Does Port Susan Camping Club Like Younger People

Question: Hi Luise: I just want you to know how I enjoy the enthusiasm in your website and the interesting things you have to say about the Port Susan Camping Club. I wanted to write and offer encouragement to younger people to think about RVs and camping clubs as an alterative lifestyle that suits some of us very well. I am 24 and work as a diesel mechanic. I travel a lot with my work and find living in a camping club, then in my van when I am on the road, ideal for my employment and tastes. I can leave and know things are safe when I am gone, and I have a place to come home to. When my dog doesn’t go with me, one of my neighbors watches him. It’s great community living and affordable for young people, too. If I left anything out, you could fill in the blanks. I think people my age might like to know more about this option. Are they as welcome in your park as they are in mine? Joe

Dear Joe: Nice to hear from you and you’re absolutely correct, camping clubs suit more than the retired population.

In our club we have people from all walks of life and all ages. I have met a young schoolteacher and his wife who are raising their family there. They have two sites and live in the park all year. I’ve also met single people of all ages who want to live economically or who have lower incomes and want to keep a lower overhead.

One lady, who has become a friend, has a MBA degree in social work and works for a non-profit organization. She’s the person who first gave me a tour of a Blue Water park model RV. I tell you that’s a home and half in half-a-home!

School buses stop at my camping club and children get the best of both worlds…the deep woods to play in and a good school to learn in. There are many things for kids to do in the park as well, especially when the pools open and fishing season starts.

I have met a man that operates a business inside the park. He repairs and maintains RVs. His wife works outside the park and they, too, enjoy double lots and double occupancy.

Thanks for bringing this up. I’m sure there are many other camping clubs out there like yours and the Port Susan Camping Club that have a great deal to offer their younger members. Blessings, Luise

17 Responses to Does Port Susan Camping Club Like Younger People

  1. Levi September 5, 2007 at 12:49 am #

    I’m 25, and the first time I heard about a camping club was a few days ago in an ad. My fiance, Jennifer, and I went to look at a place for sale in Port Susan. I loved the place from the start (especially because of the affordability). I think we’ll be able to save a lot more money than with a big mortgage. Thank you Luise for this article that is helpful to us.

  2. Luise September 5, 2007 at 11:36 am #

    Answer: Dear Levi: You’re certainly welcome! My membership at Port Susan and my vintage Airstream/Argosy are both for sale.

    Blessings, Luise

  3. Amber Thorpe September 17, 2007 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Luise,
    I am going to be in Port Susan to look at lots there in 2 weeks. I am from the Portland area. 2 questions. Why are you selling/leaving this camp club? It sounds wonderful. What are you selling your lot and airstream for? Pictures??
    Thank you

  4. Luise September 17, 2007 at 7:31 pm #

    Answer: Dear Amber: I put the Airstream/Argosy up on Craigslist last Thursday and the calls just poured in. The first person bought it. At the same time, the sales office sold my membership,(lot), to a different person. It was my own, personal retreat but my husband is 96 years old, (I am 80), and he is needing to have me around more of the time. I realized I hadn’t used it in the last six months and had let the whole summer slip by. I needed to let it go. Call the Port Susan Camping Club Sales Office,(425)743-7272, ask for either Bill or Serina and make an appointment. Tell them I sent you. 🙂 Blessings, Luise

  5. Lin September 23, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Luise!
    Gee, I hope you or someone keeps a Port Susan comment site. Sorry to hear you’re leaving. We just bought 2 lots recently on Bowspirit and have a park trailer ordered for one and I’ll motor home will be on the other. We loe it there and it’s really connected and bonding the family more. There is so much for everyone, never a dull moment and fun/get away from it all people, there for each other. (You actually want to know your neighbors)
    Last night we went to the Burn Pit Pig Roast that Alan and Chris (our loggers) sponsered. Tons of food and Dan Emory (Emory’s Zone) did the Open Jam and Karaoke. The teenagers showed some promising talent and showed what kids should be doing and they had a blast doing it! The event brought out a lot of people and was a great success and I can’t think of a better place for kids to hang out.
    I really hope to meet you, drop by before you take off!

  6. Luise September 23, 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    Answer: Dear Lin: What are your lot numbers? I am still around because my son has two sites in Port Suan and I have a “Mom-gatecard”. 🙂 Blessings, Luise

  7. newgrey burns January 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    The indians own the land at Port Susan. Isn’t anyone afraid they will sell it ?

  8. Luise January 9, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    As I understand it, the people who developed Port Susan owned the land. They deeded it over to the Tulalip Tribe to avoid the county permits and inspections as they erected buildings, crushed rock, built roads, removed trees, put in undergound power and water and installed septic tanks and drainfields on all 2500 lots. In exchange, they were given back a long-term, renewable lease. You can call the sales office to find out more specifics on how long it has to run but in the meantime, they can’t sell it. Also, most of the heavy-duty park model trailers are worth much more than the membership/lot and can be moved to nearby Lake Connor Park Camping Club, if need be. Some might worry about this, we never did and bought there thirty years ago.

  9. L. September 15, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    Dear Luise: Glad to see you still have your site going! We’ve been here almost a year and love it here on the lake and the woods/wild life. My husband’s been fishing up a storm all summer and we’re in construction and doing a lot of work in the Park. We’re meeting a lot of fine people and getting more involved some. As you know there’s endless things going on all the time. Top ‘o the Day! L.

  10. Luise September 15, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    Nice to know things are working out well for you at Port Susan Camping Club! Isn’t it awesome? Blessings, Luise

  11. T. May 31, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    It’s been almost 3 years since your last post. I’m curious, are you still at Port Susan? We just bought a sight (1159 Highline) and absolutely LOVE this place! We plan on buying a second one and retiring there soon. T.

    • Luise June 11, 2011 at 7:32 am #

      I no longer have a lot at Port Susan but my son has two lots and I go there often. I still love it and think it’s the best!

  12. Sandy August 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    We are in Port Susan part of the year and it sure is a wonderful solution to having a second home in the NW, very affordable. Plus the park is lovely!

  13. Deana August 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    My parents loved Port Susan but my father passed away a few years back and my mother is no longer able to use their beautiful LAKESIDE lot #1079. If you know of anyone looking to purchase a lot, this one is a perfect site with a storage shed, next to the lake and away from any traffic. It is easy to get in and out of with a nice straight piece of road in front of it. A new leaf blower with an extra long extension cord is in the shed and will be included in the sale. I can be contacted at:

    • Luise August 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

      What is your price, bottom line and terms. You might as well put that out there, too.

  14. S.. October 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi there! We are thinking of buying a lot (or two) at Port Susan Camping Club. Can you give us an honest rundown on what you liked and didn’t like about the area? For instance, I would imagine being so close to a lake it must be mosquito haven? Likewise (being from Vancouver, BC) it seems to me that such a heavily forested area might have a lot of rain? Is there anywhere we can get info on all that stuff? We don’t play to travel until perhaps next spring. We’d be in our 36 foot motorhome. Thanks in advance ;o} S.

    • Luise October 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      S. Please contact Charlene at the Port Susan sales office. She doesn’t work on commission and I’m sure she would be glad to give you a tour and answer your questions without bias. We had a lot on the lake and one on “Senior Hill” and didn’t see any difference in the mosquito count. Washington state and rain go together…trees or no trees…but many people prefer sunny lots at Port Susan to enjoy more light. Good luck.

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