Summer is now here and you can already smell the scent of pine forests and campfires. Excited for another season of RVing, you are already thinking about finding your AWAY.

In a recent conversation anticipating the upcoming season, a fellow RVer mentioned she just bought a campground membership. She excitedly told you that her new membership is going to save her hundreds of dollars in campground fees. Curious, that evening you googled “campground memberships” and came up with lots of websites using terms like “home park,” “reciprocal”, and “zones.” It didn’t take long for you to find out that there are many different types of campground memberships and you asked yourself, “Should I buy one? If so which one?”



Considerations When Purchasing a Campground Membership


Location – Most camping clubs have campground directories and online maps. Take a look at the directory or map to see where the parks are located. Are they near you? Are they near places you want to visit? If not, you may end up you spending more money on gas to get to the places you want to visit than you will save on camping fees.


Usage Rules and Restrictions – Each membership or club has different usage rules. For instance, some allow so many weeks in a particular park a year or so many consecutive days in a campground before you must leave the system for a set amount of time. Rules also often vary by season and affiliations with other networks. Many of the campgrounds in the discount clubs also have restrictions when using the discounted rate as to how many people the discounted rates includes or when it can be used. To be sure you understand don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, take notes, and read the fine print. Making sure you understand the usage rules and restrictions now will save you a headache later on and for most RVers joining a club or two or even more is worth the effort!


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One of the largest pieces of a person’s RV budget is usually the amount of money they spend to park their RV somewhere each night.

This makes sense, as it’s a need!

However, that doesn’t mean that you need to break your budget in order to sleep each night. There are many ways to stay affordably.

Here are my tips for saving money on RV stays.


Sign up for RV memberships

There are many different memberships that may help you save money on your nightly stays. Memberships are usually very affordable, with an RVer being able to recoup the cost after just a night or two. These include Good Sam, Passport America, Harvest Hosts, Family Motor Coach Association and Thousand Trails.


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The thought of packing up your entire life and traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating. Planning to purchase an RV and spend most of your time there for the next few months while touring a foreign country can seem even more daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! As RVers from Australia who did just that, we share some of our tips and tricks so you have everything you need for the road ahead.



1. Plan your trip in advance

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is much better to be prepared than to be stuck somewhere for lack of preparation. RVing in your country of origin is probably going to be completely different than RVing in the States. We did extensive homework online and found a lot of things were different about RVing here compared to in Australia. First of all, the roads are very different. The interstate road network in the States makes it easy to travel to a variety of locations including mountains, lakes, beaches, etc., no matter the size of your RV. In Australia, smaller travel trailers are much more popular, especially for remote Outback locations that are only accessible via 4×4. There are also lots of gravel roads that are not RV friendly, and the red dust that swarms up when you drive over them gets everywhere inside the RV!  You will want to know if the roads and routes you’re taking are accessible for RVers. You’ll also need to plan where you are you going to stay and how much money you plan to spend there.


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