Maximize Your RV Adventures with a Thousand Trails Pass

From geocaching to “roughing it” in the British Columbia interior, the Thousand Trails membership has opened-up a world of possibility and adventure for retirees Glenn and Eva Hamakawa. The couple have been living in Langley, British Columbia for 18 years, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find them at home.

Thanks to the Thousand Trails pass these two happy campers spend at least seven months of the year in their RV —4 months down south during the winter, and “dry camping” in the B.C. interior during the summer months from June to September. “But just because we’re in our RV doesn’t mean you’ll find us at home,” Glenn says. “When we’re not RV’ing, we’re cruising,” he laughs.

“The last two years we’ve had the membership we’ve been able to explore and go on new adventures affordably,” Eva says. “Being retired we couldn’t go to all these places without it.”

Glenn and Eva’s neighbors had the pass and invited the couple to a road show in Langley so they could check it out too. “We weren’t sure about going,” Glenn says. “We weren’t RV’ers at the time, we preferred camping. But it turns out we liked it, it eased us into RV’ing and gave us more time to spend in our trailer during the winter season.” What’s the difference between camping (also called dry camping) and RV’ing? According to Glenn, it’s the hook-ups!  

“During the summer we do more back country camping,” Eva says. “Our RV has solar panels and a large fresh water tank, so we’re self-sufficient. We love to go fishing and enjoy the lake in the interior. But when the winter hits and our water start to freeze, then it’s time to go south.”

In the past, Glenn and Eva travelled to the U.S. before getting a pass, but couldn’t stay for as long. “We’ve done trips that were 5 weeks in Washington and Oregon, but we were paying $30 – $50/night. It was too expensive,” Glenn says.

Explore More with Thousand Trails

Now, with the Thousand Trails pass Glenn and Eva have been living the RV lifestyle to its fullest – going to different places at their leisure, visiting new parks and going back to their favorites. “We really enjoy traveling and going to new places,” Glenn says, “but our favorite park is Cultus Lake. It’s close to home and a spot where we can get the trailer set up and ready for summer or winter, depending on which direction we’re headed.”

Last winter, with the Thousand Trails membership Glenn and Eva went to California for the first time. Using the pass in the Southwest Zone allowed them to ease themselves into the snow bird lifestyle. “California was great, but a lot wetter than we expected,” Eva said. “When we left there was a foot of snow here in B.C. We went through Washington, Oregon and then California. Our plans took us to Seattle in March,” she says. “We went to Idyllwild [in the San Jacinto Mountains] where we were at a 7,000 ft elevation and there was lots of snow, but overall we enjoyed the park.”

Roughing it during summer in the back country of Canada and the Northwestern states, then RV’ing at different Thousand Trails parks during the winter months allows Glenn and Eva to extend the time they can spend in their RV. “When we’re in the parks we’re usually in the hot tub in the evening after dinner, it’s very relaxing,” Glenn says.

Venture Off the Beaten Path

Hot tubbing is great, but when it comes down to it one of this couple’s favorite activities is geo-caching. “We really enjoy geo-caching, and the pass allows us to visit new areas, geo-caching in towns and cities you don’t normally go to, and we always find new and interesting sites,” Glenn says.

“Going to all the different parks lets you explore, too,” Eva adds. “You go off the beaten trail to get to some of these parks and you can explore and see cities you wouldn’t otherwise see. That’s one of the nice things about Thousand Trails, is it takes you off the beaten path,” she says.

Even though they’re far from home, the “staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome at all the parks,” Glenn says. “That’s really important to us.”

So, if you’re looking for an affordable way to get the most out of your RV, or just want to test out the RV lifestyle, then consider a Thousand Trails membership. Like Glenn and Eva, you’ll be able to maximize your RV adventure while gaining affordable access to hundreds of parks throughout Canada and the United States. Visit ThousandTrails.com for more information.

Thousand Trails Camping Pass – A RV’ers Best Kept Secret

What if you could enjoy the RV lifestyle for less? With Thousand Trails, you can! Thousand Trails is a membership program for avid RV’ers that provides priority, pre-booked access to 86 RV resorts in 5 zones across the US and Canada.

How it Works

With your Thousand Trails membership, you get:

  •         Access to Thousand Trails and select Encore parks in one zone
  •         30 nights free per year, and a fee of $4 per night for additional nights
  •         Advanced reservations
  •         1 year subscription to Trail Blazer magazine – includes member exclusive deals
  •         Member discounts including reduced rates at over 80 Encore RV Resorts.

There is no fee to enroll in the Thousand Trails membership, you just pay the annual membership fee which is $565 USD.

Do the Math – How Much Will You Save?

The average fee at an RV campground is $50/night, so if you camp for 30 nights, you’ll spend about $1,500 – or three times the cost of the pass! RV owners who are camping for 11 nights or more will save money with this membership, and the more you camp, the more you save.

Too Good To Be True?

Sounds good, but you may be thinking, what’s the catch? No catch! If you camp more than 11 nights a year then you’ll get your money’s worth out of the pass, plus you’ll be able to make reservations at the parks you’re planning to visit, up to 60 days in advance.

Experienced RV’ers know that many parks pre-book a year ahead, so how can you get a spot if you’re booking two months (or less) before your visit? Thousand Trails parks are for members, which means member spots are set aside for you. All you need to do is tell us what days you plan on coming, and once you get a reservation we’ll make sure that there’s a spot there for you (but we don’t reserve specific sites – you select your site on a first-come, first-serve basis).

How Are Spots Kept Available for Members?

To ensure that there are spots for our members, we have a 14 night in/7 night out of the system policy. This means that you can spend up to 14 consecutive nights at a Thousand Trails resort, then you’ll need to have at least 7 nights out of the Thousand Trails system to book again. This strategy ensures that there are spots free for members when they need them, and it works very well for RV’ers who are looking to explore different parks, or travel across a zone.

With the discount at Encore resorts, many Thousand Trails members plan to stay at an Encore resort for a discounted rate (often 20% or more) for their 7 nights out of the system, which saves them even more money.

Who Uses Thousand Trails?

If you’re a snowbird then it’s worthwhile to get a Thousand Trails pass, you’ll still save big time on your camping fees, especially during your journey down south where using the (14 night in/7 night out) 4 nights park to park policy is ideal.

The Thousand Trails pass is also popular amongst weekend RV’ers (those who work Monday – Friday and camp on weekends, or camp for a few weeks once or twice a year).

Full time RV’ers are Thousand Trails members too, and many upgrade to an Elite membership which is designed for longer stays.

Although having an RV is preferable, it’s not necessary to take advantage of the Thousand Trails pass. With discounts on rental cottages at their parks, anyone who is looking to test out the RV lifestyle, or who wants a place for their family to stay during a visit can save.

Get a Thousand Trails Membership for Less

Keep an eye out for online specials for the Thousand Trails membership –these specials offer $100- $150 USD off the pass. Plus, it’s worth it to go to an RV show, where RV’ers can often get a dual special -$100 off the pass plus a second zone for free.

Ready to start saving? Why wait? Get your Thousand Trails pass now and enjoy the RV lifestyle for less.

 

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