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Old 07-27-2012, 02:33 PM   #57
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I belong to Good Sam, subscribe to Trailer Life, buy Trailer Life Campground directories, and have never had a problem with Camping World and buy most of my stuff from them, because they are close by. Their prices are far more resonable than any of the parts counters at the local RV dealers and the selection is extremely better. So I guess I'm just plain stupid.

Why does bashing different businesses seem to be so popular on the forums these day. This one started out with one bad experience, and now people are chiming in with things like, "I just don't like them because they are big" or words to that effect.

Do we need a separate thread to post positive experiences with them? I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Ken,

I don't really see much bashing going on here. Rather, most are relaying personal experiences and anecdotes and discussing. i.e. What forums were created for. It is great you've had good experiences with CW and other GS services and I am glad to have the opportunity to read about them. I didn't really see anyone saying they don't like them "Just because they're big."

In short, I see value to this thread and associated discussion.

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Old 07-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #58
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Ken,

I don't really see much bashing going on here. Rather, most are relaying personal experiences and anecdotes and discussing. i.e. What forums were created for. It is great you've had good experiences with CW and other GS services and I am glad to have the opportunity to read about them. I didn't really see anyone saying they don't like them "Just because they're big."

In short, I see value to this thread and associated discussion.

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I'll admit I overstated what was going on. Sometimes (maybe a lot) I turn into a bit of a drama queen in order to make my point.

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Old 07-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #59
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Ken,

I don't really see much bashing going on here. Rather, most are relaying personal experiences and anecdotes and discussing. i.e. What forums were created for. It is great you've had good experiences with CW and other GS services and I am glad to have the opportunity to read about them. I didn't really see anyone saying they don't like them "Just because they're big."

In short, I see value to this thread and associated discussion.

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Well said! I don't dislike them because they are big. If that were true I would have to quit going to them and Costco, Home Depot/Lowes, the BX/PX. And I love those places.
I was already curious/suspicious about their repair services, but find their stores very handy for too many things to give up. I quickly realized that joining was necessary to get the decent prices. In fact, I recently bought a life membership at the military discount rate. Now I just have to live and Stream long enough to make it worth it. 7 more years, I believe.

Not a CW fanboy or a hater, so these kind of heads-ups are very valuable to me. I will say that the clerks are usually friendly and helpful at my local CW.
On the other hand, I too, hate all the hyped snail/email soliciting I get from them. Even after I signed up for the basic emergency road services, they were still sending me flyers to join it. Now, of course they want me to sign up for extended warranty, medical "coordination" services,etc.,etc. Come on! Enough is enough! Save some trees already!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:45 PM   #60
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CW has two prices:. over-priced for non-members and retail for members. Having to buy a membership so that I get a retail price bothers me. Having said that, I do find myself appreciating the last resort convenience and selection of a local CW.
Members used to belong to the "President's Club". That has no been replaced by being a Good Sam member gets you the juice.

I just bought a new genny. I still found one on line $100 cheaper than the CW preferred price.

Personally speaking it's only for something idiot proof like checking tire pressure I would trust CW to touch my Airstream. I guess I can now cross that one off too.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:15 PM   #61
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I have been ASing only since last September, and was not familiar with CW or Sam's Club until then. I have visited a few of their stores on the east coast. I look at CW as a specialty store. IMO a lot of what they sold was priced high but I could say the same for many of the other specialty stores especially those for boating and fishing.

I predominantly shop for my toys on the web and I have found them to be competitive on the common items but not necessarily on the specialty items that mostly pertain to RVing. However I have also found them to have some good prices especially on the web.

As to Good Sam's club. I used them once for roadside service and they were great. I had a flat tire and when I called them they said they would have some one there in 40 minutes. The repair truck showed up within that time frame and to my surprise Good Sam called backed while the repairman was changing my tire. I called that great customer service.

Any way this was just my two cents
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #62
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I have been ASing only since last September, and was not familiar with CW or Sam's Club
Not to get confused between Good Sam and Sam's Club. It is Good Sam that is connected with Campers World, Roadside assistance and other RV related programs.

I really like the Good Sam roadside assistance and they have fun rallies. I have passed on their insurance policies.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:03 PM   #63
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You are correct. I should have said Good Sam's club in both places.
I opted out all of there junk mail but sign up for it to help out our friends at the post office.

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Old 07-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #64
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As far as I'm concerned, this (except for a couple of posts) thread has behaved itself well. I, for one appreciate knowing of problems and cheers for those dealers/service centers (they do work for us, after all). This is a pretty powerfull forum, and rip-offs would be warned that we'll remember some other member being taken, and, guess what, we won't go there!
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:10 PM   #65
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I guess I need to get with the times, I've never even seen a Camper's World. I suppose there's one in the greater Puget Sound area? I just buy everything online, because I thought that was the only place to find all the little tchotchkes that you have to have while rv'ing. How do you get on this mailing list? Is it VIP or something? (that last bit was a joke, but I've never seen one before).
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I guess I need to get with the times, I've never even seen a Camper's World. I suppose there's one in the greater Puget Sound area? I just buy everything online, because I thought that was the only place to find all the little tchotchkes that you have to have while rv'ing. How do you get on this mailing list? Is it VIP or something? (that last bit was a joke, but I've never seen one before).
There is one in federal way just off i5 been there once and joined just because I was buying a bunch off stuff. But there isn't one where I live. So didn't re new.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:49 AM   #67
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We found that it didn't pay to join CW's "president's club" (was everyone a "president"?) until we bought enough stuff in a year to make the difference. The stated rate was $20/year and that would mean we had to buy $200 worth of stuff to equal out on the 10% discount.

We learned that once the membership was going to expire, they'd offer it for less and less and it would go down to as low as $12.50. If we knew we were going to buy more than $125 worth of stuff, it was time to rejoin.

We thought when we bought Good Sam road insurance we'd be buying a Good Sam membership. It is good for discounts, but one time we were at a campground and the owner told us that we didn't automatically become GS members by having the road assistance insurance. We got the discount anyway.

Discounts are nice but many campgrounds will give you one if you ask. Besides GS, there's AAA and AARP and just being old.

Now they have combined GS and CW into one membership. This seems like good marketing and it binds people to the brands, but I don't know what it costs, but when renewal time comes, it seems best to wait as long as possible if you really want it. I expect, if they follow past practices, the membership will be discounted a couple of times. If you don't need much or anything from CW, and have AAA, AARP or they just give you a senior discount, why get the membership?

As for prices at CW, a want a 50' water hose and CW was twice the price as Amazon. I priced it at an RV store yesterday and it was about $5 more than Amazon and $15 less than CW. That same RV store matched CW's price on an inverter (not to be found on Amazon). But, sometimes CW beats everyone. As always, you have to check around, wait for the best deal, and pounce.

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #68
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We found that it didn't pay to join CW's "president's club" (was everyone a "president"?)
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #69
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There was a time when a simple request like 'can you have a look at the front-end, there's a bit of a clunk' would result in the mechanic - who was also the person you were talking to - giving everything a quick look and a shake and giving you a rough guess as to what you needed.

Now... some 'diagnostic specialist' will type in a work order 'customer notes front-end clunk - diagnose'... which pops up with a rate of maybe .75 hours x the shop rate of $110 an hour and voila! $80 for someone to tell you a ball joint is worn.

Almost ALL big shops have gone to that system... and it's not just the dealer screwing you. If the tech working on the car doesn't log it, he doesn't get paid. So yeah, that tire pressure check probably netted the tech $10...
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I think the idea of memberships is not so much to raise money from the fees, but to bind the shopper to the store so they go there rather than elsewhere.

We used to be members of Sam's Club, but after a while the prices could be matched elsewhere and it wasn't worth it. Quality was often low and there wasn't much worth buying. Gas used to be cheaper, but not in the past several years. Costco is too far away from here for us to join, but when we've gone to one with Barb's parents, the quality of the stuff is a lot better than at Sam's Club. I'm not sure it makes sense to join unless you live near one. Driving 40 or 50 miles and shopping there regularly seems to negate any price differences. I believe you can shop online without being a member of Costco. If you are only saving pennies per item, the membership fee wipes savings out for quite a while.

The other way to make you want to shop somewhere are affinity cards that are supposed to offer discounts. It seems a lot of the time the "regular" prices is far above normal prices and the discounts are no different than the ones everyone got years ago without cards. The real purpose to the supermarkets is to collect information on you to target you for some items and sell the info to others. This is a scam. It is pretty hard to avoid this though maybe you can give them fake info when you sign up (might causes problems with using checks or credit cards though since they use the affinity card as ID).

The GS/CW card is a blend of affinity cards (discounts + get info on you) and membership fee.

Pretty much anywhere you go that is a chain store wants you to have a card. When will pockets start exploding from too many cards?

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