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Old 06-07-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Is Good Sam Worth It?

Sorry if there is a thread on this already. I tried searching but didn't come across it.

Anyhow, I am wondering about the value of buying a membership in Good Sam -- especially in Canada where most of our RVing will take place.

Thoughts from those who have been or are currently members?

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Old 06-08-2014, 12:08 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the cost for Good Sam, but with the KOA membership I just did the math. The membership at KOA gives a 10% discount off the standard rate. In order to break even we'd need to spend $240 in retail camp spots before we'd get back the $24 membership fee. Parks charge various rates, but if each night is $35 in fees, we'd have to camp in a KOA on 7 nights to break even and every night after that we are actually getting a discount. Make sense? Do the math with your Good Sam membership and determine if you think you'll actually be using a Good Sam often enough to make it worth your while.


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Old 06-08-2014, 06:32 AM   #3
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I signed up for Good Sam (shortly after I got my Eagle) for the 10% Camping World store savings. I bought my waste water tote, jack pads/leveling blocks, EMS/voltage regulator and 50/30 dog bone, and was able to re-coup my membership fee on the first shopping trip. The discount on camping is only for your first night's stay. And since private campgrounds (including GS) are generally double the price of a state park, I've never stayed at one. Since I'll be full-timing as soon as my house sells, that may change in the near future. We'll just have to see. Plus, CW is offering $35 installs on all accessories purchased through CW stores or CW on line for members only. And I hear their insurance/towing services are pretty good, too.

The long & short of it is that if you have GS campgrounds where you'll be camping, and/or need to buy a lot of stuff either at campingworld.com or at a CW store, then membership will probably save you money. If, on the other hand, you're already stocked with "stuff", and you don't use private CG's . . . not so much.

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Old 06-08-2014, 01:14 PM   #4
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Good Sam gives you discounts at some campgrounds and also gives you discounts at Camping World. You can also get discounts on fuel. We find our use for supplies and camping pretty much pays for our membership.
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:15 PM   #5
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We are life members. Not sure how it would work in your country.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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For me, the GS annual fee is worth it; I really enjoy browsing through the CW store.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:54 PM   #7
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We joined when we first started camping in 2001. We are now life members and enjoy the discount at both campgrounds and CW store. I shop around and do not buy everything there but do find good prices especially when stuff is on sale. We also belong to a local GS camping club chapter and enjoy our camping friends very much. To us it has been worth it but only you will be able to make that determination.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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We are life members. Not sure how it would work in your country.
We have been members for almost 10 years and upgraded to Life Time Membership a couple of years ago because of a special offer on the price. We camp about 45 to 60 days a season. We are usually at a GS or KOA (also members of). So the discount for both pays off. This season we will exceed 60 days, heading west across Canada. When we are in the U.S. We shop at Camping World for sale items. It isn't worth paying the shipping, it usually doubles the cost.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:34 AM   #9
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Personally, I think Camping World with the GS discount winds up being the price that everyone else charges. For example, we bought our Honda Generator at Northern Tool for less than the discounted CW price. It was not on sale there, just the normal price.

If CW were the only store around and we stayed at GS parks more often, it might pay off, but as it is, I feel we come out behind because they don't even send the magazine anymore.

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What about good sams roadside assistance? Is it worth it?

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