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How to Get Camping Discounts at RV Parks
By Renee Nicole
Most everyone enjoys camping. It’s a great way to get outside, to see the country, to spend time with family and friends. It’s an excellent opportunity for some solitude, as well. But camping can get a little pricey, especially the more you camp. So how can you save money and still go just about anywhere you want? Well, there are quite a few options available.
Work-Camping for Camping Discounts
Some campgrounds allow campers to get a great discount on camping sites, or even camp for free, plus wages, in exchange for working at the campground. This can include maintaining the grounds, running the park, working in a camp store, and other such jobs around the campsite. These opportunities tend to be seasonal, primarily between the months of May through October. Not all campgrounds offer this kind of opportunity, but many do, and if you’re able to land one of these work-camping jobs, your trip will be a lot cheaper and you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the park you’re in.
Membership Campgrounds for Camping Discounts
If you camp often, you might want to look into getting a membership for various parks. Most programs offer campgrounds throughout the country. Some membership programs include
. If you like to camp a lot and are always looking for new places to go, or if you want to go on a long trip to a lot of RV parks, a membership may be a good route for you. You pay one fee and have access to all or a predetermined number of the parks. There are a large variety of parks to visit, various discounts and special offers throughout the year, and a level of simplicity of going through one company for all your camping destinations. You’ll have a good idea of what to expect from each membership park.
Camping Discount Clubs
Unlike a campground membership, clubs may offer a bit more diversity. The parks that they work with are individually managed, rather than all managed by one company. There are many camping discount clubs, including
Happy Campers Club
Camp Club USA
. The membership fees tend to be much lower than campground membership fees, and instead of paying one park fee, you’ll get a discount of 50% off at each campground you visit. There are also some discount camping clubs which offer smaller discounts (only 10% off) but may have fewer restrictions and blackout dates such as
The Good Sam Club of America
Kampgrounds of America
When trying to decide what program is best for you, remember to look at how you camp. Do you like to have a wide variety of options? Do you prefer the tried and true campgrounds you always visit? Do you camp for long periods of time that could easily be filled with some campground work? Take a look at the different options you have and try a few out. Ultimately, you’ll find the system that offers you camping discounts in a way that suits your camping style.
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