Thanks for the great feedback ladies! Here was my experience, we decided to check it out today.
The pros-We could camp there for free as frequently as every other week if we signed the same day, with up to 2 tents/8 people on the grounds with full use of the resort. We didn’t know this going up there, this was a much bigger draw than we expected it would be as we both really like to camp, it’s right by 2 huge lakes, mountains/hiking areas, etc. The indoor pools were great, one had slides and such, and the rooms were really spacious for the rental. The buy in would’ve been around 12000, with the 2300 in associated fees waived (again, only if you sign up that day). I forget the exact fees, but housekeeping was around 300 a year, the timeshare transfer rate was 159.
The cons-As we were touring I asked to use the ladies room. Right off the bat, they weren’t clean and there was no soap. Huge turn off for me. Two vending machines had out of order signs and the guy showing us everything joked that it had been 3 months and he didn’t think the vending machine company cared. They navigated the site to show us what the points could get us, but he started showing us off season places. When we asked to see certain places in season, it was clear that our points wouldn’t really help us there unless we signed up for a package for more points per year, which would give us a place that would be bigger than what we’d need. I mentioned we’d want to stay a night before deciding as it said on the letter that you could stay for a night for $50. The woman in finance said no, you can only do that before this meeting, it’s not used for after the meeting. I show her my copy of the letter, printed, which says no such thing. She asked us what we still felt we needed to see, and I brought up how there was no soap, vending machines were broken, and I felt like I needed to see how well the cleaning staff performed. She didn’t like that and basically said, sign today or you don’t get the camping benefit and you lose out on x dollars. The financing rate she offered us was 15.9%, which is ridiculous because we’re in good standing. When we said we couldn’t make the decision without staying again, she said ok, I’m done here, and walked away. The guy who showed us around said you can leave now, gave us the travel vouchers and walked away.
So it was about an hour and a half long, and we have 4 round trip airline tickets that you get as long as you book from certain hotels. The hotels are expensive, not worth it for all inclusive (could save more on hotel and airfare on other sites), but for Florida and Las Vegas, it would be worth it for a trip out (89-110/night).
If they were willing to wait, if we stayed and liked it, we actually would’ve been interested because of being able to use the resort year round. It’s an hour away from us so close enough where we would’ve gone on a weekend day and such. The rudeness at the end made us never want to go back…but because of the camping option we might look into other places that do timeshares in VT/northern NH and see if we can find something better.
@stephee: We asked to see how the fees have gone up after seeing your post, and they said they didn’t have it on hand, but could send it to us. Thanks for the heads up on that!
@luvbug080688: I’ll check out that site and see if they have home resorts up this way. Thanks!