Monday, July 27, 2015

Breaking Up is Probably Going to Be Harder Than This To Do...

I don't know exactly what the cancellation process is to end my Thousand Trails membership, but I set this email to see if it gets the desired results:


We do not wish to renew our Thousand Trails membership when it expires on September 12th, 2015.  We were told we needed to give 30 days notice to cancel our membership. 

Can you please cancel our membership on September 12, 2015? We do not wish to renew.

Yamila Abraham
Member #: _________

We will be using it in August with our last camping date being August 29th.  If I don't hear a confirmation from you by Tuesday I will proceed with a certified letter, return receipt required. 

We are cancelling for the following reasons:

1.  The Menifee California campground is in a remote area where there is little to do.  It's a long drive to get decent shopping.  We really didn't like Temecula.

2.  The nice Palm Springs campground is not usable for half the year, and it's not actually convenient to Palm Springs.  (But we did like the area).

3.  Many of the bathrooms in the Acton CA campground are locked up.  (Otherwise, we liked it here a lot).

4.  The road in to the Santa Barbara campground is horrifying, particularly when towing a 32' trailer.  Santa Barbara was back-in only, which I'm not capable of doing.  The gate has a single lane, and you must wait behind any incoming reservations to be processed in order to finally get in.  There was no Internet, cell, or TV reception there outside the adult lodge.  It's 15 miles in expensive gasoline country to get to any shopping.

5.  San Benito has a major electrical problem.  We were in a 30amp spot designated as functional and lost power 4 times the first 7 days, once for 5 hours in 90 degree heat.  Once again, the campground is extremely remote.  The only way we were able to get Internet here is by using the booster I was forced to buy for the Santa Barbara campground.  Cell and TV reception is spotty.

6.  We did not get to try out any other Northern California campgrounds in our membership zones because they do not provide sewer connections.  Then the campgrounds have the unmitigated gall to charge campers $25 for a truck to pump out rigs.  I'm just disgusted by this.  I wouldn't have signed up if I knew so many California campgrounds would not be usable.

As you can see, we gave Thousand Trails a very exhaustive trail as full-timers.  We have decided we need to pay for camping in urban areas to get everything we really want out of this lifestyle.  I'm sure a lot of people like remote camping, and I'm not saying that it's bad to have campgrounds like this, but as full-timers who are still working full-time we need access to shopping and Internet/Cell connections.  Also the lack of sewer connections in Northern California.  I can't put up with that bull.
Sincerely, etc.
Well, I haven't heard anything back today yet, so I'm probably going to send that letter.  Hopefully this won't turn into a fiasco. 

Incidentally, this is the first campground where we're having a minor problem with ants.  There's a great deal of wildlife and bug life.  Last night I battled a giant ugly bug who was trying to shimmy itself under my window screen to get in.  Every time I tried to knock it off the thing would HISS at me.  Ugh.  My friend insisted that it was buzzing, not hissing, so I recorded it.  You can hear the hiss at the 8 second mark:

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