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Why Buy a Camping Membership?

Why Buy a Camping Membership?

Private Camping

 

Public Camping

SAVE MONEY:  Camp for just $5  a night at over 500 private resort campgrounds.  Exclusive to members and guests, with access to hundreds of resorts nationwide. Cost The national average is $15 to $25 a night (many charge up to $50 a night)
Park Rangers patrol private resorts on a continual basis (peace of mind, no riffraff) Access There is no control over who or what groups can camp in a public facility.  Crime is increasingly on the rise in many government parks.
Safer Environment. Generally campers in a private resort are people like you, they look out for one another, similar to a neighborhood watch.  You often run into the same people at other resorts. Park Security Some parks have security, but most do not.   There  have been several nationwide articles telling the dangers of public campgrounds, including a feature in Time magazine describing the violence encountered by park rangers.
Private resorts offer quality facilities (85% of the resorts are 4 or 5 stars).  Resorts that do not meet the specified standards of quality are removed from the system. Facilities Public campgrounds have inconsistent facilities.   Most public campgrounds are not held accountable for inferior facilities or service.
Each private resort offers numerous amenities, such as:  a member lodge/club house, convenience store, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and spa complex, beach and marina, boats, fishing, playground, horseshoes, basketball, miniature golf, ice skating, horse back riding, recreation rooms, member’s kitchen, restaurants, laundry facility, and much more!  There really is too much to list! Amenities Most public campgrounds just don’t have the budgets for the amenities you will find in a private membership resort.  Also, those that do have amenities, such as a pool, often charge extra for their usage.
Activities Directors will plan event weekends, barbecues, games (bingo, card tournaments, etc.), arts & crafts, boat races, and more! Planned Activities Generally there aren’t any.   There are a handful of campgrounds that do, but they generally charge additional fees.
Consistently clean facilities.  Both employees and members take pride in the resort, and work hard to make sure it meets the highest standards. Conditions Inconsistent Conditions.  Some parks are very nice, but this varies from campground to campground, and you usually don’t find out until you arrive.
Security and privacy create a wholesome family atmosphere.  There is fun for the whole family, from tiny tots to adults. Family Environment This depends on the park.  You have to research to find out.
Private resorts offer many discounts for roadside assistance, hotel accommodations,  amusement park admission, and more!

Discounts

There are some discounts available through public campgrounds, but there are fewer than with private memberships.

 

2) WHY ARE PRIVATE RV PARKS NICER THAN THEN PUBLIC RV PARKS?

The trend has been for several years that the nicer more developed resorts have gone to private membership. Let us explore the reasons why. The bottom line is that by becoming a private membership resort the resort developer/owner will make a considerable amount more money. To explain by example, lets compare two resorts with the same amount of amenities and campsites. The public park rents sites at $15.00 per night and the membership park sells memberships at the national average sales price of $3995.00 with annual dues of $250.00. Lets say that the public park averages an 80% occupancy for six months out of the year. Lets also say that the membership park enrolls 2000 members. Lets also say that both parks have 100 utility sites.

PUBLIC PARKMEMBERSHIP PARKRental of 100 sites x 80% occupancy x 6 months per year x $15 per/night2000 members sold at a price of $3995.00, and 2000 members paying dues of $250 per yearTOTAL INCOME FROM SALES $7,990,000.0TOTAL ANNUAL RENTAL INCOME $218,400.00TOTAL ANNUAL DUES INCOME $500,000.00

COST COMPARISON 

 

Camping for:

Public, State, KOA & Good Sam Parks

Private Membership RV Parks

Membership Annual Savings

20 nights

@ $20 = $400.00

@ $5 = $100.00

$300.00

30 nights

@ $20 = $600.00

@ $5 = $150.00

$450.00

40 nights

@ $20 = $800.00

@ $5 = $200.00

$600.00

60 nights

@ $20 = 1200.00

@ $5 = $300.00

$900.00

90 nights

@ $20 = $1800.00

@ $5 = $450.00

$1300.00

 

1) PRIVATE CAMPING VS. PUBLIC CAMPING

3)  ISN’T BETTER TO HAVE MY HOME RESORT IN MY HOME STATE?

No.  Remember the 125 mile rule (See Most Common Questions, 125 mile rules).  By having your Home Resort out of the state you are able to use all of the resorts in your home state.

4) HOW DO I KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO GET A CAMPSITE?

Each resort developer that obtains a license to participate in the network is required to set aside a percentage of their total campsite’s for visiting members. These are sites that the developer can not sell memberships to.  Over the years a complicated formula has been established so the availability opportunity at each resort is optimum for visiting members.

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