Thousand Trails: Thumbs up, thumbs down


It depends on your source, but according to two recent reports, Thousand Trails is a really great organization to belong to, or maybe not so great.

In case you are not familiar with Thousand Trails, it’s a membership camping organization with locations across the country.

Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds announced this past week that 79 of their properties received the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Of the 79 winning properties, 14 are receiving the certificate for the first time, while two, Thousand Trails Orlando and Rancho Oso RV Resort, are TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Winners for receiving the prestigious award for the fifth straight year.

Okay, sounds good, but the readers of might disagree. In a survey this past week, about half of the 463 respondents were dissatisfied with their memberships. Nearly a quarter said they wish they had never joined. On the brighter side, 27 percent said they were “very happy” with their membership.

Our survey (now closed):
Total votes 463.


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Richard Hubert

Having been Thousand Trails members for 2 years we can say that they are a tremendous deal for those who can use them. One has to note that their locations are not evenly distributed across the US, so if traveling where they are not you would not get your money’s worth. This past year we spent over 120 nites in T.T. parks – all across the country. While a very few were not that great – for a variety of reasons ranging from site angularity to very bad access directions (Carolina Landing, SC – are you listening?) , most were… Read more »

Carson Axtell

I won’t buy anything on Amazon that has a rating as low as that received in your survey by Thousand Trails. I’ve also heard good and bad reviews from YouTubers, and the good reports just don’t outweigh the bad enough for me to want to spend the money and take a gamble with them, but then the RV park/”resort” experience is not the thing I’m looking for, anyway…


I am no longer a member so didn’t participate in the survey. Used to be a member and for the most part its great IF you can use it. Living in AZ there is only one TT park, during our one year membership could never get in, it was always full! We also had the Encore package and did use that many times, also great, but we didn’t use it enough to make financial sense. During our membership we did travel in California and Oregon where there are many parks and it was great. Most parks are not on the… Read more »


Sounds like a time share scheme for mobile homes. Not for me. The lady and I like the spontaneity and adventure that is the heart of RV’ing.
Different strokes for different folks, all is well, something for everyone.