How to Save Money on Campgrounds

Reserving an RV site at a campground can easily be one of the most expensive parts of your trip. While some basic sites can cost as little as $10 per night, sites at resorts and campgrounds with tons of amenities can easily run $100 per night or more. Luckily, there are ways you can save on campgrounds throughout the year. You just need to know where to look. Here are a few easy methods to try so you’ll save money on your next camping trip, whether you’re leaving in the winter or trying to make reservations for a springtime excursion.

Sign Up for a Good Sam Membership
Good Sam is one of the best-known travel clubs for RVers, and when you sign up for a membership, you’ll save at campgrounds, receive discounts on fuel at Pilot and Flying J gas stations, and can take advantage of additional perks like discounts on RV accessories at Camping World.

The amount you’ll save on a campground reservation will depend on the agreement that each campground has with Good Sam, but most members can expect to save at least $10 per night at participating campgrounds. Keep in mind that not all campgrounds offer discounts to Good Sam members, so you’ll want to call ahead before reserving a site.

Consider Campground-Specific Rewards Programs
If you stay at specific campground chains frequently, you may be able to sign up for a discount program with those chains directly. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offers a membership that gives campers a discount on nightly stays as well as discounts on additional amenities for every night they stay. Thousand Trails offers memberships designed for full-time RVers that allows you to stay free at Thousand Trails campgrounds across the country. Keep in mind that you’ll need to reserve sites in advance and some campgrounds may have limits on the number of nights you can stay.

Camp in National Forests and on BLM Land
Though membership programs and rewards programs can help you save on nightly costs, they’re usually only good for campers who want developed campgrounds close to town. If you want to get away from it all and camp out in the woods, you can save even more by parking on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. If you’re not staying in a campground and are parking in an approved non-developed site, you may be able to stay for free. Each forest can set its own stay limit, but most allow campers to park for one or two weeks before requiring them to move to a new location.

The More You Save, the More You Can Spend on Adventures
RVing can be expensive, but as long as you look for discounts and more affordable ways to stay, you’ll be able to save more each trip. And the more you save, the more you can spend on fun attractions, new restaurants, and great activities that the entire family will enjoy. 

You can also save money on your stay by not paying for access to dump stations before putting your RV back in storage. When you rent a storage space at goHomePort, you’ll have access to a dump station, fresh water, and more included in your monthly rate. Book your spot at one of our convenient locations today.
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