August 2022, a report about Home-parks, & Discount Camping Clubs If you have a family and plan on camping often in multiple campgrounds owned by the same corporation then buying an expensive Home-park Membership (HPM) could make sense. However if you are paying a very high amount for a home-park membership in-order to only join the Discount Camping Clubs (DCC) such as Camp Coast 2 Coast (CCC) or Ultimate Camping Network (was AOR) then shop around on the internet and you can find much cheaper campgrounds that will provide a Home Park Membership that you can use to join these DCC. Most Corporate owned (CO) campground chains charge thousands of dollars for a (HPM) so before you write them a big check think about how many times you will use it in the future. Then price compare what it costs to join these DCC and what you will be expected to pay for yearly dues (YD). Then ask yourself how often you will use them. If you are a full timer that keeps moving you can get some use out of them, but be aware that these DCC have less member campground as time goes on, and the cost goes up ever year. For instance: Camp Coast 2 Coast (CCC) had 400 parks @ $6 a night and 594 Good Neighbor parks (GNP) @ $11 per/nt in 1999, 351 in 2000, 340 in 2002, 310 @ $8, and 229 GNP @ $13 in 2004, 149 @ $10 plus extras, and only 51 GNP in 2019. in 1990 they had 300,000 members but by 2019 it was down to 151,607 members. Today in Aug 2022 CCC has 139 parks @ a stated price of $10 per/nt. However they allow their member parks to add extra fees (energy fees, etc) until I have recently paid not $10 but $27, and the Good Neighbor parks can charge what ever the traffic will bare. Inflation had a part in this but I think the big change was Corporate Ownership of CCC by the Affinity Group (Camping World) who bought CCC in 1993. FYI: CCC was started in 1972 and it was a flat $1.00 per night until 1997 when it went up to $4 then in 1999 it went up to $6. AOR has followed an even sharper decline. Till today they only have 53 parks at an advertised price of $9 per night but again the parks add extras. They have 88 parks that they call the Star Lite Network that can charge whatever they want. So the value of the Discount Camping Clubs (DCC) diminishes every year. See the attached State listings, Check the Clubs website and the parks websites then call the clubs and parks and educate yourself before you spend money that you might regret. Camping in general is getting ridiculous. With the cost of fuel to get there and the fact that most parks are full on Friday and Saturday nights and with some campgrounds asking for $100 a night! My friends that's $36,500.00 a year: you could be in a very nice hotel or on cruise for that kind of money.