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Ron3rd

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Posted: 01/07/18 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you're interested in this type of camping, check out Thousand Trails, they're one of the better known types of membership campgrounds. Not our cup of tea but you can frequently fine memberships for sale on the secondary market for a fraction of the original cost. Though I've read good and bad about them here they are one of the better established companies.


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My late wife and I bought a basic membership about nine years ago, while in our early 40s, and upgraded it five years ago. She was a sucker for a slick sales pitch.

We used Ocean Mist quite a bit, and I still do. Great park, and other than 4th of July or clamming weekends, I've never had a problem getting a beach loop site.

Ocean Breeze is like a **** car with a new Maaco paint job. It looks great 'til you get in. Stayed there before KM bought it, I hope they've fixed it up, but don't know. Diamond Point is nice, but seemed to have many full-timers who owned lots before KM bought the park. Its club house looked like the private craft room of a couple of the women there. Ponderosa is great, IMHO. Loved it a few years back. My "home park" is in Elma - drove through once, don't know why anyone would stay there. Haven't visited the others yet.

It's a mixed bag. For us, Ocean Mist sealed the deal. I can get there in a little under 2 hours. I've gone with the whole family, solo now that I'm widowed, and with a date. Good beach access, close enough to Ocean Shores or Seabrook for dinner, and I've always liked the hosts. I don't know if they still do pancake breakfasts or homemade cinnamon rolls. We really enjoyed that social aspect of the park.

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Posted: 01/11/18 07:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stay away from any Resort, K&M, Wyndham etc. You can never get out of it and the maint fees and taxes aren't worth the cost IMHO. We just got done with a Wyndham presentation. They promised no high pressure (2 hrs of HP) after the short 1 hr presentation. They bring in a pusher and go back and refer to a pit boss if they think you're getting away.

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I read these posts and all I can think of is the South Park Cartoon episode where the parents of all the kids are getting the Major Hard Sell to buy a time share in a ski resort. No matter what they do, they keep getting sucked back into the room with the salesmen.

Years ago, (1982) I filled out a chance at a 1 month membership for a gym. Of course, "I won"...Once we got there, it was a gym in a strip mall. Very few machines, no "lap Pool" as described in the ad (to be added at a later date)...When we finally got the sales pitch, They wanted $899 a year for one member and only $450 a year for the additional member...I had just graduated from HS not 6 months prior. Needless to say, We got up and walked out of the office, with the lady trailing behind offering all kind of promises.

As probably stated in the other posts, if the offer looks too good to be true, it is.

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Thanks for all the replies. This, along with my Dad's advice, have convinced me to skip it. I feel very confident in my desire and ability to say no, but it just doesn't sound worth it even for the 3 nights.

My dad told me a story of an experience they had. Said the guy drove them to the place to give them the tour. When they refused to sign, he refused to drive them back to their car. Before hearing that story I figured the worst that could happen was a wasted drive and a wasted hour listening to a pitch, but it sounds like that might not be the worst...

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Good to hear you chose wisely! [emoticon]

If that's the sort of camping you'd like to do, perhaps take a look at Thousand Trails. They have a CG next to the ocean just down the street from the KM CG in Ocean Shores. Some of their CGs are pretty nice, some have lots of activities for kids, many/most have large sites. Their CG in Birch Bay is one of the tidiest, well kept and best managed of any CG we've been to anywhere so far and has super friendly staff. Some can have outdated electrical, water or sewer but has never bothered us much. T/T has more CGs that you can travel around to in WA & OR than KM, plus across the US and one in BC. We've been to quite a few T/T now from BC down to Gilroy and over to Vegas.

Don't buy a new membership, look for a pre-owned one. We got ours on Craigslist for $800 but prices can vary. Older memberships can have better features and benefits too such as frozen dues for life and being able to move from park to park and stay in the system continually. Contract details vary a lot and you need to get the memb. no. from the seller and contact head office to verify all contract details. You can buy one from anyone in the US. We got ours from someone in AZ. No problem selling a memb. providing you follow the particular contract's terms & conditions (for ex. like selling to a family member only). There's one or two websites that explain in detail what to look for in pre-owned T/T memberships. It's a very inexpensive way to RV and to visit lots of different places. You could go spend a weekend at a few of them at retail pricing to see what they're like. Now is a good time to buy one before the season starts up. We wouldn't get rid ours for anything...

* This post was edited 01/15/18 07:54am by myredracer *


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The only time I did one of those time share deals, I took along my 6 month old, 3year old and 5 year old. The 5 year old asked him more questions than I did. Tour didn’t take 30 minutes and he didn’t try very hard to talk us into it. We had a nice 3 day break at the beach.


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