming pool, tennis court. All buildings are locked and members only have keys. Laundry facilities and everything is cleaned 2 x daily.
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