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Jim and LindaFull-timers from 2001 to 2013http://parttimewithjandl.blogspot.com/ 2006 Dodge 2500 Diesel pulling a Heartland 26LRSS TTMay your days be warm, and your skies be blue.May your roads be smooth, and your views ever-new.
Good points from all. As a point of reference from our experiences, private campground fees (seem) to be higher on the eastern side of the US. (When we started it was $3.00 a night for water and electric and 50 cents extra if you wanted a sewer. Times have changed.)
I would also point out about Escapees vs. Good Sam or similar “clubs:” for us Good Sam was better because we tend to travel more (often) and we have found more Good Sam discounts where we’re traveling. But we don’t stay for 2 or 3 months anyplace. So the sheer size of the available Good Sam discounted sites is greater for our needs. So, as I tend to say, “It depends.”
We have also found the COE campgrounds, on the eastern side, to be upgraded in the recent years to the point of having a full hook-up including 50 amps for $20-$22. That’s not too bad for a one or two night rate assuming full service is important to you. (Obviously less if you don’t have 50 amps or sewer.)
I think you need to look at where, and how often, you’re going to travel. Then check out what “clubs” have campgrounds where you will be or would want to utilize; including whether making reservations on-line or by phone is important to you. (It is to us in some cases – not all.) Then you can judge what is right for you. IMO, there is no one “right” answer: “It depends on your needs.”
Bill & Linda2014 New Horizons Majestic F37RLTSS 962012 Chevy 3500HD Duramax-Allison \ 4-Wheel Drive \ Air RideClassy Chassis RV Hauler Bed Conversion \ Aux Fuel Tank
Bill Joyce, 40' 2004 Dutch Star DP towing a 2012 AWD Chevy EquinoxJournal at http://www.sacnoth.comFull-timing since July 2003
Bill, sorry about the “lumping” of Escapees and Good Sam. Escapees is indeed a great organization. I was only referring to the number of campgrounds available for discount and where they may be located during your travels as was the question as I understood it. Not the value added benefits of Escapees which are more far more extensive and you pay for those, somewhat, up front. ‘A very good thing for some, not as much for us right now based on our travel areas. That’s why I always say, “It depends.”
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