Campground memberships are tricky, because even the best membership might not be the right fit for you.
Keep that in mind as you read about some of the memberships we decided to purchase.
While they work great for our specific situation, make sure your specific situation will allow you to get a lot of value out of them before purchasing. We will have more write-ups about our experiences as we get further into our trip. In the meantime, check out the pros and cons of each membership we decided to purchase.
We purchased our Thousand Trails membership once we got out to the west coast, and it has saved us a fortune!
Cost: Our $585 annual membership has already allowed us to stay in areas such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and more….free for up to two weeks! Plus, we have met so many other families at these parks.
There are many membership options, too many to discuss here, so check out their website for details. One con to Thousand Trails is that they don’t have many parks in the middle of the country, so make sure there are enough parks in your desired area to make it worth it. You can look up all of their locations on their website.
If you end up signing up through this link, you get $100 off a Thousand Trails Camping Pass, and we get $50 for referring you. Win win :)
Our First Experience: We actually blog about all our stays, so you can check out our experiences at all the parks here.
Harvest Hosts is such a great concept. Over 1,000 wineries, farms, breweries, golf resorts and other attractions invite you to visit and stay on their property for up to 24 hours…completely free!
Cost: Annual memberships start at $79 per year, and each stay is free. You are encouraged to support the local business in some way, usually a purchase of $20 or more.
Our First Experience: Our first Harvest Host stay was at Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville, LA. We pulled into their parking lot at 4:55pm, and their taproom closed at 5pm! While our time was short, their staff was very pleasant and welcoming. We sampled a flight (including an 18% quadruple IPA!) and bought a 6 pack of our favorite sample to bring back to the RV with us.
We parked right out front in their parking lot, enjoyed a quiet evening, then got back on the road around 10am the next morning. Instead of paying $30-$50+ for such a short stay, we stayed for free and spent $20 on great beer that supported the brewery. Great experience!
Read About The Rest of Our Harvest Host Stays (Updated regularly)
The details about Passport America are simple: “Save 50% at Over 1800 Quality Campgrounds”.
Cost: Membership cost is $44 per year, and each stay is 50% off the campground’s regular nightly rate.
Our First Experience: Our first passport American stay was in New Orleans at Three Oaks And A Pine RV Park. We booked directly with the RV park and simply mentioned we are a Passport America member, and we received 50% off!
An RV park much closer to the French Quarter was $125/night. Staying 5 miles away and using our Passport America membership, we paid $30/night.