Back to New RVer Home
|Resources and sponsors
RV Bookstore Books, Videos, DVDs and more
The world's largest and best selection of books, videos, DVDs, eBooks and magazines exclusively about the RV lifestyle. Check out our weekly specials and closeouts. Great customer service. We appreciate you!
Sign up for this free email newsletter about RV travel in the USA.
Emergency Road Service from the Good Sam Club
One of the most popular roadside assistance plans. Specia lol rate now available.
Beginners Guide to RVing
Advice and information for beginning RVers and others thinking of taking up the recreational vehicle lifestyle.
Free RV Campingt
FreeCampgrounds.com is a directory of free RV campgrounds in the USA.
Good Sam Club: The largest RV club in America. Benefits include a superb monthly magazine, hundreds of local chapters and special interest groups, regional and national rallies, and discounts at campgrounds -- perhaps the best benefit.
Inflatable Boats for RVers
Sea Eagle manufacturers easily storable inflatable boats perfect for RVers. When you need the boat, pump 'er up, climb aboard, and off you go.
Campground directory for owners of large motorhomes and fifth wheels
This wonderful directory lists RV parks where big rig motorhomes and towables can stay. Know ahead of time that the park where you are headed can accommodate your rig.
Dummies Guide to Buying a Used RV
Buying a used RV? Order this downloadable book. Written by a veteran RV service technician. Learn what to look for in a used RV. Read it and help avoid huge repair bills later! "Essential!"
Want your business here? Email for information.
Half-price camping club keeps RVing affordable
We've seen many so-called discount camping clubs, but when we came across the Happy Camper Half-Price Club we found a winner. The club is a family-run business founded and still operated by the owners of two private campgrounds. From the start, they realized that most of their fellow campgrounds owners would rather fill their extra campsites at discounted rates than have them go vacant.
|The Happy Camper Club's directory lists more than 700 RV parks where RVers can stay for half price.
RVers who join the club can choose from nearly 1,000 private campgroundsincluding dozens in Canada. In most cases, a full-hookup space is $10 or less, and often in the $6 to $8.50 range.
A one year membership is $49.95 plus $5.95 for postage and handling. Members receive a membership card, plus an informative 270-page directory that lists each participating half-price campground, its amenities, driving directions and even its rules about pets. Most of these quality campgrounds are operated by their owners, and are in popular locations, many right along the shores of lakes and even the ocean. Memberships come with an unconditional 30-day money-back guaranteee.
Unlike membership campgrounds like Coast to Coast and Thousand Trails, no contracts are required. And there are no hidden fees. The annual $49.95 membership is the entire financial commitment except for nightly camping fees at participating RV parks.
The club is thriving these days, in part because RVers are trying to cut their costs to cope with high fuel and campsite prices. "We are full-timer RVers with a 40-foot bus," one RVing couple recently wrote. "We usually travel about 10,000 miles a year, but our plans were changed by the rise in gas prices. We are on a retirement income and could not afford to double our travel budget. Luckily, we stayed in a Happy Camper park and found out about your 50 percent discount. We joined. . . and have saved enough on our camp sites thus far to keep on with our plans."
Members may camp at participating parks as little or as often as they like, whether ten nights a year or 365. In 1999, the average Good Sam Club-affiliated RV park charged $18 a night for a full-hookup site. At those rates today, Happy Camper members who use their card only 50 times a year at a Happy Camper half-price park would save $450.
RVers who join Happy Campers receive their directory and membership card immediately by first class mail and can begin half-price camping that day if they wish. Campgrounds are located all across America and Canada.
Copyright 2007 by Out West Newspaper
BACK TO NEW RVer HOME PAGE