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Old March 8th, 2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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I was at this place in off Irish road north of Flint yesterday. it was part of a promotion for a truck give away at the Outdoorrama. the wife got a call one day a letter with a key in it a few days later. we went to see what the place was about and why they needed a promo to get people in. on the onset it was a waiting room full of people. we got called back and a sales guy named John met us. he was telling us all about the place and why he joined. He claimed to be a painter who did work for OCC and all he was doing was helping out since he lived in Bay city.

anyways he kept dropping hints about what he paid 4 years ago to join (about $5,999) and figured we would be up for the cost. anyways after a tour on paper and price layout he said it was now $10k to join to get the bennies and park access. so we were then led on a tour by van around the place. it wasn't bad but it was dead and winter had its grip on the place so nobody was there on the grounds hardly. there were a lot of campers parked on the premium spots to say the least. all the stuff by the lake was full like they left for the summer. saw a couple guys farther back that looked like they lived there full time. just a pigsty around their campers.

it was a interesting deal as we like to do stuff with our kids and I am always looking for a deal. but when we came back the high presure stuff started. the guy brought out his manager and some other guy was looking around the corner at us. all the while we were being grilled about costs it kept going lower and lower. finally ending at $7,999 for the whole package to sign today! ...or loose the chance at the access to the coast to coast package they included in the price. we said we would think about it....

oh and the truck give away, it was a deal where they sent you a key that is a cheap stamping of a GM truck key. he said to follow him at the end and we came to a little room by the backdoor. it had a key box with a yale house lock in the front that opened the key box. so no matter what key they sent if it was a car key it wasn't going to fit.
the guy had a Freudian slip and said how bad the truck would look after 75,000 people tried their key in the truck. so that being said I figured it was pretty good odds all things considered.

How many of you folks belong to this club or coast to coast? seems like they have some serious coin invested in the grounds there?

http://www.outdooradventuresinc.com/...lshoregen.html
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Old March 8th, 2010, 08:17 AM   #2
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I got scammed and went on the tour once and got a free watch for my wife that broke soon after.

That place used to be called 'Smoke-Rise' and was very nice as a kid. My parents latched on to a friends membership when you could do that. Sometimes you can see ads in the Flint Journal (Flint Urinal) for memberships to Outdoor Advetnures, and its usually around $500 to buy someones membership. They are transferrable, but unless you are that much into planning where other parks are in order to visit that part of the state or country, it never seemed to me to be a great idea.

I think your saleman is a professional idiot, he actually gets a great commision from his sales. Were they still toting the different levels of membership you could pay? The higher the memership cost, the less you pay for park usage? Seems to me, do be able to earn back that amount of memership fees, you would have to camp. A lot of camping.

Were they still offering cabins on a premo-site for higher cost? They would build one for you with minor customizable features...

Seems to me it is a long-term fucking.
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We got a key in the mail also after some stupid truck give away at the Armada Fair. After about a month of harassing phone calls to my home and work, I finally made an appointment to come "Try out my key". I never went, nor did I intend to go. They kept calling me telling me that they needed me to try my key out because they still hadn't found the "winner". I just kept saying "Sure, I'll come out to see you", making appointments that I never was going to make. They finally got mad at me and stopped calling. The key went in the trash.
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Stayed there last year for the weekend. Some friends of mine bought a new camper and recieved 1 month of free camping at any campground owned by outdoor adventures. Anyway to make a long story short, our experience was awesome. The boating and golf and swimming was really fun as was the giant rec area. We will be going back again.. The only problem we had was the tattooed freak pool aid. He was really rude to the kids and kept yelling at them. And he was kicking people out if they did not take showers before entering the pool of hot tub. And you had to take a shower after you exited the hot tub and wanted to get back into the pool.
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oh. This thread is too wordy. I will wait till I'm really bored.
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My SIL and BIL bought one of these memberships. Even though they enjoyed the parks they felt trapped into going to only those parks since they had that much invested in the memberships.
Also, even though the membership was bought, there were still per night camping fees involved.

Save your money and just go to higher end RV parks when you want to travel.
I have been to this place, and I have also been to many camp grounds and resorts around the country. I would never consider buying one of these memberships.

Oh yeah, and the resale? Forget it. Like was said above, people around selling these for $500 after paying $5,000 and up initially.
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My parents bought a membership about 6 years ago through a classified ad for about $3K. They camp often with my nieces and nephews (not too much in Davison) and enjoy it. The campground in Davison is the largest with the most amenities, but being so close to Flint brings in a lot of undesirable people. The best advice I can give is if you don't camp at least once a month during the season you will probably regret your purchase.
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I got scammed and went on the tour once and got a free watch for my wife that broke soon after.

That place used to be called 'Smoke-Rise' and was very nice as a kid. My parents latched on to a friends membership when you could do that. Sometimes you can see ads in the Flint Journal (Flint Urinal) for memberships to Outdoor Advetnures, and its usually around $500 to buy someones membership. They are transferrable, but unless you are that much into planning where other parks are in order to visit that part of the state or country, it never seemed to me to be a great idea.

I think your saleman is a professional idiot, he actually gets a great commision from his sales. Were they still toting the different levels of membership you could pay? The higher the memership cost, the less you pay for park usage? Seems to me, do be able to earn back that amount of memership fees, you would have to camp. A lot of camping.

Were they still offering cabins on a premo-site for higher cost? They would build one for you with minor customizable features...

Seems to me it is a long-term fucking.
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I thought I was the only one that got the shitty watch... Damn I will have to drop my ebay reserve price.
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My parents have a membership. They bought it about 10 years ago by way of the same free truck give away. They use it once in a while and supposedly my sisters and I can use it too if they add us to the membership. If you bring your own camper or tents it's free to camp or you can rent the campers or cabins that they provide for like $15 a night. I'd like to start using it but I've got a new born now so camping isn't that easy in a tent.

My parents don't seem to regret the deal but if are interested you might be better off putting a wanted ad on Craigslist to buy a membership from someone who doesn't use theirs and is in need of monetary help.
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My friends parents have a membership for Outdoor Adventures and they love it. They say the parks are clean and they have lots to do for small children and even adults. They have 'Adults Only' hours for the pools and a special building just for adults. It seems like a nice camp ground and it is CHEAP! My friends and I are planning a summer trip with 10 people and one of the cabins that sleeps around 8-10 is $50 a night. I think its worth it. I've been to KOA and camp grounds like those are they are DIRTY! A kid once pooped in the pool and it had to be shut down.
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Fuk dat.

For $8000 there better be BJ's included at the least.
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That is not real camping, it's camping for people who live in the city.

Your better off getting a seasonal lot like we do on a lake, costs us about $800 for 5 months, we leave our camper and come as go as we please.

My grandparents bought into that once, what a freaking joke.
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That is not real camping, it's camping for people who live in the city.

Your better off getting a seasonal lot like we do on a lake, costs us about $800 for 5 months, we leave our camper and come as go as we please.

My grandparents bought into that once, what a freaking joke.
camping in a camper is not real camping
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so it would be campering? it has the word "camp" right in the name.
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Camping in a van isn't camping either. It's being homeless.
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Camping in a van isn't camping either. It's being homeless.
but it's not so bad if you find a good spot down by the river.
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Just an UPDATE. My pal at work just bought in. he found a premium membership on Craigslist for $1000 + transfer fee ($312) and the monthly dues of like $30. I know it come out to $360 a year in dues.
sure beats the hell outta $8k for a membership.
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if ya had kids you wanted to ingnore, its a great place to camp.

i dont have kids, so to me it blows.

i actually just got home from the standish location, camping with friends.

we did the tour 2 years ago. my yearly in oscoda is nicer.
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