RV club memberships are an absolute must if you’re going to hit the road with your motorhome or camper! They can get discounts on campgrounds and RV parks, tires and RV components, batteries, RV education courses, health insurance options just to name a few!
Top Money-Saving RV Club Memberships
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While saving money is the primary reason for joining these RV clubs, it’s not the only perk of subscribing to these RV memberships.
Some of these private clubs also provide great benefits such as a supportive RV community, legal and advocacy benefits, and other courses.
RV memberships come in all different offerings. While we don’t belong to them all, these are some of our favorite money saving RV club memberships that are more niched for our needs and interests.
So, let’s see which RV club memberships we chose and why!
We actually didn’t join Escapees RV Club membership until three years into RVing. Had we known how important they are to the RV community, we would have joined when we first bought our first RV fifth wheel.
Escapees RV Club membership offers amazing services such as healthcare solutions, mail service and mail forwarding and roadside assistance programs.
The RV club also offers educational resources like RVers Boot Camp, RVers Online University, SmartWeigh and their awesome full-color Escapees Magazine.
Escapees also offers legal advocacy that protects RVers’ rights and unique travel issues. And this RV membership provides well-researched information on absentee voting, changing domiciles and working on the road while RVing.
Escapees has an RVer Job Exchange with their own online forum, the RVNetwork. The RV membership club also has subsidiary groups such as Xscapers (working age members) and Boomers (retiree age members).
However, age is never a prerequisite of joining either group. There are even smaller subgroups called Birds of Feather (BOF) that are interest and hobby driven. In all groups though, there are planned convergences, rallies and meet ups planned throughout the year.
So, regardless if you RV in a motorhome, truck camper, van, hybrid or towable RV, this RV membership doesn’t discriminate.
The club is inclusive of any RV, any age, whether you’re working or retired, raising a family or traveling solo. Escapees’ purpose is to support RVers by providing information to make your RVing experience legal, pleasant and safe.
Family Motor Coach Association – FMCA
Similar to Escapees, FMCA RV membership offers a plethora of benefits fitting to those who RV. What started as “Family Motor Coach Association” has grown to extend their membership perks to the towable RV market also.
As we mentioned in our Best Camping and RV Trip Planning Resources article, Family Motor Coach Association educates, equips, and empowers RV owners in their journey to create, experience, and benefit from the outdoor lifestyle they dream of or deserve.
So, after seven years on the road as full-time RVers, we realized we needed a program that offers a specialized FMCAssist program.
Most important, FMCAssist is an emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage available to members worldwide as long as we are more than 75 miles from our home base.
FMCAssist services are also available when traveling abroad. Of course, as always, read the small print regarding exclusions and limitation amounts pertaining to these benefits.
We also joined for FMCA’s tire discount program that will save us money on new tires for our Winnebago View motorhome and our Jeep!
Harvest Hosts is one of our ultimate favorite RV club memberships! Why? Because we love wineries, farms, breweries, distilleries and museums! And, we love supporting our farmers!
Harvest Hosts is a community of professional, enterprising winemakers, farmers, museums and other attractions who invite members to visit and park on the business grounds for 24 hours for free.
Harvest Host costs their Hosts nothing but a clean and safe parking space for one, two or even a few RVs.
Of course, depending on the size of the Harvest Host location dictates what size RVs they can accommodate. We’ve found most can accommodate big rig motorhomes and fifth wheels.
Typically, Harvest Hosts are primarily a boondocking venue of no utilities or services. However, as current card-carrying members, we may be surprised with an electric and/or water hookup!
The caveat is while they are welcoming us a place to park for an overnight, we are somewhat expected to show our gratitude by buying a product and/or partaking in a wine tasting or tour of their facility.
Because of their generosity of providing us a safe and quiet place to rest for a night, we always support them by buying some farm fresh produce, a unique souvenir, a bottle of their most prided wine, spirits, craft brew or tasty cider. It’s our way of saying thank you and showing our support of their small business.
Since, staying overnight at countless Harvest Hosts wineries, farms, breweries and even museums, we’ve more than saved money with this RV membership!
A Harvest Hosts membership fee pays for itself in just two nights of what it would cost us at a crowded campground. There are over 2000+ stunning Host locations throughout the United States!
So, trade that boring $50/night campground for a unique experience and make lasting memories with your family and friends.
We have just begun to start using our Boondockers Welcome RV membership. And since our motorhome is smaller and more agile, there’s more hosts we can visit!
But don’t fret if you have a big rig RV. There’s plenty of Boondockers Welcome hosts that can accommodate your motorhome or fifth wheel.
From the Boondockers Welcome website:
“Boondockers Welcome is built by RVers, for RVers.
Our philosophy is that RVing brings out the best in people – being in new places, while sharing tight quarters next to complete strangers every day has a way of making people learn what is important in life and how making friends on the road is often the best part of the story.
By definition, RVers love to travel, and want to do so comfortably and affordably. We know first hand that RVers will welcome each other to stay on their property only moments after having just met. Kindness and generosity abound.
Boondockers Welcome is a venue where RVers can connect and welcome each other to camp on their property, with no expectations of being paid in anything more than gratitude and a pay-it-forward spirit.”
We just recently joined Hipcamp and we are super excited about joining this incredibly awesome RV membership.
This all-inclusive RV membership doesn’t discriminate! They expect that everyone works to foster a sense of safety and inclusivity while using Hipcamp, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, political views, religion, national origin, or culture.
This includes Hosts, Hipcampers, and Hipcampers’ guests, too. Using Hipcamp is an agreement to uphold our shared commitment to building resilient communities by fostering a hate-free environment.
Some Hipcamp properties are only accessible via roads that require a 4×4 vehicle, and they want to avoid you overestimating your car’s power and getting stuck. Be aware of road conditions and confer with your Host if necessary.
Also, know that some Hipcamp Hosts don’t recommend using GPS and instead provide detailed directions for how to access their property.
So, read arrival instructions before download their detailed information and your Host’s contact info in advance.
Also, be aware, not every Hipcamp has good cell reception. So, if you rely on good WiFi signal to work or communicate with family, this RV membership may not be a good fit.
In other words, Hipcamp is a great membership to seek unique locations that may be off the beaten path yet in a friendly environment.
Be aware, Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome and Hipcamp hosts may or may not provide utility services such as electric, water or sewer.
So its important that your RV be totally self-contained with a fully working kitchen and bathroom. Or, in the case of Hipcamp, be respectful of the standards and rules of the membership and the hosts.
Passport America was the our very first RV membership that we joined upon purchasing our first fifth wheel toy hauler in 2014. And we’ve kept it current ever since.
This RV membership is fairly inexpensive but it offers substantial discounts on campgrounds and RV parks with a few stipulations and RV parking limitations (ie. certain days of the week, peak season, etc.).
Passport America‘s claim as being the Original & World’s Largest 50% Discount Camping Club for over 1800 participating campgrounds and RV parks.
Our first two overnights using our Passport America paid for our entire yearly membership.
On the Passport America app and website, each participating campground or RV park will list usage criteria.
Once you join, you can download our their free mobile app on all devices! The Passport America membership is currently (2021) $44 a year.
And if you prefer, you can get multi-year discounts up to a lifetime membership discount.
Good Sam Club
The Good Sam Club is an international organization of recreational vehicle owners and the largest organization of RV owners in the world.
It is focused upon making RVing safer and more enjoyable, and to save members money through club-endorsed benefits and services. It states that it has over two million members.
As most RVers call it, Good Sam was another one of our first memberships. We used it to receive discounts at Camping World.
If you’ve ever been in a Camping World store, you would have noticed there are two prices on each item tag. One is the Club Price and the other is for those who wish to buy without having the Good Sam membership.
Good Sam also offers Roadside Assistance, Extended Service Plans, Insurance, Travel Assist as well as other programs. This club also offers discounts on participating campgrounds in their system.
We realize in writing this that those are just a small handful of RV club memberships out there. When you’re looking for RV memberships, just keep in mind what you’re wanting out of them.
Are you looking for community?
Are you looking to belong to an all-inclusive campground or RV park venue?
Or are you looking for an RV membership that offers discounts and opportunities to save money?
Just make certain you read the small print and know exactly what each RV club membership offers. Some have limitations, black-out dates, and stipulations.
Tips on making the most of RV club memberships:
Do your research
Not all RV club memberships are going to appeal to everyone or even you.
Whether they are campground memberships or community based, just see if they meet your objectives and criteria. There’s no sense joining a campground or RV park based membership if you’re not interested in those types of venues.
Personally, we’re not apt to join ‘lifetime’ memberships because club or membership rules and criteria can change and not meet our expectations later.
Buy only the RV club memberships that you really need
We’ve found that a lot of RV memberships replicate each other; especially those offering discounts. Find a few that are niched to your RV or camping style.
Don’t let your RV memberships lapse
We’ve had this happen to us twice. I thought I had them paid but oops! Now, all of our RV club memberships are in our automatic bill pay through our financial institution.
Our mailing center will send our new membership cards to us when we reach a location where we can receive mail.
Cancel RV memberships that you don’t need
Did you trade your motorhome in for a truck camper? Or do you want to check out a different venue of campgrounds? Just cancel them or allow the membership to just expire so you don’t pay for something you just don’t need.
Other RV memberships that may be fitting to your RV lifestyle:
- Full-Time Families
- Happy Camper Club
- Thousand Trails
- Encore RV Resorts
- Coast to Coast
- KOA – Kampgrounds of America
- RVing Women
- Loners on Wheels (for solo or singles)
- Wandering Individuals Network
- Rainbow RV Club (for gay/lesbians)
- Explorer RV Club (Canadians)
- State Park Membership
- Federal Park and Public Lands Pass
- RV Manufacturer Owners Clubs
That’s a Wrap!
As you see, there’s quite a few RV membership options that offer everything from campground and product discounts, travel assist programs, mail forwarding and a whole bunch of other club benefits.
What’s great about them is they really don’t cost a heck of a lot to get a good return on your investment.
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