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Old 07-09-2015, 11:19 AM   #1
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Travel Resorts of America

Anyone a member of Travel Resorts of America? We are members and love it. Of course being in Ohio with three of their resorts helps. Our favorite is Rocky Fork Ranch Resort but we have only been to the three in Ohio thus far. We will be heading to the Gettysburg Battlefield Resort for Labor Day.

We hope to make it to Sycamore Lodge (NC), and Bass Lake Resort (NY) next year. I know there are many people who are against this type of membership camping, but we have been members for two years and could not be happier. Six great resorts all very family friendly with lots to do both at the resorts and nearby plus Coast to Coast membership included.

If anyone is a member we would enjoy meeting up at one of the resorts sometime.

I am prepared to get badgered about my post by those against it, but I think sharing my positive experience is worth it to anyone who may be considering something like this.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:32 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing! This is why I enjoy this site. We learn so much from others.
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:56 PM   #3
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Been a member going on 3 years and have been to all except in Fl. Very nice accommodations. Really liked Gettysburg.
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We have been members since 2011. We love sycamore lodge!!! You can see some pictures I posted here
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We were members and were told we could never get out of the membership. We were not told everything when we joined. Anyway it took a lawyer to finally get us out, and we would never join again. There are way too many restrictions!!!
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We are members through the in-laws. So far only been to Gettysburg. We go several times a year and like it for what it is. It's nice, well maintained and has lots to do. It can be a bit close depending on what site you get Of course we aren't the ones paying for it and if it came down to it wouldn't be. Our preference is for state parks and smaller places. We would not join a members CG like this or TT. Like our freedom and not feeling like we have to go somewhere because we are already paying for it.


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[QUOTE=loumichelle735;918154]We are members through the in-laws. So far only been to Gettysburg. We go several times a year and like it for what it is. It's nice, well maintained and has lots to do. It can be a bit close depending on what site you get Of course we aren't the ones paying for it and if it came down to it wouldn't be. Our preference is for state parks and smaller places. We would not join a members CG like this or TT. Like our freedom and not feeling like we have to go somewhere because we are already paying for it.


Lou,

We camp a lot so we do end up at a lot of other places but get plenty of use out of our TRA membership as well. In fact we are going to a non-TRA CG this weekend. We also have a Disney trip planned to camp at Fort Wilderness (Disney's CG). The TRA also included Coast to Coast which is hundreds of CGs all across the country.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:51 PM   #8
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Hi Randy. I'm not even completely sure of the costs involved but it isn't too cheap is it? Have you ever calculated it out what it cost you on a nightly basis? I believe one of their big selling points is site availability. With the membership we have access to we can book 3 months out and sometimes have trouble getting a site. Gettysburg is a very popular place for sure. I'm just not sure we'd get our money's worth out of it. I thought they did away with the coast to coast. Or was it thousand trails?


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Lou,

TRA still has Coast to Coast so that must have been Thousand Trails. For me we are young and have a long time of camping to enjoy it. Considering most resorts as nice as these are $60+ per night for us it has been well worth it. Gettysburg is one of the most popular resorts by far. Living in Ohio I have three resorts with the farthest being about 3 hours away. We spend most of our time at Rocky Fork Ranch and it is huge. They have horseback riding, gun range, archery range, golf driving range, indoor pool, outdoor pool, lake
With boats, nature center, cabins, and so much more. If you only camp a few times a year it is not worth it, but we are out as much as we can get out. Sometimes it is last minute and we never have an issue getting a site.
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Booking can be difficult. It depends on if you want 30 or 50 amp, fhu or w/e and what membership plan you have. 90 day booking plans have no issues. 60 day booking plans have some issues (what I have). 30 day booking plans, forget it. They do over sell the membership. The tours have become a running joke among members. That said, sycamore is our favorite campground. We use it a lot but camp elsewhere too. Yes, it's expensive, especially if you buy in full price but to us the campground is worth it. Many buy resale memberships for just the transfer fee of a few hundred bucks and then just pay the yearly membership fees. This cost depends on your particular membership plan as these appear to be fully customizable. I do caution anyone financing a new membership through them, it will be financed on a credit card and not a loan. The coast to coast membership is a separate yearly fee. So yes, there is a list of negatives but to us the positives outweighed the negatives. Would I do it again? Yes but I would buy resale instead of new membership. As stated above, membership campgrounds are not for everybody but neither are state parks, boondocking, tent camping, etc. That is the beauty of camping, everyone has there way of doing what they enjoy.
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