We headed over to the Tampa Rv Supershow yesterday.
Our main goal was to see if we could score any free camping sites and get another great deal with Thousand Trails.
It seemed that fewer resorts were giving out free camping this year.
We didn’t look at many rv’s…since we found our dream rv just a few months ago. We did look at a few of the new Newmar King Air’s, which is their new top of the line diesel pusher. I usually don’t care much for most of the high end coaches because they all seem over the top on décor for my taste, and this one was no exception. It was a beauty though.
The main thing we wanted to do was go to the Thousand Trails booth to see if we could get the same deal we got last year…..and we did.
If you are interested in all the details and are considering a camping membership read on. If not, it will be boring. This is the membership that got us two weeks in the Florida Keys, in the winter for $42.00!
Here is the deal we got last year at Thousand Trails. I have explained it before, but it seems some people don’t understand the Max Pass….and the Max Pass is the key!
This is my understanding of their program.
***please note, I do not work for Thousand Trails, nor am I affiliated with them in any way. If you consider purchasing a membership, you need to do your due diligence and learn all the facts directly from them***********************
If you can’t get to the Rv show and are interested….read on.
This is how I understand their program.
TT has divided up the country into 4 zones. The going rate for each zone is $499 annually.
They are also offering (at the RV show) a special where you and a friend can each purchase one zone for $499 each, and if two of you buy a zone, you will both get the entire country (all 4 zones) for free. That is a great deal, but this year we aren’t planning any trips out of the southeast zone, so we didn’t consider it. I do not know all the specifics of this program. I believe that gives you 80 campgrounds nationwide.
At the rv show this year and last year, they had a special show price per zone of $199, but only at the RV show! After the show it goes back to $499 a zone.
We bought the southeast zone for $199. That gave us 24 “resorts.”
You can stay a maximum of 14 days per stay, then you have to be out for 7 days before you get another 14 days.
In the southeast zone,or the southwest you can purchase a “Max Pass” for an additional $199. The Max Pass gives you an additional 6 campgrounds in the southeast zone. I believe you get 9 additional campgrounds in Arizona, in the Southwest zone.
We purchased the Southeast zone for $199 and also the Max Pass for $199. The total was $398..no tax. The membership entitled us to the first 30 nights free.
That gives us 9 campgrounds in Florida, 7 in Texas, 1 in Alabama, 2 in South Carolina, 1 in Kentucky, 2 in Tennessee, 3 in North Carolina, 2 in Tennessee, and 5 in Virginia.
After the first 30 nights, you have to pay $3.00 per night. We have never been charged more, no tax, nothing except the $3.00. It costs us $42.00 for two weeks. Yes, we paid $3.00 per night in the Florida Keys….in the winter!
If you don’t purchase the “Max Pass”, there are only 3 resorts in Florida. Two of them are very nice, but they don’t offer much variety.
We did not expect to be able to get the same rate this year as we paid last year, since we were not “new customers.” Our renewal price was $723.00. We weren’t complaining….it would have still been a good deal for us with the traveling we intend to do this year.
However, we decided to see what kind of a deal we could work out at the show.
Al talked to a guy named Larry. He explained we were already members and asked if they would honor the “show special.” To our surprise, they did!
He said we just need to cancel our previous membership prior to renewal and they would apply the new membership.
Larry sent us over to “Josh” to pay. While doing that I mentioned I had some friends that might be interested in this deal as well. He said the special is only good at the RV show, but that if anyone was interested and couldn’t get to the show, he could honor the rate through Sunday, January 15th. His cell number is 407-844-9611. His name is Josh P.
He also said if any one calls and gives him my name he would give us a $25.00 gift certificate. So, if you’re interested call Josh by Sunday and give him our names. Karen and Al Lueck!
AGAIN….please read all the contract and details before signing up. It is an automatically renewable contract and if you don’t cancel prior to renewal they will renew you automatically.
We never had any trouble with the reservations, but when we arrive at a campground, we have learned to give them our name and tell them it’s a Max Pass reservation….otherwise they can’t find us.
You can’t make reservations more than 60 days in advance. I guess this is to keep them open for everyone, but it does make it a bit difficult for long term planning.
The resorts are a little spread out, but we’ve really enjoyed the past few months traveling around the state of Florida, and especially the Keys.
Anyway….I hope this makes it clear. If not, feel free to email me.