there is a book here
It would be great to have poi files for these types of campgrounds. I am aware of the KOA poi files but most of them are $20 a night nowdays.
The list of free campgrounds would be great..
I use to stay at the Escapees campgrounds and they were very reasonably priced and pleasant. Most are located in the southern part of the country. Requires a inexpensive membership but well worth it.
I saw a POI file listed here. Only thing cheaper then this is rest areas.
i have a file on here that has most of the US campgrounds in it! http://www.poi-factory.com/node/12676
Look at this POI file. To join, membership fee costs $44.00/year. There are over 1400 campgrounds that belong to PA. Costs per night is 50% of regular fees. Look at their website.
There are very few free anything nowadays. The only one's free are a few state parks and Parking lots at some stores.
Yes, a file of free campgrounds would be a nice project, although it is getting less economical to travel far to save a few bucks (because of fuel cost). You don't have to buy the book, although it may be the most complete source. Try googling free campgrounds, free RV sites, boondocking, etc. A POI file for these would be very helpful because they are not advertised and hard to find. escapees.com has a boondocking forum which you can view without being a member.
Escapees parks usually are $10-$15 per night, but only $2.50-$5.00 for dry camping. Also $10-$15 for Passport America parks, although the quality of those is variable. Most KOA's are $25-$30 per night even with their 10% discount card.
thx everybody for your reply's
If the $20 a night charged by KOA is going to break your bank you better stay home, have you checked the cost of filling up your tank lately?
I'm always confused when I see "motor home" and "camping" in the same place. I guess these days people refer to places for their 40' motor home as campgrounds. To me, a campground has trees, dirt, maybe a stream or a river, and you camp in a tent.
It seems there really should be some different designation to differentiate between "RV camping" and "regular camping".
My dad used to tell me he had been camping. Right. With electric lights, 3 televisions, CD and DVD players, air conditioning, full kitchen - with coffee maker, microwave, etc. That was his idea of "roughing it".
My wife and I have gotten a little more lax about our camping in that we have a tent that fits the bed of my truck. It's a Sportz tent and it's made to fit my exact truck model. It gets us up off the ground but that's about the only "luxury" involved with it.
I'll take my camping the old fashioned way. Otherwise I'll stay in a hotel.
Don't get me wrong. If folks like to travel via RV (and can afford the gas!) I'm not knocking them. I just don't think "camping" is the right word to describe the activity.
Just to give you a bad time nothing more. Camping is anything that is portable and nothing said about using a tent. I agree there is a difference in what camping use to be to what it it now. We use to use a motorcycle and trailer with a tent, but we had a tv for my better half. Have a great day.
It didn't just used to be that way. It still is. There's camping and there's RVing. As someone who has done both, they are two different animals. There ought to be a campgrounds category here AND a RV Parks category. Most RV Parks do not allow tent camping. And many campgrounds that you would find in government operated parks do not have hook-ups for RV's.
There are some parks, especially of the government operated type, that allow both tents and RV's. If you had two categories here, they could go into both.
Here is another resource:
The book is well worth getting. We spent a winter traveling the southwest and averaged $2.85 a night and only stayed in campgrounds (WE NEVER STAY in PARKING LOTS!!!!!)
Just checked out that Site! It is great! Checked a few of the palces we have stayed and they were all listed. Sure hope no one else finds it
Any chance you could have found a nicer way to say something like this? Maybe some of us enjoy the lifestyle and are just trying to find ways to continue it considering the cost of filling our tanks.
heres your sign
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