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KyWildcat2010

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Posted: 09/12/10 11:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am getting ready to buy a 5th wheel 34'-36'. I want to camp several months of the year. I am wondering about the cost involved with the campgrounds and RV parks. I have seen many with monthly rates from $250-$500 a month plus electricity. Could someone tell me how much more I could expect to pay just to the campground or anything else I might not think of as a newbie.

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Posted: 09/12/10 11:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The higher end campgrounds or RV RESORTS AND SPA as they like to call themselves will charge a lot more $600-$1000+ a month
Other things you might get charge for, WIFI, some do some dont
propane for sure if you need a refill Events that he campground put on dinner/dances, musical shows etc
there might be a movie rental charge
Sure ther are other things that will be mentioned as well





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Perhaps lawn mowing and trash service. You might want to rent a golf cart if the park is large.


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Posted: 09/12/10 01:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, Lisa. Last year was our first yar as snowbirds so by NO means experts.

We found weekly rates less than daily and of course monthly rates gets you the best bargain. Electricity added for weekly or longer was what we encountered in AZ and NM. If you want cable that may be extra and landline phone would be another I could think of. We just always use our cell but some poor service areas might require getting a phone line activated for a longer stay.

Food and all other basic living expenses remain the same but we found food was much less expensive south than what we pay near Seattle so that was a bonus. Moving and getting there with gas and overnight stays is obviously the largest added expense. ENJOY!!

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Electricty in the Summer you can have a bill up to $100 extra. In the winter around $50 to $60 depending on your use of AC, heat , TV etc.. Never paid for grounds keeping though.

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Depend on where you are going and which campground or park you choose. Shopping around and research for best value vs what you want.

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But I must be honest, I have not snowbirded, but just passing on what I seemed to have found follow stories of some who have and do.


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In south Texas you can rent from 175.00 per month to 600,00 a month, elec in the winter will cost you from 50-75,00, depending on your tolerance for heat.

Most parks offer free WIFI and cable. Some charge extra for the cable.
Some even charge extra for the wifi.

You will have to do washing, so figure that . Then if you engage in some activities, some cost from 50 cents to 5 bucks. But thats up to you to decide.

Pick the area you are thinking of, get some info on the parks you might be interested in, then ask in the snowbird section and I promise you, a lot of people have been where you are wanting to go.


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On the east coast, the further south you go, the more expensive the rates. However, there are some good values in north FL, GA, and SC along the coast where the winters are reasonably mild. The weather in those areas will dictate your propane usage and will definitely increase over the usual summer consumption.

I wintered in the Upstate of SC last year at a county park. FHU's and WiFi for $300/mo (senior rate). While I use a ceramic heater, the tanks are heated by the furnace. It was one of the coldest winters in my memory and my propane costs nearly tripled.


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Dont forget to add in your liquor bill for all those happy hours.

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We have been snowbieding 3 winters now and if you don't mind shutting down your house you can break even on money. WE spend a little more than staying home because the dw number1 rule is when camping she don't cook so we eat out alot. lol.





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