Thursday, August 02, 2012

Membership Campgrounds and Campground Review

Last year, with the expectation of retirement and at a very good price, we joined the coast2coast RV campground membership system.  We stayed at one campground last year...not a great buy.  But this spring we signed up for two more years at the cost of $85 per year.

When we started to look for a place to spend the night on our way to Amy's we found that we wanted to stay at a campground that belonged to the Passport America Membership group.  It cost $49 a year if you wanted an actual membership directory and we joined.

On our way to Amy's we stayed at both.  So here is a quick review of these two campgrounds.  Our first stop was at Ye Old Mill Campground.  It is 16 miles from the East Broad Top Railroad and Trolley Museum.  In our Blog Lew discusses what happened when we drove to the Train station.

This was our first time for using our Passport America membership.  When registering we learned that when using the PA discount rate we needed to pay cash (as it turns out, typical of many PA CGs).  Also, many Passport America campgrounds do not give the 50% discount on Friday or Saturday, (which is why we left Bethel Park on Sunday!) They did take our money and we paid $15.50 for this site with water and electric alongside a very nice creek.  A number of kittens and a mama cat visited so Katz had great fun hissing through the screen door.   That was the good news.  OTOH, there was turnpike noise all night (and a 4 mile drive off the turnpike to hear it all night)  and while the bathrooms were very clean, they were also very old.  No swimming pool or any other form of entertainment. 

The next night we stopped at Rondout Valley Resort in Accord, NY, a Coast2Coast network campground.  We didn't take a picture.  We had a very tiny FHU corner site (water, electric and sewer).  Price was $10.00.  Over 500 campsites.  A poorly maintained outdoor pool.  A bathroom that was not clean.  The campground was so large we never found the "trail".  Guess one can't complain for the cost....but TWO street lights...really?  In the wilderness?

So far, not too impressed with anything but the cost....but hey....us retired people have to place cost pretty high in priority.

Jan


10 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Sounds like what we ran into with the campground we bought into. They were probably wonderful 20 years ago but now they all seem to need work.

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  2. The only clubs we belong to are Good Sam and Passport America. GS gives 10% off each and every day. Not a lot but it adds up. PA is a full 50% off most days (as you found out) and sometimes have length of stay restrictions. We have stayed at a PA park for a few days and then when the weekend cane along, switched to GS. When you average the nightly cost over the full period, it is still pretty good.

    Like any club, PA has some very nice spots as well as some duds.

    We have found past experience and advice from other users to be the best way to find a good site. My Blogging friends Lauri and Odel have a Blog where Lauri rates all the sites they have stayed in over the years. You can check it out here: http://wecallithome.blogspot.ca/

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    2. Thanks Croft, I love the way they write reviews and I might try to expand mine to match. Its funny how its people reviews that really work for me. If you get to PA the Hickory Hollow review they did is right on the target! We've been there and paid full price for more than one weekend!

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  3. Anonymous7:16 PM

    C says I'm glad I wasn't along for those campgrounds

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    1. Anonymous7:17 PM

      I'm glad you weren't along too!

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  4. It was still fun because those round black things under Marco&Scape went round and round and took us to better places.

    Grandpa

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    1. Anonymous8:21 PM

      c says i think that you are going to love the the big red trees. by the way i got my ears peirced and wanted you to know.

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  5. Aha! Ears pierced. Cool. You’ll be able to wear big dangly earrings. Maybe little frog earrings?

    GPa

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  6. Anonymous5:46 PM

    frog earrings? cool!

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