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Old 09-20-2016, 04:58 PM   #21
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Doesn't hurt to save where you can. There are so many cost savings programs that we here about as we travel. Take advantage when you can. Good Luck and Safe Travels.

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Old 09-20-2016, 05:02 PM   #22
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One other cost savings as a Good Sams Member you can sign up for a flying J / pilot gas card, this is not a credit card it is a savings card. You get .03 savings per gallon when you purchase gas. That really adds up.

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Old 09-20-2016, 05:18 PM   #23
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One other cost savings as a Good Sams Member you can sign up for a flying J / pilot gas card, this is not a credit card it is a savings card. You get .03 savings per gallon when you purchase gas. That really adds up.
You can also sign up for the RV Plus credit card for Pilot/Flying J and get better discounts. Especially if you are a deluxe or lifetime Good Sam member. We save 7 cents a gallon for diesel as well as discounts on most items bought inside.
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:39 PM   #24
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Dollar stretching tips!!??

Ok...we are looking at extended travels upone retirement in 11 months. We love to save money on campgrounds. While we can afford some of the luxurys of a $60 a night "resort", we love the State Parks a little more. We are also looking at the nicer COE campgrounds. There is so much do in our beautiful country that is affordable or free!

So, any budgetting tips would be great!!! We are strictly cash (debit), we dont borrow money.
Buy a small Quiet generator 2500 w (Honda or Yamaha) or so, then you can dry camp in all kinds of places.
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Old 09-20-2016, 05:51 PM   #25
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I agree with all of the great suggestions - Good Sam and/or PA, drive slower, eat in, etc. Another way we stretch our budget is boondocking on National Forest or BLM land. Sometimes on extended trips we enjoy getting away from it all to "recharge" for a couple of days. We find a remote free site, put out the solar panels and kick back. We read books, play board games, cook on the campfire, and just relax. Our next stop is usually a full hook-up RV park of some sort where we can give the tanks a good flush, do some laundry, shopping, gas up, and hit the road again.

Safe travels, and enjoy your retirement (we sure are). You earned it!
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:26 PM   #26
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On a budget

We were full-time for 10 years. We mostly used Coast to Coast, RPI and PA.
National Parks, State parks and some county parks. We would overnight at Walmart, truck stops and such if we were just on our way to a specific place,never had a problem.
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:39 PM   #27
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Become a Camphost

This is our second summer volunteering as a camphost at a State Park. We get a free full hook up and have access to the whole park which includes prohibited areas to other campers where we can let our dogs off the leash and let them run. The park trained us on the computer reservation system and we work ( or as I prefer to call it on duty cuz it's fun)2 8 hour shifts a week with plenty of idle time and vacations.
Go on line and look up "camp host" positions. There are certain agencies that are looking to fill camp host positions mostly during the summer all over the country and most include a free full hook up site. Many require a 3 month commitment but you sure get to know the area. This summer there were positions available in the Sierra mountains of Ca., North Rim of the Grand Canyon, fishing lakes in northern Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia, and a few others.
It also gives us. Feel of contributing and accomplishment. We enjoy it!
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:45 PM   #28
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We've talked about that Maron! We always enjoy meeting the campers working in the park!
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:48 PM   #29
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Well, we are in our third year of retirement and have about 220+/- night of camping under our belt. We started hard budgeting 3 years before retirement because I have to say I was a little parenoid.
Neither of us has work pensions so we have OAS, CPP and income from our investments with no debt in years. We basically budget everything we spend in categories on a detailed spreadsheet by day, month and year. When we travel I have a separate spreadsheet for our travel expenses (camping etc). We have a long term plan (til 90) and do a quarterly review with a financial consultant ( at no cost to us other than the MER on our investments. )We budget $12000.00 annually for travel. That could be camping, cruises, road trips with hotel etc. Last year we over spent our budget so this year, we have curtailed our travel and should end up with an additional $3000 to add to 2017 and so on.
We try to use provincial or federal parks about 40% of the time with private otherwise. if we are doing a through trip and just stopping for a night, it's a truck stop or Walmart. (DW isn't in love with rest areas overnight and I'm OK with that).Privately, we choose electrical and water only because for a nominal or no fee, you can dump when you leave the campground. We cook and eat 90% of of meals ourselves and treat ourselves 10% of the time. I adhere strictly to under 60mph speed because it's the sweet spot for our unit for fuel consumption
. We bought a new truck and one year old trailer while I was still working and have $40000.00 in our budget to replace the trailer with another used one in five years. Enjoy your travels, keep it safe and sane!👍🏻😊
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:15 PM   #30
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Agree with all the above. We love Army Corps campgrounds, and our free nights at Cabela's. We found Cracker Barrel has spots, but are usually by a freeway and noisy. County and city parks are usually great values. Use the All stays app on your phone or tablet, shows them all. And rethink your housing needs. Downsize your house and the maintenance, taxes,etc. If you are traveling, you don't need your money tied up in a big house. We splurge on the fancy rv parks at times, and are more frugal others notes. Tonight we are at Gros Centre campground in the Grand Tetons National Park, choose a site with no hookups, put water in our tank and dumped this morning before leaving our full hookup park. $13.00 to note for site with our America pass. Also, US Forest service sites honor the pass and have lots of small, lovely campgrounds.

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