Anyone familiar with Thousand Trails Memberships???

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by dfchelbay, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. dfchelbay

    dfchelbay DIS Veteran

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    Is anyone a member or know anything about a membership to Thousand Trails? The deal seems too good to be true, so I am leery of hidden extras. I am interested in just one zone....Florida. If I buy a membership it costs $499 and I get 30 days free camping, then it costs $3 a day to camp after the first thirty days. I spoke with a salesperson from Thousand Trails and they say that there are no other fees...then, really pressure you to buy right over the phone. I don't operate like that. I do not respond well to sales pressure. I will just decline all together. Plus, in reading over the website, it appears that people were charged a $3 daily fee too within that first 30 days are free period. So, there is conflicting information.

    We are looking to stay for long stretches over the winter, so staying at the Disney Campground will cost way too much money. We can't even get a DVC reservation for the Fort. There's NEVER any availability for our travel dates. Doesn't matter when we go, there's never any DVC availability. So, we are looking into other options. Most RV places charge $500 or more, plus utilities per month and require a 3-6 month commitment, which we cannot give. This Thousand Trails deal seems too good to be true.

    Any information, comments, suggesting, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to know what experience anyone has had with them. Even if you've stayed at one, I'd like to know how it was for you. We've never stayed at one before. Thanks.
     
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  3. Mcert01

    Mcert01 Mouseketeer

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    I don't have any experience with them, but this is from their website: " For a small annual fee, enjoy resort-style camping in family-friendly environments!"

    Sounds like you will be paying $500 annually + $3 per day ($90 per month), so it looks to line up with the other quotes you are getting.
     
  4. dfchelbay

    dfchelbay DIS Veteran

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    I read it that the first 30 days are free because they are paid for with the membership. But, then when I read the personal endorsements of people on their website, the math added up to not getting any days for free, but instead you pay the $500 and get nothing for it, and then pay $3 a night starting with the very first night you ever stay there. Not sure why they are wording it like that.
     
  5. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure!

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    Ask for a contract. That will tell you if they are on the up and up.
     
  6. articfox676

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    This has been discussed on RV.NET if you want to check it out.
     
  7. dfchelbay

    dfchelbay DIS Veteran

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    Oh, thank you, I will.
     
  8. dalspot

    dalspot We're going back!

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    Lots of times they run a special whereby you get two zones for the $499 initial buy in.

    We've contemplated it, but I've read mixed reviews.
     
  9. double r

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    We are Thousand Trails members and most of the people that bought zone passes have liked them, right now I think they are offering 2 for 1 zones. The folks I have talked to did not pay anything more till after they camped 30 nights, I think it's a good deal we have even tried to talk some friends into doing it.
    The membership only works well for some folks not everyone so this is also a good way to see if it would be worth joining.
     

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