RVing is a fabulous, affordable, and fun family activity. One reason families like RVing is because it allows them to tailor their vacations to their needs and budget. And while hitting the road in your new RV already saves money on things like food and lodging, did you know there are additional ways to save money? By hunting for campground discounts you can save an exceptional amount of money and put that towards future activities, upgrading your RV, or just sock it away for a rainy day.
Before we dive into how to get discounts, there’s one thing to make clear: pretty much all campgrounds offer a discount of some sort. The type of discount, however, might vary based off of their criterion.
Some of the most common discounts include:
- Military discounts
- RV club discounts
Look at Discount Campgrounds
One search online will lead you to a wide variety of discount campground programs. Upon signing up and paying the annual fee (below $100 typically) you are given the chance to then stay at any of the member campgrounds for a discount.
One thing to keep in mind is that these discounts aren’t always a sure thing. For example, some campgrounds only have a handful of member camping sits blocked off. You’ll want to call the campground ahead of time and confirm whether they honor the discount.
Another thing to understand when signing up for one of these campgrounds is what the discount applies to, how long it is effective, and whether there are any other special rules. Looking at the find print can save you lots of money in the long run.
Consider Membership Campgrounds
Membership campgrounds get you access to any of their in network campgrounds for free or a steeply discounted cost. You initial membership fees could run in the thousands of dollars, but you ultimately get unlimited discounts or free camping in the long run.
Some companies offer different levels of membership and other require various annual fees. As with anything, make sure you take the time to read the small print and really understand what you’re signing up for. Do the math to figure out if your membership will pay for itself and what you would have to do to get your money worth.
Before signing up for a membership deal make sure you truly take the time to explore the campground and learn about other campgrounds in the network.
If you’re new to RVing and are looking for an RV for sale or simply have questions on how you can start exploring the lifestyle, contact us. We can help you find the best RV for your needs and answer any questions you have.