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Old 09-25-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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Should we join?

Howdy, all. Quick question: Is it worth our while to join the following clubs?:


Good Sam Club


We have a 25FB; are still working full-time; try to campout at least 2 weekends out of the month; like to take at least a couple longer trips throughout the year; would like to start boondocking; we love people, our family, and friends, but we don't really see ourselves attending any rallies or large group campouts. We like the quiet and solitude that camping affords. Thoughts?

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Old 09-25-2015, 08:48 PM   #2
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With no mention of the relative ages, the AARP seems to accept only 55+ folks.

The Good Sam Club membership gives a small discount on most purchases during the year at their stores both on-line and storefront. We elected to acquire the life membership.

We joined WBCCI before the first Airstream was physically in our possession. The membership was upgraded to Life to help support the Club. We have met many nice folks through the 4 Corners Unit of the WBCCI and the many rallies they have during the year.

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Old 09-25-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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Personally, I'm not a joiner. AARP, unless you really need their services is a source of endless junk mail. Camping World does not get real good reviews on Airfofums. Search the forums and read about it. If you don't like big rally's, WBCCI might not be for you. Lots of opinions on here, so have a look...😀

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Old 09-25-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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Paying to join a club should bring you benefits equaL or more than the cost of dues. That depends on how you intend to use your airstream and if you are planning to use Good Sam campgrounds. WBCCI rallies, depending on the individual chapters, can bring benefits of value to some younger couples. If you were retired, or with time to participate in caravans, wbcci would be worth it.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:54 PM   #5
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One of the first things we did after buying our first Airstream six years ago was join WBCCI. We don't do rallies either, we bought our Airstream to travel. And we do. And that's the reason we joined, for the caravans.

Unfortunately the timing hasn't been right, we are summer lake residents in Minnesota and travel fall until spring. Yet each year we get the dues notice, look at all the caravans coming up, and make out the check. We'll hook up with them sooner or later, and I think it could be habit forming.

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Old 09-26-2015, 08:54 PM   #6
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I joined AARP when I hit 55 and got house & auto insurance from Hartford through AARP - literally 50% less than I had been paying through Allstate. Never had to use the auto/RV insurance but did use it when a storm damaged our house in Austin several years ago... The adjuster was out there within two days and the claim was approved immediately - check in hand by the first part of the following week. Very pleased. AARP also has a good lobby...

As far as "junk mail", I've simply unsubscribed from their mailings and haven't received anything else.

Good Sam is good if you buy a lot from Camping World...

I myself have been debating WBCCI for years now... May yet still join up since it's a club dedicated to Airstream and folks who have more knowledge than I...

And I won't put the red numbers on the cap of my Airstream!
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:15 PM   #7
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There is no requirement to put the numbers on, although there old gray beard members that pretend that there is. They do serve a purpose at the larger rallies as a way to find a specific trailer in an emergency situation.

AARP, good source for different kinds of insurance and purchase diascounts.
Good Sam, good roadside assistance program and occasional discounts at Camping World.
WBCCI, good source for fellowship and opportunity to meet people with a common interest.

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Old 09-26-2015, 09:24 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by M and M View Post

Good Sam Club

Also Passport America, KOA, and whatever others you can think of.

Best way is to go ahead and join each one for a year. If you get enough benefit from that year's membership to make it worthwhile, then renew and enjoy. Otherwise let the membership lapse after that first year and move on with no regrets.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:45 PM   #9
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I have been a member of all three. Good Sam was beneficial at first for the discounts on campgrounds and publications. AARP is also good as I have retired. Their discounts and their lobbing efforts to represent seniors make it a good value for me. I joined WBCCI but felt the organization was too regimented and at the time locally, did not consider the needs of working members. I left Good Sam after the original founder sold the organization and its focus changed and I found that supposedly special discounts offered to members on their various publications were also being offered to non members.

So look at each organization for cost and benefits. If the benefits out weigh the costs, then it's a good deal. If not, pass it by and spend the costs of the membership on something that makes you happy.


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