Are you a member of Thousand Trails? What do you think?


thousand trails signThousand Trails was, until recently, a membership chain of RV parks. An individual membership was required. Today, most RVers who stay are, in fact, members, but others can stay on occasion for a nightly fee. Joining can cost hundreds of dollars or many thousands of dollars, depending on the benefits. If you’re a member, what do you think? Is a membership worth it? Read more and vote. Your comment is invited.

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Sue westervelt
5 months ago

They wont return calls to me or my daughter

1 year ago

We’ve been members since around 2003, with a National membership, and I think we paid about $7,500 for it. I’m tired of seeing so many tents in large RV spaces during peak demand–when there are tent areas provided–then told by staff “they have just as much a right . . . ” Using that logic, I guess it means people with diesel pushers can pull into the tent areas and fire up their generators? I bought my membership just like they did, right? Other than that, I knew things had gone downhill when staff at Seaside told me to secure my tow dolly because of thefts. Unheard of until the last few years. This is what happened to our “private, members-only” purchase. Our last three attempts to stay at Thousand Trails campgrounds have resulted in our leaving and staying at parks where we had to pay. MUCH nicer and safer.

1 year ago

Long time Alliance member. The system has gone downhill for many years. Bad electric poor maintenance overbooked. Few activities etc. bright spot was new 50 amp sites at Verde Valley. Wonder if it will be up for sale or high extra fee

1 year ago

I bought a 1 year membership to evaluate the properties. In Northern California I was disappointed, and glad I only had it one year. I stayed at 4 parks, and attempted to stay at 2 others. What they all had in common was Water/30 AMP Electric in most sections and limited full hook-ups in one section. Electrical was questionable at best, with a sign posted at one park stating “caution low voltage” in section A. The parks are aged and need to be upgraded. I’m not judging anyone, but most of the full hook-up sites were occupied by residents living in the worst RV’s on the planet. Other discussion forums, folks praise TT in other regions….I’m not convinced from my experience.

Daniel Pankiewicz
1 year ago

When I joined, here on the east, 30 years ago campgrounds were your 2-week summer vacation. No difficulties with reservations, power, sewer, etc. That was then and now the campgrounds are a year-round cottage for many. Complete with modular homes, above ground decks and fences around your site. With the advent of this “new camper” TT is no longer what it used to be but just a corporation that went for the money. No longer can you decide a week ahead to take the grandkids camping, you must decide months ahead. That is my biggest disappointment with TT.
BTW there are Facebook groups devoted to TT worth reading before joining.

1 year ago

Purchased our first NACO camping club membership in the 80’s. Overtime it was purchased by TT. We didn’t use it much until we got older and eventual purchased a travel trailer from our local Camping World. Are biggest concerns with most TT locations are the many long term folks living there, the lack of maintenance, run down facilities in need of total upgrades, bathroom/shower areas old and uninviting to use. The one upside they do have some nice friendly employees. I’m currently at TT Yosemite Lakes for 4 days. It’s beautiful here. This is a nice place to stay. I’m currently parked between two trailers that appear to be long term based on weeds and plants under and around them. I have noticed other sites too. There is little room between sites but no complaint the view is spectacular. During our trip will stay at TT Bend they too need upgrades in their bathroom/shower buildings and having no site sewer dumps is a bummer. I have to give KOA locations a higher rating since we use them as well as many private RV places.

Montgomery D Bonner
1 year ago

TT is not for everyone, and some park are way worse than others. Some are hard to get into and out of, but the good outweighs the bad for us. We don’t have kids, grandkids, or relatives who want to visit or travel with us, we don’t have pets who need lots of attention, those factors alone make our camping easier, our choices easier on which parks we use. And most parks are way off the beaten trail, so they are quiet. We don’t care about swimming pools, or a lot of activities, having the pool table and mini golf and a book exchange works for us. Hiking trails are a bonus. Good electric is almost required, not only good pedestals, but good delivery of that power. Having the Encore access is also something we are going to get. I have most of our experience out west and TX. Not so much on the East Coast, this will be our first year using those.

Jennie alanis
1 year ago

I don’t like that non members are allowed to stay in the parks. It’s getting much harder to get reservations because of it. I’d like others members to let TT know if you feel the same way.

Bob Godfrey
1 year ago

Since my wife’s mother is in a retirement home in Lancaster, PA and TT or Encore own all the campgrounds in the area you are at their mercy. The TT park we stay at has now raised their non-member nightly rate to $70/night plus a “resort” fee and I believe the rate is even higher on weekends, they have recently tacked on a $5/day charge for WIFI and another for cable TV. If it were not for the fact that we pretty much have to belong to TT in order to use that park we would not join again. Additionally, we tried staying in the TT park in Wells, ME and the side by side sites are so small that when you put out slides you get to know your neighbor more than you envisioned. There are far better memberships out there and TT will try to sell you the full package but when you look closely you will see that they actually have very few parks around the country particularly out west.

1 year ago

We have a dual zone pass for California/Nevada and Oregon/Washington and use it for weekend getaways here in CA and trips to the Oregon Coast. So far, it’s a good value for the number of days we use it. It looks like Corporate is beginning to put more money into some of the more neglected campgrounds, and that’s a good thing.

Aly T
1 year ago

I grew up camping in TTN grounds because my parents had a membership since I was born. Then I bought a membership for a while on my own with my partner and we loved it. It is true that some of the permanent campers (members?) have not upheld the appearance, conduct, nor membership rules and policies, and one park we stayed at for a while, the staff were involved in some illegal activities. There’s so much more that went on both bad and good, but overall, the membership was definitely worth it at the time.

1 year ago

TT was great until the RV was 10 years old, then the inspections and photographing every time.

1 year ago

1000T was free with purchase of travel trailer for first year. Perfect for me as a solo older women in terms of safety and availability, No, all are not perfect in amenities or staff, but all have responded to basic needs and local information. Not travelling out of California, but able to get out 7 to 9 two week times a year with the basic Camper Pass to different campgrounds of varying weather, sights to see and trails to walk. Finishing second year and uping again for 3rd.

Pennie M Hahn
1 year ago

We are members and have been for 3 or 4 years. It is well worth the cost, if you plan to live full-time in your RV and travel. We did so for about 2 years, and couldn’t have afforded to do so, without the membership. Our dues are frozen, since I am over 62 (or 63 – I forget what the criteria is) years of age. We have been to several of the Thousand Trails Parks, in Pennsylvania, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Arizona, and did not have any negative experiences to speak of. We don’t care so much about amenities or activities, but I know a lot of people do. We also are self-contained, so we don’t actually “need” the bathhouses, either. Some campgrounds charge extra for 50-amp electrical service, and some don’t allow mail/packages to be sent there, some want you to pay to have your packages delivered. Whatever. With most everything else in life, we take the bad with the good, and make the best of it.

1 year ago

Member since the 1990’s. Was great when it was membership only. Safe, and people were friendly as we knew they were also members. The parks were nice and the people running them had pride in their parks.
Now over booked, no one greets each other (especially the younger people) and the parks really need work. We are currently on a 2 month northwestern states trip and half the places we stayed at were free to us as members, but all had just water and elect. The last we stayed at, Sunflower in CA, we had booked a space in April. We arrived there and there were no spots for us! Highly upset we had to stay overnight in the parking lot until someone vacated a spot! We were told that they had 30 spots opening up, but 48 coming in! How can you get a spot like that? It would be better if they assigned spots, but they don’t. Really unhappy with 1000 Trails now, and would rather pay for a camp spot that I know what we are getting.

1 year ago

We have been members for over 20 years. We couldn’t afford to be full time without it. These are campgrounds not resorts. Yes many parks have issues with uneven sites, odd power issues and even water issues. The next generation has heightened expectations. They want (or need) 50 amp and sewer. They want activities for their kids. They want WiFi (nooo.. you really want better cell service for more options). Over the years we have seen the parks improve and deteriorate some. This year they are adding sites at several parks (Orlando, Hidden Cove (AL), Verde Valley (AZ). We might be on an improvement cycle. Still the best all around value for camping.

The Cosmic Mermaid and Starman
1 year ago

We are members with a zone pass and the trails collection. TT is what it is. Know going in that there is a reason that the prices are set as they are. You aren’t staying at a KOA or any of the other campground groups. If you don’t like rustic, dirt or gravel sites and are wanting a a spa experience, then don’t join. For us, we use it when convenient and try to make the most of our stay. We travel in a Class A DP so all we want is a semi level place (with electricity and room to put out the slides) to spend a few days. Some are better than others, but most are better than the worst places we’ve stayed. And most are worse than the best places we’ve stayed. We are half-timers. 6 months or so on the road, mainly northwest in summers and southwest in winters. Spring and fall in Colorado at home.

1 year ago

Thousand Trails are camp grounds not resorts. If you can except that and you want to be a full time RVer, it is the way to go. Not including our cost to join, just looking at our annual dues, we are only paying $1.53 per day for camping. Thousand Trails is what makes full timing possible for us.

1 year ago

Poor maintenance, poor or no WiFi, limited 50amp (have to pay extra), over-crowded, and generally in out of the way places. But my two biggest gripes are 1000T’s sold off many of the prime spaces to build little structures. Leaving uneven, hard to park, out of the way spaces for members. 1000T also sold off some parks and never replaced them. The other gripe is as a 1000T member, we get a discount to stay in other Encore parks ….. at least I thought it was a good deal until I saw the very same parks listed with Passport for 1/2 price … way less than a 1000T member is charged.

Scott Snider
1 year ago

I am not a member but stayed in a thousand trails in Lake Tahoe, CA. It was terrible, we were packed in so tight I was thinking that KOA would have more room between campers. I paid for cable, did not work, got to my campsite no picnic table. Went to the pool (tried to) no you can’t drive there from the other side of the campground. Went to use the shower, nope closed for cleaning for over 4 hours. Finally got to see and use the shower/restroom and power was out, one toilet was not working out of three and one shower was not working out of three in the mens room. The only good things about this place was we did have power (had to work the circuit breaker 3 times to get the power working, we did have water and sewer, which was up hill for my rig. I would highly say don’t go there unless you are desperate for a place in Lake Tahoe for power.