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Old 04-27-2017, 10:06 AM   #1
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Hi All,
I'm in the planning stages of my retirement, and dragging an Airstream across this country is my plan.
I have to say, this forum is a tremendous asset to all Airstreamers. What a valuable source of information.
I am not an AS owner yet, but I'm on the forum daily gather more information everytime.
My wife and I have our goal set for a newer, 27-30 AS. And a new tow vehicle will go along with the AS. It will be 2500 Diesel something.
My question is, what can I expect to spend per/night, per/week, on an average, at different RV parks?
I can calculate food and gas easy enough, but don't have a clue what the RV parks charge for the space and hookups.
Thanks in advance for any information shared.

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Old 04-27-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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Prices can range from free on national forest land with zero hookups to nearly $100 per nite for a "country club" style park with all the amenities. There are several groups one can join to get price breaks at some RV parks. Since I am airborne now, I can't access my files while typing on the iPad.

One is the Good Sam Club (Camping World).
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:23 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! The search function above inside the blue box works very well, and here are the results for "trip costs" as a starting point for your research:

I recall this thread about going to Alaska a couple of years ago as having good info:

A figure of $200 per day comes to mind, as being an outside "cap" for a 3-month trip, and the thread has lots of good posts discussing other budgets. Parks can range from $20 to $100, depending on a host of factors, as switz also just suggested.

Of course, the old adage about RV costs -- "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" -- also comes to mind, but doesn't really help all that much, for budgeting purposes.

Happy Trails!

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Old 04-27-2017, 10:39 AM   #4
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We figure $40 a night as an average for full hookup. Some are less, some are more.
Joining GOOD SAM CLUB can save you 10% in places that accept it.
Most State Parks are slightly less but it depends on what area of the country and what time of year.
Look up "Campendium" on the net. It lists free places to stay including city and county parks in each state.
You can also look for Courtesy Parking at forum member locations.
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