There are many RV memberships, clubs and discounts. How do you know which ones are best for you? We will review what we use and what we like and don't like about those memberships. We were surprised how many we have used, kept and discarded.
Thousand Trails For those of us who travel consistently over long periods of times, Thousand Trails has been one of our most go to campgrounds. If you plan on spending more than two or three weeks a year, this could be a money-saving answer. We signed on to the two western areas which include Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada. Our plan is a two week and in one week out plan. Most of the campgrounds work out just fine for us although there are a few that we now avoid. Also, since we work from the road, the availability of high speed Internet for zoom meetings can be difficult.
Passport America We have found that passport America can provide some good deals. We don’t use it as often as we might. This membership gives you 50% off of selected campgrounds with restrictions on seasons, days of the week, and holidays.
We use it enough that it pays for itself in a little bit more but we don’t like having to go out of our way just to find a deal. Additionally, some of the parks aren’t as nice as we might like.
Good Sam Many of the parks we encountered that were not on the West Coast, use a good Sam 10% discount. We have only been on board for the last year and I’ve only used it a few times. We find a 10% discount is not a whole lot of savings as well as we have other 10% savings advantages as well.
If you use some of the other Good Sam services, you may find more value in this particular membership.
Elks Lodges Elks Lodges are one of our favorite memberships. What we like best is the variety and number of places to stay. We also know that the money spent is for a good cause. Also turns out that Elks Lodges is likely to charge less than most other RV Parks in the vicinity. They all have different amenities from dry camping to for hook ups. Cost varies depending upon location and amenities of course.
AAA Typically, AAA will give you a 10% discount similar to good Sam. We use AAA for any roadside assistance, batteries, maps as well as the discount.
AARP Many of us over 55 are members of AARP. Again, typically this is a 10% discount on selected RV parks. No big deal, but if it’s all you can get, it’s a slight savings.
National Parks Pass - America the Beautiful For us, this is one of the best deals there is. Free entrance to all national parks as well as discounted camping up to 50%. This is also good in national forests and Bureau of land management areas. If you by the senior pass which I believe is $80, it’s good for a lifetime. This really is our favorite membership.
Escapees Escapees has proven to be another one of our favorites. We have enjoyed in expensive escapees parks for an amazingly low price. We love the camaraderie of the folks that live in the escapees co-ops in particular.
Many of us are on the road more than we are home. Storage is limited so why carry a huge box of detergent when a single liter of SA8 is good for 33 loads (29 cents per load). Cleaner clothes than you have ever had.