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Is Good Sam Club RV Membership Worth It?

Is Good Sam Club RV Membership Worth It?

Is Good Sam Club RV Membership Worth It?

Good Sam Club is one of the most popular RVing memberships in the US today. And Good Sam members have access to a variety of services and discounts, but is it really worth it? 

After being full-time RVers for fiver years, we must admit we’ve been a member of Good Sam Club for almost all of that time.

However, the return on investment (and the constant junk mail offers) have made us think twice about renewing the service.

Let’s dive into the reasons why.

What is Good Sam Club? 

Good Sam Club is an RV membership club. This membership club offers features such as RV campground discounts, discounts at stores like Camping World, and more.

There are a variety of other benefits including RV insurance, life and health insurance, and roadside assistance.

Good Sam Club RV Membership

Prices for a Good Sam Membership vary based on membership terms. A one-year membership is $29, a two-year membership is $50, and a three-year membership is $79. 

Other benefits, like a mail service, insurance, and roadside assistance, are separate from the base membership and have additional costs.

5 Things to Consider is Good Sam is Worth It

Good Sam is a popular RV membership club used by thousands of RVers around the country. But it just isn’t something we use! Here’s why. 

Many of The Best Benefits Cost Extra

All of the most useful benefits are not included in a typical Good Sam membership. The base membership gets you discounts at outdoor retailers, fuel savings, and discounts on campgrounds.

We have our own methods for saving money on the road, so it just doesn’t make sense for us to have the membership. 

Pro Tip: We use Escapees RV Club for many of these services.

In Our Experience, They Send a TON of Junk Mail Marketing Material

Good Sam is notorious for loading up member’s physical mailboxes and email inboxes with tons of junk mail – at least during our membership experience.

They send a lot of marketing materials advertising other services, and it can be quite overwhelming. Especially if you get your mail sent to you on the road and have to pay for all that postage! 

This seems like a marketing strategy straight out of the 1990s.

10% Off of Campgrounds Doesn’t Add Up To Much for Us

A Good Sam Club membership gives access to a network of participating campgrounds that knock 10% off their camping prices. But 10% doesn’t really add up to much! 

If you know anything about us, you know that we prefer free camping. We’d probably rather do a quick overnight at a Walmart or Cracker Barrel over staying at a campground just to save 10%. 

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for bigger campground discounts, check out Thousand Trails – the program is all about not campground fees beyond the initial membership plan.

We Prefer Online Shopping

One of the benefits of Good Sam Club is saving money when shopping at stores they own – like Camping World and Gander Outdoors. 

In fact, if you shop at a physical Camping World location, the only way they will honor their online pricing is if you sign up for a Good Sam Membership. And, if you know anything about Camping World, their in-store prices can be higher than online retailers.

But forcing you to buy a $29 membership that you might not even use, just to honor their online prices? That is a bit much in our opinion. 

The online shopping experience with Camping World isn’t really our thing, either. We much prefer Amazon, so this is just another reason we don’t need a Good Sam Membership. 

It Just Doesn’t Fit Our RVing Style

Finally, the benefits of a Good Sam Membership just don’t fit our RVing style. We prefer boondocking and have our own methods for finding free and cheap camping.

We simply just don’t have much use for it. It can definitely be a helpful membership if it fits with your RVing lifestyle. 

A Useful Membership, But Not For Everyone

Good Sam Club is one of the most popular and widely used RV memberships in the US. Although the membership is not expensive by any means, we personally don’t have use for it with the way we travel.

If discounts at Camping World, on fuel, and participating campgrounds sound good to you, then the $29/year might definitely be worth it! 

If you’re considering a Good Sam membership, definitely do your research online and read reviews before making your final decision. 

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Ike Stanton Sr.

Friday 24th of September 2021

You are exactly right Even with the Good Sam Membership, the prices at Camping world are to expensive. That owner of Camping World has really messed up Good Sam. Back before he took over it was very nice and the magazine was great and very informative and had good information. He took the magazine away and before he took it away all he had in it was advertising for Camping World. People really complain and he did take a little of it out before he stopped the magazine. I try my best to shop on line for all my camping needs and stay away from Camping World. Thank you for your article.

Tim DeRossett

Friday 13th of August 2021

Good comparison. The diesel discount really helps since I usually have to refuel at the large truck stops anyway. Funny that you mention SPAM and Junk Mail. Your article was very good but it included 7 SPAM/Junk mail entries. Especially hated the one with a 70 year old man modeling a pair of Depends underwear. So, just to point out that it is everywhere, including you.

mark

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I won't shop at Camping World, but I also will not spend a single dime at that evil borg called Amazon. Besides, Amazon is almost always more expensive than other online places, but finding best prices requires some research and most people are too lazy. Also, don't use Google for your search, use alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo or SwissCows. Google search results are altered by who paid them and how much for placement and then other algorithms that filter out what does not align with their world view. For RV stuff, eTrailer is a great source. eBay and Aliexpress and Banggood are OK too. The last two a Chinese, but if you are going to be buying Chinese junk, why not get it from the source and bypass the middleman.

Philip A Bedwell

Friday 21st of May 2021

Basically was forced into Good Sam membership by the insurance agent . Was told that I could not get Food Sam rate unless I bought membership. Considering who owns Camping World this is to be expected with having to buy a useless membership. I called Progressive direct and was given same insurance rates without membership. My advise Good Sam is a scam and a money grab for people unaware of sales tactics. Do your research first and don't believe salesman in most transactions. I won't patronize nor will I buy from Good Sam or Camping World . One price should fit all and not be membership driven.. One more thing that Good Sam tried to point out ...If I use certain truck stops to buy fuel I would save money ...what a joke. Truck stops are usually 30 cents higher than the mom and pop C store.

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