How much is “too much” to pay for a campsite?

How much is “too much” to pay for a campsite?

 

How much is “too much” to pay for one night of camping? Most of us have our absolute limit (emergency situations excepted). What’s yours? After you click your response, you’ll see how others responded. Please feel free to leave a comment (near the bottom of the page). Be sure to check back later to see how the response is going.

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22 thoughts on “How much is “too much” to pay for a campsite?

  1. E

    $40 in Magnolia, AR is too much no mater how nice the ‘facilities’! This year everything is higher! COE’s are the best with age discount, but they are centered around water and far between!

  2. Eileen

    Over $40 per night is too much for an average 30-amp RV site for my small Class C, even if it’s full hookup. Exceptions would be campgrounds in very special destinations, like Yellowstone NP or Key West. And I expect higher prices at RV parks like Liberty Harbor on the NJ side of New York Harbor. But generally, I try to stay at COE campgrounds whenever possible, as they are well maintained, pleasant and scenic, and my Senior Pass gives me a good discount. And I look for small, local county and municipal parks – they are also a good value.

  3. Cindi

    In the Northeast many family campgrounds are considered “resorts” now charging anywhere from $55-$85 per nite for a “premium” site with full hookups (water,elec,cable) It depends on the type of campground but those “resorts” are assuming you are using all the amenities – pool, snack bar, rec room, entertainment, etc. Privately owned campgrounds that don’t have all the amenities are often “seasonal” only with no transient sites. State parks are the best value at $12-15 per nite but typically book up a year in advance and only offer water and electric in most cases with “dumping” stations. So it all depends on what type of “camping” we are doing.

  4. Danny Wells

    The most we ever paid for one night was $50:00 for a dry campsite. We were heading home from a trip into Nova Scotia and PEI. We drove all day and didn’t find a campground open, everything in Canada had closed for the season. We crossed the border after midnight and holed up in a Wal-Mart. The next day we got into Connecticut and found a State Park that had already closed their campground for the season.
    They let us park in a grassy area for 50 bucks.
    We learned to not stay in that part of the country
    after mid October. But it was beautiful

  5. Jerry

    For us (full time RVers) this is an impossible survey to answer because the answer is situational. Let’s say we need to get from “Here” to “There”. Now if we need to be “There” in a short time to meet up with someone important to us, we are willing to pay more overnight to make our trip successful.

    On the other hand, if “There” is the ultimate destination during this summers excursion and we need to be “There” sometime in the next 2 months, it’s an entirely different amount.

  6. Kom Dixon

    I almost always boondock, so anything is too much. However, occasionally I will pay that $40 to stay at some gorgeous spot overlooking the Pacific in CA.

  7. Karen

    I would normally say $41-50 is too much, but I think I’d be willing to pay up to $60 if the place is special enough (FL Keys, some CA state coastal parks, etc.). Normally we’ve paid in the $30’s lately for overnight stays on trips. Try to boondock or go for weekly rates when possible…

  8. Robert

    RVing for 5 years mostly traveling South and West. Pricing hasn’t changed much. Quality has! Most RV parks do their best to provide a good experience. With Good Sam & Passport America you get quite a savings when available. Northeast seems to be highest with minimal quality. Research and word of mouth best answer to get around this issue.

  9. Mike B

    As full-time RV travellers, we try to shop around and research campground before selecting one. What is most disappointing are campgrounds who expect market rates without providing the services nor cleanliness equivalent to the rate. Often times, the lack of a modicum of friendliness upon arrival is the first indication that we should try elsewhere.

  10. Bonnie Bowers

    I travel allot and pay 25.00 – 28.00 for overnight with utilities and sewer. I mainly travel Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. This year I’m trying boondocking and California Yosemite, King Canyon, Sequoia area. Wish me luck!

  11. RACA

    Depends on what you are getting for your dollar!
    We would sometime gladly pay more for good view, quiet, and more space! Usually get charged more and still get a chance for a crummy site with loud neighbor​s and a view of all their stuff!
    However the alternative of a room in a $$$ hotel with suspect bedding and carpet makes staying in your own “Condo on Wheels” a lot more appealing. So keep on smiling… and hit the road;)

  12. Wolfe

    $0 max, transitting w/o hookups, eg Walmart

    $20 max, LARGE site w/o hookup, eg parks

    $30 max, LARGE site, w/ water and 30A, eg state park in Summer for AC

    For the folks comparing to motels, I remember that I drove 8 tons and provide my own bed/furniture/lights/TV…if all they did was mow some grass for me, that’s not earning more than 20/night. Not running my genny is worth 10 a day extra max.

    A 10K/year house mortgage gets me a lot more than a 50×50 lawn, so over 30/night is inexcusable

  13. Paul Null

    My wife and I completed a 3 month trip around the U.S. last summer. The highest rate we paid for one night stay was in downtown Jackson Hole Wyoming, $99. Ouch!!!!!!

  14. Dave

    On a motorcycle, in a tent, do not use power, water, etc. and have to pay $28.oo for a “spot” behind the fence is way to much.

  15. Carol

    If I’m just pulling off the road for the night, I think $20 is plenty to pay. I’m not going to use the amenities. Not sewer, water, laundry or anything else except electric. Electric is the main reason to pull in along with security. Otherwise I’d stay for free someplace.

  16. Ken

    We stayed 3 nights in a nice park in Monterey Bay area for 55th anniversary. The $80 per night was pretty steep but much less than the $300-400 in a Carmel B&B. We travel between Northern CA and Dallas each year and stop at the same 3 parks overnight. Cost, between $38 and $45.

  17. Jones

    After 10 years of full time RV traveling, we were gobsmacked at the price of a mid-range, motel room last year. Had decided to take a car trip up the coast to avoid the “campground-full” problems of summer travel on the west coast. So, if a motel room STARTS at $120 bucks a night, I have to re-calculate my maximum acceptable for camping… Sigh.

  18. Jud

    As a single person, full-time with a Class C and one pet, $35 is the max I’m willing to pay. We usually travel a couple of days and then stay in one place for a week or a month if the campground provides a lower rate for extended stays.

  19. Tommy Molnar

    I’m appalled by what some really crappy RV parks charge for horrible hookups, low quality electricity, and uphill waste dumps. This is why we boondock most of the time. Being out west helps a lot because there’s a lot of boondocking opportunities.

  20. Bob C.

    We’ve been on the road between eastern WA and Houston since mid-April. Our average State Park/RV Park cost has been between $35-40. Highest in Flagstaff at $53. (Lowest in west TX) was $28.

  21. John Snell

    $40.00 for one night is still cheaper than 60 or 70 for a motel. That’s what we had to pay before we got our RV.

  22. Mary Lou

    How much is too much? Depends on the facility. Sparse amenities should be held to a minimum.. I’m cheap and $20 for a “parking lot” with WES is good. We have had to pay up to $45 for that and be entertained by the noise and dust of the freeway. At the opposite end we stayed at a casino with full amenities and a shuttle for the same $20. No highway noises!

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