We woke up to 28 degrees, and Tampa is 37. Unfortunately the extended forecast in Tampa doesn't get much better. This is very unusual for December.
This cold weather is making it a little more difficult to get last minute things done. We need to de-winterize the motor home, but can't until we're ready to leave. I'd like to move into the motor home tomorrow, cats and all. That way I could get the house cleaned up now instead of waiting until the last minute, but I don't want to burn up all of our propane. I guess we'll get it all figured out.
Howard from Rv Dreams posted a blog about Thousand Trails camping club. I had never checked them out and had heard they were expensive with lots of fees. Howard said they have a new "zone" option for $499 annually, and that until the end of the year, the initial enrollment fee will be waived. After that year you can either continue your membership or cancel with 60 days notice. Hmmmm? With a zone membership you can stay for free for up to 30 days. After 30 days, you can stay for $3 a night. Hmmmm.. I went to the website for more info. Here are the different zones. Notice there are many states with no rv parks and most don't have many, even Florida and Arizona.
There are four zones to choose from.
I think the southeast zone would work best for us. There are some restrictions which I think we could live with, but the number of campgrounds is limited. There are only three in the entire state of Florida.
Here are the restrictions I copied from their website:
In general you can stay up to 14 consecutive days at a time and wait seven days before beginning your next stay. If you stay less than four nights at one resort, you are allowed a consecutive stay at the next resort without having to observe the seven-day rest period. Within these guidelines, your pass provides you with unlimited camping all year long!
I did a live chat with "Jessica" who was very helpful. Here is what she told me.
Normally the "enrollment fee" is $5000 and annual dues are between $550-600! Now I remember why we never joined! I remember reading about people who purchased memberships and sold them, but the transfer fees were very high.
They are celebrating their 40th anniversary and have waived the $5000 and annual dues are $499. She assured me that was all the fee...no tax, no additional charges. (we'll see) She also said next years dues would only be $499.
There are certain sites available for Thousand Trail members only and you can reserve them 60 days in advance. She checked and found there are still sites available in Florida in February.
For an additional $199 you can get either a Florida or Arizona "Max" pass. That will buy you 4 additional resorts in Arizona and 6 in Florida. One of those resorts in Florida is in the Keys. I checked the rate and for February the monthly rate is normally $2130 to $2865! I imagine all those sites are booked!
I still want to do more research and see what people that have the membership think about it, but it might be a good deal for us. The $499 breaks down to $17 a night and after 30 days, we'd only pay $3. The main issue I see is lack of campgrounds. You'd have to plan your journey around them.
Anybody out there have any thoughts or experiences, good or bad?
I can see more research is needed.