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Old 07-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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Thousand Trails membership

Is anyone a member of this or any other "timeshare" campgrounds? Could I get feedback about this? I wasn't sure if it made sense to buy one.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hello.... We were ONCE members of Coast to Coast and now are not. Cost us lots of bucks and lawyer's advice to get out of it... There is Golden age pass, Airstream Parks, Army corps of engineer parks... lots to pick from without needing these very expensive memberships ...
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:29 PM   #3
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I am waiting to get my member info to join WBCCI. What type of furry babies do you have. I have a few we intend to airstream with.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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We have been members of Thousand Trails for over 7 years and are happy with it. Last year we used their locations going up the West Coast all the way to Washingston. This year we stayed at the parks in Tennessee and Ill. Although its not for everyone it works for us.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:15 PM   #5
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Talking we have a membership....

for us it works perfectly...we are close to orlando tt and will often go just for a weekend away from the house...

6 years members...very happy...if you go and listen to the selling points...you can usually stay for 3 nights i think....free...

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Membership campgrounds are usually very nice places, well maintained, have planned activities and events, etc...usually of the "resort" type...and there are usually some cross-benefits with other groups as well. Memberships can run into the thousands of dollars, but if that's how you like to travel, it's perhaps worth it... Some have limitations mostly having to do with length of stay...things like you can stay two weeks in a specific park, then you have to be out of it for two weeks before you can come back in, etc...that's so people don't just camp the rest of their lives in one place and everybody has access to the facility. If you're interested in this lifestyle most of them will give you a complimentary visit for a couple of days to experience it... If you do that, you will be required to sit through the sales pitch, etc... But you can say "no" in the end if you do not want to commit. Before buying a membership outright, you might look at the classifieds of travel/RV magazines...you can usually buy a membership from a member who wants to sell theirs and get a better deal. The whole thing is sort of like a time-share set up... We personally thought we would not use the facilities enough to make it worth our while because we much prefer national and state parks, national forest camping, etc.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:08 PM   #7
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It makes sense if you will use it, my parents have been TT members for about as long as TT has existed, minus a day or two. They use it about 100 nights a year, well worth it to them, as a lot of the places they have resorts, the other CG fees can be very high, and they stay for free. We don't use it as much as they do, but the price is right when we do.

I agree that if interested, look in the classifieds, members getting out sometimes sell pretty cheap.
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Just bought a toad, so memberships will have to wait. Good idea fro the future though.
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Does Thousand Trails have any membership exclusions?
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:53 AM   #10
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Does Thousand Trails have any membership exclusions?
I don't understand the question?
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I don't understand the question?
I think the question is:
Do they have any restrictions such as: age of the RV, size of the RV or type of RV.
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My parents were full timers for over 18 years and had a TT membership. They figured that they needed to use it at least 6 weeks a year to break even and they usually did use it across the country for over 6 weeks every year except the last couple of years they had it. When their health started to deteriate they weren't able to use it so much. Now my sister has it and I'm not sure how much they use it. We are considering buying a membership but will do it through ebay or other medium.

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Old 08-02-2009, 01:55 PM   #13
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Check with the time share brokers/resellers, they often have a membership for much less than the cost at the sales office.

We "won" a free weekend at an RV show. We requested the one in Orlando because there are very few on the East Coast and knew that was the only one we would use. We were sent a package for a stay at one in North Carolina. So we decided to just not deal with it. Then we get a call that the one in NC was full for the weekend we wanted to use it and all they could offer was the one in Orlando. We went to the one in Orlando and were not impressed. We told the sales rep up front that we weren't interested . She understood and made her spiel quick and painless. At the prices we were quoted there is no way we would have joined; we had much rather pay $100+ per night at Ft. Wilderness than to stay free at the Orlando property when we visit Disney. But then again, we are Disney fanatics and would prefer to stay on site.

Just bear in mind that there are different levels of membership and most of their resorts are in the South West and along the West Coast.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:30 PM   #14
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I think the question is:
Do they have any restrictions such as: age of the RV, size of the RV or type of RV.
Not that I am aware of.


edit: ok, went and signed in at the website members area, read thru the entire rules and guidelines areas.. see no such rules, they do restrict how many vehicles can be at a campsite, and how many tents, that sort of thing...
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