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Old 06-22-2015, 04:58 PM   #15
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We use Passport America, Good Sam and Military discount. During our trips we average 25 to 35 per night. Pretty reasonable in my view.
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Vfw, Elks, American Legion, some weeks it can add up to almost $45.00. Just to break it up sometimes Passport America, when we need to dump during the week.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:27 PM   #17
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It also depends where you are. The NE tends to be more expensive. Anything that says Resort tends to be higher. Florida in the winter. The list is long. OTOH do a search for free camping and you will find a lot of low cost or free places. We try to maintain an average in the $30-$40 range so sometimes it's high and sometimes free. ;-)
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Old 06-27-2015, 05:40 PM   #18
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Mike, when you have a generator, one of the very best campgrounds available will be forest service CG's. Do yourself a favor and become acquainted with water conservation and how long you can stay out without any hookups. Sometimes it's just too hot, and it's necessary to have electrical to run the AC. Good news is that many of the forest service CG's are at higher elevations and do not require AC. Often, just sitting under the awning with a good book is a sublime experience!

When you see how much you can save by staying in the FS CG's, you might wish to install some solar panels to serve your needs instead of running the generator. Seriously, you will find these CG's have so much room, with a terrific forest ambiance, they are always our preferred place to stay! They usually cost $14-$20/day, but with a senior discount card, we pay half that.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #19
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Private RV parks seem to think their plots of dirt are worth big $$$.
Scott... they ARE worth big $$$, well maybe big $$ due to the fact that they have much more to offer the rv'er. Pools, activities, internet service, cable tv, club house with weight rooms, kitchens, indoor heated pools....the list goes on and on. And I seriously doubt if their plots are dirt. Usually paved streets with concrete pads, manicured lawns and big enough for 45' motor homes with toads to park without unhitching or backing.

So of course they charge more bucks! Why wouldn't they? I realize that they may be out of the $$ range of some rv'ers, but that's no reason to belittle them. It's a business, after all.

For the OP, we always stay at private parks and usually "average" around 35 to 40 a night. Some higher, some lower.

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Old 06-27-2015, 06:31 PM   #20
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Wife and I are new to RV world. Last year we rented a unit from Cruise America. We stayed at KOA's on the way out and back from a trip to Yellowstone. Average overnight price was about $ 30.00 for water/power/sewer plus cable Tv in some spots. This year we have a new 2014 Winnebago Trend.
It'll be a bit before we're on the road. we are wondering what we can expect for over night charges from "independent" parks as opposed to KOA and other chain parks. Was reading some posts on here that stated some have payed as high as 125 a night! Kowa-Bunga!
We use Passport America when we can and save 50% on park card.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:56 PM   #21
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The state parks of Ohio & PA. Charge about $23 to $30 a night for a electric site. It would be rare to find a private park in those 2 states under $30 for an electric site. Most of the state do offer some discounts. Ohio has a program (Park Points) where every dollar you spend on campsites, cabins, merchandise is covered to points. About 13 paid nights get you enough for a new night.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:37 AM   #22
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You can add NY to the $23 to $30 a night with electric list. They problem is that a lot of them have no hookups or only a few electric sites.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:53 AM   #23
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We join 1000 Trails in 2006 no regrets, my rate per day came out to be around $6.00 base on my annual fee. Will try to never stay at a KOA during travel from point A to point B. K=keep O=on A=adding. I will get discount if I stay at a Encore parks, also get Good Sam card if you can become Life Member. I did a few years ago and it pay off. No more annual dues it will pay off in a few years.
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I think the amount varies and the type of camping you're doing dictates the price. We go to County and State parks when we want to stay local and go with the kids. Yes, they're usually less expensive, but really don't work when you're on a longer trip. On a long trip, it's hard to know what a State or County park offers and many are first come, first served, or at least require a reservation that is a little more complicated than just a phone call.

On long trips we try to determine what City we'll be stopping in and use RV Park Reviews to find what campgrounds are in that area. We get the pricing and call for an opening.

KOA has changed over the years and many of them are very nice. Often they're a few dollars more, but you can pretty much count on what you're getting for the price with no surprises. We use them often.

Once we get out of California, we find the campground prices drop substantially and often for nicer campgrounds.
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Get Passport America as previously commented.
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Always amazes me when people drive a $100,000 + MH, towing a $50,000 car and begrudge a campground owner a price that is profitable after taxes, power, sewer and water come off the top. Not counting amoritazation on investment.
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With all those costs plus fuel it's amazing most of us can afford to do more than wally dock. ;-)
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