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Old 05-03-2015, 03:45 AM   #1
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Campground charges

My wife and I will be hitting the road for an entire year, beginning in April 2016.
One of the main costs, that I have heard others speak about, is campsite/grounds and their associated costs.
In general, when you pay for a site, does that include water and electric? And if not, what are the basic charges for water and electric? I'm sure that this is an open-ended question, but I am just trying to get a basic idea of costs for a year-long road trip.
Are there any other "hidden" costs associated with campsites/grounds?

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Welcome to irv2. Water and electric are mostly included for short stays. It's not uncommon to have metered electric charges for long term stays but the long term campsite rates will be discounted.
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You may want to visit Passport America and Good Sam.

We are members of both, Many campgrounds offer significant rate reductions for members of either of these two. Make sure to read the print on rate offerings to members. Often the discounts only applies on certain days, etc.

Also they both have very good "Campground Finders". we usually don't do a lot of planning ahead as to where we will stop.

Most one night stands will offer full hookups. While we are on the road, if stopping for the night, we usually just plug into the 30 amp and don't worry about water or sewer.

Generally, we take advantage of the campgrounds shower and laundry instead of using ours.

If your planning a long stay (weeks, months) Many will put you on an electric meter so you'll pay for the site and the electric you use. We do this when we travel to Phoenix during the winter.
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Monthly stays are significantly less than a daily rate. As mentioned, daily will include elec., most monthly's not. We use Passport when on the road for overnight stays, Good Sam is usually a 10% savings. We use www.rvparkreviews quite a bit to plan out our stays.
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Be aware some State parks now charge an daily "access fee" in addition to the cost of the campsite. Michigan and Wisconsin both do this and they don't tell you about until you hit the gate. If you are towing a car, you can usually avoid the fee, but they will charge for the motorhome.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:48 AM   #6
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Be aware some State parks now charge an daily "access fee" in addition to the cost of the campsite. Michigan and Wisconsin both do this and they don't tell you about until you hit the gate. If you are towing a car, you can usually avoid the fee, but they will charge for the motorhome.

They have the access fee here in Texas State parks also. They sell a park pass that will pay for if self fairly quickly.
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As said passport Americans good SAMs can save you a lot. Passport America is normally half off but usually only applies Sunday thur Thursday but the is the majority of the week. Our experience shows that it seems that a PA campground must be adjacent to a highway, railroad or airport or all of the above. Lol but it is a money saver for sure. Also as said getting a weekly or monthly rate will be a significant savings over the daily and if you find a place you would like to stay for a while ask about work camping in exchange for the site. we spent a year on the road and used all of the above, it was absolutely by far the greatest experience of our lives! Enjoy
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Your question was "what does it cover"
Usually your site will have water, sewer, and electric.
Some parks only have 30 amp, others have 30 and 50 amp.
Some parks offer water and electric sites only and will charge
extra for a site with sewer.

As to cost....this will range from $25 to $70/night depending on the location.
Others have mentioned Passport America. You will pay for the membership
very quickly using it. I believe it is still $44/year.

If you are in a "high tourist" area, be prepared to pay higher rates.
You will soon learn how to hunt out deals.
Park fees are a big part of RV travel

Do not be surprised to find some places where motel rates are
cheaper than campground rates.

Most of all.........ENJOY
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They have the access fee here in Texas State parks also. They sell a park pass that will pay for if self fairly quickly.
Also the pass here in Texas gives you two nights discount camping rate also so just about pays for the pass.
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You might also check into a senior pass if you are 62 or older. It is a one time ten dollar charge and is good for 50% discount on camping spots at all COE or federal spots. Most are only water and electric and I have no idea about extended stays can't help there.

It is the best ten dollars I have ever spent but then we like campgrounds not parking lots. To each their own.
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Full hookup = water, electric, sewer
Partial hookup = water and electric (usually), and a dump site to accommodate your sewer needs.


For longer term stays there may be metered electric and a charge.


Electric can be 30a or 30/50a service. Sometimes there is higher charge for 50a. If you need 50a, adapters are available to plug into 30a.


Passport America is an excellent way to save money. Their web site has participating CG and their limitations. If I am outside of their limitations I always still ask for the PA rate. Often they will grant it, as some money is better than no money.


Then there is boon docking, with no hookups. Free or very low cost camping. This can very from overnighting in a Walmart or similar venue, to longer stays on public lands or similar.


Good luck and enjoy!!!
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When traveling there are a lot of ways to save $$, such as city/county parks, Cabela's, casino camping, Corps of Engineers parks if you have the access pass. Harvest Hosts. We choose Wal Marts as a last resort. In 9 years fulltiming we have stayed in a WM parking lot twice. Others have given you good tips, we have Passport America and Good Sam. We were given a free 1 zone membership to Thousand Trails this year, we'll see about that. Don't consider a camping membership until you have traveled a year, then buy a resale. There are books and websites that list cg's, but plan on doing research, books can be outdated. I always call ahead of time to make sure the Passport park is still affiliated.
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Do be aware that 1\2 price off at COE parks with your America the Beautiful pass is not always available. Some COE parks that are NOT managed by the COE do not honor the pass. You need to check before you arrive.
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As stated above, there are many ways to save on camp fees. A big one for us was using our National Senior Pass for 1/2 on campsites. We loved the national forest campgrounds, Corp of Engineers and national parks who honor this card. We've never been denied the 1/2 off - even for concessioner-run campgrounds.

We've found many national forest campground in the west that are excellent for big rigs and some even have hookups.

Some of the western state parks are very reasonable. We also found great county and city parks that were low cost. Don't rule out boondocking on BLM lands or forest service lands, especially if you travel in the west. You can park free at some gorgeous spots....no hookups but then, all RVs are self-contained. You just have to conserve.

We also used Passport America and it pays for itself after 2 or 3 nights' stay. We rarely used RV parks but when we did it was through Passport.
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