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Thousand Trails Contract Game Platinum, Plus, VIP, membership elite

There are two things that you will need to do before embarking on your fulltime adventure with Thousand Trails; 1) finding the right RV to live in and 2) deciding which Thousand Contract is right for you. I put together this article to help you navigate your way through the many Thousand Trails contracts and succeed at the contract game.

Lazydays: Please email Norwood at if you would like the contact information for the sales professional we worked with at Lazydays.
Thousand Trails: Please email Norwood at if you would like the contact information for the sales professional we worked with at Thousand Trails.

Recently my wife and I purchase an Elite National Membership Upgrade. This took some work and we were quoted many different prices but found the lowest cost way to purchase our upgrade was through a guy that was referred to us who works directly for Thousand Trails.

First we went to a preserve and this was not the best experience. Let me explain. I have been told so many different and conflicting things about the Platinum, Plus and VIP membership that I really did not know what was true. I spoke to members who have a platinum but say they have no high use restriction. However after reading the contract one will find this is simply not true. I spoke to sales people who told me the same. This was very frustrating and this is why I started this site to help potential buyers find a better more informed way to purchase what they need.

I want to provide Thousand Trails members who are interested in upgrades the ability ask me any question they want about the process. It’s simply not right to have hidden and misrepresented memberships.

Here is a little more information about our set up and our experiences…

We purchased from a very well know RV dealer in FL who gave us a free zone membership to thousand trails. This was a great experience because our sale man took great care of us and helped us stay within our price range on a 2007 Forest River Cherokee 5th wheel. Really Brant impressed us.

Then we found Craig a thousand trails sales professional who helped us upgrade our membership to a National Elite membership.

Back to Thousand Trails… well since we had a nice free membership from Lazydays we wanted to upgrade to a national membership. This can be a strange process because some sales people try to charge a lot more for a membership than others. However we found a great guy who is honest and had our best interest at hart. Please email Norwood at if you would like information.

The Thousand Trails membership we purchased was an Elite (higher than Platinum)and it is one of the best memberships one can buy. It has 21 days in the thousand trails system and no out time which means after our 21 day in we can go to the next preserve. It also comes with some vacation cabins free of charge but this is really not why we purchased. Next RPI preferred Gold was included and ROD which offer a great extended network for traveling. RPI Basically offers 10 dollars a night at nice campgrounds and ROD offers free camping but I have not yet used them so I will update this once I learn more.


We paid 4000 thousand dollars for the upgrade and feel it was worth every penny. We were going to add Outdoor World for another 2000 but felt we really would not use it with our particular travels. Keep in mind I am talking about a new membership not used. Price a used Platinum Thousand Trails membership you will see its very expensive.

I would be willing to bet that the majority of people will save money and hassle buying new. But this is your choice. Whatever you do, do not take anyone’s word on the contracts used or new for sale. YOU MUST READ THE CONTRACT TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE OR WILL PURCAHSE! All too often if you ask a person about their contract they simply have not read the thing and they will tell you they have privileges that they really do not. Again this can be easily solved but you must read the contract.

Here is a list of all the newer Thousand Trails memberships....



Zone (west or east)



Here is a list of the available Thousand Trails Upgrades:


Platinum Plus

Platinum VIP


Elite Connections

I hope this helps a few of you navigate the Thousand Trails contract game in a more informed manner. Take care and say hello if you see our 2007 Forest River Cherokee Fifth Wheel pulled by our 05 red Nissan Titian truck. Also if you talk to Craig or Brant be sure to tell them hello from Amanda and I.

Happy Travels

Oh and PS here is a list of the Campgrounds that TTNLT members can stay at (certain campgrounds are only available to members with upgrades).

Thousand Trails: (abc order)

Bend/Sunriver- Bend Oregon

Chehalis- Chehalis Washington

Chesapeake Bay- Gloucester Virginia

Colorado River – Columbus Texas

Countryside RV Resort- Apache Junction Arizona (ELS Park Pass)

Cultus Lake – Lindell Beach British Columbia

Forest Lake- Advance North Carolina

Hershey- Lebanon Pennsylvania

Horseshoe Lakes – Clinton Indiana

Idyllwild – Idyllwild California

Kenisee Lake – Jefferson Ohio

La Conner – LaConner Washington

Lake Conroe – Willis Texas

Lake of the Springs – Oregon House California

Lake Tawakoni- Point Texas

Lake Texoma – Gordonwille Texas

Lake Whitney – Bridgeport Texas

Las Vegas – Las Vegas Nevada

Leavenworth – Leavenworth Washington

Lynchburg – Gladys Virginia

Medina Lake – Lakehills Texas

Morgan Hill – Morgan Hill California

Mount Vernon- Bow Washington

Oakzanita – Descanso California

Orlando – Clermont Florida

Pacific City – Cloverdale Oregon

Palm Springs- Palm Desert California

Pio Pico – Jamul California

San Benito - Paicines, California

Soledad Canyon - Acton, California

St. Clair - St. Clair, Michigan


Bay Landing – Bridgeport Texas

Birch Bay- Blaine Washington

Carolina Landing – Fair Play South Carolina

Cherokee Landing – Middleton Tennessee

Chestnut Lake – Port Republic New Jersey

Indian Lakes- Batesville Indiana

Lake Minden – Nicolaus California

Little Diamond- Newport Washington

Long Beach – Seaview Washington

Natchez Trace - Hohenwald Tennessee

Peace River- Wauchula Florida

Ponderosa Resort- Lotus California

Rancho Oso – Santa Barbara California

Russian River – Cloverdale California

Snowflower – Emigrant Gap California

South Jetty - Florence, Oregon

Tropic Winds Resort – Harlingen Texas (ELS, Thousand Trails, Naco, Leisure Time)

Turtle Beach Fish Camp- Manteca, California

Virginia Landing – Quniby Virginia

Wilderness Lakes – Menifee California

Yosemite Lakes- Groveland California

Leisure Time:

Crescent Bar- Qunicy Washington

Grandy Creek – Concrete Washington

Oceana – Ocean City Washington

Paradise – Silver Creek Washington

Seaside – Seaside Oregon

Thunderbird- Monroe Washington

Tropic Winds RV Resort – Harlingen Texas

Whalers Rest – South Beach Oregon


Bear Cave - Buchanan, Michigan

Diamond Caverns – Park City Kentucky

Green Mountain – Lenoir North Carolina

Hidden Cove – Arley Alabama

Rondout Valley – Accord New York

The Oaks at Point South - Yemassee South Carolina

Three Flags- Wildwood Florida

Outdoor World:

Circle M – Lancaster Pennsylvania

Gateway to Cape Cod - Rochester Maine

Gettysburg Farm – Dover Pennsylvania

Harbor View – Colonial Beach Virginia

Lake and Shore – Ocean View New Jersey

Lake Gaston – Littleton North Carolina

Moody Beach – Moody ME

Orlando Encore – Clermont Florida

PA Dutch Country – Manheim Pennsylvania

Pine Country – Belvidere Illinois

Scotrun – Scotrun Pennsylvania

Sea Pines – Swainton New Jersey

Sturbridge - Sturbridge MA

Timothy Lake North & South - East Stroudsburg PA

Williamsburg – Williamsburg Virginia

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