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Old 12-03-2014, 06:24 AM   #15
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RV park prices going way up?

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There are many, many reasonable RV parks out there, along with public campgrounds. It just depends what you want. If you want to pay for a 'resort' name, then you're really going to pay. If a full hookup no-nonsense RV park will suit you, you have many reasonable choices.

Ourselves, we enjoy nature and you only find it in public parks. We don't care about hookups or a swimming pool. We're there to explore the surrounding area. We don't sit in a RV park.

It amazes me how many will pay the price of Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone when they could stay in the park itself for a fraction of the price. Grizzly can get those prices because folks pay them.

the problem staying in the park is not all rv's will fit. Over 40 and you can have a problem, so Grizzly addresses that issue.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:00 AM   #16
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We live in Tennessee and we have found the Army Corps of Engineers have some great parks and under $20.00 usually with water/Electric .. go for full hook up your looking at $4.00 more. The state parks here and in KY are not bad either, we go to Dale Hollow State resort and Water/Electric hookup is about $20.00 if these parks have Wifi its by the day and not cheap.... but if you need it.... I think we get a 3 day pass for wifi for about $10.00 in KY.

Now I have turned 62 I purchased the National parks pass for $10. bucks life time that gives us a 50% discount at most of the parks... including camping...Not bad at all, one place we love is $17.00 W/E per night and we get it for $8.50 a night... I recovered my $10.00 in less than 2 days..... Not bad.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:00 AM   #17
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... 3) government doesn't have a single dollar of its own money.
I worked for the state for 28+ years and I always told people that wanted to waste money that they had to realize that the state didn't own a darn thing. It was all the taxpayers footing the bill and we should do all we could to try to be thrifty with their money.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:50 PM   #18
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CG fees are one of the reasons we're selling the RV. When we started out, 10 years ago, State Parks were typically $12. Now they're $28 - $35. Commercial CGs were $25, now anywhere from $60 on up. Throw in last season's gas prices (upwards of $4.50 a gallon in the small towns) and we decided we're done.

It looks like the consignment dealer we placed the RV with has a buyer. He's offered a lot less than they expected, and less than we were hoping for, but at least it'll be off our hands in a few days (we hope).

I'll probably remain a member here and on RV.net, but i'll be dropping the Forest River site.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:49 PM   #19
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Govt does have money of its own, it is called DEFICIT, or money I did not approve of.
No, j, a deficit is simply money the government takes from our kids, without their knowledge or approval, instead of taking it directly from us. The government has never had, does not now, nor ever will have a single nickel that it does not take from someone who has earned it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:39 AM   #20
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CG fees are one of the reasons we're selling the RV. When we started out, 10 years ago, State Parks were typically $12. Now they're $28 - $35. Commercial CGs were $25, now anywhere from $60 on up. Throw in last season's gas prices (upwards of $4.50 a gallon in the small towns) and we decided we're done.

It looks like the consignment dealer we placed the RV with has a buyer. He's offered a lot less than they expected, and less than we were hoping for, but at least it'll be off our hands in a few days (we hope).

I'll probably remain a member here and on RV.net, but i'll be dropping the Forest River site.
Many times I sat down and figured out what the trip would cost without the TT, using hotels, camping cabins and such. Factor in the cost of everything associated with RV ownership and I think I could probably do my trips at or below the cost of the TT trips. BUT, there is just something about that dang RV thing, so for now I am sticking with it. I do see your point and perhaps someday I'll follow you.
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We joined PassPort America last year to help with CG fees. It was the best money spent on camping, 1/2 price- with any restrictions set by each CG. We recouped the first year dues in one week. If I weren't so darned old I'd take advantage of their lifetime membership.
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Very good points. I am going to re-think my CG choice and leave room in the big $$$ resorts for someone else.
You might consider workamping or a camp host gig at a State, National or COE CG, 4x4. You have to commit to a certain amount of time [I think 60 or 90 days] and the gigs are mostly geared toward couples. Depending on the CG, you get to camp/stay free in some really beautiful areas and get to know a lot of really good folks. [Not that you already don't know a lotta really good folks!]
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We joined PassPort America last year to help with CG fees. It was the best money spent on camping, 1/2 price- with any restrictions set by each CG. We recouped the first year dues in one week. If I weren't so darned old I'd take advantage of their lifetime membership.
Should've thought of this earlier, but Gone With The Wynns has a wonderful blog post about Ditching Parking Lots for Farms & Wineries Harvest Hosts. Unique RV Overnight Stops with Harvest Hosts It's free overnight, more often dry camping on working farms, ranches and wineries... You can ask to stay another day, if they're not busy. Jason & Nikki do suggest that you purchase something from your host and who doesn't like REALLY fresh veggies or a good bottle of vino?? or they often gift the hosts with a loaf of fresh-baked bread. There are some caveats to it, like narrow dirt roads your rig might not get along with and, from someone who knows what farm life is all about, there are some dangers involved with animals, equipment and weather.

I just like milk warm and right outta the cow. But that's just me.
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