Find Free or Cheap Places to Stay in Your RV or Motorhome
You can find free or nearly free campgrounds all across the US for your RV vacation at Free Campgrounds. com. Free Campgrounds has a database 2223 listings with many for $10 a night or less. According to the website, all sites are not created equal” and RV’s are encouraged to contribute their tips and experiences to their forum to help others to decide where to stay in their RV’s.
Did you know that most Walmart stores permit a free overnight stay in your RV? This would be helpful if you found yourself too tired or sick to make it to your campground or if you encountered bad weather and needed to wait it out before continuing your trip. You can request a free copy of the Walmart directory at the Free Campgrounds. com website which also lists Walmart stores that sell diesel fuel. This practice is called “boondocking” or dry-camping, parking your RV in a space for one night without hookups. Some cities have banned this, so it is best to call ahead to be certain.
Travel Clubs are popular with RV campers. At Passport America, a one year membership is $44 and members get up to 50% discounts at participating campgrounds. Benefits vary according the day and season. Check the website for details.
At Escapees RV Club, memberships start at $35. Club benefits include HOPS – theme related activities with other members, local chapters, and seminars. They have a directory of about 1,000 RV parks that will charge members $10 a night or give members at least a 15% discount off regular rates. They have an active message board , the Escapees Discussion Forum with informative tips and ideas for RV campers.
The National Park Service has a Senior Pass for those over 62. the pass is $10 for life and gives you free admission to U.S. National parks and federal recreation lands. If you are a pass holder, you can bring up to 3 guests for free and you will get a 50% discount on camping fees at our national parks.
If you are active duty military, a military retiree visit the Army’s Paths Across America website to get details on campgrounds on military bases that you may be able to stay at. Reservations are required and fees usually range from $10 to $20 per day. You will need a military ID card. vehicle registration and proof of insurance. some military facilities s also allow National Guard members, reservists and Department of Defense Civilian employees.
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You can also search in popular sites such as Yelp.com and Trip Advisor for reader reviews about specific campgrounds. Don’t forget to check the site Gas Buddy to find the cheapest gas prices (including diesel fuel) along the way. They have a free GasBuddy mobile app that you can download to your Android, iPhone or Blackberry phone.
Are you an active camper or RV camper? Do have any tips to share? This might be a great way for an inexpensive vacation. Has anyone ever rented an RV?