Monday, July 17, 2006
Thousand Trails is a campground membership system. Lots of RVers belong to these. It's kind of like a Timeshare, or a Health club membership. Only members are allowed to be there, and they have campgrounds all around the country. We had signed up at the last FMCA rally for a free weekend and we finally got around to it. We went to the Thousand Trails in Orlando, right around the corner from Disney. It's a very nice park. Lots of open space. We parked just a short walk from the clubhouse, pool, and jacuzzi. We had no problem with the satellite dish. It locked on within about 4 minutes! Although we really didn't need it, we found that the free Wi-Fi worked just fine. If you don't need to be concerned about satellite dishes, there's a really nice wooded section. And a lake. We didn't get the kayaks wet, but maybe next time. And a place where Odie can run. We liked it so much, we bought a membership. We really hadn't planned to do this! The sales process was a bit like buying a car, and neither Jim or I are negotiators. We paid a lot of money, but I still think it will be a good deal for us. Once you've paid the membership, there is no fee for your nightly stays in any Thousand Trails park, OR Resorts of Distinction. I see it like we're prepaying for our sites for the next few years. Just like a timeshare or a health club, it's a good deal if you really use it - and we should. As our savings are dwindling, it feels good to spend some on a future benefit. Spending this chunk is putting a spotlight on our finances. Jim, Chris, repeat after me: "It's time to get to work." "It's time to get to work." Even spoiled brats need to earn a living! We think that Thousand Trails would be a great venue for our computer seminars. We have the name of the person to contact about this. Wish us luck!