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Old 12-11-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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Best wholesale club for frequent travellers

What wholesale club do you like best or find most accessible while travelling? I belong to Costco and some carry propane at a really good price, but no diesel. Does Sam's have diesel? Sam's club has a good holiday promotion for new membership, but not sure I need both. Can you spend the night in their lots? Some Costco's have a liquor store, do Sams? Don't know anything about others, such as BJ's.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:32 PM   #2
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I carry both a Costco and a Sam's Club membership card. Both carry a large assortment of alcoholic beverages and other handy stuff for on the road.

As a side note, Sam's carries Charmin Ultrasoft Toilet Tissue, which, last I tried it, works just fine in RV holding tanks. It passes the "quickly dissolves into shards in a shaken jar of water" test.

I have not tried to camp out in either parking lot personally, but Sam's Club is a division of Walmart, and I have seen the occasional RV parked in the Sam's lot where I live. As always, I'd ask before hanging out overnight...in any parking lot.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:51 PM   #3
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Costco is a long way from me, and I quit Sam's Club.
I quit because no one was ever available to help with an item, and they never had an express lane. So you might have three items but be stuck behind the restaurant owner with a trolly full of paper plates and assorted food.
Yes, they had liquor, but very limited brands.
I also complained about their shelves stocked with obviously damaged goods, and they refused to stop.
They didn't want me any more either. Now that store closed.
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We use costco frequently when traveling.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:12 PM   #5
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Hm. The Sam's Club I go to has both self-checkout (express lanes of sorts) and the iPhone checkout App that lets you scan and pay for everything except alcohol and discount items. Never have a problem getting in and out quickly.

Not surprising that they closed if it was that sloppy.

Mollysdad, How long ago did you have the issue?
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:28 PM   #6
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I have a Costco card and daughter has Sam's. Since she travels with us most of the time, we got both covered and have not needed anything else. No diesel in Costco's around us. But the Sam's close to us has diesel.
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Used to have both. Found Sam's easier to park at with the trailer and the gas pumps were more accessible in most cases. Like the product selection and level of customer service at Costco much more. Sam's closed the store in my area, so we cancelled that membership.
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I pay for COSTCO and my wife pays for Sams. I much prefer COSTCO and my Sams card is seldom used.

One exception is trips north. We leave our home SW of Austin at 9 am to miss the worst of work traffic. Our lunch stop is the Sams in Waco which we reach close to 12:00. Always parking and we can pick up anything we realize we have forgotten.
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:49 PM   #9
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Sam's Scan N Go app on the phone is a lifesaver. You scan your items yourself while you shop. Pay and leave. So much better than waiting in long lines. With that said, I feel like Sam's Club is more available than Costco in the Midwest. I have Costco card too. Each club has its advantages. I like the food selection better at Costco.
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:44 AM   #10
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We have Sam's only, but their gas prices are not that low. Lately, I've driven past because prices were no lower than the corner stores.


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Old 12-12-2018, 09:45 AM   #11
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I only have experience with Costco which, by the way, can only sell liquor if the state you are in allows it in big box stores. No in Oregon, but Yes in CA and TX and some others.

I keep this link bookmarked - if you scroll down you can view the Costco locations in each state that carry diesel. https://www.costco.com/gasoline-diesel.html


On average Costsco diesel is about $.24/gal cheaper than the average top brand stations nearby. And, in Oregon where you cannot pump your own gas, you CAN pump your own diesel there. And the best part is... as you pull in, you don't have to hurriedly scan for which pump station has the Diesel handle... because they ALL do !! For the one in Tigard Oregon that means at least a dozen stations x two sides = about 24 lovely green handles, but bring your own paper towel for catching dribbles from the nozzle cause they don't have them out for you. Designed to keep people in their cars and exiting the lanes ASAP.
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I keep this link bookmarked - if you scroll down you can view the Costco locations in each state that carry diesel. https://www.costco.com/gasoline-diesel.html
TRONADORA - Thank you for the above link. I have just bookmarked it. I looked up my state NV and why they don't have a single Costco in Las Vegas that carry diesel, I have no idea But the great news is the Costco(s) we frequent in SoCal & NorCal have diesel. I have never paid attention to whether diesel is carried by Costco until now. I will, have to ask our local Costco's why they do not have them.
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Costco Diesel

Have seen only one Costco with Diesel....Charlottesville, Virginia. Pretty sure they show up on Gas Buddy. Might be worth a try.
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Costco liquor in Texas

The answer about Costco selling liquor in Texas actually is "Well sorta..."

Texas liquor laws are byzantine, the way Costco works around it is by having another company (which they may own, I've no idea) called Western Beverage which operates a liquor store in a different bay of the same building as the Costco locations in Texas. So, to go there you have to walk out of the Costco door and into the liquor-store door (under the same roof) and the liquor store can't be open on Sundays (welcome to Texas) and you can ALSO buy wine inside the Costco part, but the selection is different.
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