QUOTE(rick strack @ Mar 9 2008, 05:08 PM)
IN THE DAY AND AGE OF TRYING TO CONTINUE TO ENJOY RV LIFE AND YET NOT SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON THE ROAD BUYING DIESEL, WE ARE CONSIDERING BUYING A CAMP MEMBERSHIP WHICH ALLOWS US TO STAY RENT FREE IN VARIOUS QUALITY CAMPGROUNDS.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE DONE IT THE RIGHT OR WRONG WAY, I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR ADVICE. EXPERIENCE IS THE GREATEST OF TEACHERS!
THANKS, RICK AND JANE
I think the first thing to realize is that "there is no free lunch". Do the math and you will realize that you have to spend a lot of time each year for many years to make it worthwhile. The people selling you their packages do not give you time to reflect on these matters. Reading this forum, I think many have found that the parks leave a lot to be desired also.
We went to a Thousand Trails presentation and were promised a number of incentives to attend. That is the first clue that all is not going to be positive. We were promised a $50 gift certificate (Camping World etc.) At the last minute, we had to give the 'agent' $20 as a good faith indication that we would show up for the scheduled one on one presentation. Of course, we would be given our $20 back plus an extra $5. Had to sign a paper with this information on it. Figured that it was a receipt for our $20.
After the meeting we were given a VISA voucher for $25 - I guess the $20 plus the $5. When we asked about the $50 voucher we were told there was no voucher. You signed the 'contract' for the $25 VISA as the 'gift'. If you don't like it, there's the door!!! I guess you realized by now we did not sign on the dotted line immediately and give them our $12,000 discounted today only to $6000, membership. There was nothing to give us in print so everything the salesman told us was verbal. "Trust me, I'm honest. This is a great opportunity."
Oh yes, to activate the $25 VISA, there is a $4 charge so our gift was our own $20 back plus $1!!! I was so annoyed with the deceptive practices that I complained to the Camping World Store Manager where we were approached.
If their initial presentation is full of deception, how much faith can you have in their actual camping system?