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Old 11-02-2019, 09:55 PM   #1
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RV park cost question

I've been reading up on how expensive RV parks are and how much cheaper memberships like 1000 trails can be... but most of the parks are along the west and south coast.
Could someone give me a rough idea how much a 6 month trip from oregon thru Montana ending on the east coast would be. I plan on getting discount membership like passport America.
I don't see myself doing a lot of stealth parking or boondocking.
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180 days.....got to stay somewhere each of those nights


$30/night=$5400
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:06 PM   #3
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180 days.....got to stay somewhere each of those nights


$30/night=$5400
And that is with the discounts?
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:13 PM   #4
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If you do monthly stays, you can spend much less. Probably $650 a month on average so $3,900. Some months will be a bit more, some a bit less. Weekly stays will also save you some money over just going nightly. Typically, a week costs what 6 nights cost. And a month costs what 3 to 3.5 weeks cost. If you stay in big cities, or in fancy "resorts", you can spend $75 a night. The shorter the stay, the more expensive it is.
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It's hard to give prices on parks. It depends where they're at and if they're on the main interstates, close to attractions, etc. or off the main drag 10 or 20 miles. Small towns will have the cheapest RV parks.

Don't overlook city and county parks. For instance, North Dakota - where you may be crossing - has many city parks. We've used them with our 40' motorhome and prices range from free to $10-$20 or so. Likewise for county parks. Most have electric and perhaps a dump station.

https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds...rounds-map.htm

Montana has great fishing access sites that allow camping and they put out a brochure on them. They would be dry camping.

If you have a national Senior Pass check out the national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forest campgrounds, Corp of Engineer campgrounds, etc. for 1/2 price on basic camping. If it's an electric site you'll pay for the electric.

As you stated, you have Passport America which can be a very good deal and just one or two nights will pay for the membership.

Fairgrounds and casinos are another way to stay. We've used both.

Bottom line... you don't have to pay big bucks for camping. Good luck!
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It's hard to give prices on parks. It depends where they're at and if they're on the main interstates, close to attractions, etc. or off the main drag 10 or 20 miles. Small towns will have the cheapest RV parks.

Don't overlook city and county parks. For instance, North Dakota - where you may be crossing - has many city parks. We've used them with our 40' motorhome and prices range from free to $10-$20 or so. Likewise for county parks. Most have electric and perhaps a dump station.

https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds...rounds-map.htm

Montana has great fishing access sites that allow camping and they put out a brochure on them. They would be dry camping.

If you have a national Senior Pass check out the national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forest campgrounds, Corp of Engineer campgrounds, etc. for 1/2 price on basic camping. If it's an electric site you'll pay for the electric.

As you stated, you have Passport America which can be a very good deal and just one or two nights will pay for the membership.



Fairgrounds and casinos are another way to stay. We've used both.

Bottom line... you don't have to pay big bucks for camping. Good luck!
Great advice everyone, thank you.
I am a senior and a fly fisherman too!
That's the theme of my road trip. To find a new place to live and fish.
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Great advice everyone, thank you.
I am a senior and a fly fisherman too!
That's the theme of my road trip. To find a new place to live and fish.
Look at this Montana public lands map and click on the camping symbol for some campgrounds... many on fly fishing streams!

PublicLands.org | Montana
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When we travel for a couple months our average daily cost is $100. That includes everything...gas, RV park, food, tours, junk, etc.

We have Good Sam and KOA. We do not have 1000 Trails. Not a fan....
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Learn to dry camp and boondock. Opens up lots more opprotunities. Such as casinos, one of our favorites (well lighted, secure, shuttle to food, etc.).

Plus gives flexability. We travel with little or no preplanning or reservations. If we cant or dont want to get a campground site for whatever reason, no biggie. We can drop anchor most anywhere.
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We stay at a mix of state and national parks including COE's and Forest service, along with KOA's and other private parks. I'd say our average is pretty close to Old Biscuit's $30 per night. We do not overnight in Walmart parking lots or similar places unless there is no other option. If you have to run a generator all night, it can cost you as much as you spend in a park.
We usually drive about 250 miles and stop for 3 days so that averages out to about $35/day. We buy groceries and eat about the same as we do at home, so do not count food as a "travel expense".
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That Allstay app really looks great.... but it is only for Apple IOS... anyone know of a similar Android app ....
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You also might want to check out Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts. You can usually stay for free but give the host something for electric if you use it, or buy something at the Harvest Host location.

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Check out freecampgrounds.net. Great site. It will give you Rest Stops, Walmart's, Casino, City and County Parks and many low cost $5 or so campgrounds by the zip code of the area you want to stop at.
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Check out freecampgrounds.net. Great site. It will give you Rest Stops, Walmart's, Casino, City and County Parks and many low cost $5 or so campgrounds by the zip code of the area you want to stop at.
Is that the correct address? Doesn't work for me.
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