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Posted: 01/30/20 03:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems like a no-brainer. Would save me 50% off a $130 reservation and costs $44 per year. Do I understand this correctly?


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Basically - yes. The caveat: many of their parks restrict what days the discount is available, and/or how many days the discount is available. Check their website for the campground you're interested in, and look for any restrictions.

That said - we typically save anywhere from $100 to $300 every year using PA during our travels. More than enough to justify buying their Lifetime membership!


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Not only are there date restrictions, there are often other costs and considerations. You won't find a lot of Passport parks near popular attractions, so most the value is in transit market. The Passport parks are often somewhat off the beaten path and a large number of them are showing their age (polite comment on condition). If you have to drive out of your way you trade out some of the savings in fuel costs. Many Passport parks have additional fees for things like 50 amp service and some only accept cash and have reservation requirements etc.
Finally, there is no law saying their regular price has to be a fair market. If the Passport park is $40 and a better located park with superior amenities that accepts the normal 10% discounts has a published price of $35 you aren't really saving the $20.00 discount the Passport park offers. There are more than one Passport Park that has inflated it's rack price in order to offer that 50% discount.
All in all, if you travel a lot and don't have extremely high standards in parks that you choose, it is probably worth the $44.00, but don't expect to cut your entire RV park budget in half.

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What the others have said is true. I will add that I have used PA parks and have found some that were outstanding. Others, not so good-but better than staying next to running 18 wheeler at a noisy truck stop or rest area. With a little research on your way to the next stop you can usually find a PA park that can be OK or better.

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We had a Passport America membership for our first year of RV travel. We did not use it much since we spent most of our time in National Parks, National Forests, State campgrounds and BLM lands. Later the membership expired but we used the guide a few times. When setting up reservations we were able to get the same level of discount using our AARP or AAA membership numbers.

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We've found PA works best for us for one night stays at off season parks. Some of those parks are quite nice and just minutes from an Interstate. They're just using PA to fill in at slow times. As said, balance the savings against the extra fuel costs for those parks that are bit further off your route.


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restrictions may include days of the week during certain months of the year for X number of days on certain sites in the park. we dropped our membership after 1-yr for a couple of reasons. first, their parks were not where we were at the end of the day and we were not about to drive miles out of our way to save a few dollars. the extra gas would negate any savings. and since we frequently stay a week or more in a park the park’s weekly rate is the best rate.


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I have found them useful for a quick nights stay. You won't usually find them in a destination area. You need to understand the rules for each park. Like others have said some campgrounds are better then others. Also parks come and go in the PA system.

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We've had PA for a few years. Still use it, mostly during travel. You just need to be aware of the "rules". The rules are posted for each campground and easy to find.


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We have used PA for about 8 years. We have had great luck and "OH MY GOD" nights at the parks. At one park, we drove through and didn't stop even though we had a non-refundable deposit.
The nicest CG I have ever stayed at was PA.
Like several have said, read the restrictions and you get what you get.


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