I really wish I could discuss this with other Camper World members, but as there doesn't seem to be any forum anywhere, I am going to blog, and hope that people comment on it.
We bought into Camperworld about 3 years ago. We were excited to join. We paid an upfront cost, and then annual dues. We knew that those dues could and would be increased.
A couple days ago, we got a letter, talking about GREAT NEWS! They have some debt on three of the resorts. They want to become a "pay as you go" resort, incurring no further debt. They are demanding an additional $600 from each member, due on June 1. They are offering a GREAT (note my sarcasm) offer as well! You can pay $2200 on June 1, which will pay that $600 AND your annual dues for 8 years. They have a couple other payment plans that basically entail the member paying a grand total of apprx $2300-$2400 by March 2010.
Honestly, this deeply concerns me. I don't buy their stance that the economy is bad, and that they are trying to hurry and pay off debt in case it gets worse.
If I truly believed that I was going to pay that money, and not be expected to pay a dime for an additional 8 years, and had a written guarantee to that effect, I would feel a lot more comfortable with it. But who is to say a year from now, they come out with another note saying they need more money?
If you know any Camperworld members, or are a Camper World member yourself, please comment so we can discuss. I'd love to know if I'm being paranoid or not.