Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Trucks of Art:
1961 Volkswagen Pickup
When we decided to join a Camping club we found a membership for sale on line.
We learned that the office of the ‘Club’ was in St. Cloud Florida. Instead of doing this on line we opted to go to the office. Funny thing that caused some consternation was our first two minutes in the office.
I told the secretary, “We are buying Ms. Jones membership @ Diamond Caverns in Kentucky.”
Without hesitation I heard, “Great, she has been trying to get rid of that for years!”
Is that scary or what? LOL
BUT to the workers benefit (we learned later), the company had already been sold and most likely they were losing their jobs.
I must say, we have never been sorry we bought in. It has been good for us and all ‘Full-timers’. I would never recommend a club other than a ‘yearly 50% off club’ (Passport America) to anyone who camps for only 2 to 4 weeks a year.
I am not sure of the years we used the first membership. But we had 6-8 parks. We would stay 2 weeks in and stay out 7 days. The membership corporations are always looking for ways to increase income. They offered us 82 parks with 21 day stays and no time out. We could go from park to park. Our dues frozen at about $500 a month. Theoretically we could live all year for $500 plus the diesel to get from park to park. THAT IS A DEAL. BUT the cost of the upgrade was $3900. It doesn’t take much math to figure we would save that fee the first year, so we became ELITE Members.
Everything worked well for about3-4 years. Then NEW programs came out. ZONE Passes, for one. Campers could buy in for a year at a time (no life time obligations) for a zone. RV parks began to fill up. Then Another program, ‘Seasonal passes’ where the camper could pay up front and stay in one park for up to a year. That took up more ‘available sites for the ‘Elite’ members.’ LOL
In the small print, all those ‘perks’ are according to ‘availability!’
So far I am not fussing, BUT………… ??? maybe???
Oh yes, new programs We were 'Elite Members' now we are 'Elite BAsic' we can now upgrade to something more super dooper, but I think we will pass for now.
PS: I must have said all this before, but I am a little discomboobalated lately. I will find another subject. LOL