Per a letter from Thousand Trails--I am an Outdoor World member--I have a meeting with them in a couple of weeks. What should I be prepared for? I am thinking it could be one of the "high-pressure" things.
Most likely they are going to tell you about the EAST/WEST deal for 450.00 per year, and the open to the public , that the preserves (?) are now run by private companies such as Encore etc. They want and need your 45.00 per month to stay in business.
The letter just says they want to discuss changes and get input. My son who lives in another state and I own the membership together. When I called for the appointment they would not give me one unless my son would be with me or I have his power of attorney. That is when I guessed they would be selling something and need both signatures. I am going--have temp POA for day of meeting!
I am an OW member also and received a letter about a year or two ago. I ignored the first one and a while later I received another one to attend a meeting at a location about a mile from my house. Evidently not too many people were interested because there were only about 3or 4 couples there. This particular meeting was divided into two segments, one to explain about the buyout of different membership parks, Outdoor World and another one but can't recall the name. If it is the same meeting they will explain their aquisitions, which was a couple of years ago, and the second segment is to offer you a chance to purchase an adendum to your OW membership with certain perks. If it involves the same two sales people you can possibly expect some high pressure from at least one of them to purchase immediately because the offer was not going to be repeated, yea right. I have to admit the offer was not too bad for my circumstances, but they wanted money up front and that is where it stopped being interesting. I did explain to him that I might be interested but definetly not on the spot. I did tell them that nowhere in the cover letter did they mention bringing a check or credit card to make an immediate purchase of their once in a lifetime offer. I did mention that no one in their right mind would make such a purchase, in my opinion, without taking some time to think about it. At this time I was the only one in the room listening to him, the other couples had already walked out. I explained my choice was to think about it and get back to him. I was then invited to leave if I was not going to purchase immediately. I must admit he did get belligerant becaus he did not make the sale. I did do as he requested and did leave and did mention to him what I thought of his tactics. I did get on the phone to their customer service and let them know what I thought of their high pressure sales person and all he did was make me angry and determined not to buy.
2003 Dolphin Model 5380, Workhorse 8.1, 04 Honda CRV, Brake Buddy, Blue Ox, Banks System, Garmin 7200.
I joined TT/Outdoor World two years ago. We enjoy all the parks.
We also got a letter this past Winter and went to the meeting.
It was a video to explain the changes in the Company. We also were
able to upgrade our membership, which now we are allowed in a park
for three weeks, and no time out. Works great for us. Last year we
camped 91 days, sure it will be even more this year! It was a lifetime investment and will pay for itself. We now are in the
process of selling our home, so will be using alot more! As a
sales person said at the meeting, these memberships are only good
if you are able to use it! I haven't been dissappointed in the
decision to buy into this company!
Ray & Joyce
Ford F250 Super Duty
2009 Forest River Rockwood 8315BSS
The letter is about a Platinum upgrade which will give you OWD and TT for initally about $6500. and $500 a year dues. Look on the internet and buy a resale. Also remember these are "lifetime contracts".