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Great RV Escapes For Real or Scam?
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:34:26 PM »
Ok just moved from 5th wheel to class
A and now I'm getting e-mails for "Great RV Escapes" offering 50% off on rv site rentals nation wide for what seems like a one time offer of $47.99. Is this for real or just a scam to get my $47.99, and is it worth it. Trying to read between the lines it appears these sites my be in the boonnies! I may be wrong. Also offer is over on Dec. 6th.
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Re: Great RV Escapes For Real or Scam?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 12:27:40 AM »
Just ran a Google search and did not find any "Great RV Escapes"
Did find Great Escapes RV, it's not registered with the Better Business Bureau and seems to be a Rental Company.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 05:25:06 AM »
They appear to be a relatively new operation with an address in Chicago. Their web site is still largely under construction, and they appear to be trying to get RVers and campground owners to sign up. I know nothing about them beyond what I read on their site, but you can make your own judgement after reading the following statements on their page for park owners:

"... when you refer any camper to our program who becomes a subscriber, you get a 75% referral commission. This is the highest commission paid out by any network in North America. When someone is referred by your park or resort, we track your earnings by your Park ID #.

Direct Mail Campaigns: We distribute your park's brochure or other material to millions of RV owners each year. This is a proven way to increase the amount of campers that visit your park each year.

Unlike any other discount/referral network, we promote your park's full price rate first and foremost and only use the discount rate to fill any sites that may have otherwise gone vacant."
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 03:52:53 PM »
I googled great rv escapes and the first result is greatrvescapes.com. As Tom said this looks like a new site that uses Wordpress which is a popular DIY website software and blogging site. They have a campground listing which may be nothing more than a simple directory.

There really seems to be no reason to join aside from a vague statement about "saving 50% or more" but there is no mention what the savings is based upon, what the rules would be , etc.

Red flag.
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Re: Great RV Escapes For Real or Scam?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 09:03:46 PM »
Thanks for all your replies. I felt this was too good to be true but thought I'd give it a run by the old guards of rvforum, Thanks again. The old guards reference does not imply the age of any individual, just experience.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 04:41:04 PM »
I have never heard of Great RV Escapes, so cannot comment on it.

For a number of years I have been a life member of Passport America. We get about a 50 percent dicount on any Pasport America Park. The Passport America Directory has, I believe, over 1000 parks listed, and we have been very happy with our membership over the years.

We are also life members of Good Sam and KOA where we enjoy a 10 percent discount at each. We save considerable every year from our life memberships.

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 11:03:12 AM »
I joined Great RV Escapes around 4 years ago. Every campground that I went to that was listed never heard of them.
When I tried to contact them all I got was a recording.
It looks like they are starting up again.
Same person, same name.
You be the judge.

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 04:54:20 PM »
Sounds a lot like the "RV Park Super Guide" which as far as I can tell is wothless. I block their email crap and they just use a different domain name to send more crap.

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012, 02:37:34 AM »
Hey Huntnski,

Like Will said, Passport America is a good one to join. it has 1800 member CG's and you get 50% off with a few restrictions. It runs about the same price and is not a scam. My membership was way more than paid for on my first trip.

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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 06:07:33 PM »
 >:(   I just got an email from them today, at a price of $39.97 for a lifetime...which they said was off. But it had a link saying if you sign up today save 75%. I replied back and was told it would be $39.97 which is not 75%. We went back and forth about 6 emails with him back-pedaling and being very evasive. I finally told him I was getting a scam vibe and he told me "good luck in my travels" Glad I listened to my gut...   

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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2012, 09:03:26 AM »
It's really great when that gut feeling is not just GAS! I had the same feeling and felt much better once I got replys from this forum. Thanks to those that replyed. Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2012, 09:18:41 AM »
"... when you refer any camper to our program who becomes a subscriber, you get a 75% referral commission. This is the highest commission paid out by any network in North America. When someone is referred by your park or resort, we track your earnings by your Park ID #.
This is a pyramid (Ponzi) scheme and nothing more. They are trying to talk you into buying in so you can become an obnoxious seller. Duh...
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 05:53:14 PM »
Please be aware that the Great RV Escapes programme is a giant rip off.
I joined and paid my membership April 2013.The first 4 campgrounds I approached had never heard of this company and declined to honour the discount on offer from Great RV Escapes.I wrote back to Great RV Escapes and reminded them that they had advertised a money back guarantee and explained the problems I had encountered and asked for my money back.
They came back to me saying I had put one over them as my card had been declined,yet they had sent me a membership card.I sent them proof that my credit card had been billed and they simply said they never received it and I should go to my bank and sort it out.....and I will certainly do this.....but please be aware this is not a reputable company!!!!  Matt

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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2013, 03:11:08 PM »
I think I've been scammed...sent them $47.00 for their book of campground discounts...back in July....still waiting.Guess I shouldn't hold my breath.

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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2013, 03:13:20 PM »
I think I've been scammed...sent them $47.00 for their book of campground discounts...back in July....still waiting.Guess I shouldn't hold my breath.

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2013, 12:51:57 PM »
I want to thank everyone that replied to this thread. We where looking at this and wondered if it was a scam. Now we know. Also, you all helped us find Passport American. We are so new to RVing that we haven't even picked up our trailer from the dealer. Thanks again for all the help.

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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2014, 09:17:25 PM »
I read this thread, and although it is older, I felt compelled to offer our personal experience with the company.
Yes, they are fairly new, & far from scammers or con artists. Many online businesses offer an incentive for referals. This enables them to grow quickly. If you use a company and are pleased, word of mouth can often be the best advertisement, and it multiplies their base of consumers. Referrals from pleased consumers is free and saves tremendously  on the high margin of advertising costs.

We bought this membership last summer and are quite pleased. A few of the sites are $5.+ more than the advertised fee, but nothing huge in cost. These guides can be offered to the buyer at a tremendously low price, due to the fact that you are NOT shipped the actual books. You receive a link and password, and a plastic card with your name, etc., and a # on it to present to the park you will be using.

It has been extremely helpful to us, due to the fact that these are listed, state by state and city by city after YOU print them out. Included are phone #'s for the park, address, and hours of operation + costs and brief guidelines.

It is legitimate I feel, and NOT a scheme, so do not hesitate if you could use info on parks. We found it a lot easier to look up a particular state and locate availability, BEFORE we leave home. (This 'ole gal is too old to be a gypsy )!

I hope this helped someONE ! That was my only goal. God bless you ! 
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2014, 10:31:58 AM »
 :-[I  too joined this rip off outfit.   Waited in vain for their directory,  when I finally got access to the WONDERFUL WEB SITE THERE WERE PDF FILES OF LISTS OF OBSCURE RV PARKS TO DOWN LOAD.  I tried to check some by phone and all I tried were not in business any more. :-[

Definitely a scam....
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Re: Great RV Escapes For Real or Scam?
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2014, 10:18:22 PM »
I read this thread, and although it is older, I felt compelled to offer our personal experience with the company.
Yes, they are fairly new, & far from scammers or con artists. Many online businesses offer an incentive for referals. This enables them to grow quickly. If you use a company and are pleased, word of mouth can often be the best advertisement, and it multiplies their base of consumers. Referrals from pleased consumers is free and saves tremendously  on the high margin of advertising costs.




Such a glowing recommendation..... and only their 2nd post.

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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2014, 11:52:08 PM »
:-[I  too joined this rip off outfit.   Waited in vain for their directory,  when I finally got access to the WONDERFUL WEB SITE THERE WERE PDF FILES OF LISTS OF OBSCURE RV PARKS TO DOWN LOAD.  I tried to check some by phone and all I tried were not in business any more. :-[

Definitely a scam....

I am sorry to hear that. We have absolutely NO problem using the directory. Yes, u do have to download it and print it out. That is how they save big $$ !
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2014, 11:55:30 PM »

Such a glowing recommendation..... and only their 2nd post.
Was this a compliment or sarcastic ?
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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2014, 11:57:17 AM »
I have no way to know all the facts on these post. However, people have been known to write good reviews on their on  businesses, hotels, campgrounds...etc. Therefore, when one sees several bad reviews and then sees an over glowing review, then it makes one wonder. Would make my red flag go up.

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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2014, 12:24:41 PM »
stefanib, I just read my last post. One could read that post and conclude that I was attaching you and your post. That was not my intent.  Sorry.   :-)
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« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2014, 12:22:31 AM »
I have no way to know all the facts on these post. However, people have been known to write good reviews on their on  businesses, hotels, campgrounds...etc. Therefore, when one sees several bad reviews and then sees an over glowing review, then it makes one wonder. Would make my red flag go up.

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No problem with the 1st post you made, I am not angry.

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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2014, 04:59:42 PM »
Thank you Rv Forum Community. I bought the full membership of Great RV Escapes yesterday online and then ran across your site with several dissatisfied people who bought the program. All I received by email was the free directory - no membership info and no $25 discount coupon. After phoning several campgrounds I found only 1 out of 5 who gave a discount to this company's members. I phoned to cancel my membership but only got a recording to leave a message. I'm not sure whether their program is a scam or just an incompetent attempt to create a savings program for RV'rs. On their site and when you call it appears that their first interest is to sign up campgrounds. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt. They may be trying to build both the campground and the RV'r base simultaneously by justifying "potential" numbers as real.
Too make a long story short I call AMEX to remove the charge for membership. AT THIS TIME I DON'T THINK IT IS A GOOD DEAL FOR SUBSCRIBERS.

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« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2014, 01:12:09 PM »
Ordered the "hard copy" of their guide for $14.97.  Received a CD.  Fortunately paid by PayPal.  Received a full refund.  If you are looking for a CD this is great.  Looking for a hard copy?  Not so good.

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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2014, 08:01:49 AM »
Sneaky scam.  4/8/2014 I thought I was ordering a $6 RV directory. After providing my card number for the book to Great RV Escapes, a lightening quick screen popped up from Outdoor Recreation Group.  I carelessly hit a button that  gave them approval to charge me $147.00 for a lifetime membership, thinking I was approving the charge for the book.  There had been no explanation as to what I was approving. They switched from the book to this club with no explanation and they "got" me.  After talking to my bank and Outdoor Recreation Group I'm in the process of getting my money back.  This is no way for a legitimate company to operate. An Outdoor Rec. Group told me I was the only unhappy customer of their thousands. Wish I would have researched and seen this forum before I tried to order the directory, which I haven't seen yet.

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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2014, 08:32:47 AM »
Even Passport, bless their hearts, has limits that undermine the program... the last 6 RV parks where we tried to use Passport, had exclusions in very small print that prevented us from realizing any discount.  Seems to happen more and more compare to a few years ago when it was unusual.  One place advertised "senior discount rates" in big bold print but only allocated 3 sites for that price and, of course, those were filled weeks in advance.  Welcome to the land of deceptive advertising.
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« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2014, 06:52:26 PM »
Even Passport, bless their hearts, has limits that undermine the program... the last 6 RV parks where we tried to use Passport, had exclusions in very small print that prevented us from realizing any discount.

You must have been sent a defective Passport America Campground book. My Passport America Campground book has the exceptions in the same size font as the rest of the description for the particular park. I do find that the entire park descriptions for some parks are entirely in a smaller size font based on the length of the park description. They allow a definite sized space for each park description and use a smaller font to force the entire description into the allotted space.
 
I also agree that the exceptions are at times frustrating but I have found that they are fully explained.

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« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2014, 07:18:12 PM »
This is obviously a scam. I had never heard of them until I searched the Good Sam Website for campground directories then these guys pop up with a free hard copy of North American RV Park Directory. All I had to do was pay $5.60 for shipping. Well, what I finally received in the mail was a mail envelope that was open containing a CD case that was used with a used CD in it with no instructions to load anything. What the CD contained was a bunch of PDF files sorted by state. So I did some browsing and found there were only two campgrounds listed for Las Vegas and none for the town I live in. What a rip off. On top of that I had to add these folks to my spam blocker data base because of all the junk mail I started getting.