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> Encore / Thousand Trails, Despite bad reviews of management, still looks a good deal?
post Jun 30 2013, 02:27 PM
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I ended up in a Thousand Trails park for one night in Red Rocks area Arizona, and received all the promotional materials, I can't help but think it looks like a good deal.

If I am reading it right, $525 for first 30 nights of camping, and each additional night is $3. Just have to move every two weeks, and spend a week outside of the system between the two week stints, which is my normal travel pattern anyway.

Using 30 nights works out to $17.50 a night and gets cheaper per night the more it is used, the way I read it. So:

Nights per year $ per Night
30 $17.50
40 $13.88
50 $11.70
60 $10.25
70 $9.21
80 $8.44
90 $7.83
120 $6.63
180 $5.42

I travel for 3 months a year, so with the week long exclusions I could end up spending 60 nights in an encore park for $10.25 a night with full hookups and it seems usually a pool.

I've stayed in parks with poor service and customer relations for alot more than that.

Can anyone comment on experience with the basic value of Encore / Thousand trails?

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post Jun 30 2013, 05:30 PM
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We like to travel to destinations of our choice. We aren't interested in choosing a destination because there's a TT (or any other) park there. Considering that quite a few of these parks get at best mediocre reviews I don't see any reason to commit to staying 20 nights a year there, let alone taking your advice of "doubling down" by increasing the number of nights to reduce the average cost. I know there are lots of people who swear by these parks, this is JMO.

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