Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman
Some people want to always stay in a campground and pay pay pay and did I say pay. Others will sleep a few hours in Rest Areas, Walmart parking lots, truck stops without paying. When we're traveling from point to point for more than a 1 day trip, I sleep 5 to 7 hours. Somehow it just doesn't set right to pay 40 to 60 dollars, somewhere closet to 10 dollars per hour to sleep for few hours.
Batdude mentioned there were no campgrounds open indicating he was interested in open campgrounds. I was responding to that statement by stating their are open campgrounds.. I know all the alternatives but usually choose not to use them in negative weather situations.
I have never paid $50 or 60 to camp anywhere. Actually on our way South we're typically in Passport America parks or state parks, like in MD that offer half price camping to seniors. Though I'm not as frugal as you are we are careful, since we're often on the road over 300 days of the year.
Unlike many we never stay in a campground for only 6 hours to sleep. We typically only drive 4 hours a day so we're in the campground for 18-20 hours, or at least our trailer is while we explore the area.
We typically don't destination drive (trying to get some place); we enjoy the journey as much as the destination. I know we're crazy slow drivers that have taken 18 weeks to get from NH to Florida. The wild horses in Assateague, the beaches of Chesapeake bay, the Outer banks, the streets of Charleston, SC, are all part of our drift south. Honestly who cares if we spend a few dollars at Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, SC?
We just travel differently than many. We really don't spend a lot. In the last 15 years we've camped close to 4,000 wonderful nights spending from $5 to $30 (mostly in the $20 or less range).
There are many different camping styles. Many people pick a destination and make it the driven target, It's just not us. Probably part of the reason we don't typically travel with others. This makes us curious about the NL Caravan, our first trip with others.
I will say the NL Caravan has no days that are more than 150 miles, at least for the Caravan leaders.
Byron, please know I'm not opposed to your frugality, I respect it. It's not us, we're different. I was trying to help the OP.