Friday, February 3, 2023


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.

UPDATE: May 27, 2017: Voting is now closed.


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Diane McG
5 years ago

We’ve been going to Florida Feb/Mar since 2005. Daytona for race. Stay at KOA for about 10 days. They keep raising prices. $45 to $65 depending on day of week. We then go to the track for Speed Weeks and dry camp in turn one for $525 where you can stay up to 21 days (I think). We stay for 10 days so $53/night. Go to the Keys after the 500 and stay at the KOA in Sugarloaf Key for $100. Chuck you would go crazy. Packed like sardines. All straight back-ins. Roads are paved but narrow. So when a new “camper” arrives it’s part of the entertainment to watch people get parked. They have a small beach, small restaurant for breakfast/lunch. A bar and entertainment. We do a lot of our own cooking but great food…fresh fish, Cuban (our favorite). A nine hole golf course is a 1/2 hr drive away and Key West is 20 miles. We are truly blessed we can afford to do this, but even we are starting to think the RV park prices are getting ridiculous . We are debating whether to go to the Keys in 2018. But once we give up our spot we will never get it back. Have to start over in “lesser” spots. As an aside. Don’t know what happened but we stayed in the Newport Dunes Resort a few years ago. But not for any of those prices. Not sure what happened but we would NEVER pay those prices ever. Even though the Sugarloaf Key is an old park it is light years better than Newport Dunes. Makes it seem like a bargain….lol!

Riley Floyd
5 years ago

25 – 30 $ is about right for roadside overnight stops. Anything over 30 seems too high

5 years ago

$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!

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

Danny Wells
5 years ago

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 years ago

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.

Kom Dixon
5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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…

5 years ago

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.

Mike B
5 years ago

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.

Bonnie Bowers
5 years ago

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!

5 years ago

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;)

5 years ago

$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

Paul Null
5 years ago

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!!!!!!

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

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