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Old 04-05-2018
Lew Lew is offline
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Location: Naperville
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Default RV camp site cost

Still just a wannabe and wondering what would be the range of costs per night to park a 40’ coach with full hook-ups and one with none?

I’m sure there are no fee areas to boondock in state or national parks. I’m more interested to know the highs and lows where you have to pay to play so as to understand what I am trying to get myself into.
Lewis Berghoff
1995 42’ WLWB
Naperville, Illinois
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Old 04-05-2018
Harold,Cat&Sam Harold,Cat&Sam is offline
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Our experience has been :
Private parks seem to range from $30 to $50 a night.
State parks $25 to $35 .
COE parks $14 to $25.
Can be cheaper if qualify for discounts.
Harold n Cat McMullen
Sam 10 year old min schnauzer
Mooringsport, Louisiana
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Old 04-05-2018
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Location: Hot Springs National Park
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We just spent a week in Pensacola at a crowded little park- $35.00 night. FHU and no problems with anything.
Paul Cambron
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
1996 BMC 40
fmca 200288
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Old 04-05-2018
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City parks as low as 11 bucks per night and private 5 Star to 140 per night. You will find there are very few State or Federal Parks that allow free overnight boondocking. Boondocking is just no hookups but you still have use fees to contend with. If you want to park for free its going to be parking lots, rest areas and pull offs along the side of the road.
Rick Shawver
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Bellefonte, AR
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Old 04-06-2018
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Mallie Lennon Mallie Lennon is offline
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Location: Eufaula
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you might want to use this site to look at some parks,
what they have, cost and coach size, paved, gravel or grass, and reviews that can give you a feel for what you have. Also, you can take the addess of any park and look up the satllite view for more info.
Mallie & Karen Lennon
Eufaula, Oklahoma
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Old 04-06-2018
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Default Getting Started or Am I Ready For This?

Read this three part blog. It covers allot! (Parts I - III):
(Sadly, this writer & her husband recently moved to Europe . But her blog’s archives is a treasure trove for RV’ers)

1) https://wheelingit.us/2013/07/30/pla...al-rules-tips/
2) https://wheelingit.us/2013/08/02/pla...ing-campsites/
3) https://wheelingit.us/2013/08/05/pla...sources-links/

My two most used apps:

Paid ($10) Camp & RV app - https://www.allstays.com
Save on fuel costs - https://www.gasbuddy.com

A range of costs (depends on your budget and desired experience):

Free - https://freecampsites.net & http://www.casinocamper.com

$ - http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/

$ to $$$ - https://www.campendium.com

$$$ to $$$$$ - http://www.bigrigresorts.com

$$$$$ - http://www.doityourselfrv.com/luxury-rv-resorts-parks/
Van & Toni in TX & AZ
2004 M380 DS & 2013 Fiat 500 Pop
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Old 04-06-2018
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We use this site quite a bit to find the out of way places and have visited or stayed at a few in the West. https://www.forestcamping.com/ It covers the USFS campgrounds by state. Many government campgrounds have a maximum of 14 day stays, and some BLM offer a 6 month maximum. Quartzsite is dry camping only w/14 days for $40 and they also have a 6 month permit. They offer water, dump & trash stations in multiple locations. Some BLM land offers free dry camping with no facilities but you have time limits. We have dry camped at a few USFS sites in Montana & South Dakota for free and one in Laredo, TX for $4, if we had the Senior Pass it would have been $2. Our preferences while traveling is to stay at USFS, TVA, COE facilities first, then the State Parks & National Parks before commercial campgrounds, but sometimes you may not have much choice. Our least favorite are rest stops, truck stops & Walmart in that order, Walmart is ok for a few hours but you have to contend with the constant drive by of annoying kids, drunks and once in a while a lot lizard (hooker) knocking on your door. With a little time, effort & research you can find city & county parks, and state & county fairground offering RV stays for cheap. Weekly rates are better than one or two night stays. Other options are Cracker Barrels, Cabelas & Bass Pro Shops that allow over night stays, but always ask management first if it is allowed, sometime there may be a city ordinance prohibiting overnight stays. Overnight stays are a privilege, not a constitutional right so respect their policies and always use good guest etiquette, never pull out the awnings, grill or lower your levelers.
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Old 04-06-2018
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Nancy Brookshire Nancy Brookshire is offline
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We use Passport America. Reduced rate on a large number of campgrounds. If a senior, apply for Golden Age (or its equivalent) card at National Parks. We also use rvparkreviews and RVParky. Good Sam is a 10% discount and not worth all the junk mail that you receive, in our opinion. Quartzsite is a boondocking experience. We enjoy going there and have been several times. One of our favorites is Corps of Engineers campground and it is half price with the above mentioned Golden Age card.
Go to Buy Bye Bluebird Teton of this page. Randy has ce M-380 listed. We just saw this coach last week. It is a beauty! We owned an M-380 for five years. Drives like a dream and the perfect size for maneuverability. One slide was perfect for Us. Good luck.
Nancy Brookshire
Saluda, NC
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On the other hand, if you go to Florida in the high season, with the current shortage of spots, some RV parks have taken to ripping off their customers with $120/night. When we run in to that, we mark them off the list to avoid giving them our business at times when they need it. Caveat emptor.
Ron & Dorinda Rueckwald
2000 LXI 43 ss
St. Joseph, MI summer, Clearwater, FL winter
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Old 04-06-2018
Lew Lew is offline
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Default Many thanks

Wow, thanks for everyone’s great responses! Lots of great information here. Super resources that I have bookmarked, too.

The range of cost was about what I suspected, even though I had no reason to know otherwise.

Thanks again!
Lewis Berghoff
1995 42’ WLWB
Naperville, Illinois
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