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Old 08-06-2015, 12:45 PM   #1
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I am a new member and am trying to get all the information I can regarding airstreams, RVing, appropriated Trucks, etc. But my first question is can you really get RV campground discounts?? Thanks, Virginia
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:52 PM   #2
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Some memberships, Good Sam, AAA, and AARP will work at some campgrounds. If you are considering longer stays you can negotiate.
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:19 PM   #3
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Welcome. The real answer is "it depends." If you are interested in State, county, or city campgrounds you probably will not only not get any discounts but your stay will be limited to two weeks or so. Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds honor the "geezer pass" I think. If you are over 60 you qualify for one. That is a card that gets you free or reduced entrance fees to many Federal sites.

If you are interested in private (commercial) campgrounds Good Sams, AAA, AARP, etc. can get you a reduced daily rate. Various membership programs have other discounts, some of them pretty steep. I'm talking about Coast to Coast (C2C), Thousand Trails (TT), Passport America (PA), etc. The catch is that you have to buy a membership. The trick is to buy a "used" membership, not a new one. A new one will set you back $1000 or more, while a used one can be had for 1/4 or that. Before you buy one, though, you really need to have some camping experience under your belt so you know your camping style. Some of those member parks may be a ways away from major area attractions.

For the best deals, plan on staying for a month or more. Many commercial campgrounds offer weekly or monthly rates. Typically the weekly rate is pay for six nights, stay for seven. The monthly rate is frequently about 2/3 the cost of four weeks.

Then there is the whole boondocking thing. That is staying somewhere, usually a lonely place with no facilities, using only what you have in your coach. A variation on that is "Wally-docking" which is staying the night (ONE night only) in a business parking lot. You MUST get permission first, since it isn't allowed everywhere, and the general practice is to buy something in the store. Beware, actually using a Wal-Mart can cost far more than a commercial campground (<grin>). Many Cracker Barrel stores have boondocking sites available. Even breakfast for two (or supper for two) there is still cheaper than a campground.
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Best discount deal is the free Federal Access Pass for qualified citizens. Free entrance to most federal parks and recreation facilities and half price camping.
There are several different levels of available passes.
https://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html
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The Senior Pass is available at age 62. U.S. Citizens only. $10 fee. Good for life.

The Access Pass is available to U.S. Citizens who have a disability that permanently impacts their life. Documentation includes a letter from a licensed Doctor, a disability letter from Veterans Affairs and similar documents. See the reference in the post above.

Both are good at all Federal Fee Areas for admission. Camping discounts are usually 50% but concessionaire operated campgrounds can be an exception.

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