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Old 05-04-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Travel clubs ?

A bit over 30 days ago we purchased our first Airstream. I plan to use it and use it and use it.

We will camp everywhere and anywhere. We love to travel. I am retired and have been for 7 wonderful years, but my bride continues to love her job, so she will be restricted to 3, 4 and 5 day weekends and a 30 day vacation once a year, as well as 2 more weeks during the year when we fly to someplace with a warm beach. After I sell our Timeshare in Hawaii (please let it be soon), we will be streaming for 6 weeks at a time each year.

We are very spontaneous and take off for parts unknown at the drop of a hat. One year we took off on a Harley ride on the west coast and found ourselves in South Carolina dancing in the Atlantic ocean. We put on over 9K miles on that trip.

I plan to camp at trucks stops, Walmart's, Camping World, Police departments, Church parking lots, rest stops... any place that's legal and places I feel comfortable at on our way to a destination.

Crazy huh... spend a fortune on a trailer and then try to camp for free while you're traveling. LOL It's my Scottish heritage, I just can't help it, it's in our blood. ;>) I have solar power, and am presently upgrading to T-105 batteries and a second Honda 2000i generator.... so power should not be a problem while dry camping.

As an example... it will take me about 3 days to get to South Dakota. I don't mind paying for a nice site once I am there to spend a few days, but saving $150 on the way would be nice.

Okay, I am a member of Good Sam, so I can get 10% discounts at some campgrounds, but that's it.

A friend told me that I should look into "travel clubs" and that I could find that I could be paying $0 to $10 a night at their associated or "members only" campgrounds.

THE QUESTIONS: Are their any "travel clubs" that you folks might recommend? Cost vs benefit?

Thank you for any recommendations.


Dan.. the cheap Scotsman.

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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Have a look at Escapees. They have a number of campgrounds I'd say mostly in the south and southwest. We very much like the healthcare facility they have in Livingston, TX., strikes me as a great idea and I support that.

If I were you, I'd spend some time looking at a lot of them on the intenet and watching here.

My 2 cents worth.

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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like so many of the common RVn themes...

there are scores of threads here on this one.

and MOST of the specific options mentioned in those threads have OTHER THREADS specific to that brand/label...

so search a bit and read what's been posted.

think of searching here as boondocking ON the forums (free info in wide open spaces)...

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:08 AM   #4
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I visited the Yellowstone National Park this past summer and purchased a lifetime pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. It is called "America The Beautiful Senior Pass". It cost $10.00 and gives you free acess to all National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. There is an added benifit of half price RV parking at campsites run by the different branches of the federal government, TVA, Corp of Engineers etc. These campsites are easily found on the internet. I plan to use my card extensivelly.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #5
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Hodum...not to be picky, but I think you'll find that the Federal Senior pass doesn't allow 'free' entry, but allows a 'discount' on the facilities,'s the info:

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

I've used our 'senior' pass to gain small discounts at many State CG's as well - I always ask at the entry gate...

We camp at State Forest CG's here in Calif., and they allow a 50% discount with the pass - that $10 original fee for the card has saved us 100's of dollars in past years!

Now that's a Federal program that I'm in favor of!
Ray & Pat; Morada, CA
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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I have used my America the Beautiful Senior Pass at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas and go free admission for myself and my wife.


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