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Old 06-19-2017, 12:26 AM   #1
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Full-Timing and Keeping Campground Costs Low

We have just purchased a 2017 North Point 375bhfs for our family of 7. We will begin to full time later this year in it, but I wanted to get some ideas on how to keep campground costs low, yet have the hookups we'd need.

Is it possible to get water and 50amp electric for less than $20/night? We'd prefer to have sewer too, but if I have to move the rig to a dump station I suppose I'll get better backing the rig in in a short amount of time.

Any insight or advice or experience would be great!

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We have just purchased a 2017 North Point 375bhfs for our family of 7. We will begin to full time later this year in it, but I wanted to get some ideas on how to keep campground costs low, yet have the hookups we'd need.

Is it possible to get water and 50amp electric for less than $20/night? We'd prefer to have sewer too, but if I have to move the rig to a dump station I suppose I'll get better backing the rig in in a short amount of time.

Any insight or advice or experience would be great!

Thanks!!


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Old 06-19-2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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We always use state parks, cant say we have ever paid more than 15 night full hook up w/50 amp /water/sewer here is a great web site to visit


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Most anywhere will give you a lot better weekly or even monthly rate.

Join Passport America for access to lower prices but don't expect the premium sites or the best locations.

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Have you considered work-camping? We talked to a gentleman last year who works a few hours a week in exchange for a free campsite. His wife works at the campground store while he rides a golf cart and picks up the trash bags people leave at their site and drives them to the dumpster. He said if he works a little over their required hours he gets paid 10.00 per hour.
We have also talked to families who act as campground hosts at a state park. They make sure the bath houses are stocked with supplies and they drive around putting the reservation markers at the campsites. Usually state parks don't have full hook-ups but the campground hosts do!
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We always use state parks, cant say we have ever paid more than 15 night full hook up w/50 amp /water/sewer here is a great web site to visit


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State Parks in Texas vary but the more popular ones are $26/nite plus the daily entrance fee. You can buy an annual pass for the entrance fee.

Where are you staying for under $15 / nite..
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Thanks for the info! We've found a state park in AR that has all hookups but sewer for $16/night.

We're trying to get a better handle on the budget before we are actually on the road and scrambling.

I'm targeting $30/night but anything less is just a savings for us.


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Look for the "non franchised" campgrounds that is where you will usually find the best deals or as was mentioned state parks. Only problem with many of those is they have a 14 day max. Also many parks have lower rates for 30 days or more, but elec is metered which we have never found to be a problem.

We are currently in a mobile home park with w/e/s for $500 a month, although no bath house so not sure how that would work with your large family, also no cable or internet.( we have sat and a hot spot)

As was mentioned, if you're looking at several months in one spot, work camping can really keep costs low.
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Most state parks limit the time you can stay. Be prepared to move every 2 weeks, even in the same park.
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When I bought my new Jayco last year I got a free membership to Thousand Trails campgrounds. I think they charge $500 per year but if you are full timing it may be worth it for extended stays? I just got the basic membership which has a 14 night limit and so many days per month but I think they have other tiers of camping that allow you to stay longer. All the ones I have stayed at are full hook-up's and well maintained parks. They also partner with Encore and those were really nice up in Wisconsin!
I agreee with previous suggestions that the Passport America could help and I would also check: Good Sam, AAA & KOA's for their membership plans.
Here in OH my wife gets the "Senior Discount" (over age of 60) and so we get 50% off Mon-Thur & 10% off on weekends at all Ohio State Parks, they use don't offer sewer hook-ups. You may want to look into a portable plastic container for that so you can empty trailer without moving it
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