Happy Camper Club Inc., a 5-year-old half-price discount club for RVers, has grown to about 10,000 consumer members and signed on 1,000 participating campgrounds, according to President Anne Pierson.
“We always want new parks,” Pierson said. “But we are not actively recruiting How To Get Ex Boyfriend Back new parks right now because we are trying to fine-tune the way things work.”
Pierson operates Happy Camper, based in Monroe, La., with her husband, Robert. The couple also own Shiloh RV Resort in Monroe and Shiloh Lake Bruin in Newellton, La., each containing about 100 campsites.
“Being park owners, we understand some of the common problems that discount clubs have,” Pierson said.
Happy Camper members typically fill the last few campsites that parks might have before being full for the night, Pierson said.
“We try to make it clear to our members that campgrounds provide discounts to Happy Campers for a reason,” she said. “They are going to drop out of the program if people are too demanding or complain all the time or have unrealistic expectations about what they are going to receive.”
Pierson said annual consumer membership is $49.95 and that special discounts were available for members of 16 RV manufacturer and lifestyle clubs. “They give us a lot of exposure with their new members and we give discounted Happy Camper memberships to their members,” Pierson said, noting that discounts vary by club.
There is no cost to participating campgrounds. They simply must offer a 50% discount to Happy Camper members. Campgrounds also can set their own blackout rules. “If you are campground in Louisiana, you’re not likely to offer a discount during Mardi Gras,” Pierson said.
About 100 campgrounds also are participating in a long-stay discount program that features $50 off monthly rates. “Some of our members want to encourage longer stays, but knocking 50% off a monthly rate is not realistic,” Pierson said.
Pierson said Happy Camper will institute a major effort to expand the number of Happy Camper campgrounds when consumer membership hits 25,000.
“You don’t want an operator to get 20 of our people in one night,” she said. “But we don’t want to dilute the campground nights. That wouldn’t be helping anyone.”
Although Happy Camper has parks in every state, about 20% of its campgrounds are in Texas (106) and Florida (87). “That’s where folks want them,” Pierson said. “That’s where they are traveling to the most.”
Sites typically are available on a first-come-first-served basis, with about 10% of member campgrounds requiring reservations.
A directory published each January and updated quarterly is supported in part by advertising from industry suppliers. Free with a membership, the directory includes a campground’s physical and Internet website addresses, rates at the time the directory was published, along with amenities and dates the campground is open.
New parks also are previewed once every two months in RV Companion magazine, which provides two pages of Happy Camper news and activities in each issue. Consumer members receive the magazine free.
Happy Camper also is partnered with Freetrip.com, which displays Happy Camper member parks in the travel directions it provides.
Happy Camper is exploring the creation of an RV dealer network at which members could receive discounts on parts and services.

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