Nobody warned me how tricky it would be to make a fulltiming schedule, and clearly I never thought too much about it. Scheduling a campground for the weekend, or even for a week or two trip, is easy because we never stay anywhere longer than a few nights. If something isn’t available when fulltiming, you’ve got to get resourceful because you’re now talking about your home.
As far as pricing goes, there are typically three price points for campgrounds (state parks differ). Those include nightly, weekly, and monthly. Nightly will, by default, be your most expensive. Since we are trying to save as much money as possible, we will be looking for monthly rentals. We live in a vacation town, so these prices will also change throughout the year.
When starting our fulltiming schedule, it’s important to note that we are fulltiming locally (for my husband’s job) most of the time. Before calling campgrounds to make reservations, I must first write down all the campgrounds around the area, their summer and winter prices, as well as checking their reviews. Another thing I didn’t realize was that some campgrounds charge a daily (typically $5/day) rate for each person over two people per campsite. This must be their way of keeping the campground quiet and less crowded. This could be a huge hit for those with multiple kids! Some campgrounds charge a set electric fee each month based on the size of your rig, others charge per kilowatt, and others include it in their monthly fee already. It’s important to take all these things into consideration to get the best rate as possible.
Now that you have a headache…I mean, now that you have compiled all that info, it’s time to figure out when to check in, where to check in, and how long to stay depending on availability. This will vary for every person, of course. Having never lived in an RV, I’ve always been used to S+B’s prorating for a half month on the front or back end of your rental term. I was almost laughed at when asking if we received a prorated rate if we only stay 2-3 weeks. Wrong! If you can’t stay 30 days, you’ll be paying weekly, which is more expensive than monthly. So, to ensure we save as much as possible, it’s imperative we stay in increments of 30 days to ensure that monthly rate.
Since we are in the beginning planning/scheduling phase of fulltiming, I have yet to figure out how to plan quick travel trips without double booking at our local campground. I would prefer not to pay for both, so I’m sure I’ll be learning the ins and outs of that particular scheduling dilemma soon.
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