RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-05-2020, 08:53 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Danijoh69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Fort Walton Beach
Posts: 13
RV camp site cost/night

We are just exploring RV lifestyle & wondering what the average cost of a camp site for a class C, full hook-up, is per night. Iím sure it varies wildly, but we are attempting to get an idea on what this will cost per night. Thanks for any help!
Danijoh69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 08:56 AM   #2
PhD, Common Sense
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Fairborn, OH
Posts: 1,384
The lowest I ever paid for full hookups was $20/night (Caesar Creek State Park). The most was about $50/night (a KOA).
eye95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 09:01 AM   #3
Site Team
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Northen IL
Posts: 5,301
It's going to vary a lot depending on where you go and when you go.

Just for example, the CG that I'm seasonal at charges $55/night. But that's only for water and electric. They don't have full hookup sites.

Some places will be more, some will be less. Some it depends on what month it is and even whether it's a weekend or a weekday.

You're best bet is to figure out where you want to go, look up some of the local CGs and check their prices. You'll get prices anywhere between $30 and $100+ a night.
Iwritecode is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 09:14 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 296
I just booked four nights in Hershey next year during the big RV show. Full hookups at the Hershey Park RV Park cost close to $200 per night!

If we weren't going to be going with good friends and going specifically for the RV show, there's no way we'd ever consider that. We're usually boondocking or staying in state/national parks without hookups for $20ish per night. At KOAs and such, we've found that we're usually averaging around $50 or so per night for full hookups.
GravelRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 09:25 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 1,465
Cost depends on where it is and the amenities offered. I drove past a dusty RV park offering 50 amp service in Beatty, NV for $25 a night.
A shady, paved, pull through with grass, pool and a community center will be a lot more.
__________________
2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman, CTD/CC/SB/4X4/Equalizer WDH
2019 Forest River Surveyor Legend 19BHLE
upflying is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 09:45 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Ankeny, Iowa
Posts: 115
For an average $65 a day would be reasonable for trying to budget your costs. You will find many full hooks ups in the $40 range but occasionally based on location you may be pushing $75 to $100
__________________
2020 Flagstaff 26FKBS
2020 Ram Tradesman 2500 6.4 Hemi
Csbadvisor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 10:31 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: payson, az
Posts: 2,919
$65/night is right around the average that we pay on our trips for full hookups. Many will give you a week for the cost of 6 nights.
__________________
2015 cardinal model 3825fl
2015 dodge ram 3500 dually
CHICKDOE is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 10:38 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
rsdata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Northern KY
Posts: 4,218
FL state parks for electric and water, but NOT sewer are generally about $32/night once taxes and fees are included. Dump stations are free within the campground. Full service private FL camps during the "winter season" are $60 and mostly higher depending on how far south and how close to beach areas you are.
__________________
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " - Ronald Reagan
ďToo much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.Ē Ė Mark Twain

2014 Shamrock 183
2014 RAM 1500 Bighorn Crew Cab, HEMI, 3.21 gears, 8 Spd, 4X4 TST TPMS
rsdata is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:03 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
PSUFan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 837
East coast and specially the Mid Atlantic and New England states have a higher cost per night rate than the rest of the US. We live in PA and rarely do we ever pay less than $50/night for full hookups and on average we are probably closer to $60-70/ night. We are booking a trip to Massachusetts next year and the average rate for that trip will be closer to $80 with some nights over $100 on Cape Cod. So obviously location means a lot just like hotel rooms.
__________________
Tim & Tracy, Jennifer (17), Alyssa (13), our dog Jazy

2012 Ford F150 EB Crew FX4 3.73 gears
2017 Grand Design Imagine 2800BH
Previous: 2012 Flagstaff MicroLite 23LB
2006 GMC Envoy Denali V8 & 2005 GMC Envoy I6
PSUFan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:11 PM   #10
Dr Travel
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Full timers
Posts: 173
Campground costs

Okay, all of this depends on the kind of camping you want to do.

If a glamper, then you'll happily pay $50-$75+++ a night for the comforts of home with a pool, fishing ponds, beautiful bathrooms and showers.

If you are an RVer, then if you shop, you can get a nice spot with full hook-ups for what I would say is an average of $35 a night. Maybe $40 the way they are raising their rates.

If you stay in state parks you can sometimes save money. Except for Colorado which charges an additional daily in and out fee of $5 a campsite. What idiots!!

There are two easy ways to reduce costs. Passport American can save you a bunch of $$ at select campgrounds during the week. Weekends there are no deals.

Second is camp longer. You'll almost always get a better deal with weekly stays. You'll get huge discounts with a monthly stay. We stayed at a nice campground in Tennessee in Wears Valley, just south of Pigeon Forge and 15 minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a nice pool, beautiful setting, spacious site, excellent bathrooms/showers, decent laundry for $650 one month, $725 the next. Important to have a pool in that location during July-August IMHO.

Then we stayed at a nice campground for a month in Maggie Valley with full hookups, wonderful setting, 10 minutes off the Blue Ridge Pkwy and 20 minutes from Great Smoky Mountains NP. No bath/shower, but a laundry. Who cares when you have full hook-ups? We paid $550 for the month during peak fall color season...just this year.

Use the internet, listen to people you meet on the road. Everyone has a great place, great story of super RV park finds. Personally, avoid the KOA like the plague. Over-priced and rundown. Great for kids, but they really hammer you on daily rates and NO discounts for weekly/monthly rates.

Any more advice than that and I would have to start charging you.
__________________
Homesick for places we've never been.

Fulltimers since 2014; still going strong in our RW Sig Ultralight Fiver. Have towed the Rockwood 27,000 miles with nary a hiccup. (Except for when participating in happy hours)

robsshots is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:17 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
PSUFan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 837
Good Sam is a good choice for discounts. It easily pays for itself.
__________________
Tim & Tracy, Jennifer (17), Alyssa (13), our dog Jazy

2012 Ford F150 EB Crew FX4 3.73 gears
2017 Grand Design Imagine 2800BH
Previous: 2012 Flagstaff MicroLite 23LB
2006 GMC Envoy Denali V8 & 2005 GMC Envoy I6
PSUFan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:24 PM   #12
code.org
 
moff34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 250
Rates can vary wildly depending when, where, and sometimes, what part of the park you want to stay in. One extreme example of this is Campland on the Bay in San Diego, CA. Premium spots in the summer go for $275 per night while their non-hookup spots, away from the water, are "only" $78 per night.

Contrast that with a park in the redwoods we stayed at near Klamath in Northern California. A full hook-up spot was $35 per night, but they threw in a 20% AAA discount so it was only $28 per night.

In our quest of visiting every National Park we can get to, we have seen prices everywhere in between those two extremes.
__________________
Randy, Mary, and Mojo
Rockwood Signature UltraLite 8329SS
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel / Allison Trans
2015-14 Nights, '16-90 Nights, '17-101 Nights, '18-146 Nights, '19-76 Nights '20-56 Nights
moff34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:28 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
PSUFan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 837
Wow $275/night. And I thought Fort Wilderness at Disney World was expensive.
__________________
Tim & Tracy, Jennifer (17), Alyssa (13), our dog Jazy

2012 Ford F150 EB Crew FX4 3.73 gears
2017 Grand Design Imagine 2800BH
Previous: 2012 Flagstaff MicroLite 23LB
2006 GMC Envoy Denali V8 & 2005 GMC Envoy I6
PSUFan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:31 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Crusadernoob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 801
$25-$150 is our range. I am usually around $35 night
__________________
2006 2500HD CCSB 2WD 2014 Crusader 285RET
Nights camped in 2013 - not enough!, 2014 37, 2015 40, 2016 39, 2017 38, 2018 36, 2019 37, 2020 26, 2021 2
Crusadernoob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:37 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 3,387
When you say "exploring the rv lifestyle", what does that mean???
If you're over 62, a National Senior Park pass will reduce your camping costs by 1/2 at most national parks and US Corps of Engineers parks.
As mentioned, longer stays will generally reduce the cost per day (one week, one month flat rates are common)
We typically stay under one week at state, national, and COE campgrounds. If we're traveling, as KOA members we tend to stay there and their rates vary widely.
When we're planning, we budget around $100 a day for campgrounds, food and gas, but it has gone up occasionally to $150 a day if we're in high dollar areas. Now we seldom eat out because we prefer to 'eat at home' and we like to 'camp' and visit historical sites. That's dollar cost averaging because some days cost is for the campsite and food only where traveling eats into the budget quickly.

If you're working and plan to work from on the road, make certain you look into hotspot costs because campground internet won't work for you.

If you're a family that will be camping weekends only, you're going to be paying top dollar because spaces are hard to come by in low dollar campsites.

If you're uncertain, consider renting a class c and trying before you buy.
__________________
2015 Dynamax REV 24TB class C
Reverse_snowbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:41 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Gibsonville, NC
Posts: 320
We've been to less expensive (bordering on cheap) parks this year and we found that in most cases, you get what you pay for (mind you these were private parks not state rec parks). Low water pressure. Terrible roads in/out. Tight spaces. Power issues. Green swimming pools. More permanent structures than mobile. So we're sticking with the ones we like that range from $80 and up a night. To us, it's worth it.
__________________
2019 Cedar Creek Silverback 37MBH
TV: 2017 Ford F350 CC DRW King Ranch
jd4010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:54 PM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 98
We have stayed at city parks with full hookups for free and paid about $150 for space near San Francisco. It’s all over the place but “average” defined as most common is about $50 a night.
medalguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 01:57 PM   #18
Tundra 2014
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Texas
Posts: 958
Campsite

It really depends where you are camping. I have payed $25 for a county park in Kansas and $95 on the Florida coast @ a luxury resort peek season.. If you are a senior the best deal is a lifetime pass for National Parks, usually about $50, but not always full hook-ups.
Tundra 2014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 02:02 PM   #19
Dahagen
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cascade Idaho
Posts: 468
All the answers shown are basically correct. I have seen FHU sites at a casino in NM at $15 a night, and KOA's in CO at $100 a night to FL at $200 a night. Remember that the longer you stay, the cheaper the daily rate. And I suggest Passport America and Good Sam cards to help reduce the costs. Just about every campground I have stayed at gives some kind of a discount, like for veterans, etc.
dahagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2020, 02:12 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Right Half of OR
Posts: 382
Just look at Camp Ground Reviews or sign up for RV Trip Wizard and look at the parks or areas you think you'd like to visit. You'll get a better idea of what it'll cost you.
__________________
Greg 'n Deb
2020 R-POD 195 HRE
'17 Tacoma 3.5L,'07 Tundra 5.7L w/ tow pkgs.
Dirt Sifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:03 PM.