How Much Does A Thousand Trails Membership Cost? New Pricing (2020 Update)

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So what does a Thousand Trails Membership cost in 2020? Campground prices are rising everywhere. And on January 1st, 2020 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.

Plus, we share exactly how you can get an exclusive RVLOVE discount on upgrades, and how to get the best deals available, year round – including their current promotion. Plus some tips on ways to save that we’re not allowed to publish. Keep on reading for details.

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This post was last updated on 10/22/20. Prices and promotions may be subject to change at any time. Thousand Trails is currently running a sale until November 23, 2020.

Check out our recent article:  Is Thousand Trails Worth it? Our Comprehensive Review after 6 Years / 823 Nights of TT Camping

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Saving Money with Thousand Trails

In our 6 years as full-time RVers, we continue to use our Thousand Trails membership extensively as we travel. To date, we have stayed over 800 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 personally, it’s been great value for money. And if (like us) you’re a full-time RVer, you 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 PassTrails CollectionBuying 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.

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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 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 SALE as at 10/22/20: Save 20%. Pay $449.20* when you buy from our contacts Jim and Brandy (they can match or better any advertised price) or buy online*. *Taxes may apply.


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!


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.

Click here to get the best current TT membership prices at any time – for Zone Camping Pass and Membership upgrades.

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


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.


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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map of USA with color variations to indicate zones and icons for rv park locations

Trails Collection Add-on

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

2020 Standard Price: $299 per year


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.


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 – Now on Sale!

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 *

* TT’s current promotion – save $1,000

* Save with exclusive RVLOVE, discount year-round.


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. 


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 – Now on Sale + Bonus Trails Collection included

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 *

* TT’s Sale is on now – save $1,000 until 11/23/20

* Save with exclusive RVLOVE, discount year-round


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.


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 quite a while 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

  • 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.
  • * Get a Quote that includes RVLOVE discount and special promotions.


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.


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 with RVLOVE Discount and 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. 

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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, whether that’s a Zone Camping Pass or one of the upgrades (Elite, Elite Connections or Ultimate Odyssey). They can guide you through the process, and help you to secure you the best price available on a TT camping membership, year-round.

Here’s how:

  • Call Jim on 770-622-4188 or Email
  • Complete this form to get a membership quote, with available discounts
  • Tell them you are part of the RVLOVE community.
  • They will advise current best price on the TT 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. That’s one of the reasons we like to recommend them.

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 (and we have really grilled them!). We have confidence in their knowledge, and value the high level of service they provide to our RVLove community. 

Jim and Brandy can help you with everything from a Zone Pass, all the way up to an Elite or Ultimate Odyssey membership upgrade. They will be with you all the way, as your go-to people within Thousand Trails.

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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
  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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20 thoughts on “How Much Does A Thousand Trails Membership Cost? New Pricing (2020 Update)”

  1. Do you know what is costs to transfer an Elite member from the current owner to another party? I have a friend giving up RV travel and he has offered me his membership for free. I just am curious what the transfer fee is.

    • Hello Steve. Last time we checked, the transfer fee is $750. That would be fantastic if your friend would be able to transfer his membership to you (assuming there are not any past due payments, and that he was the original purchaser). Most memberships can only be transferred once. But if it all checks out that would be great. -M

  2. This is awesome! I felt like I needed to know the password and secret handshake since this isn’t published anywhere. Now that I have an idea of the cost of each upgrade, I have asked for quotes from TT. Thanks!

  3. How many of the SW zone pass parks are 55+ parks? And how is the 55+ defined? I am 76, and I travel a lot with my adult son, who is 41. Do we BOTH have to be over 55 to stay at a 55+ park?

    • No – only one of you has to be over 55… so you would qualify for all of those parks – there are many 55+ in the Trails Collection in Arizona (SW). and we have found that rule to be fairly fluid anyway. We are under 55 and and have managed to stay at a handful of the 55+ parks. We tell them we are a working couple, late 40s, no pets and no kids, and only once have we been told NO – during the peak of winter season. But you will be fine.

  4. With the Elite Connections (or similar), would the 180 day advance booking window apply to the Trails collection parks add-on as well, or do those stay at 60 days? Thanks!

  5. So just to clarify to make sure I understand, with the upgrades, it s one time payment of however many thousand it costs and then just an annual fee of $499-$599 or is it say $6,000 every 2 years with the commitment and then the $499-$599. Just trying to wrap my head around it for the future as it’s a possibility of us going full time either as the kids get older or they move out.

    • Hi Ashley, oh no you only pay the big membership fee of say $6,000 ONCE, and then annual dues thereafter of around $500-600 per year. As long as you keep paying your annual dues, you keep enjoying the membership benefits. And if/when you don ‘t need the membership anymore – say you decide to get off the road – then you can sell your membership on the resale market and recoup some of your original investment (roughly half, as a guesstimate). We have been TT members since April 2014, and upgraded to an Elite in September 2014… it’s saved us a ton… we used it about 90-180 days a year. It’s definitely a great membership for full timers, it’s what made RV life affordable for us. Hope that helps!

    • It all depends on where and when. For example, if you try to make a reservation at a popular park at peak time with short notice, you may have trouble getting a reservation. But if you are prepared to make reservations in advance (you can book up to 60 days ahead with the zone pass) then you should generally be fine. May be tricky on holiday weekends at their most popular parks/peak season, but keep in mind people often move/change their reservations around anyway. So even if you can’t get the res you want on a certain day, you can be persistent and keep calling back or trying online and grabbing spaces that open up. We have done that often, especially in Florida for the winter. And even scored a Saturday night on Father’s Day weekend in June at Hershey, PA (popular camping weekend) when a space opened up on the day. Plan ahead (it doesn’t cost you) and be flexible. You may not get everything you want all the time. but you should be able to get what you want most of the time… We never use TT exclusively, but we do use it a lot, and always have a backup plan for the peak places/times. Hope that helps!

  6. It’s renewal time for yearly membership, we are Oregon Washington zone. We have been frustrated as wanted to camp, but because of the Covid 19 issues they were CLOSED and we were not able to. We lost 3 months and counting of our 12 month membership. I do Understand the closures, but seems like they should adjust the months we were shorted. Are they planning on doing that as we did not get 12 months of camping? Was canceling membership, but would maybe do another year if we could also do the 20% off as new members get. Seems like you should take care of your current camper Memberships and NOT just the New ones for the 20% discount?

    • Hi Sherry – that is a question for Thousand Trails – not for us as we do not have the answer to that. COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation that no individual or business could have predicted. We were not in the TT system at the time and so were not impacted by being unable to use our membership, however we know MANY campers were in TT parks when the pandemic hit, and actually had their stays extended – at no extra charge and beyond their membership limitations – so they could shelter in place and stay safe, which we personally felt was a considerate thing for TT to do (when they did not have to). Many of their campgrounds DID remain open. That said, while some people are very happy with how the pandemic was handled by TT, others were not and it’s impossible to please everyone. From our perspective, most companies have been doing the best they can to navigate a very difficult situation and stay in business, as many won’t after this. By all means, take your request up with Thousand Trails and see what they come back with. We have no control or say over that. Good luck!

    • Sherry – I just had one more thought / question – are you a full time RVer? Everyone was asked to shelter in place to stay safe back in March (2 months ago) – wherever that may have been. Unless a full-timer, people were not being encouraged to ‘go camping’ as it wasn’t the time for that – anywhere. Oregon/Washington have – understandably – been very diligent about being strict with their closures, to keep people safe and reduce the number of infections and deaths. If you are full-time RVers, we do trust you managed to find a safe location to shelter in place and ride the pandemic out. The way we look at our TT membership, if we spend more than 30 days a year within the TT system, it’s well worth it for us. We appreciate the benefits, the cost savings and that we’re able to travel the country as RVers affordably, thanks to TT. Just remaining grateful for our blessings. So many others out there – those on the frontlines, those who have lost jobs, businesses and loved ones – are suffering much more, so we just try to keep that in perspective. Wishing you peace and happiness.

  7. Thanks Julie
    Sure does. When we start out on the road we will most likely do the lower states in the winter months and be in the RV for about 5-6 months. Will spend the Canadian summers at home. Looking at all the options to get the best deal for the 1/2 year we will be living in the RV.


  8. Good Evening – Thanks for the extremely valuable information.

    Q. I purchase a Zone Pass and then purchase the Trail Collection upgrade.
    The Zone Pass allows me to stay at a campsite for up to 14 days and then out for 7 days. The Trails Collection Add on also allows me to stay up to 14 days and then out for 7 days. Can I stay in the other program for these 7 days?
    IE: Stay with a Zone Pass for 14 days and then stay at Trails Collection Pass campground right away.

    • Hi John, glad you found the info helpful. No, with the Zone Pass, you must stay out of the entire TT system (including Trails Collection) for 7 days in between stays. Even with the upgrade options, you must have a minimum 7 days out of one Trails Collection park before being able to stay at another Trails Collection park. But there is nothing stopping you (with the membership upgrades beyond the Zone Pass) from moving directly from a TT park directly to a Trails Collection park to a TT park, with no time out of the system AS LONG AS you still have 7 days in between your Trails Collection stays. Does that make sense?


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