November 09, 2021
There is no denying that RVing is a lifestyle. Many who are new to the RV way of life may feel over whelmed at first but have no fear, there are networks and memberships you can join to help you along the way. Rather you are looking for discounts while on the road or looking for off the grid experiences and making new friends, there are clubs or networks for everyone. For this list we have excluded clubs or organizations that are for specific models or brands of RVs and focused more on services offered, discounts, and experiences.
Good Sam, Cost $29 a year
The most popular and one of the largest with over 2 million members. This membership offers many benefits for full time or casual campers. A 10% discount at all their partner campgrounds and RV parks. Savings on gas and diesel at Pilot Flying J locations, 15% discount on propane, emergency towing and roadside service. Up to 10% off at Camping World Gander Outdoors retail stores, free shipping on online orders those two stores and Overton’s. Online trip planner, discounts on RV magazines, virtual mailbox service, as well as tons of coupons that can be used for dinning, shopping travel, entertainment and more.
Escapees RV Club, Cost $40 a year
This club is more aimed at full-time or retired RVers. Escapees offers an impressive number of events and activities they host throughout the year. They organize rallies and get-togethers for networking opportunities that happen on a weekly basis. The also offer roadside assistance, ongoing education courses, RV training programs, an online job board for finding work on the road, plus virtual mailbox with mail delivery service included. Also, when you become a member, they offer discounts more than 800 RV parks, as well as other discounts through partner companies. You will also get discounts to join other RV clubs like Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Host, and Passport America so be sure to join this club first to save on other memberships.
Passport America, Cost $44 a year
Passport America proves huge discounts up to 50% at about 1,800 eligible campgrounds and RV parks. Their website and mobile app shows you all participating campgrounds as well as their current pricing, the discount you’ll receive with a full list of amenities of each property. Each campground and RV park can make their own rules so be sure to check and see if your discount eligible before your stay, especially during peak season and holidays.
Harvest Host, Cost $79 a year
Harvest Host allows for campers to stay in unique locations. The idea is to stay at a site with no fees but in exchange support the small businesses at Host sites. With over 1,500 camp sites at varied wineries, breweries, farms and other types of attractions, Harvest Host is more for travelers who like to dry camp. Host locations don’t provide hookups or services. Overnight stays are limited to one night unless the Host says otherwise. And if you’re a fan of golf, Harvest Hosts offers a $20 upgrade that gets you access to another 300+ golf courses and country clubs with overnight stays.
Boondockers Welcome, Cost $30 a year
Boondockers Welcome describe themselves as “locals invite travelers to spend the night, share their stories, and save their money for the real adventure.” Another off the grid club for those who like to dry camp. Much like Harvest Host, landowners for free overnight RV parking for one to three nights. This club is great for like-minded RVers who want to make new friends, and share stories in unique locations.
Overnight RV Parking, Cost $25 a year
Overnight RV Parking club gives their members a real-time directory of more than 13,000 parking lots nationwide that allow free overnight stays. They keep their directory (on their website & mobile app) updated on a daily basis and have real user reviews for each listing. This really is a great resource for penny-pinching RVers that don’t want to pay for a campground every night they’re on the road, while also avoiding expensive parking tickets.
Please note that prices and web links are current at the time of writing this post.