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Posted: 01/31/10 09:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is fairly safe to say that TT attracts strong comments pro and con. IMHO Thousand Trails membership is a relationship similar to owning an RV. RVs are great deals if you use them a lot. And TT membership seems to be a good deal for the folks that use them.

I am not a member and have been to three Thousand Trails parks in our general vicinity. They seem to me to be "cream of the crop" RV parks. The ones I have been to are Idylwild CA, Oakzanita CA, and Pio Pico CA. Great places. If we are lucky enough to start RVing as much as we would like we are going to buy a resale membership.

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JR45 wrote:

Let me see if I have this right. If I were NOT a Thousand Trails Member and stay out 365 day's a year and paid at the low end $30.00 a night to stay somewhere in one year I would have spent $10,050.00, but I only have to pay $579.00 per year and my dues are frozen. I do not have to pay for power,garbage,water this has to be a scam
JR

If it's a scam we've been scammed for over 20 yrs now! That is why TT s so popular with fulltimers who dont mind stayhing in one general vacinity for long periods of time. I know a few folks who have been snowbirding on the Pacific coast for years, never or rarely staying outside the system. Our membership allows 2 week stays with one week out before we can come back in the same park. We have "park-to-park" which allows us to travel to another TT park immediatly and check in there for 2 weeks etc. These fulltimers have perfected the merry minuet of moving from park to park without having to stay in pay places too many nites. They do all seem to carp about the system not having convenient parks along their flyways, I5 and US 101 to accomodate them as they move on their migratory trips. When in Oregon/Washington there are several parks to move around to and in So. Calif there are 4 they like to use, Wilderness, Pio Pico, Palm Springs and Soledad Canyon.

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chiefneon wrote:

Howdy!

Intimidate, I found and purchased great Thousands Trails membership on Craigslist last year. Resale is the only way to go.

"Happy Trails"
chiefneon


Ditto. I have gotten more than my $$ worth. I do have several of the parks within 50 miles away so it is easy to use.

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pusherpilot
You are so right and that is the price that I pay to stay at a park that is locked to keep the rifraf out. Everyone there has a stake in it, most things are left out at night, they have pools, internet, washer&dryers, store what more do you need. We can stay 3 weeks at a time and move to the next one and book 150 days out, + my kids both get memberships for only $30.00 a year with RPI + ROD what more do you need. Life is good. I just have to find another scam like this one. We live in the Pacific Northwest so we have a lot of parks to see and people to meet.
JR

* This post was edited 02/01/10 08:49am by JR45 *


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I, personally have no interest for ANY of the "condo-campground" membership things. but...a couple of my "camping buddies" have memberships and like them. Fine.
Over the years (especially the early ones) there were so many problems...I think the gov't got involved with some of the "memberhip" CGs...it was just a big turn-off...for me. Running RVs for over 20 years, I've not had a problem getting into any campground (except those exclusive ones...the ones that are "members only"...or them super-expensive snobby places)....so I simply surf over them....
Even Good Sam has it's problems...in Florida, going for a 2 week stay, I finally got the chance to use my Good Sam card for the 10%....only to be told that THEIR 2 week rate...is cheaper than the Good Sam discount. GS is only "good" for the daily rate. But I still keep my GS membership...if only to get their monthly, entertaining magazine. But now...they're starting an on-line thing....I think hopefully to eliminate the paper version...and if that happens, they will simply lose me as a customer. Oh, well......

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I have been with TT for seven years. We love it because we save lots of money if you are going to use your coach or trailer. We bought our from a TT sales person, then we upgraded to a platnuim last year so that we could go from one TT to another continues anywhere in this country. I figure it paid for itself in the first year of usage. Now there are many different contracts like somebody mentioned over 250 I heard. Our we can get out anytime we want to, but like the sales person told us when we upgraded. And that was to give them a chance to resell your contract and that way you get your original investment back. But if we didn't want that route, we still can get out anytime. There are many sales offices. Just give them a call and they will drive up and meet you where ever you are. We were at Morgan Hill, California when we upgraded and he drove from Soledad TT office and met with us. Only one thing I don't like about TT and that is their lease programs and something there will have to change if they want to continue having satified customers. My recommendation is to separate the lease areas from the daily users of the park. Too many TT members not happy about the lease programs or storage on sight programs. But overall TT is a very good thing to get into and save money and enjoy nice resorts through out the country.


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Tsalla Apopka wrote:

Friends were considering TT Membership and one of the questions they had was "If you get to a point in your life where you no longer use TT, Can you just stop paying the yearly dues and let it lapse? "
Are there repercussions or does the membership just go away........?


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I hope you got the info you wanted. It got off topic in some posts from what you asked.


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Tsalla Apopka wrote:

Friends were considering TT Membership and one of the questions they had was "If you get to a point in your life where you no longer use TT, Can you just stop paying the yearly dues and let it lapse? "
Are there repercussions or does the membership just go away........?


As you can see getting the correct answer on RV.net is akin to eating a soup sandwich.

If I wanted the real scoop I would call Thousand Trails. I'm sure they will answer your questions.

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A soup sandwich, now that's one I'll have to remember.


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JR45 wrote:

pusherpilot
You are so right and that is the price that I pay to stay at a park that is locked to keep the rifraf out. JR


Yeah, but I AM a member of the "rifraf", and proud of it!
You can have your upscale gated communities, some of us don't want anything to do with them, be they "stick and brick" or RV communities.
I just could never get the hang of looking down my nose at people, and I don't want to live around anybody who makes a habit of it!
"RIFRAF", indeed.


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