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So what does a Thousand Trails Membership cost in 2020? Campground prices are rising everywhere. And on January 1st, some Thousand Trails camping memberships took a hike too. Here’s the current pricing for all new Thousand Trails memberships, and promotional deals. We cover the Zone Camping Pass, Trails Collection, Elite Basic, Elite Connections and Ultimate Odyssey – with an overview of each type of membership and key benefits.

And we share exactly how you can get an exclusive RVLOVE discount on upgrades, and how to get the best deals available, year round. Keep on reading for the details!

UPDATE 3/30/2020: SPRING SALE ENDS TONIGHT. $1,000 OFF ELITE BASIC, $1,500 OFF ELITE CONNECTIONS, WHEN UPGRADING FROM A ZONE PASS OR A LEGACY/RESALE MEMBERSHIP. Click here for more info/price.

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motorhome next to lake a benefit of our thousand trails membership cost

Saving Money with Thousand Trails

In our (almost) 6 years as full-time RVers, we continue to use our Thousand Trails membership extensively as we travel. To date, we have stayed over 700 nights in our RV at around 70 of the 190 campgrounds in their national network. Our camping membership continues to save us thousands of dollars each year. So for us, it’s been great value for money. And if (like us) you’re a full-time RVer, do extended RV travel and are likely to spend anywhere from 60-180 nights or more a year camping within the TT network, there’s a good chance it will end up being good value for you too.

Campground fees, along with gas prices, are likely to be your two biggest expenses of RV life. With average nightly rates at campgrounds and even state parks ranging from $30-60 (we’ve seen them as high as $200) camping costs really add up! So the more you can do to manage these expenses, the better you’ll be able to manage your budget. And who doesn’t want to camp more affordably? 

Now, we’ve already written a TON about Thousand Trails over the years. And if you’re new here, you can also read our other in-depth articles about Thousand Trails, where we cover the Zone Camping Pass, Trails Collection, Buying New vs Used, and Membership Upgrades in more detail. 

But this article specifically focuses on the new 2020 pricing and Thousand Trails membership cost on the NEW (not resale or used) memberships that are available to buy directly from Thousand Trails. We also include a quick high level overview and benefits of each level of membership. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

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2020 New Thousand Trails Membership Cost

First up, you need to know there are several membership options (and add-ons) available from Thousand Trails. These are the regular prices published by Thousand Trails, along with “price guidelines” for the three membership upgrades.

Throughout the year, Thousand Trails offers special promotions and discounts that are worth taking advantage of! We’ll update this post regularly as we hear about special promotions, so bookmark this page and refer back to it often for the latest, discounted prices. We also have a TT insider connection that can alert you when there’s a special promotion running (details at the end of this post). But honestly, no matter which membership you decide to get, or what you end up paying for it, TT is going to save you a lot of money on camping fees. 

Let’s start with the entry level Zone Camping Pass membership before moving through to the upgrade options.

Note: Prices are shown without taxes, which may be applicable, depending on your state and where you purchase from. Click here to check with TT for an accurate quote.

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Annual Zone Camping Pass (Zone Pass)

This is the entry level camping membership to get started with Thousand Trails. * Click here to get THE best price available from our trusted insider contacts. Or click here to buy online now (note: FL sales tax applies to online purchases).

2020 Standard Price: $599 for one year

Multi-Year Contract: as low as $499 a year, up to 4 years

CURRENT PROMOTION: Save $100, Pay $499* (see above for how to get it)


Overview

The Zone Camping Pass is the basic, entry level membership to Thousand Trails that allows you to camp up to 14 nights at a time, with no nightly fees, within the “Zone” that you purchase. There are five (5) zones with a total of 80 campgrounds in North America. Each zone has 8-23 campgrounds within the USA, plus one in Canada, BC. After each stay of 5 nights or more at a TT campground, you need to stay out of the system for 7 days before re-entering. Or camp for 4 nights, move to another Thousand Trails campground, and repeat (indefinitely) with no time out of the TT network. You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance. 

Who is it for?

The Zone Pass is also good for those who only only use it occasionally or seasonally, and don’t require stays longer than 14 days. It’s popular with many Canadian snowbirds! This is also the membership we recommend to folks who want to dip their toe in the water and see if they like TT campgrounds and the membership benefit, before making a bigger commitment to one of the (more expensive) upgrade options. It is the lowest Thousand Trails membership cost. We jokingly refer to the Zone Pass as the ‘gateway drug’ to Thousand Trails. Once you get a taste and you like it, you may just want more – ie. a membership upgrade with extra benefits!

Term

The Zone Pass is for one year, and auto renews annually, unless you cancel it in writing in advance. You can also buy a multi-year zone pass on a contract that locks in a discounted annual rate for that term. You can finance it with monthly payments, if you commit to 2 years or more.

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Add an Extra Zone to your Zone Pass

You can add up to 4 extra zones, giving you access to a total of 5 zones.

2020 Standard Price: $59 per additional zone


Overview

Adding an extra Zone expands the number of campgrounds available to you as you travel. For example: If you buy the North West zone which has 18 parks, you might also want to add the South West zone with another 18 parks – giving you access to 36 parks. Or if you plan to camp in the South East which has 23 parks, you may choose to add the North East zone which has 13 parks, giving you 36 parks to camp at during the year. The Mid-West Zone has 8 parks. And you can mix and match zones as and when you like. 

Who’s it for?

Adding extra zones are a great option for those who find the Zone Camping Pass benefits to be sufficient for their camping style, needs and budget. But you also want to be able to camp at more locations in a geographical area. Adding another Zone is inexpensive, and a no-brainer if you plan to travel outside of your main geographical location.

Term

One year, or part thereof. If you add a second (or even a third) zone to your Zone Camping Pass at the time of buying your first Zone, then the extra zone will be valid for a whole year. However, if you add an extra zone partway through the year, the price does not pro-rate. It renews on the anniversary date of your main Zone Camping Pass, at the going rate at that time. You can change/add Zones any time, and cancel in writing if you no longer need it.

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Trails Collection Add-on

The Trails Collection Reciprocal Program can be added to ANY TT membership.

2020 Standard Price: $299 per year


Overview

The Trails Collection is a group of 100+ Encore RV parks (they often call them RV resorts) around the USA that expands your network of Thousand Trails campgrounds even further. Trails Collection currently includes 108 Encore parks around the country (primarily in the sunbelt). When you add those to the 80 Thousand Trails campgrounds available nationally (see the options covered below) you will have access to 188 RV parks nationally. Note, while the image above claims 190 campgrounds, we literally counted them and came up with 188.

If you have one Zone Pass with access to, say, 18 parks, adding the Trails Collection will give you access to a total of 126 campgrounds. You can stay up to 14 nights at a Trails Collection park. Then you will need to stay out for 7 days before being allowed to camp in another Trails Collection park. There is no nightly fee charged at most of the Trails Collection parks, but 18 of them charge $20 per night. And all 29 parks in Arizona and Texas are Age Qualified (55+) but this is not always strictly enforced. You can make reservations for Trails Collection parks up to 60 days in advance.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who wants to access more campgrounds and geographical locations within their membership! If you plan to spend just a week or so in a Trails Collection (Encore) park within the year it pays for itself. Check the camping map to see if the locations suit your travels. If so, it’s a great investment.

Term

The Trails Collection (TC) can be added to ANY level of Thousand Trails membership (Zone Pass, Upgrade, New or Used) at any time for one year or part thereof. The Trails Collection Add-on is renewable on your annual dues anniversary date at the prevailing rate at that time.  If you add the Trails Collection part way through the year, the price does not pro-rate. And it renews on the anniversary date of your main Zone Camping Pass, at the going rate at that time. 

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Thousand Trails Membership Cost to Upgrade

Before we dive into the Thousand Trails membership cost of the three upgrade options, note these important points applicable to all of them:

  • Thousand Trails does not make their membership upgrade costs public, so it’s tricky to provide an exact answer on what you will end up paying. 
  • Several variables can affect pricing, including special promotions, and which membership/contract you are upgrading from.
  • You can finance your membership with monthly payments (and interest), with 10% down and no credit check. 
  • High use restrictions apply during peak times and locations, such as winter in Florida, where stays are limited to 14 days instead of the usual 21.
  • Additional benefits include family passes and free/discounted cabin rentals, RPI membership with travel partner benefits.
  • Memberships activate immediately, so you can start booking right away.
  • You have the ability to re-sell your membership, with benefits intact, and recoup some of your purchase cost, if you no longer need your membership.

Now let’s take a look at these membership upgrade prices and overview!

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Basic Elite Membership Upgrade

To upgrade from a Zone Pass to the Thousand Trails Elite Basic, without any special promotions or discounts:

2020 Standard Price: $6,995 is the MOST you would pay *

* Save with exclusive RVLOVE, discount year-round

* Plus save with other special promotions – SPRING SALE Save $1,000 until 3/30/2020

  • You pay ongoing, annual dues of $499–$599 – depending on the membership contract you are upgrading from.  
  • Buy the upgrade outright or finance with monthly payments.
  • * Jump to Get a Quote for more about RVLOVE discount and special promotions.

Overview

The Elite Basic is the first level of membership upgrade from the Zone Pass. The Elite Basic allows you to camp in Thousand Trails campgrounds for up to 21 nights with no nightly fees, then move directly to another park, without any time out of the TT system. You have access to TT’s entire national network of 80 campgrounds. Twice a year, you can also extend your stay by one week for just $29, extending your stay from 21 days to 28 days. You can make your camping reservations up to 120 days in advance. Annual dues are frozen at age 62. And one year of RPI Resort Connections membership is included. 

Who’s it for?

It’s great for full-time RVers, or those who travel extensively and/or want to slow down their travel pace, while saving money on camping fees. Also, if you want the peace of mind of being able to make your reservations 4 months in advance, which increases your chances of securing the campgrounds you want, especially during peak times. If you plan to RV for longer than a year, and intend to spend a significant amount of time within the TT camping network, the Basic Elite is a good option. 

Term

This contract has a 2 year commitment. But as long as you keep paying your annual dues, you’ll remain an active member, and able to enjoy the benefits of your TT membership. You can put your membership on hold (ie. not pay annual dues) after year 2, for up to 5 years. 

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Elite Connections Membership Upgrade

To upgrade from a Zone Pass to the Thousand Trails Elite Connections, without any special promotions or discounts:

2020 Standard Price: $9,145 is the MOST you would pay *

* Save with exclusive RVLOVE, discount year-round

* Plus save with other special promotions – SPRING SALE Save $1,500 until 3/30/2020

  • You pay ongoing, annual dues of $499–$599 – depending on the membership contract you are upgrading from.  
  • Buy the upgrade outright or finance with monthly payments.
  • * Jump to Get a Quote for more about RVLOVE discount and special promotions.

Overview

The Elite Connections is the next level up in membership upgrades. Just like the Elite Basic, you can camp for up to 21 nights at a time in a Thousand Trails campground, then move directly to another park, without any time out of the system. And you can access the entire network of TT campgrounds. Twice a year, you can extend your stay by one week for just $29, for a 28 day stay. You can make your reservations 180 days in advance. Annual dues are frozen at age 62. And two years of RPI Resort Connections membership are included. 

Who’s it for?

A key benefit that makes the Elite Connections attractive is the 180 advance reservation window. This virtually guarantees you will be able to secure all of your campground bookings up to 6 months in advance, for peace of mind. The other key point of difference is for those who may enjoy different kinds of travel outside of your RV. The additional Travel Partner benefits of the Elite Connections may be attractive to you, such as discounted condos and cruises, or trading your getaway cabin week for a condo stay.

Term

This contract has a 2 year commitment. But as long as you keep paying your annual dues, you’ll remain an active member, and able to enjoy the benefits of your TT membership. You can put your membership on hold (ie. not pay annual dues) after year 2, for up to 5 years. 

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Ultimate Odyssey Membership Upgrade

Note: This has been rumored to be “going away” for several weeks now. We’re waiting to see if/when that happens, and will update this post as soon as we know.

To upgrade from a Zone Pass to the Thousand Trails Ultimate Odyssey, without any special promotions or discounts:

2020 Standard Price: $13,595 is the MOST you would pay *

* Save with exclusive RVLOVE, discount year-round

* Plus save with other special promotions

  • You pay ongoing, annual dues of $499–$599 – depending on the membership contract you are upgrading from.  
  • Buy the upgrade outright or finance with monthly payments.
  • * Jump to Get a Quote for more about RVLOVE discount and special promotions.

Overview

The Ultimate Odyssey is the highest level of membership upgrade available, understandably since it is the highest Thousand Trails membership cost. One of the big steps up with the Ultimate Odyssey is the ability to camp for up to 28 nights at a time in a Thousand Trails campground, then move directly to another park, without any time out of the system. And you can access the entire network of Thousand Trails campgrounds.  Plus four times a year, you can extend your stay by one week. For example: pay $29 to stay for 35 days twice in one year, and during high season, you can add an extra week for $99, giving you two x 21 day stays (instead of 14 days). You can also make your reservations 180 days in advance. 

Who’s it for?

Aside from those who can afford it, of course, this is for those who want longer stays, and the peace of mind that comes with the longest advance reservation window available from Thousand Trails. The Ultimate Odyssey membership allows you to book the dates and campgrounds of your choice up to six months ahead, so you will always be able to secure your selections. Those who want to enjoy a slower pace of travel with longer stays, and especially extended stays in one geographical area, will appreciate the benefits of the Ultimate Odyssey. The additional Getaway and Cabin benefits, Travel Partner benefits plus 6 x $500 Vacation credits may also appeal to those who enjoy different kinds of travel, like condos and cruises.

Term

This contract has a 2 year commitment. But as long as you keep paying your annual dues, you’ll remain an active member, and be able to enjoy the benefits of your Thousand Trails membership. You can put your membership on hold (ie. not pay annual dues) after year 2, for up to 5 years. 

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Is Thousand Trails Worth it for you?

Before making ANY purchase, estimate how many nights a year you plan to use your Thousand Trails Camping Membership. Multiply that number by an average campground rate (this can easily be $30-60 a night) for the areas you plan to travel. Then simply do the math. See if buying a Thousand Trails Camping Membership makes sense for YOU. And if you need help, just ask.

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Get a Quote  RVLOVE Discount & Deals

So what will a Thousand Trails membership cost you? We recommend you get an obligation-free quote first, to make sure you’re getting the best deal and any available discounts, before making your purchase. As you have probably gathered, buying a Thousand Trails membership – whether it’s a Zone Pass or an upgrade – can be confusing. And trying to determine the Thousand Trails Membership cost – exactly – on one of their upgrades isn’t black and white. That’s why you can’t simply buy a TT membership upgrade online.

Thousand Trails often runs special promotions on their camping memberships – which they don’t always publish – and these can change often, without notice. Plus, if you decide to finance, the total pricing and monthly payments will vary depending on membership, down payment, and term. Then, there’s the RVLOVE discount we’ve been able to negotiate that will bring the total price down. Keep in mind you MAY have to pay sales taxes too, depending on the state you’re in and where you’re buying from. 

Our friends Jim and Brandy can save you money on your Thousand Trails membership cost

That’s why we recommend speaking with our TT Insider contacts – Jim and Brandy Reneau – to get a quote before you purchase ANY new Thousand Trails membership. They can guide you through the process, and help you to secure you the best price available on a TT camping membership at any given time.

Here’s how:

  • Call Jim on 770-622-4188 or Email brandy_reneau@equitylifestyle.com
  • Tell them you are part of the RVLOVE community.
  • They will advise current best price on the Zone Pass and Upgrades.
  • Our exclusive RVLOVE discount will be applied your upgrade.
  • If you are financing, they can provide a quote with monthly payments.
  • If you’re not ready to buy, ask to get on their ‘specials hotlist’ for promotions.
  • Ask ANY questions you may have. They will NEVER try to sell you a membership that isn’t right for you.

We have known Jim and Brandy (and their pups Cash and Princess) personally for several years. Throughout that time, we have built a relationship of trust, we have confidence in their knowledge, and value the high level of service they provide to our RVLove community. They can help you with everything from a Zone Pass, all the way up to an Elite or Ultimate Odyssey membership upgrade. They’ll be with you all the way, as your go-to people within Thousand Trails.

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Our friends Jim and Brandy can save you money on your Thousand Trails membership cost

How to Buy and Save on Thousand Trails Membership Cost

  1. Contact our TT Insiders: Membership Specialists Jim and Brandy Reneau will help you get into the RIGHT membership for your needs. Let them know you were referred by RVLove to get the BEST price available and swag from us. Call Jim on 770-622-4188 or email brandy_reneau@equitylifestyle.com
  2. TT Membership Specialist: Already know a Membership Specialist that you feel comfortable with? Sign up with them, and please mention RVLove.
  3. Buy Zone Camping Pass Online: If you prefer, you can buy Zones Pass(es) and the Trails Collection direct here at this link.

Whichever way you go, please let Thousand Trails know that Marc and Julie Bennett of RVLOVE (member #298683360) referred you. It doesn’t cost you any extra, and TT may even send us a gift card as a thank you. We always appreciate that, as it helps us keep the free content flowing here at RVLove. And for that we say a huge THANK YOU in advance! 

If you want to read more articles about Thousand Trails  to understand even more about all your options for new and used memberships, you can find them all rounded up here. Or see the box below to link directly to other TT-related articles you might find helpful.

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Drop us a note in the comments below. We know how overwhelming it can be to make sense of Thousand Trails camping memberships. We’re happy to help!

 

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