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Old 02-28-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Monthly campground fees

We're planning to move full time into a scamp 16 in a few years. I'm doing my retirement budget and weekend trips in a scamp 13 for now

Any of you full timers know how much you spend a month of campground fees?

I was sort of figuring in the ballpark of $300 to $400 a month but I'm not sure.
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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We're planning to move full time into a scamp 16 in a few years. I'm doing my retirement budget and weekend trips in a scamp 13 for now

Any of you full timers know how much you spend a month of campground fees?

I was sort of figuring in the ballpark of $300 to $400 a month but I'm not sure.
It depends... many places are free and if you are full-timing, then camp hosting with a free site is not a bad deal. But on the higher end, if you even could get 30 days at Edisto Beach Campground in July, it would be $1740 plus Reservation fee. Anyone else's expenses might not have any relevance to you. If you are more specific in your plans then perhaps someone with a similar situation can chime in, otherwise I suspect there is too much of a range to give a helpful answer to your question.
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:41 PM   #3
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One outside Dunedin, Florida, where we are staying right now (we are staying in Dunedin, not this campground), prime season is $885 plus electricity. I would not call the campground deluxe, but it looks OK. Nightly rates there are $70 per night in prime season. So the monthly represents a substantial discount. If $885 sounds high, typical motel rooms here right now are about $200 a night....

Many of the Florida state parks are fully booked 13 months in advance, and they typically limit you to a two week stay.

Most campgrounds I have been to that did rent by the month also had a meter on electricity, so you had that expense too.

$300 to $400 a month sounds off season, in a less popular location. Many like to follow the good weather patterns, which means desirable locations in prime season.

By far, our number 1 expense in retirement is medical insurance. And it continues to increase every year, usually 20% increases. We are debt free so we don't have some of the expenses other retirees have, but we are also not medicare age yet, so medical insurance is high, really high.

One nice thing about the $885 campground, it is conveniently located, right on the bicycle path, close to everything. We like to bike and walk as much as we can. Getting in the car to do anything is not the lifestyle we want. I call the extra expense "nursing home insurance". By being active, we hopefully either shorten our time in a nursing home. My wife's parents both spent years in nursing homes, both due to mobility issues (couldn't get up). To be in a nursing home when you are 100% mentally with no serious health issues is awful! And no hope of ever getting out. Sad, sad, sad!
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Georgia State Parks use to offer a 50 % off 30 day camping package at select parks . Reed Bingham SP was one of them if my memory is correct.
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Georgia State Parks use to offer a 50 % off 30 day camping package at select parks . Reed Bingham SP was one of them if my memory is correct.
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A lot of the people I know who full time in an RV ultimately fall into a predictable pattern after going through a “travel around and see the Country” period. They decide that they like wintering in Arizona or Florida, etc., and choose a favorite northern location for summer living. Prime season can be expensive in high demand areas. As Bill stated, he is in Dunedin and costs there can be rather high. Still, there are areas in Florida where seasonal fees are lower. The same is true in a State like Maine. If you want to spend the summer near Bar Harbor, better have a huge bank account but inland seasonal fees are much lower. My suggestion would be to first determine where you want to spend your time. Should you choose Florida for the winter, be prepared to spend more the first year or so. Talk with the locals who are camping nearby. By that, I mean people with Florida tags on their vehicles, not those with Michigan or NY tags. Local residents often know where the least expensive but acceptable places to spend the season are.
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One "trick" my parents used for years to winter in Florida at a reasonable/low cost was to spend winters in northern Florida/Panhandle. In that area, winter is the offseason. And its not as warm as central or southern FL. But the weather was a lot better than northern IL.

Checked on one campground in Lake City, FL that I have stayed at before. Its $370 a month plus electricity. Now its kind of isolated, not really in town. Areas in central Florida, away from the coast, and away from Orlando, are cheaper too (but not $370). Better winter weather than the panhandle! Lots of those campgrounds are full of permanent park models. I'm never very comfortable camping there in my trailer.
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If you are attempting to "Follow the 70's" (temperature wise), you may find the $300 - $400 a bit low. On the other hand, I just finished spending $180.00 for a total of 7 months at one of the Arizona/California BLM Long Term Visitor Areas. You get a piece of the desert, and access to dumpsters, fresh water & a dump station. While I didn't stay the entire 7 months, it is pretty inexpensive winter camping!
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One "trick" my parents used for years to winter in Florida at a reasonable/low cost was to spend winters in northern Florida/Panhandle. In that area, winter is the offseason. And its not as warm as central or southern FL. But the weather was a lot better than northern IL.

Checked on one campground in Lake City, FL that I have stayed at before. Its $370 a month plus electricity. Now its kind of isolated, not really in town. Areas in central Florida, away from the coast, and away from Orlando, are cheaper too (but not $370). Better winter weather than the panhandle! Lots of those campgrounds are full of permanent park models. I'm never very comfortable camping there in my trailer.
We found the temperatures in the Florida Panhandle were much nicer than in central Florida and the costs were less
The costs of a campsite in the panhandle were often 1/3 the cost of a campsite in Florida's mainland.
Southern Alabama is often cheaper then Florida's panhandle with much the same climate
We were surprised how expensive things were in Florida compared to back at home . Meat and alcohol were 2 to 3 times more expensive .
As an example a box of cheap wine in Florida was $18.99 + tax
Back home the same box of wine was $9.89 + 5.5% tax
Our last 2 winters we spent in the South we spent in Georgia and had a very enjoyable trip.
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We were surprised how expensive things were in Florida compared to back at home .
That's because Yankees keep coming down here running prices up.
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That's because Yankees keep coming down here running prices up.
I would be more inclined to believe that us Yankees are your tax base but this is not the time or place to debate that subject
My wife and I are doing our part to keep your prices from rising by spending our winters at home in Wisconsin
It is a win win proposition for you and us !!
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In our case, Floridians return the favor by coming to the mountains of NC and spending money here all summer long. In my county, lots of vacation homes and 65% of them are owned by Floridians!
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We're planning to move full time into a scamp 16 in a few years. I'm doing my retirement budget and weekend trips in a scamp 13 for now

Any of you full timers know how much you spend a month of campground fees?

I was sort of figuring in the ballpark of $300 to $400 a month but I'm not sure.
We holiday in SoCal, nothing in that price range that I've seen.
In the desert with no amenities maybe.
We paid 700 a month at Desert trails in ElCentro Ca. Golf course and everything we needed but the city itself is no destination,,,.
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I'm no fulltimer, but I would guess more like $600-$800/month should be budgeted, unless you intend to economize with some boondocking, low-cost forest service sites, and such. If you winter in NM, for example, they have an annual camping pass... $225 per year for nonresidents (but hookups are extra).
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