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Old 08-01-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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Recommendations on Camp Ground Memberships

We are nearing our launch for our 4 month around the country travel....West to East to North to the Keys to points between returning back West.

What camping memberships would you recommend to either consider and why and/or which ones would you suggest we avoid an why. I have read (I think) what I could find on the Forum....one thing I think I understood is things change...sometimes rapidly with the memberships, and we are looking for the most current thoughts. As always, we greatly appreciate your thoughts, guidance and insights.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:29 AM   #2
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I would think it depends on what kind of camping you are planning to do and what you are driving or towing.
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:01 AM   #3
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Passport America is a pretty good buy. We have had it for about 10 years and always seem to get our moneys worth. Consider Encore parks in the areas that are unfamiliar to you. Not always the best, but we've been pretty lucky with most of them. Usually limited to 3 days at the discounted rate, but that should be long enough for one to decide if they would like to stay long term. BTW there are about 3 campgrounds in the Keys that are Passport members. One thing to be aware of is that most Florida CG's don't accept any discounts other than Good Sam during the winter months.
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:06 AM   #4
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Your age matters, too
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:22 AM   #5
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Don't believe in memberships. If I need CG I find them. Don't need to pay someone to do my work. Later RJD
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:44 AM   #6
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2016 FRF 2401W MBS in our 50's but curious related to campground memberships. We get along with young and old alike
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:46 AM   #7
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Don't believe in memberships. If I need CG I find them. Don't need to pay someone to do my work. Later RJD
Not so much about someone doing the work, it is about getting the best value with the widest selection of quality CGs
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:55 AM   #8
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That's what Passport America is for....50% discount! I think that 'aceinspp' may be a little confused about timeshare type memberships. Not the same. PA costs about $80 a year and just one three day visit at most contracted campgrounds will pay for that. From then on you are saving money.
I think that there is also another similar group called 'CampAmerica'. Again, 50% discount.
The thinking behind these groups is that a CG would prefer to have someone on the site for even half of what they would normally charge rather than have the sites empty.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:59 AM   #9
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We have and keep KOA and Good Sam: we've found they are convenient to most major Interstates, they are clean, most have sites long enough for our 40' trailer and most have 50 amp service. We've traveled East to West coast Pacific Ocean and North to South all the way to the Keys. My advice to you, if your going interstate join KOA or Good Sam. If you stay often enough, and we do, you get free nights at any KOA. We have access to memberships to Coast to Coast, North American Camping, Resorts of Distinction, Adventure Outdoor Resorts thru our parent resort Travel Resorts of America (an expensive expenditure we wish we hadn't done). We had to pay for each membership independently. Most these resorts are not on major interstate and require reservations in advance to take advantage of the discount prices. Plus not all the camps listed can accommodate our rig. Check KOA and Good Sam to see their discount for members, if this is a onetime trip it may not be worth the membership fee. Anyone can use a KOA or Good Sam. One of the biggest reasons we like KOA - most have enclosed Dog Parks and any one we've stayed in enforces the rules.


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Old 08-02-2015, 12:24 PM   #10
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We have been on the road for 15 years. We always use Passport America when traveling.
We also.have been members of Thousand Trails for 18 years and consider it the best value in the campground market. These are.campgrounds that we stay at for a week or more at a time
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