Originally Posted by Grif76040
I received a message from these people informing me that since I am loyal Camping World customers I get a complimentary 4 day/3night stay.
Does anyone have any experience with this organization?
Randy from Texas
TV - 2014 Chevy Silverado
TT - 2014 Palomino Puma 28DSBS
Supposedly, the Texas resort is really nice.
Here is the bottom line: They want you to buy a $13,750 "lifetime" membership to your local resort. In exchange for that (and a $475/year maintenance fee) you also get free camping at the Coast to Coast camping network plus free camping at The other Ocean Canyon resorts.
Jury is still out for us - we had a bad experience at our local OC Property. I was a unhappy camper (the sales team is VERY high pressure and demands you to make a decision in a couple hours which we found totally unacceptable). We went back to our camper and I posted my feelings to the OC corporate web site. To their credit, the VP of sales called us within 2 hours of our complaint and offered us another weekend at the Styx River Resort - supposedly the premier resort in Alabama. We may take them up and go back in Oct to check this resort out.
On Monday the *President/CEO* called me personally, based on my posts to this thread. He was apologetic and said he hoped we would take them up on their offer of Styx River. Obviously, they are VERY sensitive to what bad PR/experiences will do to their time share on a popular forum like FRF.
I have done a few searches and found that there are OC members trying to sell memberships for as little as $5,000 (just google OC memberships)
IMHO, if you are a full timer, and plan to be RVing for, say, 10 years this would be a no-brainer, even a non-fulltimer would break even after 616 nights ($13,750+(475*10[years]) = $18,500) (616 nights = 62 nights a year for 10 years at a average of $30/night for a campground)
Another variable in the calculus is you can join 50% off clubs like Passport America for a $399 life membership and pay @ $15 a night for camping, reducing your expenses significantly. KOA also has a program and there are others out there as well. Now all of a sudden the calculus is 1,232 nights (assuming you use Passport America exclusively)
I have a colleague at work that is a member and she loves it. She only uses the local resort, and is in a camping club with several friends and they plan their weekends accordingly. If you are close to a resort, the plan may work for you and maximize your membership.
My .02¢, YMMV and there are LOTS of opinions about OC out there.