Passport America we first started RVing we signed up to just about every camping club out there, Sam’s Club, Escapees, Club USA etc. In retrospect (again because of where/how we like to camp) these were not worth it.
The only camping club I currently consider is Passport America, mostly for short stops and I do like the Escapees Days List, but even these have mostly been replaced by overnight "freebies" when we need them.
The rest of the time we’re out in nature/boonies where club memberships do not go. For some people clubs are great and they can certainly be cost saving if you make use of them, but for us they’ve simply not made the cut.
Update – YES. We still feel the same way. Clubs are only useful IF you make use of them.
There are RV folks who love their club memberships (e.g. Thousand Trails members who do nothing but stay at Thousand Trails), but for our type of camping (mostly public land, lots of State Parks etc) they simply haven’t made sense.
The only membership club we currently have is Escapees . I always recommend that newbies wait on joining any camping clubs until they’ve spent some time on the road and figured out how they like to travel.
In 1978, Joe and Kay started a support group called Escapees RV Club to answer a growing need for community among early RVers.
The club grew from the original 82 member families to over 10,000, and just kept growing.
In 2001, Joe and Kay were recognized for their contribution to the RVing community through induction into the RV Hall of Fame.
In 2010, they were named among the 100 Most Influential People in the RV Industry. Joe passed in 2010, but to this day, Kay remains an active part of the RVing community.
Third Generation - Travis and Melanie Carr
In 2015, they founded Xscapers, a lifestyle group of Escapees that brings the club back to it’s origins.
Xscapers are RVers who work full-time while traveling, just like Joe and Kay did in the 70s.
Under their guidance, Xscapers has grown to provide numerous benefits targeting the needs of this demographic, including the development of Escapees’ Job Board and diversifying Escapees’ social and educational opportunities.
Originally a support network for RV Full-Timers. Focused more on the RV lifestyle and helping people who expiring to do full or part time RV Lifestyle while work full or part time. Tends to be a younger folks living on the road.
Non- discriminating. All RVs, Travel Trailers, Pop-ups, Tear-drops. 5th wheels, Truck campers, Stealth Cargo Vans are welcomed.
More of a like minded community. A tight community of those who work full-time while traveling.
Lifetime Membership (New Members Only) New Lifetime Membership for Escapees RV Club. Gives access to both Escapees and Xscapers. If y.. $850.00
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Membership Dues Plan
1 year $60 2 years $110 3 years $155 4 years $195 5 years $260
It is no secret that we have not been happy with the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) for a long time, and I have written several times about the very elitist attitude of many of the people we have met at FMCA rallies, who seem to judge others by the cost of their motorhomes, rather than who they are as people.
Over the years, we have seen many people join the FMCA for a year or two, and then drop their membership because the cliques at every rally turned them off.
Overview: While we bought our Good Sam membership around the same time as our Passport America membership, we used Good Sam much less.
The main reason why we didn’t use Good Sam as much is that it only offers a 10% discount, which, compared to a 50% discount, is nothing to call home about. Good
Sam is the obvious leader in the membership space as they also do insurance (we have ours through Good Sam) and own Flying J, and Camping World.
Over 1.7 Million Members Enjoy Benefits Like
1 Year – $27 2 Years – $50 3 Years – $69
Overview: Passport America offers a 50% discount at their participating 1,900+ campgrounds across the country.
We purchased our membership before we hit the road and it paid for itself within the first couple of uses.
One of the first things we learned with Passport America was to always double check the RV park reviews with Google or a website like Campendium.
This is because not every single Passport America park is going to be very classy (we learned this right off the bat). However, it has proven to be our first choice of membership club when we are traveling into a new area.
If we can find a decent Passport America campground, we stay there.
Yearly membership cost: $44/year
Savings: 50% at each participating campground. We estimate that last year we stayed at over 50 campgrounds who offered Passport America, which gave us a savings of over $750 for the year.
Number of participating campgrounds: 1,900
Their iPhone application is very user friendly and easy to use. 50% is a ton of savings for each campground
While you can usually find several Passport America’s in each town, there aren’t as many listed campground as Good Sam.
Many of the RV parks don’t offer Passport America during weekends, peak season, or holidays.
Before you show up to a Passport America, make sure you double check the RV park profile in your Passport America application (P.S I’ve been able to talk campgrounds into letting us use our discount, even though it was a weekend, because they weren’t very busy.
Better to just call ahead and see if they’d be willing to let you use it)
Not every campground is great quality (but many are)
My recommendation would be to sign up for both club memberships. But if I had to pick just one based off the amount of savings it offers, it would be Passport America.
Passport America offers the 50% discount and it’s number of participating campgrounds is nearing that of Good Sam.
Plus, as a full-time RVer who is constantly looking for campgrounds on the fly, it’s important to have a reliable iPhone application that allows us to find an RV park at any given time.