Re: Good Sam and Escapees
- From: Janet Wilder <kelliepoodle@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:56:25 -0600
Chuck Wilson (Los Angeles Area) wrote:
Some friends of ours are planning a cross-country trip, maybe in May,
and they asked me to post a question to the RV group regarding
membership in groups that could help them along the way with
campgrounds, reservations, costs, etc. and they said they'd heard
about both the Good Sam Club and Escapees.
The only one I'm even familiar with (although we never used it, just
get the brochures and the decal with the smiling guy all the time) is
Anyone who has had experience with one or both organizations, could
you give me some info and insights to take back to them. Or, if
there's another club even better, I'd like to hear about it too.
Lon has done a great job in covering Escapees. Having had both memberships at the same time, I didn't find that Good Sam had anything to offer me other than the 10% discount. We had insurance with them so we had to be members.
BTW, one thing that Lon missed is that as an Escapee you can get road service through Coach Net, the Cadillac of RV-specific road services. These folks are awesome!!! Not just road service, but they can give you technical advice and --- best of all---they will be able to tell your friends where a competent repair facility is located. That's a great thing to have when there's a problem and you have no idea where to go or whom to trust to fix it.
Though not a club, more like a program, we found that for campground discounts, Passport America was invaluable. You do have to be aware that there will be exclusions, especially in high season, but their website is open and you can get the information about availability while you are making your plans. Sometimes a call to the park will get you in during a published exclusion period.
I would also suggest that you give your friends a "bon voyage" present of a Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas. Major truck stops have them and they are available on-line. This book will show them where the low clearances are and which routes are approved for big trucks. If a big truck can go, there is no need to worry about an RV. If they are really special friends, kick in a copy of The Mountain Directory - West. http://www.mountaindirectory.com/
We did our trip planning around the things we wanted to see and do. Once they have their route established, they might enjoy these web sites:
Road Trip America http://www.roadtripamerica.com/
Museums USA http://www.museumsusa.org/
Roadside America: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/
Frommers (for what's in cities) http://www.frommers.com/
Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
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