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Old 05-22-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide the best method to live on the road and just discovered the camp ground system on the military bases. I should qualify to use them but am worried about the actual practice vrs regulation on how it works. I have read some camp grounds are a pain and do not follow regulations while others do.

How is your experience in Military campgrounds and the prices? How easy is it to get on/off base as a disabled veteran with an ID card. How are the locations.

Ideally I want to survive on less than $1250 a month and budgeting for campgrounds tend to make this unreasonable. Normal cheap campgrounds annoy me, but if the military ones are nice I may decide that route is best and increase my budget to $2000.

I also could not find any good information about fees for the parks. The one in Vegas for example has $24-27 listed as the price per night but no weekly/monthly rate. If I get a $25 night for 30 days that would be $750. Does that include the electricity for the extreme heat AC usage. I will be in Vegas for most of June every year.

Current budget:
Insurance: $220
Gas: $260 (estimate on 20k miles a year driven)
Food: $400
Phone/Internet: $120
Misc: $250
Total Budget: $1250
With Campgrounds: $750
Total new Budget: $2000

If I planned to live this way what am I missing in my budget. I would sell my house and use equity to buy the truck and trailer. My hobbies are not listed in the budget.
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Old 05-22-2020, 04:01 PM   #2
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No weekly rate here at Hill AFB Utah because "Maximum length of stay in April-October is 14 consecutive days except for those traveling on PCS orders. Long term stays are allowed October 15th-April 1st." I rather think most fam camps are this way, as they are not intended for long term stays, like a trailer park, but for people PCSing in, or traveling thru and visiting the area.
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I'm retired and gave us on Fam Camps a long time ago with a couple of exceptions.
Reservations are either not available or 12 months out.

With your budget I would consider purchasing a 2nd hand thousand Trails membership and plan on some boondocking. You don't have to buy new to have a good rig. We started out with a used 24' TT and used it for 10 years. Had new and back now to used DP which is phenomenal.

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Thanks for the replies TonyMac and rrtribble.


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I rather think most fam camps are this way, as they are not intended for long term stays, like a trailer park
This is a big reason I do not like most parks I have checked out. It seems like a trailer park and not the nice ones. I am not stuck up but when I think of RV living I think of being out in nature and not on a concrete slab surrounded by big metal boxes.

The parks in general are expensive which make it worse.

I can increase my budget but the more I do the less I have for fun/exploring and trying out all what the local area has to offer. My idea of RV living is not to sit at a RV Park and not be able to afford all the great things in the area.

The more I think about it the more I think I am just going to have to do a solar/generator type Van conversion or a Hybrid conversion. I can think mostly boondock in nature and explore from there. My total budget is $50k getting everything set up but I wanted my monthly budget as low as possible.
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:18 PM   #5
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I retire in 5 months. I've been living in my RV to get used to living in it fulltime. My budget is a little bit less than yours. I won't travel any where like you. My fuel cost would be way to much with my motorhome. I plan on traveling to area's where the weather is around 70. I'll stay summer's in PNW and stay winters in Arizona. I found a park in Arizona for $250 a month with full hooks ups plus electricity. I won't spend my fuel budget and my campground budget. Then I can use the saved money for summer. Get your National Park Access pass now. That will save you 50% at National Parks and Federal Recreation campgrounds. Also get a Escapee's membership. You can stay at there parks really cheap.

I'll stay military campgrounds once in while, but most times will be at State and National parks/Federal Recreation campgrounds.

Traveling everyday is not my type of retirement. I'll travel to get where I want and stay and enjoy the area and move on to the next area.

Good luck in your travels!

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It's just like flying Space-A: you better have a backup plan.
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It's just like flying Space-A: you better have a backup plan.
I was Air Trans in USAF and rarely flew Space A, My leave was precious.
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1250 a month for full time is not a lot. You are talking park fees, electricity, food, entertainment, and all other incidentals. That's a tough budget to libe full time on.
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Military Campgrounds

mb444220 you can obtain a lot of information at http://www.militarycampgrounds.us/

Many bases have specific requirements, so it is best to contact the installation first before you plan.
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I'm retired and never used a Fam Camp. Too much of a hassle, and many are too far off the beaten path.

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Old 05-23-2020, 10:30 AM   #11
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I'm with 06smokey on this.
We just picked up a TT after about a 7yrs with no traveling.
We are planning on summers at hom or possibly a trip or two to the PNW, then our winters in AZ.
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