Camping Reservations
Most Camping Clubs Are Not Worth It 

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consider is Passport America, mostly for short stops and I do like the Escapees Days List, but even these have mostly been replaced by overnight "freebies"  when we need them.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.

That said, Let us Begin...

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Passport America, Escapees, Xscapers, Good Sam, KOA, FMCA, Harvest Hosts, Boondockers Welcome, Thousand Trails, Coach Net... which are worth joining now or later? What are their benefits? Which will

The Escapees RV Club

Escapees RV Club is a total support network for ALL RVers. ... Find points of interest such as Discount Parks, Commercial Members, Boondocking Locations, ...Escapees RV Club is a total support network for ALL RVers. ... Find points of interest such as Discount Parks, Commercial Members, Boondocking Locations, ...

 Mobile Lifestyle - Xscapers are RVers who work full-time while traveling

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.

  • Discounts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Mapping Tool
  • Job Board
  • Discussion Forum
  • Network of Parks they own, run and operate
  • Can buy in a number of Co-op Memberships
  • Partnered with a lot of Parks to get discounts 15 -  50%
  • Travel Guide Magazine with a listing of parks accross the country that honor the discounts
  • Magazine that comes out 8 times a year
  • Forums online that is open to non-members as well rvnetwork.com
  • Mailing Service -Texas, Florida and South Dakoda
  • New Club Called Xscapers -  a lifestyle group of Escapees that brings the club back to it’s origins

Lifetime Membership (New Members Only) New Lifetime Membership for Escapees RV Club. Gives access to both Escapees and Xscapers.  If y..  $850.00

New Annual Membership for Escapees RV Club. Gives access to both Escapees and Xscapers. $39.95  New Membership

FORUMS - Escapes RV Club - rvnetwork.com/

Family Motorcoach Association

Must have a Motorhome as defind as:

Class A       Class B           Class C           or Bus Conversation

No Trailers or 5th Wheel - need a motor I guess!?

  • Big on Rallies    
  • Structure and Liability Insurance
  • Michelin® Advantage Tire Program (Need Tires)  
  • Focused on Motorcoaches Specific - not around the RV Lifestyle  or Full-Timers
  • Bring out your Motaorcoaches- we're having a Rally
  • Big on Rallies, however, more commercial for Vendor Rallies

Family Motorcoach Association

Ready for more freedom, fun and good times? Join the Family Motor Coach Association, an international organization for families who own and enjoy the RV lifestyle in motorhomes.Ready for more freedom, fun and good times? Join the Family Motor Coach Association, an international organization for families who own and enjoy the RV lifestyle in motorhomes.

Join world’s largest motorhome group- rallies, roadside assist, magazine & more!

Meet other RV owners · Family Motor Coaching mag · 80,000 Motorhome Me

Membership Dues Plan

1 year      $60  2 years    $110  3 years    $155  4 years    $195  5 years    $260

Your new FMCA membership includes

  • Family Motor Coaching magazine. 
  • BONUS: How-do-I…? Members get even more advice and news via our monthly digital newsletter. 
  • FMCAssist – FMCA’s Medical Emergency and Travel Assistance plan protects you 24/7.  Comparable plans can cost $105 annually; it’s yours FREE as a member.
  • Save with members-only discounts and rates on resort and campground fees. 
  • Michelin® Advantage Tire Program 
  • Roadside assistance – Available at affordable members-only rates
  • Mail forwarding – Convenient for longer trips and full-timers. It makes your travel even easier
  • RV insurance and more goodies, just for members.
  • Custom trip routing and travel information – FREE to members.
  • Member Credentials – Your member welcome kit includes your official ID card, a decal and member guide.

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.

Good Sam Club

Find RV parks, campground directory, RV supplies and accessories. Plan RV Camping trips with Good Sam Camping to find the best RV Campgrounds.Find RV parks, campground directory, RV supplies and accessories. Plan RV Camping trips with Good Sam Camping to find the best RV Campgrounds.

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.

Yearly membership cost: $25/year 

Pros:


  • The Good Sam campgrounds we stayed at had an overall higher level of cleanliness and upkeep.
  • Good Sam ranks each park by cleanliness, friendliness, etc. so you can learn more about the park before arriving. (However, after talking to park owners, these numbers are skewed based on how much the park is willing to pay for higher scores.)
  • You won’t have an issue finding a Good Sam park wherever you travel.

Cons:


  • Every time we tried to use the Good Sam app to find an RV park, it crashed on us.
  • 10% savings hardly holds a candle to 50% off

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Over 1.7 Million Members Enjoy Benefits Like

Membership Plans

1 Year – $27  2 Years – $50    3 Years – $69


  • Members-Only Pricing   Save up to 30% at Camping World
  • Campground Savings  Save 10% at 2,100+ Good Sam Parks & Campgrounds
  • Fuel SavingsSave 5¢ off gas & 8¢ off diesel instantly at Pilot or Flying J Travel Centers
  • Dump Service  Free dump station privileges at Camping World SuperCenters that offer dump service
  • RV Trip Planner  Calculate mileage, driving time & identify RV-friendly routes
  • LP Gas Discount  Save 25% on LP Gas at Camping World every Tuesday & Wednesday
  • RV Coupons  Enjoy hundreds of dollars in Camping World coupons on a variety of products
  • RV Show Discount  Save 50% off admission on 2 tickets at Good Sam sponsored RV show
  • 2,100+ Good Sam Parks
  • 120 Camping World SuperCenters
  • 650 Pilot Flying J Location

Passport America

Passport America Campgrounds, the original 50% OFF discount camping club - Passport America now offers over 1900 quality discount campgrounds to choose ..Passport America Campgrounds, the original 50% OFF discount camping club - Passport America now offers over 1900 quality discount campgrounds to choose ..

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.

Crazy, right? 

Number of participating campgrounds: 1,900

Pros:

Their iPhone application is very user friendly and easy to use.  50% is a ton of savings for each campground

Cons:

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)

Passport America vs Good Sam Club
In conclusion,
which membership club is better?

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.

Credit for their review-Thank You Health And Alyssa