I'm a working full timer in traveling sales. Thus, my habits and needs will be different from many. Since I usually move often, every week or two, my preference is for government (public) parks where I enjoy a more natural ambiance and lower daily rates than commercial RV parks. I have the "geezer" pass which gives me 1/2 price camping at most federal government parks.
Occasionally, I'll spend a month in an area. Then the commercial parks' monthly rate is generally cheaper than the public parks' daily rate. Plus, I'll get additional amenities at the commercial parks, such as sewer hookup, cable TV, WiFi, and access to laundry facilities. Passport America, with the 1/2 price camping, has provided a nice savings over the years at participating campgrounds. Recognize, there are restrictions and generally the discount is for Mon-Thurs. Information can be found on their website. PA parks are good for a one or two night stop between destinations.
We joined PA this year based on recommendation from friends. I know it will pay for itself. In fact, just this week, we needed a site on short notice in a very desirable area in prime season, and found a PA park that gets good reviews willing to give us half price. So we are saving $35.
Just be aware some PA parks have restrictions on which months or days of the week you can use it. They also may place you in a less prime section (not waterfront, for example, or near the road.) Understandable, and everyone's happy.
I bought and paid for them all when I first started out and used none of them.
The ones with the biggest discounts have the biggest restrictions. Certain days, certain months only if you stay one day, etc. etc.
GS-many CG's dropped this discount but still sport the logo. Or you get there and they tell you that the discount is 'already' in the rate.
Unless you plan in advance and make that one particular CG your destination and fulfill all their restrictions they are IMHO of no use when traveling.
That said. Escapees is great! And I DO highly recommend getting the GS ERS. Emergency Roadside Service. Which you CAN purchase independently of paying for their GS Club membership which will only net you a mailbox filled with junk mail!
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us".
If you use what the club has to offer, it is a good deal (usually).
If you do not or can not use what the club has to offer, it is a waste of money.(usually)
I joined the KOA club, because the week we spent at the Chattanooga South park more than paid for the membership. I probably won't renew this year, though, because we usually spend one or two nights a year in a KOA. The membership isn't worth it under those circumstances.
That's why I don't belong to any other clubs. It just isn't worth it for us.
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Right now we are in southwest Texas, soon to be driving to southern Arizona and California. I thought we might save by joining PA, but after researching a bit, I found that few if any of the Arizona members give the discount during winter "snowbird" months, even for one-nighters. No point.
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Escapees is a great organization but certain parts of the year it can be tough to get in. Supply and demand type thing. It gets tougher the bigger rig you have. Read peoples blogs and you'll soon get a feel of what they do.
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1997 33 ft trailer (winter home in much warmer climate)
2005 25 ft M/H (our "stand up B" for traveling)
We have passport american and good sams. When traveling we look for the pa 1/2 price parks first - if none in area then look at good sam parks for 10% discount. If you won't move around much then neither would be beneficial to you.