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Old 03-04-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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I was wondering. They have these time shares where you stay in villas and such. Does anyone know if there is such a thing as timeshares for campgrounds. Does anyone have experience with a timeshare like this if exists. If not think I will look into it.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:00 AM   #2
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There is something similar google membership camping.. things like 1000 palms will probably show up..
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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There are membership campgrounds all over. Some are just an individual location and others place you into a confederation of campgrounds that grant privileges to members of each campground.

IMO, like a vacation timeshare membership campgrounds are rarely a good deal. Even taking the share price out of the equation, which often is several thousand $ and not recoverable, the annual maintenance fee and or membership dues are roughly equivalent to what you would spend al la cart on a per night basis with no lifetime commitment.
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But hey, show an inkling of interest and they'll offer you a free couple of nights to come and visit (and hear the spiel). Personally, diversity of sights is why we camp/RV ...
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There are membership campgrounds all over. Some are just an individual location and others place you into a confederation of campgrounds that grant privileges to members of each campground.

IMO, like a vacation timeshare membership campgrounds are rarely a good deal. Even taking the share price out of the equation, which often is several thousand $ and not recoverable, the annual maintenance fee and or membership dues are roughly equivalent to what you would spend al la cart on a per night basis with no lifetime commitment.
X2 I agree, time shares only make sense for the developer that can sell the same unit (site) 52 times and collect 52 "maintenance fees". I rather travel to different places, see different things and experience different experiences. I like to drive till I find an interesting place and stop, and I may stay a night or a week...before I move on to the next place.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:44 AM   #6
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What is available would severely limit your options. The few time share campgrounds I know of in WI aren't all that nice in comparison to their traditional competition. At least one had to open unsold sites to the general public because they couldn't sell enough of what they have.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:29 PM   #7
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My problem with a timeshare, is the fees. As others have stated, only the developer makes out
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I checked into these a while back and don't recall the details.

But it seemed some folks carefully checked and thoroughly understood the 'rules' about how long and how often you could stay where. If you could 'play the game' in the system, you could do OK... that is, as I recall, breakeven. Most of the time, most of the folks got tripped up by the rules. I would hazard a guess many of rules are designed for the camper to fail at breaking even.

If you look around, there are people looking to sell their contracts for these types of campgrounds, often at excellent discounts.
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OK does not sound like a good idea. Your right I like traveling to different places also
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If it fits your camping lifestyle, go for it. However, don't get into a membership plan where you end up going somewhere that is not your first or second choice only because you have paid into a membership.

We bought a membership in a single campground in Western NC that we love and frequent about 45 nights a year in 2 week stretches. Took us 3 years to break even and since then its all gravy on the fees. It would not be great if we did not like it. We spend about 1/3 the cost for overnight stays as the general public.
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