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Old 10-22-2002, 09:02 AM   #1
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Coast To Coast Rv Resorts

Here is a photo from Camp Cherry Log, in N. Georgia. Nice small and friendly park. The hosts were great, and the lodge was comfortable for games and big screen TV.
It's a member of Coast to Coast Rv Resorts, and if anyone has any comments on joining, I would appreciate hearing from you, as there are a number of these in Georgia.
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Old 10-22-2002, 09:05 AM   #2
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Membership fees

How much are the fees and what are the perks?

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Old 10-22-2002, 12:14 PM   #3
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not sure about it,but
http://www.coastresorts.com/
is their address. and this is some info from it- Part of the RVNET family. There isn't a lot of info on the site as per membership fees, but lots on the programs and benefits.

Camp Coast to Coast (CCC):
This is our classic Coast to Coast membership designed for RV travelers who primarily want RV hookup privileges. A CCC membership gives you the following:
Two visits of up to seven nights per visit at $6 per night at each participating resort with RV sites.
Access into the Good Neighbor Park network
Toll Free Member Services Support Line
Quest International
Coast to Coast Travel Services
National Car Emerald Club membership
Lens Express Discount Vision Plan
Coast to Coast magazine

Good Neighbor Park Network
600 plus open-to-the-public campgrounds located in popular areas to provide site availability during high demand seasons. These parks are accessible by Coast to Coast members for $10 per night plus 1 $1 Good Neighbor Park camping card.
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Old 10-23-2002, 10:30 AM   #4
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Alan, been there done that!! Would not do it again!!! Yes some parks are better than others but I have found that most affillated parks don't want you in there. Some are DUMPS!!!!!!That is why good neighbor parks was started!! If one of the CC parks wouldn't let you in the GN park would ------ at a price. They used to reimburse you [ I was] if a park refused you------now the tell you to find a GN park!!!! You camp where they tell you to camp -----or pay anyway!!!! You loose your freedom .Try and sell your membership??????? I gave mine away!!!!!!!! Because I was paying for it and couldn't use it. Then there is the subject of transfer fees------to get rid of your membership!!!!Read the fine print-----some transfer fees cost more than the membership!!!!! You just can't stop paying for it!!! You must sell it [HA] or find some one to take it at a fraction of what you paid for it!!!!!!!! I've met people who lost thousands of $$$ buy memberships in parks. Remember you are paying for it whether you use it or not!!!!! If there are no parks where you travel----tough! Then you have to pay for one anyway. Try getting into a CC park in Florida or around St.George, Utah or Tenn.!!!! The one in Gatlinburg hated CC members. First hand experience. Then there is the subject of parks closing. Try to get your mony back????? Many parks close all the time. Parks will sell memberships up to the day before they go bankrupt!!! Look in a CC magazine.There are usually pages of parks that have closed. Some parks are built just to sell memberships by glifters. Why should you have to sign 6 pages of fine print to go camping??? Shall I go on??? And on............and on...... ITS A SCAM-- LEAVE IT! Tom
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Old 10-23-2002, 12:12 PM   #5
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Huh?

Had a good time huh?
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Old 10-23-2002, 01:38 PM   #6
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Re: Coast to coast resorts

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Alan, been there done that!! Would not do it again!!!
We got a certificate for 3 free nights at a local CC campground when we bought our trailer. To "validate" it, we had to make an appointment to "come tour the facility." We did so and got a mail with a key to try to open a new Chrysler PT cruiser and promises of free gifts if we showed up. That sent up flags right away since this is the type of marketing I'd seen real estate scammers use in Florida. We almost didn't go.

We showed up for the tour, and didn't get a tour. We got a sales pitch from the park manager, who was supposed to turn us over to the "closer" once the "tour" was done. He answered my questions honestly, and they revealed there were so many requirements for booking at other places, and so many disclaimers, that it would be a pain to use.

The guy was just doing his job, but I told him, hey, I'm just here for the free 3 nights and I'm not gonna buy anything. He wasn't supposed to tell me, (the closer's job) but I ask what the cost was. He said $7-8K up front and 100-something annual maintenance fees, and they say the offer is only good during the "tour." I told him, yeah, if I come back in 2 months with an $8K check, your closer will crawl across the floor on his hands and knees to get it, if that's what it takes.

Anyway, our key didn't fit (surprise), we got a $2 watch, and a pass for 3 free nights. SCAM flags were up the whole time we were there. Not sure we'll even use the free nights.

That's my experience with Coast To Coast. Since then I've heard of people who can't give their membership away because of the transfer fee, but I've also heard some positive comments.
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In theory I imagine those "package deals" would feasibly work well. I have talked to quite a few "Good Sam" individuals, they seem pretty happy about their choice - however they also admitted it was a bear to actually find places - decent places - that were available when and where they wanted. I think for the most part that most of those deals are modeled after the "timeshare" marketing model - for some it has advantages - for a non full-timer - you really have to do your homework to determine what the best avenue will really be.

So far my experience with being out in Seattle for the last 5 months - Monthly Rates are usually the best deal - followed by weekly.

So far I have used my AAA to save a few bucks here and there at RV Parks. Heck it even worked at some KOA places along the way.

Parks that typically become associated with these programs typically - end up not giving the kind of customer service that the typical walk-in customer would get. This is in part that :

1. They are forced to give reduced rates and the amount they recieve back from the program is usually less than there desired minimal.

2. Customer involved in those programs feel they have already paid for X this and y that - and when the only spots available to them are the water and electric hook-ups only etc... they are determined to get their $ out of the deal.

IN reality - if its a big enuf park who gets substantial business from these kind of programs you will be better off. But parks that only join these wholesale programs becuase they are convinced that it leads to more advertising and exposure to their site - are more than likely to accomodate with the bare minimum essentials required.

For a full-timer or person looking to spend several months a year at a set location - you can actually approach the owner of the park and negotiate for a set fee kind of deal.. But for the casual weekender - investigation into the programs - the type of parks etc is crucial before outlying that kind of cash. My humble opinions of the matter - and the fact I am at worked bored - prompted this response lol
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Smily, I had a ball!!!!! I actually had a membership in a decent clean park in Utah, that was well funded----most are not. To join CC you have to buy a membership in one of the parks in the system. Those parks were only $1/night at that time, Now $6.......soon $8. I gave away my membership!!!!! Affilated parks don't have to let anyone in that shows up. There is an allocation. I've gone to parks that were 50% empty and refused me. CC has no control over them!
That park in Utah HATED dogs. We were incouraged to leave our pets home...........WITH WHOM ???????????? I live in NJ. When you got to the park you were handed a list of instructions of there dog policy. Get this.....You were not allowed to leave your dog in your camper if you left your site. Any infraction and you could be fined $25. Don't pay and you couldn't camp. That's after the initiation fee AND dues. Need I say more??? There are many beautiful state and county parks through out the US..... Tom
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Unhappy Coast to coast, Memberships, again...

Forgot to mention......... fine print again. If you stop paying for it, they [management] claim that they could auction off your membership ......... and charge you for the service. DOUBLE WHAMMY!!!!!!!! Good Sam is not C-C. Good Sam is OK if you like magazines... TRAILER LIFE-same thing, without the membership!! When I joined there were 2 parks in NJ now there are none.......none in the state I live. Did you know about the 200 mile rule??? Can't camp at another CC park within 200 miles of your home park , the one you joined. Some parks are so obscure that you can't find them, anyway!!! How many times I passed by good State and federal Parks trying to find a CC park.......
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No membership for me

Wow,

There are some strong feelings out there about the CCC.

Enough to scare me away, ( am I in the wrong thread?)

Scaaaaaaarrry!

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WE stayed at Hart Ranch in Rapid city a couple of years ago for 7 nights with our grandaughter. Great place for kids 6 bucks a night everything for them to do. Huge park 300 + sites plus cabins. It was on CC problem was they moved us every other day. For no real reason I think to Jack us around, because you can't reserve sites so that wasn't the reason. But if we joined Hart Ranch they would not move you. One of the selling points was when you bought you got guess what " a membership to cc" that they touted as wonderful. We expressed our feelings on the subject. Of course we didn't buy. Our cousins own Liesure time and seem to be very happy. ?????
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Okay everybody, New thread on leisure time.

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LKappenman, I've heard that Hart Ranch is a good CC park in SOUTH DAKOTA!!!! But, I live in NJ!!! How often would I go there???? Hart is one of the only ones that I have heard any thing good about. From the discription of your experience it appears that even there they were hustling you around. MY experience has been that the affiliated parks don't want anyone but their members camping in their park. I was in one park when the manager called the Police to remove me. Never did. When I complained CC paid me to camp elsewhere and the good neighbor scam was born!!!! The park owners seem to have memory loss, and forget that there members paid dearly to stay in your Home park and you expect the same. When they do let you stay there you get the worst site [almost impossible to get into]. I remember one incident when a fellow arrived and needed 36' to park--sorry too big, no room!!! Liar!!!!! Where was that poor fellow to go then??? The carrot to join a Home Park is CC, trouble is it's a lemon. Camp any where?????? Try to find a park in Nebraska!!Stayed in a Motel that trip. Then there are the park restrictions. Each one different!! You have to plan your trip like the Normandy Invasion. Freedom of the Road??????? Remember you are signing a LIFE TIME MEMBERSHIP 6 pages of fine print.
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wow- thanks for all the info- I am going to use the free pass for 3 nites I got as soon as I finish putting hot needles under my fingernails!!
Actually I balled it up and put it into the circular file.

I guess I am sticking with my KOA camp discount card, presidents club from Camping World, and .......AARP.
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