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Edd505

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Posted: 03/28/19 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I live in the SW and fees vary by day,week, month, month being cheapest per day. Many will have a monthly rate + electric,the monthly for a decent park is 500-600. Electric is per kilo watt hours about .18 in most parks. I'm not full time only about 3/4 time.


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TechWriter wrote:



BTW, many times on forums you'll get a "race to the bottom" on cost questions like yours -- posters attempting to impress by how little they supposedly spent/spend.



Really?

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Ralph Cramden wrote:

TechWriter wrote:



BTW, many times on forums you'll get a "race to the bottom" on cost questions like yours -- posters attempting to impress by how little they supposedly spent/spend.



Really?


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Yes, there is often a 'sack cloth and ashes' approach taken by people.

Do notice that there is never a 'race to the top' where people will talk about spending $1K or more a month for sites - - but that is the case in a lot of snowbird parks for those that want the 'upgraded ' pull throughs. And the ones in our park are full from November to April!


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I would say minimum of $500 and average electric cost above is reasonable. We are heading back to MI after spending the last 2 yrs in AZ, NM and TX. TX being the most reasonable as far as cost. If you go to the popular winter areas and the further west in AZ, the electric cost gets higher. When traveling, we occasionally use a Walmart parking lot, rest area, small city parks etc and manage to keep our average cost around $8 per night. If you go to NM - check out the NM annual pass for their state parks. It makes camping in them inexpensive. AZ may have something similar for their state parks. We paid from $150 mo plus elect( NM) to $400 mo plus elect in okay parks (Yuma) but most are more expensive.

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Which park in NM? Sounds interesting.


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I would say minimum of $500 and average electric cost above is reasonable. We are heading back to MI after spending the last 2 yrs in AZ, NM and TX. TX being the most reasonable as far as cost. If you go to the popular winter areas and the further west in AZ, the electric cost gets higher. When traveling, we occasionally use a Walmart parking lot, rest area, small city parks etc and manage to keep our average cost around $8 per night. If you go to NM - check out the NM annual pass for their state parks. It makes camping in them inexpensive. AZ may have something similar for their state parks. We paid from $150 mo plus elect( NM) to $400 mo plus elect in okay parks (Yuma) but most are more expensive.


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Rates vary wildly by location - Florida and CA seems to have the highest and AZ/NM some of the cheapest. Monthly rates give the best "daily" rate, weekly is discounted and of course daily will be the highest. AZ monthly rates for a nice park seem to average $5-600 per month plus electric in Yuma/Lake Havasu hich can add up.

Thousand Trails works well for some fulltimers BUT the parks are not close to major cities generally, annual rates keep rising and they keep adding more cabins/park models reducing the usable RV spaces. We have been members for a long time and dislike the direction and lack of upkeep at some parks. (Maybe try a TTrails Zone Pass for a year and see how you like the parks.) Also - you can stay for a max of three weeks in OFF season and two during high season at popular parks with your membership. When we make an effort, we do OK on use/cost for a year but we have to go where the parks are not necessarily the routes we wish to travel as a first choice. When we go and stay for a longer visit is quite nice!

You really need to decide where you want to go and stay and I'd recommend budgeting $6-800 per month including electric
and MORE if in a resort area. If it is less, great..................Happy Trails!!

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I know of a place that charges $600/yr in AZ. A lot that are $150-$350/mo and $1500/yr in NM.

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