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Old 05-20-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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For what it's worth, I'd like to share some camping experiences from a
recent trip. For years I've wanted to go to "Mule Days' in Columbia, Tn
and finally got a chance this year. Before leaving NW Fl, I joined
Passport America ($44.00/yr) to help reduce cost of camp grounds-I'm
happy to
report that we stayed in 3 different RV parks in three states and had
good accommadations at all. PowderHorn Campground near Lawrenceburg, Tn
(reasonably close to Columbia)-full hookup, bath house/laundry, level,
gravel pads (pull thru); $11.00/nite with PA. Evening Star Camping
Resort, Topeka, IL - 30A + water,bath house/laundry, level grass pads,
dump station; $12.00/nite with PA. Grand View Bend Association, Howe,
In. (Amish Country, near Shipsshewanee) 30A + water,bath house/laundry,
level grass pads, dump station; $9.00/nite with PA. Also stayed at
Versallies, In,State Park, great site , near Friendship, In. (for you
muzzleloaders) $25.00/nite for paved site with elect. and bath
house/restrooms; water and dumpstation on the way in/out.
It rained during Mule Days, mud mixed with other stuff dampened the
mood but it was enjoyable none the less.
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Old 05-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. We discovered Passport America when we went to Texas a few years ago. Great program.

Anyone else have a good way to save when camping?
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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Free on BLM land in most Western states.

Dispersed camping is allowed on Public Lands in Arizona for no more than a period of 14 days within any period of 28 consecutive days. The 28-day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days.

Must be into "Boondocking."
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:02 PM   #4
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anyone with a lifetime Handicapped permit (The blue card) can get a Golden Access Pass at any forest service office for 1/2 price camping at any forest service or national campground.

There is a new pass.. I forget what it's called, but county and state are more receptive to them.. Interagency pass?
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One of the best deals going, as has been said before, is Golden Age Passport (it's got a new name). $10.00 lifetime fee. Free entrence to all National Parks, 50% off on all federal campgrounds.

We just spent 2 nights on Oregon's South Santiam River, riverside site. Facilities, toilets, picknic table, fireplace, and pump it yourself water. Cost with GAP $5.00/night. Gee, I just saved my $10.00 fee

As SeeBeeBill said BLM lands allow boondocking free, which is a very good price. Here in Oregon, both National Forest Service and State Forest lands also allow "dispersed camping", no charge. Real boondocking,

We use campgrounds during the off seasons, after next week-end we'll probably do more dispersed camping.
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http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

The changes in the passes.
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The changes in the passes.

As far as I've been able to determine the only thing that's changed is the name. If you have one of the older paper Golden Age Passports, then the material has changed and you can get one of newer plastic cards for free.
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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Here's the ultimate reduced cost campground:

A friend of my nephew just bought a private campground on the New River not far from Asheville, NC. He's closed it while he decides what he's going to do with it. But he's allowing us to take our Casita there for free. Full hookups, with boat dock and use of canoes. Apparently he may reopen it at some point, or he may build on it.
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As far as I've been able to determine the only thing that's changed is the name. If you have one of the older paper Golden Age Passports, then the material has changed and you can get one of newer plastic cards for free.
Unless you are a senior, disabled (and I'm not either) or visit a several NPs the passes are of no help.
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In addition to the options mentioned above, there are members that have offered FREE over night parking.

I am a member of two groups that some members have offered their driveways (etc.) for people traveling through.

I have only done it a couple of times.
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I am a member of two groups that some members have offered their driveways (etc.) for people traveling through.

I have only done it a couple of times.
Now that's an idea! I live out in the country, and have tons of room for any trailers passing through. I've always wondered if there was anyone else in a simliar situation.

Are these yahoo groups? Or private groups?
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we currently have two 38 foot motor homes parked at our place.
we have an add in the escapees book.
we are also listed as hosts in the casita directory.
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