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Old 09-20-2016, 02:23 PM   #11
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Welcome! And, happy retirement! I have been retired for about 18 months and full-timing for a little over a year. Both are fantastic. Budget stretching strategies include: cooking rather than eating out, mixing state and federal campgrounds with private, visiting "resorts" or resort areas during off-seasons (rates go down), using club (such as Escapees) campgrounds, performing maintenance to help limit breakdowns, driving a little slower to conserve full and enjoy the ride. 🤗
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:53 PM   #12
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Wonderful... i will retire at 55, but what a blessing to look forward to!

Congratulations . I retired at age 55 in March of 2003. We rarely dip into savings but would not hesitate if there was a need or anything desired. We spend at least 140 nights a year in a CG. At 35' plus the F350 I do not use public CGs. We prefer FU and a pullthru if possible. I just find that most comfortable. One reason is we are no longer real campers but snowbird. Also, We find a place of interest and explore the area staying a week or more.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:20 PM   #13
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ways to stretch a dollar

My first suggestion would be to join Good Sams Club which will give you a 10% discount on many campgrounds around the country. About $25.00/ year and also gets you discounts on items at any Camping World. Next I would Recommend you enlist in Passport America which gets you a 50% discount on hundreds of campground across America. Cost to join $44 / year. Both of these options gets your money back the first time you use them. Then I agree with other that Corp. of Engineering parks are very reasonable. I do not recommend plans where you sign up for certain zones at a highly discounted price. It usually turns out that you are not traveling in that zone most of the time. With the suggestion above you can stay anywhere across america that participates as a Good Sams Club member or Passport America member. Next apply for the America the Beautiful pass. You can get this for a one time fee of $10 if you are a senior. This gets you into most every National Park in the country free of charge for the rest of your life. That gives you a good start. I am a member of each of the above and have enjoyed several hundred dollars of savings from them. Have only been RVing for 4 years.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:21 PM   #14
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Thanks Rolling... My wife and I are.... Well... Frugal. We are generous we are needed to be, We live below our means. My long retired father in law just told me to get my foot out of the engine and we wont miss so much and will see dramatically better gas mileage! We travel with a portable electric smoker, turns out some incredible meals, I love to cook. Thanks for the great advice.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:22 PM   #15
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Thanks capn... Ive seen the tremendous savings in the off seasons, especially a monthly rate... We are at 32', so far, just on the edge!
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Thank you Flag, we are members of good sam, have just recently looked into PA, will look harder too. We certainly arent destitute, but always looking to save a dollar on us... We have 9 GRANDkids
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:40 PM   #17
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How is your Ecoboost performing? We have a 2014 and are very appreciative of our truck and its performance. We are full-timing in a Rockwood Ultralight 8280WS
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:43 PM   #18
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Dont think I have one? I'm a dodge 2500? Let me know if I do though!!!
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Usually you can join PA at CW for $39 and or an extra few months when you sign up.
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Is that the same pass that gives you free admittance to the parks?
Yes it does get you free admittance to the National Parks. It is a great deal for old folks like me.
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