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Old 09-21-2014, 04:09 PM   #29
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We stayed in a Camping World while driving across New York State in July. I believe it was the one in Syracuse. We had gotten a later start that day than expected and wanted to make good time to our next destination in Vermont. I called ahead and was told that the sites with electric were first-come, first-served. There were a couple of other RV's there but we didn't see the occupants (2 couples) until the morning when they were hanging out on the comfy furniture by the coffee pot in Camping World. We made a couple of purchases and still got a reasonably early start. All went smoothly, though the interstate noise was pretty loud.
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I must be the ultimate cheapskate. Went x-country this year. Stopped at a couple of KOA's or other campgrounds. Found it a waste to pay $40 just to sleep overnight and shower in the morning. Stopped at Wal-Mart's and truck stops when not driveway camping at friends and relatives. For $8-10, I could shower at a truck stop, using their towels and soap. Plus, get coffee and a breakfast sandwich. When staying for more than just overnight, I would stay at State or National Parks form much less than a commercial campground.
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Alice, KOAs have some of the worst prices. Think we once stayed at one.

For anyone at least 62, a senior pass can be obtained for federal campgrounds for $10 for life. The Army Corps of Engineers has campgrounds that are only $9 or $10 using the half-price from the card and there are other federal ones with low prices. The ACE has a book out showing their campgrounds.

Short of that, county and state campgrounds are often inexpensive and a big guidebook of campgrounds will tell you which ones are in any town. Or check the towns on the Internet, if possible. Public is usually cheaper than private and often much cheaper. You can always ask locals where a county or city campground is located, if any. Sometimes, sometimes not. Their prices are likely to be less than half of private ones.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:14 PM   #32
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Unfortunately California State Parks and Beaches, even with a Senior discount, aren't a bargain at all for overnighting, and that's IF (big if) there are any spaces available. Parking lot style spaces at state beaches are in the $30-$60/night range.

When I arrived at Silver Strand State Beach last month they had 1 space, for 1 night only, for $60, available. Fortunately I had reservations for my 3 night stay.
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It's interesting to note Dan's objection to free resources. I assume his stance would preclude BLM or National Forest boondocking just to remain consistent.
The BLM and National Forest people advertise and encourage camping. I suspect that Wal Mart and Cracker Barrel simply tolerate it.

It all boils down to how the owners intended their property to be used. Retailers don't build parking lots to be used as overnight parking for RV'ers.

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I wouldn't be surprised though if Walmart and Cracker Barrel take in more on average from those who stay than would have been paid to campgrounds.
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Staying overnight in your RV in a Cracker Barrel, Staples, Cabellas or Walmart parking lot? This seems like people are being cheap. If you can't afford camping fees, how do you afford gas?

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When we're traveling between long distant points I drive until around 10 to 11 pm. We sleep 6 to 7 hours and get up and on the road again. Breakfast is down the road 1 to 3 hours after getting up. Because we were traveling with another couple one night we spent $35 just for that sleep. I won't do that again. By not paying outrageous camping fees is how we afford gas to travel.

I believe that snobs are part of the reason camping fees are so high. We manage to average less than $10.00 per night and camping close to 150 nights per year. Even at $10.00 per night that $1,500 per year in camping fees.
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Staying overnight in your RV in a Cracker Barrel, Staples, Cabellas or Walmart parking lot? This seems like people are being cheap. If you can't afford camping fees, how do you afford gas?

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Pretty narrow minded opinion...When I am driving all day or leaving when I get out of work at 11pm hooked up and ready to go, I am looking for a place for 6 hours of sleep and hit the road I am not looking for a place with hookups I just want to grab some sleep.

I have stayed at a few truckstops and after buying gas and a snack they all said sure park with the truckers...morning I buy coffee and I am on route to my destination. If I was getting there and taking in the sites I would not stay in a walmart parking lot for my vacation lol.

We are like truckers going from home to our destination(well maybe not so much with the retired folks) and that is our vacation...so why not stop at a rest stop?
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When we're traveling between long distant points I drive until around 10 to 11 pm. We sleep 6 to 7 hours and get up and on the road again. Breakfast is down the road 1 to 3 hours after getting up. Because we were traveling with another couple one night we spent $35 just for that sleep. I won't do that again. By not paying outrageous camping fees is how we afford gas to travel.

I believe that snobs are part of the reason camping fees are so high. We manage to average less than $10.00 per night and camping close to 150 nights per year. Even at $10.00 per night that $1,500 per year in camping fees.


Your number of camping nights says it all. With that kind of travel, someone may want to get a deal whenever possible.
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It all boils down to how the owners intended their property to be used. Retailers don't build parking lots to be used as overnight parking for RV'ers.



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Truer words have never been spoken. Retailers do not build parking lots to be used as campgrounds; parking lots are built for the convenience of shoppers who spend money in the establishment. Which is exactly what many overnighters do, either at the time they overnight or in the future. If Walmart allows me to stay in their parking lot, I'm not going to drive down the road and pick up needed supplies at Target. And retailers don't really care if the customers are parking trucks, cars, motorcycles, busses, bicycles or RVs in their parking lot. Retailers understand the value of good will as it promotes current AND future sales, and that is really what "it all boils down to." I sometimes eat breakfast at Crackerbarrel and sometimes at McDonalds. I have to tip at Crackerbarrel, but not at Mickey D's. Does it make me cheap if I choose fast food?


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The BLM and National Forest people advertise and encourage camping. I suspect that Wal Mart and Cracker Barrel simply tolerate it.

It all boils down to how the owners intended their property to be used. Retailers don't build parking lots to be used as overnight parking for RV'ers.

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Actually WalMart has a published corporate policy, that dates back to Sam Walton hisself, to allow RV's to overnight in their parking lots, subject to local ordinances and managers discretion of course.

They know it's better for them if I spend $30 in their store than at a campground and I have something to show for spending that $30 other than a receipt that I slept at Joes Roadside Rest.
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I've stayed overnight at the Pilot truck stop in Bakersfield and it was fine. I didn't park with the big rigs though, I noticed another RV'er in the regular lot and parked there as well. Noise wasn't an issue, the only small issue perhaps was the really bright lights in the lot. I parked out in the middle of the lot and woke up surrounded by folks sleeping in their cars!
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I find this kind of a funny discussion. Everyone develops there own style, bed size, pets, rig parking,.... It's all interesting. I appreciate the differences and enjoy reading about them.

In Newfoundland you can pretty much find an off road spot and park if you choose, the Newfoundlander's do it on a regular basis. Just peep into some of the old highway sand pits.

One day we stopped beside a little lake for a snack. I noticed a piece of surveyor's plastic tape tied to a branch I walked over to it and there was a little, pretty steep drive down to the lake edge, just the right size for a small trailer. It was obvious that someone regularly parked there and the tape was the guide.

We travel about 230 days a year. We tend to use campgrounds. On our last trip to Newfoundland we stayed in a couple of private campgrounds (a Passport park twice) and mostly in Provincial Parks ($9-14 a night). We try to keep our public campground expenses to $20 or less a night and are relatively successful.

When we stay in a more expensive place it's usually to be convenient for someone else or a special event, these are more rare and more special.

Unlike many we almost never spend 12 hours driving. We look forward to stopping early, usually around noon and spending our time exploring a new community. I know whether you drive long hours per day or short hours, you have the same distance to drive however you're daily expenses are less, the average daily cost of fun less and for us more opportunity to see the interesting.

After 14 retired years on the road and some 3,000 nights we have come to recognize that the cost is worth it. We have chosen to reduce other life expenses to make it possible.
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I checked for walmarts on route and then cross checked them with this list: http://www.walmartatlas.com/no-park-walmarts/
I also used google to satellite peek at the surrounding area to determine if it was in a safe location. No problem and way easier than checking into a campground when just doing an overnight.


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