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If you insist on paying--then look into PassPort America.

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Posted: 07/01/12 11:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Campground bothering you, then get off that beaten path and go boondocking but even that isn't free.

Our first trip was in CGs with 30 amp service to the tune of $25 a night. They were crowded, noisy, smoky and the dogs bark at everything.

Boondocking is free but WE are the hook ups. It takes $100 in gas to get there and back. Had to buy a genny to charge and run the AC. Just charging is $20 a week in gas, AC can be $20 a day.
Charged the lights to LED plus other gadgets and mods to save propane and water.
I still need to spend $500 to get the solar running. Also another battery.
Gas and fresh food is 16 miles RT and the prices are gouging. Water is a 100 mile trip but cheap. Dumping is $12 if I do it on the way out.

All in all, if we don't go for a week or more, it would be cheaper to stay at the state park down the road from me. Might be nice to have FHUs just once.

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Posted: 07/01/12 11:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mention at the post that the fee will hurt the retiree.I like it keep coming.

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Posted: 07/01/12 12:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess CG's must be a lot cheaper out here in the West. We did a 26 day, three state (AZ, NM & UT), 3,000 plus mile trip and averaged $16.50 per day. We spent time in Zion, Bryce, North Rim, Monument Vally, Flagstaff, 7 nights in various NM CG's including Cochiti and Bluewater and then back down through the White Mountains. Two nights were spent in FHU RV parks (at $44 and $26 a night), due to no other practical option being available. We had electricity for eleven days and did without the other 15 with no problem (I did not have a generator then). Everywhere we stayed there was water and trash and many had flush toilets and showers.

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Posted: 07/01/12 12:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

in the world of rv-ing, there is something for everyone, from cheap primitive to la dee dah richness.
if you can afford it and want it, go for it.
if you need to be more frugal, there are plenty and various ways of doing that, too.
whatever floats your boat or turns your wheels. [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/01/12 12:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

buc1980 wrote:

This year I was on vacation and I pay 54$ per day camping fee in Michigan.I wander how many retiree can afford the cost of camping this days.The fee today don't think that will kill the camping spirit?

When we were on vacation, higher campground rates were accepted as part of the vacation.

Now that we full time, these rates are not. We have stayed in some great parks and never spent over $25.00 per night.

Vacation camping and retirement camping are two different things.

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We FT.......are debit free and have a fixed income SO:

We purchased a membership via 'Resale'. Home park costs $59/yearly dues..frozen.
With the home park when then have access to affiliated CG's nationwide (C2C, PRI & AOR)which allows us to stay up to 14 days at $10/15 per night FHU. Sometimes we have to pay extra for 50A ($2/nite).

We also use Passport America, stay at COE's and sometimes stay for month. Depends on where/when we happen to be.

We like to travel so usually we only stay for up to 14 nights.

We go out to eat occasionally, go see the sites, take scenic drives etc. because we are able to control our CG costs.
Fuel costs are the variable........we control them by driving less or staying longer. BUT we get itchy feet when it's longer than 2 weeks.

Debit free is the key for us.

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We pick and chose our camping trips due to costs of fuel, campgrounds and groceries due to living on a fixed income but hopfully with the price of fuel coming down we will be able to go more? It is not what DW and myself envisoned but it is what it is. Its good to be retired but I wish the old dollar bill would stretch further.

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Posted: 07/01/12 01:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like Old-Biscuit, we rarely spent more than $15 per night on campground fees with full hookups which included our Campground Membership costs.. We too, bought a "Resale"..

We also drycamped/overnite to help with expenses while traveling..

Our goal was to keep our annual camping fees around $10/day..
That's one way that fulltimers keep their camping fees within reason...


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I've been RVing for 50 years and the MOST that I've EVER paid was $40 and that was two weeks ago in Pennsylvania.

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