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voodoo101

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Posted: 05/24/21 02:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Across the country, campground prices generally start at around $20 a night and rarely exceed $75. The average RV spot, with power and water hookups, will run about $30, according to J.D. Power. Any way you slice it, that’s a significant savings over the typical vacation." From a news article by Camping World.

https://blog.campingworld.com/travel-different/is-rv-camping-the-best-way-to-travel/

Not sure where she is finding those rates starting a $20 and averaging $30.

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Posted: 05/24/21 02:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LOL! Wonder how they did their research? Guess they don't consider the unit itself an expense. I'd love to see a $20 campsite (other than maybe a federal site or something) for $20 up here in the northeast!


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Posted: 05/24/21 02:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That information must be atleast 5 years old.
Even with discounts, it's tough to find those rates.


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They make it sound like everyone should have an RV, good add for someone selling RVs.





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Of course they also forgot to account for the additional costs of buying that RV, a tow vehicle or toad, additional registrations and insurance, new tires every 5-7 years, fuel costs, and so on.

Just another article that is selling an idea with no clue what it really entails.


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I would say we find campgrounds more in the mid 40’s on average. Not complaining. Just an observation.

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That certainly would be a significant savings . . . IF it were factual, and IF your RV was paid for, and IF it got better than 8 mpg, and IF gas/fuel prices quit going up, and IF ....... well, point made.

Anybody that RV's to "save money" is fooling themselves. We do it because we love it. Period.


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Wow!!! Those sound like the rates when we started, back in 2004. One nice, private, campground up in New Hampshire which we get to when we can, used to be about $40/night including 4 kids and the dog for a site overlooking the lake and full hookups (50A). Now it's a bit over $100/night.

In addition to the base rates rising, it is becoming increasingly common for campgrounds to limit the base rate to 2 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, or some such. Additional daily charges apply if you have 3 or more kids. Dogs are extra at some campgrounds.

I'm not blaming them, they have to make a living and here in the Northeast, it's a pretty short season from May 15 - Oct. 15, usually.

I agree that if one tries to "save money" RV'ing, it's going to be a struggle. It's a lifestyle. It isn't for everyone, but those who love it know it's worth every penny with the memories that are made! :-)

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ON EDIT: It just hit me....what the heck does J.D. Power know about Camping and RV'ing? Apparently not much. LOL


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One thing Wife and I did was sign up for a couple of campground memberships.
These memberships give you access to the company's campgrounds for a flat rate a month. depending on the package 2 weeks in one week out (or 3 and one, I had the basic) As a result with two Campground about 60 Miles apart summer I paid about 100/month for parking (That includes the gas to shuttle back and forth) and abou 200 in the winter (3 campgrounds forming a triangle 17 miles on a side drive time)

You can often buy a membership for reduced price via one or another brokerage house by the way ... one of mine is so listed (the other is not) You can google for the brokerage places.

Or you can take a tour and pay full price.

I suggest at least one membership if only to cut down on the cost

Plus of membership.. Low cost parking (Generally around 50/month) on the 2/1 plan. Downside. 50/month if you use it. and 50/month if you do not. You still have to pay.

Downside two. The one I kept the "Jewel" park (about 3 miles from where I'm sitting) is amazing. Very nice, very modern 5 swimming pools for example.

The other parks in this system are good. but not that good.
The other park most all the campgrounds need a bit of 'er.. TLC.

So look before you leap.


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Maybe thats why we like dry camping.
$18.60 a night. Senior Agency Lifetime Pass cuts it to $47.99 for 4 nights. Online fee and tax included.
Thats about what we pay for one night anyplace other than a Ore St park.

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