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5 Best RV Campground Memberships & Clubs

Save money and enjoy perks with the best RV campground memberships & clubs!

Are you interested in joining a campground membership or club?

Campground memberships and clubs offer exclusive access, discounts, learning opportunities, and unique experiences to their members. They often come with a host of benefits but do come at a cost. 

We just did a video on the various clubs and associations we mention in this article. Click below to watch it and then keep scrolling down for the rest of the article and links.

Keep reading for my list of things to consider before joining a club and my list of the five best RV campground memberships you can join. 

4 Main Considerations Before Purchasing a Pass 

Before running out and purchasing a membership, there are a few main considerations you should consider. 

1. Usage Rules & Restrictions

Every membership club has different usage rules, ranging from how many consecutive days you may use the pass to how many people are included in the discount rate. You want to be sure to read the rules and restrictions before committing to a specific club.

2. Location

Most camping clubs have an online directory of their campgrounds available online. Check out their website ahead of time to see where their campgrounds are located. If they aren’t near you or a place that you want to visit, you may spend more time and money traveling to their locations than you’d save with their membership club. 

3. Contract & Fees

Each camping club has different contract rules and fees. While some have only yearlong commitments, others offer contracts that extend several years. In addition, some clubs have one-time payment schedules while others have monthly membership dues. So, be sure to read the fine print before committing. 

4. Will You Use It?

The more you use your membership, the more value it holds. Will you really use the pass enough to make the membership worth the cost?  Remember, even the best RV campground memberships aren’t worth it if you don’t use them!

5 Best RV Campground Memberships

I must say that narrowing the list down to five of the best RV campground memberships is difficult. There is a huge variety of memberships available, and they’re spread out across the country.

So, this list is by no means comprehensive but it is a great place to start!

1. Escapees RV Club

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Escapees RV Club is about more than just camping. Their membership services not only include discounts to members, but also other support services including RV training programs. They have seven of their own Escapees Park locations and have partnered with an additional 1,000 commercial parks to offer discounts to their members.

As you know, I am passionate about educating fellow RVers, which is why this club wins my attention. This membership is great for new RVers, as it will help you learn all about RVing and connect you with fellow RVers. 

It also nurtures a great sense of community, which is ideal for RVers looking to make friends and build connections.

In Episode 161 of our podcast, you can meet a young couple who are helping to lead the Escapees community and discover just why this club may be the perfect fit for you.

2. Boondockers Welcome

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If you are a fellow boondocker like Jennifer and me, then this is the club for you! It definitely has my vote for one of the best RV campground memberships around.

Boondockers Welcome is a unique camping membership compared to others out there. Its website offers a directory of 2,700 fellow RVers offering a free place to park for a night or two, all on private land. The directory matches you with potential hosts from over 2,700 locations worldwide.

Users message their potential hosts through a private and secure messaging system to secure a spot. While there are no campground fees or limit on how many times you can use the service, stays are usually limited to one or two nights. 

This membership is a great, inexpensive match for anyone needing to travel a long distance and needs overnight stays along the way. You can travel cheaply, meet interesting people, and get information about local attractions in all the spots you stop.

It pays for itself with only one or two overnight stays!

3. Passport America

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Another one of the best RV campground memberships is through Passport America. This club offers its members up to 50% off camping fees with over 1,800 participating campgrounds.

Before you decide to join, you can look at participating campgrounds to view their current prices, amenities, and discount restrictions. 

This membership pays for itself after a two-night stay in most cases. You can save a lot of money throughout the year!

4. Thousand Trails 

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Thousand Trails is the next club to make my list of the best RV campground memberships. It makes the cut because of its “zone passes.” Members can purchase a pass to one of their five different zones and gain access to all the campgrounds in that zone for a single price. 

This club would be a good fit for RVers looking to stay in one general area, but still moving around a bit.

Each level of membership has its own set of rules, so I would advise researching the membership you are interested in before purchasing. 

5. Harvest Hosts

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I would like to highly recommend another very unique camping club, which is one of the best RV campground memberships around!

Harvest Hosts is a network of over 1,200 participating wineries, breweries, various farms, and museums, that offer members a free overnight stay on their property.

In exchange for the stay, you purchase something from your host to help support their local business.

What a great trade! You get a place to stay and an experience in exchange for purchasing a desirable item!

This membership is a great match for any RVers that enjoy unique camping experiences, supporting local businesses, and making new friends. Not to mention the gorgeous locations you can stay! 

It might not save you a lot of money in the long run, since your purchase might cost the same or more than a night of camping. But if you enjoy tasting and purchasing a bottle of wine, and are likely to do that during your camping adventures, then the value remains! 

Here’s a video we did on Harvest Hosts

Other Ways to Save

Joining RV memberships and loyalty programs are just 1 of 5 Ways to Save Money While RVing. But in addition to savings, you can enjoy fun and unique perks!

Our blog is full of other great RV hacks and money-saving tricks, so be sure to search for topics and check back often for new articles. We post several times a week!

Your Vote for the Best RV Campground Memberships

Are you a member of any of these memberships? What would you put on the list of best RV campground memberships? We’d love to hear your experiences and recommendations in the comments below!

Need to learn more about Boondocking?

We created a PRINT version of our most popular guide to help you with the most common boondocking problems. We get a ton of questions from our subscribers about how to get started boondocking that range from where to go and wild animals to water conservation to what equipment to use and more. 

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12 Responses to “5 Best RV Campground Memberships & Clubs”

November 23, 2021at6:15 am, Are RV Campground Memberships And Clubs Worth It? | RV Lifestyle said:

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November 14, 2021at8:24 am, Dwayne pitre said:

I’m in coast to coast, it’s a great club. Did you check into this one? It is very cheap to stay for a night, 5 dollars that’s all, I fine that pretty good for myself.

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August 28, 2021at9:04 am, Donald Chamberlain said:

Of those listed Harvest Hosts has been our go to as we have traveled across the country. They are nearly every where and as long as we don’t expect to need electricity we choose for one night stands. The hosts without exception have been fabulous and we have learned a lot. For instances did you know there are rice farms in California.

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August 28, 2021at8:07 am, Jacques Bernatchez said:

Enjoy your emails and am not a RVer YET. But all that insight will come in handy soon enough. In your long future you should visit Quebec, any info you have would be very helpful and for un NEWBIES it’s a good place to start, thanks again for all the insight.

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August 28, 2021at6:28 am, Top 5 Camping & RVing Memberships said:

[…] Narrowing down the list to five of the best campground memberships is difficult. There is a huge variety of memberships available, and they’re spread out across the country. Watch and see what camping and RVing memberships we think might fit your RV lifestyle. To see the accompanying blog post with links to everything we show in the video go to https://rvlifestyle.com/5-best-rv-campground-memberships-clubs/ […]

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August 04, 2021at10:42 am, Ashley said:

Definitely KOA Rewards! With over 500 locations across North America, there’s plenty of opportunities to save!

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November 23, 2021at10:13 am, Cami Rodgers said:

We love KOA because as members in addition to the 10% off fees you get no fee cancellations. And you earn points with each stay for free nights. KOAs vary in how nice they are but overall we’ve been very happy with our stats and the people have always been excellent!

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March 05, 2021at10:33 am, KT's said:

Very silly to even say that the campgrounds will close…there are no longer enough campgrounds for all the thousands of newbys out there…Also many cities, counties, and states are taking away the privilege of boondocking in their woods because of the messes people are leaving.

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March 04, 2021at9:44 am, scott raudebaugh said:

What do you think of Sunrise Resorts?

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March 04, 2021at9:18 am, Harry Salit said:

If you keep encouraging people to boondock, eventually there will be no demand for campgrounds & they will go out of business.

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March 05, 2021at8:11 am, armymother@gmail.com said:

No worries about campgrounds, parks or rv resorts going out of business, right now some are booking 1-2 years out. Now that RVing has become glamping, you won’t see many people ‘roughing’ it.

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September 01, 2021at10:53 am, Will Belden said:

Agreed. I don’t think we’re going to have that problem. But I will also say that the “overcrowding” that’s been touted on the Internet in the past couple of years is a bit overblown. There are PLENTY of campgrounds to stay at. Yes, I’m sure Yellowstone is booked out forever, but there are lots of smaller campgrounds, out of the way, that are perfectly nice. If you need waterslides and family entertainment, then I can’t speak to that. In addition, as fulltimers, I don’t want to have to pay $90/night so I can have a putt-putt golf course! 🙂

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