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Old 12-09-2010, 12:20 PM   #15
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:05 PM   #16
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One thing I don't understand, if you are a "full timer" campgrounds are $30 up a night, that will add up quick. How many full timers do this?
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:12 PM   #17
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One thing I don't understand, if you are a "full timer" campgrounds are $30 up a night, that will add up quick. How many full timers do this?
We do. We budget $900/mo for campgrounds. Now that we've made two pretty broads loops around the country we intend to "settle down" in one place for at least a month at a time. Monthly rates are usually only a bit over half of the nightly rate. Many, many people do it on much less however.

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:00 AM   #18
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One thing I don't understand, if you are a "full timer" campgrounds are $30 up a night, that will add up quick. How many full timers do this?
Pet & Linda,

When we first started out we did that because we did not know any better. We even stayed at a couple of KOA's (I avoid them completely now). But since we learned the ropes we use Passport America a lot. My DW also turned 62 shortly after we hit the road, that makes a lot of places half price. We are in Ft. Pickens now, $10 a night for a 50 amp paved backin site with water. COE parks are also half price. State parks are another good option. I always look at RVParkReviews.com before selecting a park. You can check the place your planning on heading to and then check nearby locations. We just stopped in a city park in Lafayette, LA, $13 is the standard rate with no discounts, again 50 amps and water on a paved backin.

I don't use our Trailer Life or Woodall's directories unless I have to. The CG's listed will be higher. Also, there are a lot of places that we find that are not in some of the directories, city / county CG's, fairgrounds, marina's, etc. It takes a little bit of effort, but once you have been on the road awhile you get the hang of it. This past year we probably averaged around $10 to $15 a night, but we were in NP's without hookups for about 40 of them. You can forget that in FL in Jan or Feb though, its prime time here now. Happy travels,

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:53 AM   #19
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One thing I don't understand, if you are a "full timer" campgrounds are $30 up a night, that will add up quick. How many full timers do this?
One word. "Passport America" if you want hook ups.
They make that $30 turn into $15

One word if no hook ups wanted "Wal-Mart"
They make that $30 turn into $0
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:58 AM   #20
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Another full-timer here. Nearly 4 years now and loving it! We spend the winter in Arizona and travel the northern states in the spring and summer. Back to the kids and grandkids in August and September before heading south again.
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As previously stated , define "full timer". We are somewhat of a hybrid full timers in my definition of the word. My wifes job has her traveling all accross the USA. She stays in one location for 3-6 months. I work at & live in NC where we still maintain our stick home. We both rotate traveling home or to the RV each weekend. We have been doing this for 4 years now & we have owned our MH for 2 years. Got tired of moving in & out of apartments every 3 months. Our MH has only been at our stick home for 2 weeks since we bought it. We have been paying for CG's all the rest of the time & the MH is occupied unless my wife makes a weekend trip home.
Are we "full Timers" I don't know? That is why I call us hybrid full timers. Tell me what you think. How many people out there in iRV2 land are doing what my wife & I are?
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:23 AM   #22
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We consider ourselves full timers as we live in the RV year round. We do own land in Arizona where we spend the winter months and travel all summer. Our children, grand children and great grandchildren all live in Az. so we are able to spend time with them each year.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:02 PM   #23
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One thing I don't understand, if you are a "full timer" campgrounds are $30 up a night, that will add up quick. How many full timers do this?
TOTALLY depends on where you camp. We started out in "private" campgrounds and paid that price, then rapidly decided we liked Forest & natural settings instead. So, migrated to National Forest Campgrounds (we've paid all the way down to $5/night for those) and State Parks. We've also thrown in some boondocking (free!) and plan to do more of that next year, just 'coz we like it so much. Even private campgrounds can be cheap if you stay longer-term (many have monthly rates that are far cheaper than nightly). So, depends very much on where and how you stay.
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We sold our house DW car and had a yard sale. Everything else gave away. Moved into our RV June 14, 2010. We found out very quick the longer you say in a CG the cheeper the rate. We try to stay at least a week every time we move. We are loving the lifestyle.
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I would say a "full timer" would live in their RV all of the time. Some will have a storage unit or 2 for the "stuff" they can't bear to get rid of, but for us, what we got is always with us. We have a son and my wife's sister who have a place for us to hook up and so we spend our winters in AZ and Las Vegas...I know, how bad is that? Summer months we will spend up high in Colorado and fall is spent back east. For those two seasons we use camp grounds usually stay a month at a time. This year we stayed at two nice parks, one for $400 and the other for $500 a month.
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