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Old 08-26-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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Dry camping in a MH -East coast

What is the worst that can happen? Heading East from MN and doing the entire Eastern seaboard. In MN and points West, it's fairly easy to park almost anywhere. WM, rest areas, city streets etc. I'll stay in CG twice a week to charge everything up, dump, and fill water. I like traveling this way but am fearful it will be tougher out east. It's silly to pay for a CG every night when all I do is park and leave in the morning.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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It may be silly but you may find yourself doing paid camping more than out west. A lot depends on where you are going and what you want to do. I'm sure you could do Maine to Florida that way if you avoided all the interesting places to stop. OTOH all the interesting places to go are built up enough to make it difficult to even do Walmart without a hassle in many places. Let us know how you make out. You might even get suggestions when you get near some folks. ;-)
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:19 PM   #3
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I have nothing against CG and we stay in plenty. On a trip like this, I'll be doing a whirlwind tour moving frequently. If I stayed in. traditional CG for the 3 months I'll be gone, I could expect to spend roughly $2,700. (90 x $30). If I boondock 5 nights a week, that drops to $900. Folks, this is real money. Even if I got a ticket in one spot, I am way ahead. I like dry camping..so I have more fun and save $1,800. This isn't for someone in a 45' DP with a Cadillac toad.
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You need to learn how to use this website to find free or cheap camping spots.

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ANother resource is available to Escapees members called the Days End Directory. You have to be an Escapees member at $40, and then you pay $15 for the Days End Directory. The directory is an extensive listing of locations to park, dump, fresh water, etc. Some of the Days End listings are found at other information locations, such as on AllStays.com, but there are some that aren't. Some of the listings are just places to overnight, some are for longer stays, and all are very cheap or free.

https://www.escapees.com/parking/overnight-parking

Another option is BoondockersWelcome.com, which also has listings of free places to stay all over the country for overnight or longer, and the features of the locations, but I have had less luck getting the location hosts to respond to my emails.

I know all of these options want money up front and there is a risk that the locations may not be available when you need them, but I am hoping that you might find enough information to travel as inexpensively as possible. Myself, I have saved a lot of money as an Escapees member when staying in parks. I've been able to find parks that have 50% discounts for Escapees members, which is a huge discount.

Good luck!
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you also need to budget for tolls... in the west you don't normally run into it; out east, it's biggie.
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Don't think you will find to many RV parks in the East for $30.00 per night. Maybe State parks
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Don't think you will find to many RV parks in the East for $30.00 per night. Maybe State parks
Yep! That's true! A lot, if not most State Parks are also more than $30 per night,but are still the least expensive to camp at. That being said, sometimes getting a site in a state park (in the east) is sometimes a crap shoot because it is the cheapest.
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I live in the east and "quick camp" quite often. Never been hassled at truck stops, rest areas, WalMarts(after asking), Cabelas, Cracker Barrel, church parking lots, VFW parking lots and even a fire station or two. Just got to ask and get out early in the AM.
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Old 09-05-2016, 08:45 AM   #12
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5 nights dry camping 2 nights paid $62 (31x2) + WI SP Stickers
Still in WI. 3 nights in Casino lots 2 in city lots near downtown in 1 case 1 at small park.
Temps have been great so no AC needed. Must have power when the temp exceeds 80 or it is very humid (next 3 days).
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i think that youll have plenty of good options drycamping - corporate parking lots, big box stores, even some towns allow it on certain streets... honey goes a long way if you are questioned, and you can always move if needed, but i doubt you'd ever get a ticket. Even though big box stores have signage, like many walmarts, the store itself is not against it, especially if you stay at a far corner and remain quiet and out of the way.
Many areas and towns actually have city parks with rv hookups, usually for a low price - a closeup google maps search with 'park' or 'campground' may result in options that don't necessarily get seen otherwise - especially since many municipalities don't use the same websites and advertising that rv parks normally might.
We've even stopped at an attractive business that closes at 5, such as business offices, doctors offices, etc... and asked nicely if we could park overnight, out of sight or in the rear lot. Many churches wouldn't mind, either, especially since they tend to have large lots. Most we've stopped at also offer us water and 110v hookup if we need it. Most have sewer cleanouts that we also can make use of when needed.

Lastly, our go-to-membership has been PassportAmerica - their $44 annual fee provides you many rv parks and campgrounds in the East that are 1/2 price, many time as little as $10 to $15 nightly full hookups - their app is great in finding their closest parks for where you are heading.
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With some planning and "Allstays" on your phone you'll be good to go. As mentioned you might not get that close to the Cities but close enough to drive in with the toad. There are still plenty of roads that don't have tolls that in some cases actually parallel the toll roads here in NJ. Bridges, now that's another story. Unless you're in a hurry, which it doesn't sound like it, there are plenty of non-toll roads that will take you all the way to Florida if you want. I tend to like the out of the way places myself. Finger Lakes in NY, Berkshires in Ma, through the Poconos in Pa to Lancaster County, Pa and on south on Int. 81. All depends what you are after. Have a great trip.
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