Once you have an RV, or have decided to rent an RV, you’ve made a decision that can lead to an exciting adventure. As enthusiastic as you might be to embark on your journey to reach that special destination, there are many, many things to consider and learn about RVing before you hit the road.
First, as you may already know, there are many RV manufacturers, dealers and companies that sell or rent out various sized RVs. Knowledge of your specific RV is required to properly operate and service it. There are lots of resources on RVs and RV travel worth considering, including books, training classes, safety videos, guides to camping, day and overnight sites and storage.
Finally, in order to make the most of your RV experience, you’ll probably want to have an RV club membership. These clubs offer many benefits at little cost, and if you take advantage of all they offer, an RV club can help you get the most value out from your RV experience.
RV CLUB MEMBERSHIPS
With club membership fees ranging from only $25-$50 per month, RV clubs offer a multitude of benefits in return for little cash. These benefits can include friendships, activities, support, educational seminars, workshops, fun adventures, discounts, trip planning, safety tips and in-person and online discussion forums.
RV clubs also have affiliations with hundreds or thousands of campsites that provide member discounts so you won’t have to join a camping club to get their camping discounts. And not only offer these great benefits and discounts, but many also offer special deals on necessities such as RV insurance and roadside assistance.
There are many different types of RV clubs including, nationwide clubs, statewide clubs, RV manufacturer clubs and RV specialty clubs. There are also RV associations. These clubs and associations will typically hold annual conventions, where you can learn a lot more about RVing, or even spend a weekend surrounded by other RV lovers like you.
The listing below includes just a sampling of the many different types of RV Clubs and Associations:
General RV Clubs (within these clubs there are usually state chapters and sub-groups by interest, such as hiking and biking).
Good Sam RV Club
With 1.5 million members, the Good Sam Club (short for “Good Samaritan”) is the world’s largest RV club. Based in Bowling Green, KY, the Good Sam Club is a sister company of Camping World, America’s largest retailer of RV supplies, accessories, services and new and used RVs. Both the Good Sam Club and Camping World were founded in 1966. The Good Sam Club offers RVers the resources to make the most of the RV lifestyle, including significant savings on RV and health insurance, financing, roadside assistance, extended warranties and repairs. Good Sam Club members save 10 percent on the regular nightly RV site rate at more than 2,100 Good Sam RV Parks and Campgrounds, save up to 30 percent at Camping World SuperCenters, save on fuel at Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, enjoy hundreds of dollars in Camping World coupons, receive four free issues of MotorHome or Trailer Life magazine with the Highways club publication inserted inside, save with Smile & Save partner discounts and more.
Escapees RV Club
The Escapees RV Club is a support network for RVers. The club sponsors its own events, including seminars and educational events as well as fun gatherings in hopes of creating a community of RV enthusiasts. Nearly 1,000 campgrounds in North America offer discounts to Escapees members ranging from 15 to 50 percent off nightly rates.
Other General RV Clubs
Specialty RV Clubs
JOIN MORE THAN ONE CLUB
Whether for vacation use or full-time RV living, one of the greatest benefits of your RV Club membership is the friendship you will form with others who share your RV interest. Meeting new companions along whatever route you choose, certainly can enrich your travels.
With membership fees as low as $25-$75 per year, frequent RVers usually join several clubs simultaneously, giving themselves the broadest range of benefits to enjoy. If you do join more than one club, you can always try them out and decide which membership(s) to renew when the time comes. And, one final note, the National Parks Pass is a must for RVers.