The Club People Love To Hate
What can I say? This is the club people love to hate. If you were to follow any of the thousands of RV and camping Facebook or any other type of social media boards, you will see this club talked about over and over.
The Good Sam Club was founded in 1966 and has steadily grown to over 2 million members. A Good Sam membership will cost you $29 a year. Good Sam members enjoy 10% discounts on any Good Sam affiliated campgrounds in the USA and Canada. In our own personal experience, we have received the 10% discount at campgrounds that are not listed as Good Sam parks just for mentioning Good Sam.
Camping World/Another Whole Story
Good Sam members also get 10% discounts at any Camping World store. Ahh, Camping World. That’s another hot topic for a completely different blog post…lol. Even if you wouldn’t ever buy an RV from them (many wouldn’t) they have a great selection of parts and accessories that you can get a discount on.
Probably one of the most forgotten benefits of being a Good Sam member is the fuel discount. Any member can receive .05 cents a gallon off at the pumps of any Flying J/Pilot station whether you use gas or diesel.
Two Ways To Get It Done
There are 2 ways to do it. If you are using a credit/debit card, swipe your credit/debit card. Once swiped the message on the pump screen will ask you to swipe your loyalty card. We never realized the loyalty card included our Good Sam Card. Once you have swiped both, you will see the price per gallon drop by .05 cents. It’s awesome!!!
We have been Good Sam members for years but until recently have not taken advantage of this great perk. We would always forget about it. As a matter of fact, while we stayed in Texas at the KOA in Amarillo, there was a Pilot station right around the corner. We were there so many times but never used our card. We could have probably paid for our yearly membership with the savings we would have received since we were there so many times.
Do Your Research
Their website has a listing of all the Good Sam parks and locations. One thing to keep in mind with the Good Sam rating system is that it is not always accurate. As with any campground you are going to stay at, do your research and read reviews from other review sites.
Good Sam also has local camping clubs called chapters within its system. These are local Good Sam members who get together and camp and do volunteer work. They are like little mini clubs.
Another service they offer is their trip planner. It works similar to most other mapping services but you can filter Good Sam parks along your route. We have used it a couple of times and it worked fairly well.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is for us just by using the gas benefits (when we remember…lol) and camping discounts we can usually cover the $29 membership.
If you travel a lot and come across Flying J’s or Pilots and camp at Good Sam parks you will more than likely cover your membership fees. If you only go down the road to your local campground on weekends and are not interested in joining any of the local Good Sam Camping clubs, then it’s probably not the membership for you.
Are you a Good Sam Member? If so, what features do you like best? If not, what stops you from joining? Leave your comments and/or thoughts below.