• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 30 years!

    Join Tens of Thousands of other Owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered 24 hours a day!
  • TUG started 30 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Read about our 30th anniversary: Happy 30th Birthday TUG!
  • TUG has a YouTube Channel to produce weekly short informative videos on popular Timeshare topics!

    Free memberships for every 50 subscribers!

    Visit TUG on Youtube!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $21,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $21 Million dollars
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free!

    60,000+ subscribing owners! A weekly recap of the best Timeshare resort reviews and the most popular topics discussed by owners!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    All T-shirt options here!
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

Touring worth it?

nydvc

newbie
Joined
Jul 7, 2008
Messages
72
Reaction score
0
Location
Upstate NY
We will down at vero beach at the end of AUG. Do people explore other TS while on vacation. Can you see/expierience enough to decide if you would want to stay or buy by just walking around. I do NOT want to be attached to a guide or salemen. We will be staying a the DVC resort.

Any sence in doing this? Has anyone else toured resorts without staying at it and found it worth while? IF so, any sugestion of places to look at around Vero/datona Beach Florida?
 

DeniseM

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
58,167
Reaction score
9,763
Location
Northern, CA
Resorts Owned
WKORV, WKV, SDO, 4-Kauai Beach Villas, Island Park Village (Yellowstone), Hyatt High Sierra, Dolphin's Cove (Anaheim) NEW: 2 Lawa'i Beach Resort!
We always walk through other timeshares on vacation. Just walk right in like you are staying there and know where you are going and no one will bother you. Avoid coming through the main entrance and looking lost, if you don't want the TS Sales people to catch you.

If you join TUG you can access the members only review pages for Florida and figure out which resort(s) you'd like to see.
 
Last edited:

nydvc

newbie
Joined
Jul 7, 2008
Messages
72
Reaction score
0
Location
Upstate NY
We always walk through other timeshares on vacation. Just walk right in like you are staying there and know where you are going and no one will bother you. Avoid coming through the main entrance and looking lost, if you don't want the TS Sales people to catch you.

If you join TUG you can access the members only review pages for Florida and figure out which resort(s) you'd like to see.

that makes sense. I will do it now. thanks :hi:
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Talent312

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
17,662
Reaction score
7,526
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
We always walk through other timeshares on vacation. Just walk right in like you are staying there and know where you are going and no one will bother you. Avoid coming through the main entrance and looking lost, if you don't want the TS Sales people to catch you.

Many TS's are gated and use rent-a-cops or a pass system to let you in. You could find yourself arrested for trespass, unless you latch onto a salesperson and ask for a presentation.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

nydvc

newbie
Joined
Jul 7, 2008
Messages
72
Reaction score
0
Location
Upstate NY
Many TS's are gated and use rent-a-cops or a pass system to let you in. You could find yourself arrested for trespass, unless you latch onto a salesperson and ask for a presentation.


I guess that is possible, but I would explain and I think they would be hard pressed to prosecute....but I would most likely being doing a presentation. :eek:
 

DeniseM

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
58,167
Reaction score
9,763
Location
Northern, CA
Resorts Owned
WKORV, WKV, SDO, 4-Kauai Beach Villas, Island Park Village (Yellowstone), Hyatt High Sierra, Dolphin's Cove (Anaheim) NEW: 2 Lawa'i Beach Resort!
Many TS's are gated and use rent-a-cops or a pass system to let you in. You could find yourself arrested for trespass, unless you latch onto a salesperson and ask for a presentation.


Really? I've never seen that in Hawaii, CA, or Nevada - is that the norm in Florida?
 

Talent312

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
17,662
Reaction score
7,526
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
Really? I've never seen that in Hawaii, CA, or Nevada - is that the norm in Florida?

In Florida, I guess. Here, I've seen several with walls+gates+guards, mostly on beach-fronts, where you cannot enter without explaining your business. If you say, "I have a reservation," they will look at their clipboard to see if your name is on the list. If you say, "I just want to look around," they will likely find you an "escort."
 

DeniseM

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
58,167
Reaction score
9,763
Location
Northern, CA
Resorts Owned
WKORV, WKV, SDO, 4-Kauai Beach Villas, Island Park Village (Yellowstone), Hyatt High Sierra, Dolphin's Cove (Anaheim) NEW: 2 Lawa'i Beach Resort!
At the Hawaii Beach front properties you can walk right off the beach into the resort - no fences, gates, or security guards. Of course, by law, all Hawaii Beaches are public property and must allow public access. Same thing with the front entrances.
 

Talent312

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
17,662
Reaction score
7,526
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
At the Hawaii Beach front properties you can walk right off the beach into the resort - no fences, gates, or security guards. Of course, by law, all Hawaii Beaches are public property and must allow public access. Same thing with the front entrances.

While in Marco Island, we once tried to visit a property from the beach. A dude in a beach chair on the boardwalk asked to see our key card. When we said that we were considering buying, he said, "You need to go to the sales office down the street to schedule a visit."

While our contract to buy into HGVC-Seaworld was pending, the gatekeeper there said that he'd have to contact the manager about letting us in.

OTOH, I have come across several properties in the Daytona-Ormond Beach area that are not quite so anal. These places tend to offer daily rentals, and welcome walk-ins.
 
Last edited:

Dori

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
3,091
Reaction score
843
Location
Scarborough, Ontario
While on holidays, I like to view other TS's. I just present myself at the front desk, identify myself as a member of RCI and ask if there are any units available to sneak a peek at. Very often, the person at the front desk will let me do this, sometimes having someone accompany me, sometimes not. Once, in LV, she had me leave my driver's licence as a "deposit", in case I caused any damage or made off with the toiletries.

Dori
 

nydvc

newbie
Joined
Jul 7, 2008
Messages
72
Reaction score
0
Location
Upstate NY
While on holidays, I like to view other TS's. I just present myself at the front desk, identify myself as a member of RCI and ask if there are any units available to sneak a peek at. Very often, the person at the front desk will let me do this, sometimes having someone accompany me, sometimes not. Once, in LV, she had me leave my driver's licence as a "deposit", in case I caused any damage or made off with the toiletries.

Dori

That would be a lot of effort to steal some soap :D
 

caribbean

TUG Lifetime Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
1,116
Reaction score
1
Location
Goochland, VA
I have done it both ways, sometimes just riding in and walking the grounds, sometimes going to the desk and asking to see inside a sample unit. Most of the older/smaller places will accomidate if they have a unit open. Mid-day Sat is a good time to do this because most of the units are in transition. Quite often they will just give you a key to go look on your own. The first time I did this we were scoping out all of the TS in a particular area becasue we wanted to buy in that area. The story worked so well that I have used it ever since, even if all I wanted was to see if it was an acceptable trade for the future.
 

jehb2

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2005
Messages
2,211
Reaction score
985
Location
texas
I go to the front desk and tell them I would like to see the units but I don't want a "tour" and I don't want a gift. Seems like the last part "I don't want a gift." Always gets a really positive response.

The good part is that they show me what I want to see and they're very nice. The only downside is that it always seems to take about 10+ min. for them to find a sells person.
 
Top