One of the best parts of having an RV, outside of the sights you’ll see of course, are the people you’ll meet and places you’ll stay. RV clubs can help connect you with people and provide discounts on the locations you want to stay. Here’s a few pointers on how to determine if and what RV club might be right for you.
RV club – social, discount, or both?
There are two main categories of RV clubs – social and discount. Social clubs focus mainly around a shared value or activity whereas the discount clubs focus mainly on providing discounts on RV parks and gear. However, most RV clubs include aspects of both and RV memberships can include benefits such as:
- special interest groups (i.e., full timers, golfers, military, etc.)
- annual rallies with entertainment, vendors, and classes
- mail forwarding services
- a magazine or newsletter
- membership directory
- discounts at certain campgrounds
- discounts on various insurance policies
Where to start
First of all, focus on the most exciting part of owning an RV – where you want to go! You may already have some destinations in mind from previous years or from your search for the right RV for you. RV club memberships are generally annual, so you only need to consider the coming year’s travel plans. Having your travel plans ready allows you to more easily identify which RV clubs can help you achieve your travel goals, where you may stay, how much time you have, and what insurance you’ll need.
If you’re unfamiliar with an RV club, check listings for participating discount locations. Several of the most popular RV clubs list participating locations. Otherwise you may find that there only a few participating locations that don’t crossover with your travel plans. It’s even possible that, if you’ve never heard of the RV club or if it’s new, it may be a scam.
Now that you know the RV club has locations in the areas you’ll be traveling, learn about the locations and what discounts the RV club offers. Check into the RV parks to see if they are a style that you like. For example, do they include camping as well? What kind of facilities do they have? Are they located near a town? Going to a RV park just because it has a discount can lead to a stressful stay. Not having the right RV services or type of spot can ruin your night.
Once you have possible RV clubs and participating locations identified, compare discounts and benefits. Now that you’re comparing similar trips with RV parks that you’ll enjoy, comparing benefits is simple. Note that some discount focused RV clubs also have some social benefits, so be sure to include those when making your choice.
Evaluating Social Activities
Social RV clubs may also have discounts and some discount focused RV clubs may offer social benefits. However, social RV clubs are generally those that are organized around a shared lifestyle (families, traveling alone) or activity (boondocking, rally, classes). Social offerings from RV clubs can be a great way to start if you are new to RVing. Introductory classes can get you up to speed on how to take care of your RV and tricks of the trade that make staying in a RV even more fun. Rallies and other events can be great ways to meet RVers and potentially new friends.
Every RV is unique to the traveler. Adding interior and exterior features allows you to personalize your RV for your traveling needs. When considering all the different features, take your time, do research, and check with your local reputable RV dealer, such as Nohr’s RV Center. We offer a variety of RV sizes that come with an array of different exterior features. Not sure which features you’d like to have? Stop by our RV Dealership today to see the different options in person.