We are looking at the same floor plan, but in the Denali 287RE, rather than the Cougar RES. The Denali has a king size bed that the Cougar does not and a much larger carrying capacity. Here is the link:
check out Pennsylvania campgrounds on ctc they just about all have every weekend blocked our home CG is in Gettysburg we will also be staying there for most holidays and traveling around the east coast for about 3-4 weeks of vaca time the only thing I have to complain about would be that our home base when we joined last MAY didn't tell us about the blocked weekends never realized it till we got online about 30 days after the waiting period we new about the holidays. just a little a bummed about it we like to do a few weekends a year in between our week longs. we just have to drive further now. and C2C has added quite a few more CG's to the list even in New Jersey just can't see them on the site as of yet to tell if they are going to block weekends. heck we even got into 1 last year for the labor day weekend by accident so we were told when we got there. But they were most accommodating and we had the best time!! VA. has a lot of great CG's on the ctc network we will probably be spending a lot of time in your state. by the way we were at Shenandoah over labor day last year what a great place!!!!
Hi Sarhvac1...I did look at Pennsylvania and do see what you mean about weekends being blocked out. Saw that on 3 different parks in your state. Like I said, I had never seen that before on any of the parks we've wanted to visit, but I had never looked at Pennsylvania before either. I can see how that could be frustrating as it limits the parks in your state that you could spend a weekend at. On the flip side, I have no idea how busy those parks happen to be on the weekends, but if I was a paying member at any of those parks and any of those parks happen to be my homepark, I would be highly upset if I wanted to come spend a weekend at my homepark and was told there were no sites available to me because they had to keep 5 sites available for C2C members, meaning I couldn't get in to my own homepark, but a C2C member could get into my homepark on that same weekend that I can't. Now that doesn't make sense either, does it?
To me, there's a fine line there, but before we joined C2C we researched the C2C parks in our states as well as some out of state that we knew we would want to visit. We looked at the availability of these parks and which parks blocked out holidays and for how long were they blocked out. For example, my homepark blocks out the entire week before and after major holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, and C2C members can't come in during those entire weeks. Having camped at my homepark during these holidays, I know my homepark is 99% full those weeks, and again, I would have a major problem if I could not get a reservation at my own homepark during those weeks, but a C2C member could, when I am the one paying yearly dues at this park, not the C2C member.
Having said all that, we've never really run into any major issues with the C2C parks we use, but admittedly someone else's experience with C2C may be different than mine simply based on geographical location. But it felt like most responses to this thread were more negative in nature, and I at least wanted to provide a positive example of how C2C has been a tremendous value for us considering the way we use it in conjunction with our homepark.
And yes, you are right, Shenandoah Crossing is an outstanding resort, one of our favorites, in fact. We go there a couple of times every year, and will be making our first trip of the season there in April.
We stayed at Mill Creek under C2C last year in April for 6 nights. Could not make a reservation through C2C website either due to the "renovations" designation as well, but we called the resort directly and made our reservation. When we checked in, we presented our C2C membership card and the points were charged to our account by Mill Creek. Not the nicest park we've ever stayed at but considering the location and price, it was still worth it. Funny, I don't recall seeing any renovations being done at the time we were there, but the place could use some updating. Staff was very friendly though.
We've been members of C2C since 2011, and just signed up for 4 more years (for the price of 3 years). We really have no complaints with C2C (as evident by the fact we just signed up for 4 more years) because if you know understand how to use C2C to your benefit, it IS a great cost saving method. No, you cannot get into most C2C affiliated campgrounds on major holidays, but anyone signing up for C2C knows that upfront, as that is clearly stated. For us, this works fine because we spend all major holidays at our home campground anyway.
At our homepark we can stay for 14 consecutive nights, then we have to be offsite for 7 days, then we can come back onsite for 14 nights again. We use the C2C parks for those 7 days that we have to be offsite from our home park. For us, we camp the entire summer starting with Memorial Day weekend at our homepark, then after 2 weeks, we'll leave and go to a C2C park for a week or two (depending on which C2C park we go to) then we'll come back to our home park for 2 more weeks, then go to a C2C park for a week and so on. We do this for the entire summer, but spend Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day holidays at our home park. In between those holidays, we travel to our favorite C2C parks, and yes we have a couple of favorites that we have never had a problem getting into during the past 3 years we've been camping this way. Also, I for one have never seen random weekends blocked out on C2C at the parks we looked at, unless it was a holiday week, but granted all of the parks we have been to have been on the east coast, so I can't say I've ever looked at C2C for a park in California or Texas for example.
With the friends & family benefit that C2C offers, even my inlaws have been able to use my C2C membership a couple of times per year on their trips to Florida and Myrtle beach at $10 per night.
I am in no way affiliated with C2C other than as a member for the past 3 years, but I can't help but feel like people that complain about it, either don't have the proper expectations or don't understand how C2C works. What I can say is this. Last year, my family camped a total of 65 nights between my homepark and various C2C parks, which last year consisted of 5 different C2C parks that we stayed at. After factoring in what it cost us to pay our homepark yearly dues, our C2C yearly dues, and to buy C2C points, those 65 nights cost us $19.66 per night (which included all taxes we paid as well), which is far cheaper than the average cost of any state park in my state or any other private campground that I've personally ever stayed at.
Not trying to sway anyone's opinion as I have nothing to gain personally by doing so. Just offering a perspective on how and why C2C works for some families, particularly if C2C is used to supplement a homepark that one may already be a paying member of.