there are a number of private Campground membership companies and timeshares out there.
you can buy a lot of them cheaper on Ebay or Craig's List, from those who got suckered into buying them at full price.
not for us, we like exploring different places to camp and dislike going to the same old places every time.
but it's just the tow of us and we don't care about amenities.
so state, county and national parks are fine with us.
Dan- Firefighter, Shawn- Musician/Entrepreneur, Zoe- Faithful Golden Retriever, 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS, 2007 Rockwood Roo 23SS w/Equalizer and Prodigy, and 5 Mtn. bikes and 2 Road bikes
We travel on an average over 6 to 8 months a year and find membership camping to be a good choice for us. However; we have found that most memberships can be purchased used on Craig's List or places like that for pennies on the dollar. When purchasing a membership never purchase anything that you don't get something in writing saying you can cancel it at any time without penalties. We presently own 3 memberships and pay about $1000 a year in dues. Our camp fees vary from free to $3 a night. Even using $20 a night as an average public campground fee we come out ahead in less than two months. Memberships are only good if you use them and statistics show that somewhere in the neighborhood of 80% of members don't use them enough to pay for having one.
Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)
2008 Holiday Rambler Endeavor PDQ40
2008 Ford Explorer toad
I would NOT. Agree with those that mentioned that even though you have a membership, that's no guarantee that any sites will be available. Looking at the math, that's a huge amount of money paid out for pretty much nothing. If you know you are going to be riding in such and such area, just get online for a few minutes, check State Parks, county parks, even some cities have sites. There is always KOA. On our trip to the UP last year, the very most we paid, and can't recall the exact amount, was in Mackinac - prime property. I would rather spend $25 or so a night and be done with it. Making reservations is not that big a hassle - takes a few minutes and with the exception of a few states, you know exactly what site you'll be in. Many websites have pictures with the details of each site. If you know you're going to be camping on a holiday weekend, for sure make reservations or you'll be at Walmart. MHO - save your money.
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