MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Joe McAdams - CEO, Thousand TrailsIt may be the Dog Days of Summer . . .

. . . but with us the fun never ends!

What does a luau, a music festival, cheese, the childhood game of Battleship, and the thrills of a high speed NASCAR race have in common? These are just a few events that you can participate in while staying at our preserves throughout the “Dog Days of Summer.” Just take a look at all we’ve planned and you will definitely notice that there is no shortage of things to do and places to see while staying at your favorite preserve this summer. Plus, for those of you partial to traveling with pets, you’ll enjoy reading the “dog tails” shared by members in this issue.

“Yurt” so lucky if you’re heading to California or Oregon as we’ve recently added some new “options” for you to enjoy while staying at a few of our preserves in these locations. New yurts have been installed at the Snowflower Preserve in northern California (and hopefully by the time you’re reading this message you can make your reservations) and we’ve also placed new yurts at our public resort, Mt. Hood Village, in Welches, Oregon,

What’s a yurt, you ask? For those not familiar with the term, a “yurt” is defined as a round, domed shelter, similar to a tent. However a yurt is typically constructed with wooden framework for greater stability. Our yurts have a wooden door entryway with deck flooring, and are furnished with cots/bunk beds, chairs, electricity and heat, outside propane cooking stove, complete with utensils, plus a picnic table and fire pit at your site. Try a yurt this summer!

Wanna Rally? Equity LifeStyle Properties has recently created Rally Central, a new service that provides free “site locator” services to rally hosts. The search is over—with top quality RV properties at your disposal through Rally Central, searching for ideal It may be the Dog Days of Summer . . . . . . but with us the fun never ends! rally sites is a thing of the past. For more information call toll free 800-701-7804 or send an email to .

We’ll continue to cook up new ideas and options so that we remain the Number One choice for your vacation destinations. With that said, don’t forget about our annual and extended stay programs in place at a number of our preserves and also our new One Park membership program, which continues to be a hit with many families wishing to experience the joys of camping at an affordable price!

Be sure to check out the Thousand Trails web site for member specials, and don’t forget about our dedicated site arrangements for Thousand Trails, Outdoor World or Mid Atlantic members currently available at select ELS resorts. For those members considering home ownership in one of the fine ELS communities, don’t miss your chance! For a limited time only members will receive $5,000 off the price of a new home, call 800-274-7314 for details! Don’t delay this offer ends October 31, 2009!

So, as I write this message (sitting indoors, I might add) and read about all the great events and opportunities our preserves have to offer, I think, you lucky dogs, every last one of you!

Until next time,


Joe McAdams
President, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.