If you would like to file a complaint against Thousand Trails or ELS for defrauding you please contact Elizabeth Wilson
Senior Consumer Analyst
Division of Consumer Services
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
I was looking over some of the new thousand trails Contracts and noticed an interesting change.
The upgrade fee to an elite membership is near 5000.00 dollars and one must pay 3 dollars a day after 60 days. Ouch this is a big difference from the original contracts. For full-timers this 3 dollars a day adds up to about the cost of a years’ worth of insurance on our rig. Which over 10 years would be well over 10,000 dollars. At this price one is better off just purchasing a used contract form a good dealer.
Now it takes about 3 to 8 weeks currently for TTNLT to facilitate the change of owner on a used membership. So this is defiantly a draw back. However depending on the use of the membership this could save a great deal of money for the owner over the length of ownership and about 50% off of the price of a new contract.
Since DA Juice Mon ( 40 foot sailing Yacht) was declared a total loss after suffering severe cracking due to a grounding in a bad storm off the coast of Islamorada FL in the Keys. Amanda and Mav insisted on a non-sinking yacht. Therefore we purchased a luxury 40 foot KZ Escalade 5th wheel. (Thank you Mark Scott at Giant Recreation World Orlando for saving us about 10 grand his direct line is 407 448 1949 tell him Norwood sent you. )
While I don’t like the direction of Thousand Trails, Naco, Leisure time, Mid Atlantic, Outdoor World I regrettably must admit there is real financial benefit to being a member. So Amanda and I familiarized ourselves with the new contracts and fees. And while I normally recommend our guy in LOTS CA I feel one can do a lot better buying a used membership now since the new membership have so many draw backs.
It is scary buying a quality used thousand trails membership at a distance because you pay 2000 to 3000 dollars upfront and you don’t see anything for nearly a month. I believe this process makes buying a used membership difficult and time consuming for an individual. This will stop most people from even considering a used contract.
Buying a used membership is a bit confusing and if you are not comfortable with the person you are buying from I would suggest finding a good Broker. A good broker has many years of experience dealing with the contracts departments and is able to resolve issue quickly that might have taken a long time without their assistance. There is no doubt you will pay a bit more for a membership using a broker. But this broker may very well save you a great deal of money in upgrades by helping you find the right membership the first time.
This may not sound like a lot but I have purchased 5 different thousand trails contracts over the years and know firsthand that every contract is different. There are 1000s of variations. So having someone familiar with all the thousand trails contracts is very necessary to buying a contract that best fits your needs.
If you need help finding a Broker to buy or sale please email me or Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to title your email TTNLT or something similar)
Good luck on your research will see you on the TTNLT Trail!!!
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