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Posted: 03/14/12 04:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From campground owners point of view why do the new GS membership cards not have expiration dates any longer? I understand it will save money for GS, but to make campgrounds check dates, or they should be check dates. Why put that off on the campground staff? I understand if they have new card this year it is valid, what about going forward?


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Posted: 03/14/12 05:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup.
Good Sam is going to make us check validity starting in 2013. They figure to save themselves 1M a year, in not mailing new cards.
You can guess that check in will take longer as our staff takes time to call or use the computer, which will mean they are just passing the costs to us.
We asked them to do this AAAs way, by sending a sticker for the new year .
Their argument that Presidents Club members will now be Good Sam , which increases GS membership to 1.3M will bring more to our door is possible, but we are not convinced, as those .5M Pres. Club members are probably those who use commercial parks rarely if at all.
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Posted: 03/14/12 06:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ka Ron wrote:

As an RV'er and member of no club at the moment, I would be concerned as a campground owner. If enough campgrounds and RV Parks are unsatisfied with Good Sam and drop the association, the RV'er is left with fewer choices.

Rates are an issue for all and that includes the RV Parks and Campgrounds. Their costs go up on a regular basis and they pass that on to us RV'ers. Now one thing is for sure....we are a cheap lot. We can stay anywhere we want and a lot of us have self contained rigs. If the costs for a stay in a park get too high we have choices.

It is not always a good idea to pass costs on to your campgrounds.

Just my opinion as an RV'er


I agree 100%. More and more there are fewer benefits and greater cost to campgrounds and ultimately it is we, the campers, that pick up the costs through camp fees. If Good Sam or any other endorcing promoter cannot function financially without being on the backs of the campgrounds, then they should step away.

When I pay to be a GS member, I do not want to bear additional cost of staying at a GS recommended campground.


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I know that a number of you are concerned about this. This was my decision. IN an effort to merge the clubs, and lower the price we took a big hit. That hit financially is my responsibility. We need to add much more value and make it more affordable. I had to find small places to make up some of that. This represents just a fraction. I would ask for your consideration and patience. Please know that I am sympathetic to this and need your help.

The members just cant continue to be charged more and more, in fact I felt strongly about lowering the combined dues. At this point, I think the members are getting happier. IT is our job together to provide them with a great experience and great value. If we do that they will at least give us a chance to earn their business. In todays day and age, people have choices. We got into a mode that seemed like entitlement. People, including us just wont stand for that. Its interesting but although I know we technically and legally own the club, I feel like I have 1.4 million shareholders who will ultimately vote and determine our fate with their pocketbook. All of them understand that this is a business but we have to earn it. Whether it is the club, cw, roadside, warranty, campgrounds, magazines, we must earn this day after day after day. No one can be unsatisfied.


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As an RV'er and member of no club at the moment, I would be concerned as a campground owner. If enough campgrounds and RV Parks are unsatisfied with Good Sam and drop the association, the RV'er is left with fewer choices.

Rates are an issue for all and that includes the RV Parks and Campgrounds. Their costs go up on a regular basis and they pass that on to us RV'ers. Now one thing is for sure....we are a cheap lot. We can stay anywhere we want and a lot of us have self contained rigs. If the costs for a stay in a park get too high we have choices.

It is not always a good idea to pass costs on to your campgrounds.

Just my opinion as an RV'er


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Mr. Lemonis,
Thank you for your explanation. PM or call please, you have my # .
Max

We require presentation of a valid card at check in to qualify for discount, per club rules. In a later post (2-3down) you will see that there are instances in which some could take advantage of the coop-erative camp, and of your endeavours.
Again, Max, Pres. SDCOA

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Posted: 03/14/12 07:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last summer we got Good Sam discounts at several camp grounds and never had to show a card. We were asked if we were members and we said "yes" and got a discount.


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I think over time there will be some changes to the whole process as there will be new and better ways discovered of handling these type of things. While it might take an extra couple minutes to verify a persons membership status while they are there, do you wait for them to get there to verify the status if they have made reservations prior to this? I would think that the campground owner could do a check once the reservations are made and before the camper gets there. Ask the camper if they are a GS member and if so, then ask for their membership number.

I don't see how it is costing the campgrounds anymore to verify via computer or phone. If you are referring to the time an employee takes to do this, I don't think that is accurate. Are you paying them only for the time they are actually moving and doing something or by the hour?

How many GS members a day do you get that are requesting the discount with their card? It can not be that significant. I don't think i've used it once. Well maybe once, but I can not remember. I've used my KOA card more so.


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Is it possible that Good Sam is in the process of rolling out their own reservation/registration computer system? That would allow them to instantly check for valid cards and current membership dues. Much like KOA uses. If you don't make your annual payment... no discount. And, the cost of that computer system, and the fees charged to campground owners would generate another revenue stream for Mr. Lemonis. Just asking...


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Posted: 03/14/12 09:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are looking to cut costs, what about cutting the junk mail to the customers? That is a huge gripe of many people on these boards.


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