CAVEAT EMPTOR (buyer beware)!!!
BONUS time??? Think about it...why do you have to pay for BONUS time? We have Endless Escape...unlimited 6-day stays (subject to availability and 'new' rules), weekdays/weekends!!!
AND, we have ZERO (nada, nul, zilch) maintenance fees!!! This is for LIFE!!! $50 per month = $600 per year...X 10 years = $6000. ($75 @ month = $900 @ year...X 10 years = $9000)
Also, our four adult children are on our deed...so each one of them can use any Silverleaf resort as an OWNER (including calling and making reservations).
My wife and I have been with Silverleaf since 1997. We started out with a 2BR/1BA cabin at Lake 'o the Woods. After a couple of years or so, we upgraded to a 2BR/2BA condo at Holly Lake. (NOTE: Using our equity from our cabin, we got a 0% (zero percent) loan to upgrade to this condo...PLUS, we got ZERO maintenance fee.
After another couple of years, we upgraded to a 2BR/2BA lodge at Holiday Hills in Branson, Missouri...also, with ZERO maintenance fee!!
After another couple of years, we upgraded again to a Presidential Unit at Silverleaf's Seaside Resort in Galveston, Texas...NOTE: Also, with ZERO maintenance fees!!!
We have made several day trips to Silverleaf (The Villages or Holly Lake) for an owner's 'update' several times. We usually hold out for $100/$150 cash. But, we stand firm on our ZERO MAINTENANCE FEE. Basically, we tell them that even if they 'give' us an extra week for free, if there was any maintenance fee ($25/$50/$75 or whatever), it was a deal breaker.
During our week stay in March 2012 at Holiday Hills (Branson), we went for the standard owner's update...NO deal, NO buy...but we did get a $100 Visa card. NOTE: We also visited a Wyndham Resort presentation and also got a $100 Visa card.
So far, we've stuck to our guns and we have NOT bought an extra week. Remember: Silverleaf sales reps are COMMISSION-ONLY. If you don't fall for the Silverleaf 'double talk' (lies?), they DO NOT get paid. You get the cash...they end up with NADA!!!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!
CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!! (Buyer Beware!!!)