Find Cheap RV hookups for less then $200 a month for full time RV Living



Cheap RV LIVING

As the world gets smaller & technology improves the appeal of living a “travelers lifestyle” is becoming more & more popular.  RV living is one option, and with websites like UpWork or Peopleperhour anyone with a laptop can create a stream of income.  When I bought my first RV I was rejuvenated with excitement.  I thought I had finally cracked the codehow to find Private RV hookups using facebook, craigslist or even AirBnB. Stop paying full price for grass covered parking lot called a campground behind a gas station when you can rent private hookups on your own beach, waterfall or canyon. FT RVers don't pay full price for anything especially rv hookups. If you want to know how I pay less than $200 a month for rv hookups check out my new RVlife post AOWANDERS of owning a home and being free to travel where ever I wanted.  No more rent, deposits, credit checks, application fees or monthly bills.  I was overjoyed & naive. Stepping into a world that requires more than just packing a bag and picking a destination.

Living out of an RV is a job, and takes an excessive amount of energy to sustain. Each RV provides its own benefits & disadvantages, but RV living is not the freedom that most associate it with.  In fact there is no universally “best” RV out there, but there is a universal set of obstacles for every RV out there.  If all you want to know is how Find full RV hook ups for less then $200 a month anywhere in America Click here to skip down the page.  If you’re new to RV life or thinking about getting into an RV I recommend you read my guide to buying your new RV.  Whether you’re buying your first RV or upgrading I’ve got you covered with everything you need to know before buying an RV




Cheap RV LIVING OBSTACLES

Obstacle number one is you need a place to park.  Depending on your location this is easier at times than others, and you will definitely want to check out my free camping guide for more boondocking options.  Obstacle number two is you need hookups, solar panels or a generator.  Two of these come with a monthly bill, and two of these come with limitations.  Obstacle number three is a bathroom.  Either you pay a monthly fee for full hookups, or you have to travel your rig to a dump station.  Obstacle number four compromised comfortability.  No RV under 40 feet is going to have storage space, counter space & comfortable living space.  It may have one or two variables, but the only way to get all three is with a massive & expensive rig.  So compromise is a fundamental characteristic for anyone looking to explore RV living.

Having owned 5 out of the 6 available RV styles (Class A, Class B, Class C RV, travel trailer & Tacoma Truck Camper), as well as living full time in my RVs for over a decade I have learned one undeniable lesson:  The more comfortable they are the less convenient they are.  I am currently living out of a 28-foot travel trailer with one slide out and towing it with a Toyota Tacoma.  The storage is acceptable, counter space is good enough and the living space is slightly less than perfect.  RVs are still being designed for weekend getaways or temporary vacation options.  Nobody in the industry is focused on full-time RVers, or if they have are completely detached from that community.  Designs are unfocused, price tags are inflated & convenience is irrelevant.  Living in an RV has its limitations, but also delivers a lot of freedom.  Its all about what you want out of life.

CHEAP RV LIVING CONVENIENCE

RV travel living lifeBeing able to relocate anywhere at any time has a lot of appeal. Having all my worldly possessions including Kota has even more appeal. Living on the banks of a meandering river at the bottom of a mountain for free is more than rewarding.  These are the selling points an RV salesman will hammer home to you, but conveniently forget to mention that your rig will only get 6-8 mpg.  For every reason cheap RV living is characterized as carefree freedom there are just as many if not more reasons to reconsider cheap RV living.




Sure I love pulling up to a ski resort in September and spending a month hiking to secret waterfalls under the fall foliage for free.   As well as camping in a casino parking lot while I play poker for a month to fund my next adventure, but living out of an RV if not careful can be more inconvenient & expensive than any other type of travel.

Living out of your RV can be described best as annoying freedom.  Either your living space is too cramped.  Storage space is inadequate.  Fees for convenience are expensive or time-consuming.  Everything becomes a chore, and every chore you delete adds a fee.  Every destination becomes a gas mileage calculation, and with fuel on the rise, this is an expense that is never going to get cheaper.


To move my current RV takes at least 30 minutes of prep time, and another hour of prep time to drop it. Not to mention driving in traffic is nowhere near desirable.  So depending on the location who wants to spend 2-3 hours packing/unpacking just to drain their toilet every couple of weeks.  Don’t get me wrong cheap RV living has its perks, but how convenient can a 15-foot truck and a 30 foot RV that costs $45 for every 150 miles really be?    To get the most out of RV living you need to be very resourceful.  Check out my Free Camping Guide to get an idea of how resourceful, creative or adaptive you have to be at times to sustain cheap RV living without breaking the bank.

CHEAP RV LIVING CHOICES

RV living in comfortable RV park near yellowstoneTo keep it simple choose an RV park.  You’ll have access to water, sewer, electricity, people and even local utility companies for internet and TV.  Where I am currently living there are 108 RV Parks within a 30-minute drive, and that doesn’t count any of the National Forests, mobile home parks, campgrounds, farms, ranches, craigslist postings, private Facebook groups or anything from my  Free Camping Guide.

Living in an RV Park is convenient, but obnoxiously expensive and restrictive.  I sometimes break down and submit, but it’s not very often.  Your average RV Park with pathetic Wifi, shower house, and laundry facilities will run you around:  $50/night; $250/week; $450/month.  As well as provide a list of rules at check-in time.  Depending on the park these rules are either strictly enforced like a maximum security prison, or at others, the only effort to enforce them was the time it took to write them.




RV LIVING PARK FEES

RV living greedy park feesAccording to Wikipedia, there are less than 15,000 RV parks in America.  For a way of a life that is assumed by a large number of participants who are retired or on a fixed income its baffling how expensive RV parks are, or that there isn’t enough backlash from the RV world to force lower park prices.  Some might argue that at $450 a month thats only $15/day.  What’s the problem?

My problem is everything is ala carte, and its classic shady salesman bait & switch tactics.  On top of it the display price is only for a parking space, and most will now try to charge me for useless non-working internet, laundry, and electricity.   Some even try to tack on extra daily fees for pets, cars, bikes, visitors I’m sure there’s a park out there that has a fee for too many books.  Everything is ala carte.

Unless you plan on staying at one of the more high-end RV parks then everything is ala carte.  As long as you don’t mind a $700-$1200 a month rent bill, but these parks have activity directors, bingo, theaters, pools, hot tubs, golf courses, casinos, hot air balloons, and dancing clowns.  There are also RV parks that are less than $300/month, but they are usually in a mobile home park and your neighbor may nor may not be a meth head.


To get the most out of your money by living in an RV Park I would recommend to shop around and be selective.   Also if its the offseason ask for discounts, or negotiate a discount based on little occupancy.  There are also multiple membership clubs you can be apart of to get discounts.  The biggest one is probably Good Sam.  I don’t pay for camping enough to know anything about it.   What I do know is their referral program is a bit one-sided.  You refer someone to buy an RV from them, and they’ll give you a $100 gift certificate to their store.  Thanks for the incentive, but the bar down the street is offering 2 for 1’s & I think it will be easier to talk my buddy into buying a $3 pint then a $30,000 fancy van.

CHEAP RV LIVING PARK AMENITIES

RV living rv park ammenitiesRV parks drastically vary across America.  Ranging from concrete parking lots to secluded wilderness camps.  Each has its own advantages & disadvantages.  I would prefer to be in the mountains next to rivers and surrounded by trees but to each their own.  Amenities can range from free bike rentals to off-leash dog park.  I’ve stayed at places that offer free movies, and other places that require me to mow the lawn.  I’ve also found places that offer childcare, dog sitting, game room, hot tubs, pools, mini golf & vouchers to nearby restaurants & shops. These places are more appealing, but every RV park is going to have its own unique features and options.  The ones that are well kept, proactive and offer more for less are on everyone’s radar.  I like to travel so I would rather spend my money on adventures versus housing.   For the most part, all RV parks have a universal list of amenities:

Basic RV Park ~ $450/month Average RV Park ~$5-700/month High End RV Park ~ $750 and Up
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Electric
  • Can be spacious
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Electric
  • Wifi
  • Picnic Table
  • FirePit
  • Laundry
  • Fairly Cramped
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Electric
  • Wifi
  • Cable
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Hot Tob
  • Game Room
  • Activity Room
  • Activity Director
  • Family Meals
  • Bingo or other community events
  • Golf Carts
  • VERY VERY CRAMPED




RV LIVING CRAIGSLIST

RV living how to find rv hook ups off of craigslistRV Parks aren’t the only choice when looking for a new home.  Mobile home parks generally are hundreds of dollars cheaper a month and aren’t always that organized.  I stayed for 6 months in Ogden, Utah with full hookups for free because they forgot about me.  Ranchers & farmers live an alternative lifestyle that for whatever reason seem to always have full RV hookups on their property, and they are the most genuine folk on this planet.  On a ranch in Montana, a couple let me stay on the NW corner of their property next to the river overlooking Glacier National Park for free one summer.  With 4G unlimited internet from Verizon & the nearest road or neighbor 5 miles away, I was very tempted to stay forever.

Craigslist is a wonderful option to find cheap options for your RV, especially in small towns.  Just go to the housing option and type in RV.  Set the price range max at $500, and see what pops up.  Between Craigslist & AIRBNB I have found countless monthly rentals for less than $200 with full hookups.  Another way to use Craigslist is the “roommate wanted” section.  Avoid all listings in apartment complexes, but anything with a yard is fair game.  Hundreds of people a year have accommodated myself through the “roommate wanted” section of Craigslist. This comes with free showers, laundry and you get to meet a local while helping them out.  I use this all the time and can’t recommend it enough.

Airbnb is a community of people thinking outside the box creating streams of revenue from property they are not using or willing to temporarily rent out.   These people are like the hybrid RV living class a RVof
craigslist “roommate wanted” section.  As long you have the money, and they have the space its a win a win.  A lady in Sandpoint Idaho couldn’t let me stay on her property she had on Airbnb, but she let me stay on her shop property for $5/day.  In Jackson Hole, Wyoming I found a lady renting out her RV on AirBnB.  She let me park my RV next to it for over 2 months, and whenever she had reservations staying we just swapped the hookups temporarily so she could double dip on the same listing.  AirBnB & Craigslist are wonderful resources for the full-time RVers, but Facebook is my number one resource.


RV LIVING FACEBOOK

Facebook is a goldmine of options, and I’m not talking about the friends and family your already connected with.  Sweepinghow to find Private RV hookups using facebook, craigslist or even AirBnB. Stop paying full price for grass covered parking lot called a campground behind a gas station when you can rent private hookups on your own beach, waterfall or canyon. FT RVers don't pay full price for anything especially rv hookups. If you want to know how I pay less than $200 a month for rv hookups check out my new RVlife post AOWANDERS across America is towns creating “facebook local groups” for their area.  This is especially popular in towns that don’t have a craigslist specific listing.  Small towns with a big tourist population usually have 4 private facebook group pages:  Housing, Jobs, Rant & Rave and Garage Sale pages.  Sometimes they are hard to find.  They are either listed by the town name, county name or local area nickname.  You would think the easiest way to find them is ask a local, but if your not in the area thats not always an option.  And believe it or not some locals in these areas like to keep secrets or don’t use the computer.

Best way to find these groups from afar is google or facebook.  Once you find them now you have to ask permission to be apart of the group.  This isn’t always granted, but be persistent & creative.


I sometimes change my facebook address, profile & anything else just to appear from the area.  After being accepted make one appropriate post depending on the group.  Make it something positive, and requires no engagement from you.   If you do have to engage make sure its simple like Item sold.

Be careful these groups are finicky & temperamental.  If you annoy the wrong person no matter how trivial it is you will be booted & blocked.  After you have made a post and everyone sees your not a spammer I usually make a post saying something like there has to be someone on here that could use another $150 a month.  I just gave you the secret on how to find $150 month full hook-up RV spots anywhere in America.

I usually post on the garage sales & jobs page because it reaches the most people, and they are in the mind frame of making money.  Gotta a better way?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below.  Have questions on how this works leave it in the comments below?


Facebook has been providing me full hook up sites for less than $200 a month since 2010, and I could not be more grateful.  I have met some of the most magnificent people that have opened their doors to me whenever I am in the area and have stayed in some of the most amazing RV spots with full hookups.

Spots you can’t find in any guidebook.  Google doesn’t know they exist, and no RV forum can help you locate.  Facebook groups are created by the locals for the locals, and when they invite you in its a genuine invitation paved with good intentions.  I call them travel angels, and I would not have been able to travel since 1998 without all them.

RV LIVING PARK REVIEWS

Anyone can write a review of an RV Park.  I think first-hand knowledge and experience is the only way to provide value toProviding RV Life Tips, Guides & Stories one travel adventure at a time. Follow along with me as I discover new destinations & uncover the secret to RV life. Whether your searching for RV hookups, free camping spots or tips on how to buy your first RV AOWANDERS has got your covered. my community.  Below you can find a list of or links to RV parks I have stayed at during my travels.  This list will continue to grow over time so check back often, or leave your review in the comments below.


Travel America RV Sandpoint, Idaho

Murray Ridge Road Whitefish Montana

Tiffany RV Park Mesa, AZ




62 Comments

    • Laura,
      Thank you and glad you found my travel blog. Let me know if there’s any way I can help you meet RV living easier.

      Adam

  • I would like to find a place to park my rv for the next year +- I will need full hookup. Close to Sandpoint Idaho

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and reaching out to me on this subject. Sorry for the delayed response I’ve been on a backcountry camping trip and just getting back to civilization now. Before I can answer your question you need to ask yourself a few questions:

      What is your budget?
      How far from Sandpoint do you need to be?
      Do you need cell phone service?

      From my research when living in Sanpoint:

      Most campgrounds in the area charge between $400-$600 a month plus electric, and $35-55 a night. The best campground deal that I found in the area was Travel America which is a 24-hour gas station 5 minutes from downtown Sandpoint right across the long bridge that also dubs as a campground and mobile home park. So its a short walk from your RV to the store for any supplies you may need in the middle of the night.
      The monthly rate for Travel America is a flat rate (no peak season or off-season rate variations) $430 month and that includes all utilities (water electric wifi and sewer). The best deal in the area is in Westmond at the cozy RV Park 7 miles south of Travel America. This is a private residence with about eight RV full hookup spots directly across from the Chevron Gas station for $230 a month. There’s also a laundromat and showers across the street. The next best deals are out in Hope which is about 35 to 45 minutes Northeast of Sandpoint at the Trestle Creek RV Park and Beyond Hope Resort. Both of these RV Parks charge around $450-$475 a month plus electric. Cell phone service is spotty but Verizon does work, and just across the street is a free public boat access to Lake PendOreille and small park. The next closest options are in Priest River, and all run for $450-$500/ month plus electric. Cell phone service in Priest River is even worse than Hope and commuting can be challenging on weekends, holidays or public events. North of Sandpoint is a town called Bonners ferry which also has options but that was too far for me so I never researched the campgrounds. The most obnoxious and absurd option in the area is the Sandpoint RV Park located downtown next to the Best Western. For $800/month plus electric you can set up your RV in a parking lot under a street lamp next to the railroad tracks that see 5-6 trains an hour.

      I started out at the travel America and put my put my name on the waiting list at the Cozy RV Park. I also joined the Sandpoint yard sale and garage sale Facebook groups. While waiting to be approved on Facebook and waiting to hear back from the Cozy RV Park I reached out to all local AirBnB listings I felt could accommodate my RV. One user offered me a spot at her shop for $5.00 a day with water and electric no sewer. Another lady who was advertising a Tipi for rent had full RV hookups at her home for $500 a month plus electric but included high speed Internet. Another five or six farms/ranches offered full RV hookups on their property for $200 or less a month but none of them had working cell service with Verizon. Eventually I found a couple off of Sagle road with full hookups, strong cell service and fire pit with free firewood. I’m waiting to hear back from them for permission to give you their phone number.

      I found them by making this post on the Facebook yard sale page, “There has to be someone on here that could use an extra $200 a month.” That post got over 15 shares and 200 comments within a day. I saw similar results posting the exact same post on the local Facebook job board and garage sale page.
      I forgot to mention I also reached out to a local real estate agent to see if vacant landowners would allow me to rent their property for the summer. This resulted in a lot of owner financing options being sent my way.

      While I have all the contact information saved from my research on RV camping in the Sandpoint area I won’t share that publicly because I don’t have specific permission, don’t know their vacancy and ownership or phone numbers could have changed. But I am sure you will find plenty of options posting on the facebook groups I have linked to in this comment. Thank you again for reaching out to me. Best of luck to you.

      P.S. If you can live without hook ups I can give you a number of free spots to camp at in the area with good cell phone coverage & magnificent views. Just might have to make a trip to the dumpstation every couple of weeks.

      • I am planning to travel the country in my vintage Class B Pleasure Way. I will need very dependable internet service to do my consulting work for about hours a day. The fear of not having good internet limits my plans. In your experience, would a Verizon data plan work in most places you have traveled?

      • Sonia,

        What a great question. The simple answer is yes. I usually avoid cities and well populated areas like the black plague! Seriously. I’m a mountain soul who loves the outdoors and the personalities that can be found in these charming little towns. And I’m an avid passionate ski bum that when the schools, roads and governments close its time to go play on a mountain. For years I used to work seasonal jobs in high volume tourist towns that were only a few blocks long off in some remote area of the country. No matter what town I was in or what mountain range was cutting us off from the rest of the world. Verizon always kept me connected. When others couldn’t even send a text using ATT or Sprint I was watching movies. I’m still on the very 1st Verizon Unlimited plan ever offered. And there months I run right past 200 Gigabytes a month in data. If I was in a city or populated area I am sure I would get throttled in a heart beat. But when the town only has a population of a couple hundred maybe thousand theres not enough users to clog it up and kick me off.

        When I used to stay at campgrounds I remember vulgar battles with staff about their sign displaying Free Wifi, but their connection being about as reliable as a severed artery. Once I got Verizon I never even asked for login credentials again. In the winter during hockey season I live stream a full hockey game every night through my computer through the HDMI cord to the flatscreen. Never had an issue. Now adays I just turn my phone into a hotspot, but way back before that was a thing I had to use their Mifi hotspot. So I have both a prepaid and planned device to fall back on just in case.

        In all my travels here in America I can safely say I hate all cell phone prices, but no matter where I was located when others couldn’t get a signal Verizon always could. When others couldn’t text I could make calls. When they couldn’t connect a call I could download music. when they couldn’t download a single photo I could stream a movie. When their carrier would take hours to download a song my verizon connection was good enough to stream live. If anyone could beat Verizons coverage map I would have switched a long time ago, but no one is even close especially when it comes to remote mountain towns cut off from the rest of the world.

        Hope that helps. If you need any info about accessories like boosters and range extendors let me know. I’ll write something up for everyone.

        Your going to have a blast in traveling the country. So excited for you. Enjoy and safe travels.

        Regards,

        Adam

  • i am a retiree still willing to pull my weight on a fixed income of less than 1k with a 23ft tug along and am ready to travel into the sunset. thinking south east ga tenn tex not fla nc sc don’tt know. 200 a month is about all i could afford w/hookups. what suggestions might you have for someone like me?
    thanks jim

    • Jim,

      Thanks for visiting my travel blog. I haven’t really spent alot of time in that part of the country. I prefer the Pacific northwest, but I did spend a month with my 30 foot “tug along” on Douglas Lake, Tennessee. I found a temporary place using google terrain maps, and found a road that lead to a random unofficial beach. I put up flyers at local bar, laundromat, hardware store, coffee shop n library offering $200/month for a faucet n outdoor outlet. I also logged onto facebook and joined local facebook groups: Sevierville online garage sale 17k members, Jefferson online garage sale 9,000 members, and made a post saying looking for short term rv parking spot. Will pay rent upfront. Dont need full hookups but water n electric would be nice. These posts n flyers received so many responses I was able to be choosy. I found theses facebook groups by doing a facebook group search for Douglas Lake garage sale, and then just joined the ones with most people.

      If I were you though I would look into being a campground host. You get a free campsite with hookups at a campground, and sometimes a paycheck. Your main duties are empty trash cans, check in/out campers, keep campground tidy, etc. I just did a brief search and found this campground host positionin beautiful Asheville. I know you said you didnt want to be in North Carolina, but Asheville is amazing area.

      Campground hosting allows you to travel the country and get paid to do so. Amazon also hires seasonal campground hosts, as well as full time rvers during holiday season.
      If your looking for income that wont effect your fixed income check out my post on how to get paid to travel the world. Alot of methods and different ideas to make money without bosses, taxes or experience.

      But back to your question on how to find cheap rv hookups. Use facebook and the local groups. Check out craigslist. Go to housing section and do a search for rv lot, rv space, rv parking or just rv. See what pops up. Check airbnb for properties in the area you want to be in. Email the owners and see if they can accommodate you and your rv. Thats been successful for me in the past especially new airbnb listings trying to get reviews n income. Vrbo is another site you can try, or allstay.

      The app overlander is a wonderful resource to find options too.
      Sometimes though you just strike out. Timing is everything, and just chatting someone up in line at the store could find you a place. I found a place in Grand Lake Colorado with full hookups for free because i picked up a hitchiker who knew a friend of a friend who could help me out.

      Rv life is amazing and hope I given you some solutions to explore. Would love to hear how things work out for you. Best of luck!

      Adam

  • Can can somebody help me find an RV spot to put my RV so I can live in it for at least 200 to 450 a month if possible I have a nice 1987 RV it’s not beat up it’s in good condition everything inside is remodeled everything works I just need to find a spot where I could park it and leave it there

    • Candy,

      I would be happy to help. Where are you looking to find a spot? Have you reached out to your local real estate agent? They might know of a land owner that’s willing to rent their vacant land to you? I’ve had the best luck with this approach with owners that are willing to do “owner financing”. I would also login to facebook and look for a local group page. I tend to have the best luck with the local garage sale pages when trying to find a spot for myself. Another great resource for me has been AirBnb. Users on this site are already renting out parts of their property. So its not that hard to convince them to rent to you. Long term rentals are a bit tricky, but if approached the right way I am sure you will find something. Where do you live? Maybe I can find something for you?

      Adam

    • Adam,

      Thank you for all this wonderful RV information on your site. If anyone is thinking about living in their rv or camper fulltime you should take the time to read all information on this travel blog. There is so much information here that you can’t find anywhere else. Nice job Adam. I am so glad I found your RV travel blog. Can you tell me how you added this trover widget onto your site that you can find on this page

      https://aowanders.com/trover-could-be-the-death-of-the-travel-industry/

      This would be a wonderful addition too my RV parks website, and if your ever in Arkansas swing on by or get in touch we’d love to host you. On a sidenote I would be very interested in seeing a photo blog post about what you see when looking to buy an rv. You bring up a lot of great points

      https://aowanders.com/complete-guide-to-buying-an-rv/
      https://aowanders.com/13-professional-tips-to-consider-when-buying-a-truck-camper-including-a-free-checklist/

      But visuals are always easier for me to understand.

      Thanks Adam. Love your site by the way.

      • Bruce,

        Thank you for your kind words. Looks like you’ve been doing some digging here at AOWANDERS. To create the widget you were inquiring about its pretty simple. Simply create an account on trover. Than you create a board or category (kind of like pinterest). Simply do a search for your area on Trover, and add anything you like from the search results to that list/board/category(whatever you want to call it). Everything you add to that board gets included in your widget. Once your done adding things you simply copy and paste the code onto your site, and the code will do the rest. Super simple. If you want I can do it for you, or create a list for you and just post the code here so that you can copy and paste it on your site. Just let me know.

        I am actually in the process of buying a class C RV, and doing the research now to narrow it down to my shortlist of models. Once it gets a little warmer and more inventory becomes available at the dealerships and and online I will be doing full video tours of the models I take a look at to show you guys how I view camper layouts. How I priortize sleeping spaces, cupboard layouts, counter space and overall functionality. Pretty excited for that, but also nervous since I have never done any video before. So please take pitty on what I am sure will be nowhere near academy award winning footage. Until next time…. Happy Travels y’all.

        Warm Regards,

        Adam

  • You have a complete guide here, Adam. I was not into RVs since I’m a claustrophobic, but I got one a few years ago and love it! To my surprise they are comfortable. Great info/tips to find cheap hook-ups.

    • Thanks Edel! I was a bit apprehensive when I first started looking at RVs O so long ago, but I am so glad I pulled the trigger. RV life is amazing!!! and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world! Have you checked out my RV Buying Guide?

      Adam

    • Julie,

      Thanks for visiting my travel blog. KOA’s are great campgrounds, but I generally stay away from campgrounds. You get what you pay for, and KOA delivers a lot. Allowing them to charge $33 a night to pitch a tent and upwards of $76 a night for an RV. So they are always dead last on my list of options. I have never heard of thousand trails, but at $575 a year if there is no fine print or bait and switch tactic appear to be an AMAZING DEAL. Thank you for bringing this option to my attention. I will have to investigate further. Do you have any more information on thousand trails?

      Adam

    • David,

      Thanks for visiting my travel blog. I would love to help you, but it would be long distance help. As I have never been to Texas yet. I’m on my way next spring I’ll be spending a month before heading to South America. If you could give me a little more details on requirements I might be able to find you something or someone that can point you in the right direction.

      Have you tried any of the facebook groups or reaching out to any Airbnb listings? Have you called any of the mobile home parks? Have you checked out any of the craigslist listings? Real estate agents some times have a line on a 2nd home that the owner would love to rent out there land to RVers. You can also check with the local campgrounds see if they are looking for campground hosts. Sometimes those gigs pay sometimes they’re just free rent. I’ll send you this as an email to make it easier to get back in touch with me.

      Let me know how else I can help.

      Adam

  • I am currently living in my travel camper in herrin I’ll,I need a cheaper place to put it,on disability and a victim of domestic violence, which my husband had a Bond of no contact with me and I need to get help,any suggestions

    • Karen,

      That sounds like a tough situation, but if you have a way to move your travel camper I would explore doing that. Calling all the local campgrounds asking them if they have a monthyly rate. Call all the mobile trailer parks in the area ask them if they allow travel campers and what their rate is? I would also reach out to the local Facebook garage sale/yard sale group page and make a posting asking if anyone is willing to rent out their backyard or vacant land to park your travel camper on? I would also email all the Airbnb listing in your area and see if they would let you rent their property long term for your travel camper. You can also make an ad on craigslist for your area asking for vacant land to rent out to park a travel camper on long term. Another good resource would be to reach out to local real estate agents, and see if they know any 2nd homeowners that would be willing to rent out there property to a full-time RVer? Use the selling point of housesitting or securing their property while they are away. Churches are also a good source to find cheap parking for travel campers, and usually allow you to use their bathrooms and showers so no hook ups are needed. I am not familiar with Herrin, ILL so I’m not sure whats in that area, but reach out and be creative I am sure you will find something. If not email me and we will try and find somehting together.

  • WOW! Thank you Adam for all this wonderful information. I never knew you could use Airbnb to find RV hookups, and I never thought of using Facebook to find secret campgrounds. While the rest of us have been herded into cattle corals you’ve been uncovering RV Hookups biggest mystery. Thank you again for all this wonderful information. We booked our first Airbnb booking through your link, and they gave us $40 off our first reservation because of you. Thank you for doing that. We didn’t expect that at all so we bought beer and sang praises about you all night long. While we camped next to a rippling slow moving river that came complete with its own cascading waterfall and private sandbar beach on a farmers property in Northern Washington. Normally we pay $50 a night or $250 a week at a campground through your cheap RV hookup method we booked 3 weeks for only $115!! Your the best AOWANDERS!!! If anyone else reads this Airbnb discounts your first booking by $40 when you book through AOWANDERS.

    • Tina,

      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I have been on the start of my 43,000 mile road trip, and the last 1,500 miles have been in the mountains so I haven’t had the greatest reception to check in with my travel blog. But I am super excited to read that you found such a wonderful deal off of Airbnb. I remember the first time I scored full hookups for hundreds less than campground rates. Thought I cracked the code to RVLife. You will have to send me some pictures or atleast some GPS Coordinates so I can stay there as well if I am ever in the area. Sounds like my peferct RV Camping spot. Does it have good cell reception so I can work on the travel blog and deliver you more RV LIfe Secrets?

      So happy to hear someone else found success using AirBnb.

      Happy Travels,

      Adam

  • Hi I wonder if you can give me some tips on places in the Pacific Northwest that are very affordable. I am currently in the SW Washington/Portland area and find most places are overcrowded or overpriced. Any help would be appreciated since you mentioned you are familiar with the PNW area. I am flexible in moving around the area. Thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for reaching out to me TD. Obviously the farther you get away from Seattle and Portland the cheaper RV hookups and campgrounds will be. With that said a few places that I have stayed at over the years come to mind. Muckleshoot casino offers free RV parking. No hookups, water or sewer, but there are a campgrounds in the area that only charge a couple of dollars to use their dump station. There is also a campground close by in Auburn I believe that is only $25/night when I stayed there the casino issued me comp passes for playing poker. I stayed for 3 months free of charge, but that was back in 2008 things may have changed. If you are in that area though. Crystal mountain has thing called “lot B” which has 70+ rv full hookup spaces. There is no reservation system it is a first come first serve basis, and while it may look like nothing more than a parking lot. In the winter months it turns into a neighborhood community of snowflake chasing skiers & snowboarders. Great personalities, good times, open bonfires and steps from one of the best ski resorts in Washington. In the summer there is no one there which makes it even more appealing. Its an awesome option for RV hookups if your in that area. If snow & ski resorts isn’t your thing, but still in the area check out Greenwater. Just down the road from Crystal. Its a little lower in elevation so it doesn’t always get the snow Crystal Mountain gets, but its makes up for it in personality, beauty and charm. There are hundreds if not thousands of cabins sprinkled off in the woods of this little 2 block 5 building town. Alot of them get rented out to the ski resort employees, but some of them are seasonal too. Almost all of them have some type of RV hookup on the property. Making it very easy to strike up a longterm cheap rv hook up deal between you and who ever is living there. I would try and find the crystal mountain employee facebook page or go to the bar in town. It used to be called Naches and see if you can find an employee to rent out a spot from. Remember they are their for the lifestyle not the money so any way to bring in extra money will be a welcomed conversation any ski bum would like to have. Enumclaw is the closest full service town surrounded by farms and homes with private RV hookups. i don’t remember the name of the county but I’m sure there is a private facebook group that could connect you with these private rv hookups.

      Trout Lake, Hood River, The Dalles & White Salmon are good spots for full time RVers. All the casinos in Oregon are RV friendly. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is free. Govy Camp is another great option to find cheap spots to park – again filled with skiers and snowboarders so any money offered would be welecomed. White Salmon in the Hood River area is a little farther from the beaten path, and occupied by kayakers and kite surfers who also live a transient lifestyle so they are also more receptive any type of extra money. There are a number of private facebook groups for the hood river area. Campgrounds in that part of the world aren’t the cheapest in my mind, but I also think $400 a month is expensive so theres that.

      I personally have never RV camped on the beach, but I have a friend from Eugene Oregon who stays on the beach outside of Portland year round. Its free, but no hookups, water or sewer. He just boondocks and pays the inexpensive dumpstation fees. I can get in touch with him if you’d like more info on that.

      If I were in looking for a fun lively affordable long term destination in the pacific northwest with my RV my focus would be on Greenwater & Crystal Mountain with a backup plan to stay in Enumclaw somewhere. Cost of living is cheap. Seattle is only an hour away. Cell phone service is strong. Satellite TV/utilites are obtainable in both Greenwater & Crystal mountain. Plenty of outdoor “free” activities to do & explore. Its a wonderful community/neighborhood within striking distance to everything. Portland & Seattle are just a short commute. Whitefish Montana is gorgeous and you can take the train there or spend a long weekend. McCall Idaho is probably the best kept secret in the Pacific Northwest and is surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of miles of free RV camping options. If you don’t mind isoloation or on a fixed income Stanley Idaho has extremely affordable RV hookups during the winter months.

      The closer you get to the ocean & the big cities the more crowded and more expensive rv hookups will be. I’m an avid skier which gives me an advantage for RV destinations, but most people don’t realize ski towns are more than just ski towns. They are very RV friendly and the vibe & pulse of these magical little mountain towns can’t be found anywhere else. Do a quick google map search for ski resorts near you. Find the ski towns just outside the “green” areas on the map or sometimes they are in the green area of the map. Ski season is about to begin in 3 weeks so these towns are full of life right now, and 2nd homeowners are looking to rent out anything for the upcoming ski season to generate revenue. So give them a quick glance if you haven’t already done so, or atleast give my Ski town Life article a read. Ski town will make you jealous for not living there the moment you set eyes on em.

      Thanks for visiting my travel blog. Let me know what you find out or if you have any more questions.

      Adam

  • Thanks for the quick reply. I’m living full time in a Class A motorhome and paying $320 a month for a boondocking only site so I’m set up for it but would rather get more for less if I could find it, or even more for the same, or the same for less, if you know what I mean. $400 is too expensive to me as well. I’m bringing my home. How much is a temporary spot of space really worth? I remember when camping was the cheap lifestyle and I stubbornly refuse to pay too much!

    I would be interested in info on beach areas in the PNW as well if your friend has any info on those options. Thanks for being so helpful. It’s very much appreciated. I’ll start looking into the places you mentioned.

    • November 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm Edit
      TD,

      I couldn’t agree more. The first time I visited a campground and was told the monthly rate was $400 I was excited. Because I was used to paying $1000 or more in rent, but that is no longer the case. Especially when utilities are extra. If you’re going to charge for a parking spot charge appropriately, and then ask for extras. A downtown parking spot in Minneapolis is only $180 a month, and if I wanted to hook up electric and tv I am sure I could figure it out for the average price everyone else pays. For campgrounds to be charging $400, $500, $800 or more just for the parking spot, and then ask for additional money for a $40 electric bill. Or $9 water bill. Or $18 garbage bill. Is absurd and I refuse to participate.

      Sorry it took so long to get back to you I was waiting on my friend’s response for the areas. Unfortunately, he has a very unique situation. He’s as old as a dinosaur, and his father is even older. Way back then the government offered a “Medical/Disability State Park Program,” and my friend is using his father’s pass for drastically discounted rates sometimes even free. They no longer offer this pass, and in 14 years he has only met one other person with it. I got dibs on it when he passes away we concluded yesterday.

      Back to the point though my friend lives in Oregon, and his advice was to get a state parks pass for only $30. This allows access for day use only to any of the state parks located on the beach. Without this pass you’d have to pay $4 a visit, and while that doesn’t provide a solution for overnight parking there is National Forest nearby. He says there is a community of RVers that spend the day at the beach, and then migrate back to National Forest around Astoria to camp out. Also true in Washington. Which made me think of SNOPARK Passes

      I lived in South Lake Tahoe one ski season and only paid a grand total of $25 for the entire ski season in rent. SNO Parks are some form of a park that the state allows winter activities to partake. The activities can include backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, camping, ice climbing, snowshoeing and whatever else you can think of that requires an overnight stay. All the SNO park’s I have been too usually consist of a parking lot and National Forest toilet(fancy outhouse-no running water), and usually go unused for long periods of time. Day use is the most common by cross country skier’s and photographers. The winter I stayed in Lake Tahoe only two days out of 6 months did I have company, and they only stayed for the day to use the tubing hill. I didn’t have any hookups, but there was a dump station 6 miles away & the generator powered everything.

      SNOPArK passes are good from Nov 1st- April 30th with the exception of California their passes run from Nov 1st-May30th. Each state has their own SNOPARK season and prices. Washington is the most expensive, and I can’t find their actual season dates. California, Oregon & Idaho all pretty much the same, and have the added bonus of being accepted in each other’s state. If you buy the $25 California SNOPARK pass you can use it in Idaho and Oregon for no additional charge, and vice versa. Oregon can be used in both CA & ID, and ID can be used in both CA & OR. Washington on the other hand is greedy, and it shows it their rates. A day pass in Oregon is only $4, but a day pass in Washington is $40! California’s day pass is only $5, and Idaho is only $10 for the whole year.

      Washington State Sno Park Pass Information
      Oregon State SNOWPARK PASS Information
      California State SNOW PARK PASS Information
      Idaho State Snow Park Pass Information

      SNOW PARK”s don’t provide the comforts of an RV park resort or campground, but for $5 a month provide a place to call home. Some snowparks may be more popular than others, and some may prohibit over night parking. The place I stayed at in Lake Tahoe said no overnight parking on the signs, but the website said it was ok to sleep in your car. The police officer and game warden that stopped by only cared that I had a sticker I paid for. How ambitious these rules get enforced elsewhere I couldn’t say, but I assume they are pretty relaxed since SNOWPARKS aren’t very popular.

      Hope this was helpful. I spend my winters at ski resorts, and boondocking in the snow. Sometimes I forget thats not normal with other RVers. But let me know what you find. Have you tried contacting any vacation rental owners off of Airbnb to see if they would be willing to rent out to you in the off season. Remember if you book through me I’ll give you $40 off your first booking. If you and the AirBnb owner agree to $300 a month its only $260 when you book through my AirBnB coupon.

      Happy Travels TD. Thanks again for reaching out. Always glad to help. Let me know what you find.

      Adam

  • Me and my family well be hitting the road at the end of February. We are very much excited. Any tips or tricks to cut costs would b greatly appreciated. We’ll b stay’n in the eurika california area. It well b 2 adults 2 teenage boys 2 rvs and 2 dogs. Lol thanks again for any advice u might have. April

    • April,

      Thanks for reaching out to me and visiting my travel blog. Eurika California is a great area, but at that time of year my biggest recommendation to you is to get a SNO Park pass. If I remember right its only $25 and good until May 1st. This allows you to stay at any California SNO Park for as long as you like. I stayed at Taylor Creek SNO Park in SOuth Lake Tahoe for an entire ski season and it only costs me $25. Worked out to be like $4/month for rent. The price might have gone up but you can check out the prices and regulations by going to this site http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1233.

      Winter camping can be a challenge that isn’t suited for everyone. A dehumidifier helps with the condensation on the windows, and mini torch will help with frozen locks and doors. You can pick one up for less than $35 at any hardware store. I would also recommend get a key magnet box with spare keys to put on the underside of your rig. Sucks when the keys fall out of your pocket shoveling snow and you cant find them. Spend $5 now so you don’t spend 5 hours and hundreds of dollars later. I am not going to give them a backlink from my website but google thousandtrails. They offer membership based camping at over 80 campgrounds across america for a one team fee. Its a great deal as long as the campgrounds are in the area you will be at. Since your traveling in the winter time check out staying at ski resorts. You don’t have to ski to stay there, and you will have a blast with the other RVers that are there. Electric blankets are a game changer for winter camping and don’t produce condensation on all your windows and doors. Another great idea for winter camping is load up an external hard drive with movies, shows and various other entertainment. Or purchase an HDMI chord for your phone so you can broadcast to your TV for the whole family to watch. I have two 1 terabyte hard drives full of movies, shows & documentaries that come in very handy on rainy days or days you can’t leave the camper. There are so many other tips I could give you, but it would help to know how long you are going for. What are your intended destinations? What sites would you enjoy? If you could give me some more information I would be glad to give you some more advice, tips and destination guides.

      Sorry it took so long for me to respond to you I’ve been away with family, but I am super excited to hear more about your trip. Please get back in touch with me.

      Happy New Year, and thank you again for checking out my RV travel blog.

      Regards,

      Adam

    • Vicky,

      Thats awesome. I am so happy to hear one of my articles actually helped someone. What kind of travel trailer did you buy? If you have any pictures send em over. I’d love to see. As for cheap long term RV hookup in the Vegas area that would be a tough one for me. I am sure there are reasonably priced RV parks the farther away from Vegas you get, but I doubt there would be anything close. You have to remember Vegas is a year-round tourist destination, and there is no motivation for any campground or RV park to offer cheap rates. Doing a quick google search I found three casion run RV parks that only charge $20-$32/day, but this Las Vegas RV Park offers monthly RV rates of only $410. Here is a complete list of RV parks I found in and around the Las Vegas RV Parks & Cheap Hookups . Check out those and see what you can find. Also being the desert and all I am sure you could find someone off of facebook marketplace or craigslist that would be willing to rent you a spot on their property for the right price. Look for vacant land owners, or contact the local real estate agent. Check the real estate section on craigslist for property owner contact information. Not sure how comfortable you would be driving your new travel trailer around once a week, but under the right circumstances maybe the property owner would let you dig an out house pit. You could always get one of these RV hookup waste wagons and dump in the pit. Cover with lye. I stayed a property once that let me do this, but instead of the “waste wagon” I just bought 50 feet of PVC piping to hookup to my travel trailer hookups. Covered it in lye, and when I left buried the hole. Or you could always rent a porta potty.

      But the best & cheapest option would be hiring a professional to pump out your waste. This usually only costs about $30-$40 and you only have to do it once maybe twice a month depending on your useage. I did that at a horse farm in Colorado once, and the company I used came out within 24 hours of calling them and only costed me $31. Hope this was helpful Vicky.

      Thanks for visiting my RV travel blog,

      Adam

  • i am in desperate need of a private place to move my rv and live in. i am able to relocate to either jefferson county, mason county,or clallam county, all of which are wa state. i hhave reached to facebook, craigslist,and numerous of web searches which yielded me no such luck. Please help! Thank you so much!

    • Michelle,

      Thanks for taking the time to read my RV travel blog. What kind of RV do you have? Is it one that can boondock with an onboard generator? The counties you mentioned are all pretty close to Seattle which from what I hear is going through a major housing crisis. If you have an RV with onboard generator than I would explore urban boondocking. Check out my free camping guide. You may not be able to stay in one place for more than 3 days, but you it will be rent free. When your holding tanks fill up just reach out to a septic company. They will pump out your tanks for less then $30. I’ve stayed in Washington quite a bit and there are a number of facebook groups that have always helped me out. Did you try the garage sale groups and the help wanted groups for whatever county you were looking at? Those are my favorites. Have you reached out to real estate agents or contacted vacant land owners that have postings on craigslist? That usually always works for me?

      Washington state also has SNO parks that you can stay at long term for very cheap. They don’t have any hookups, but again you can just call a pump out service to take care of that necessity for less than $30. If its just you and you need a place long term how far away is the nearest the casino or ski resort? If you don’t have an onboard generator and need full time hookups you just going to have to run down the list of mobile home parks, rv parks, campgrounds. Reach out to ranchers, farmers run down hotels/motels. I stayed in the parking lot of a hotel once in Colorado for over 6 months. Even had comcast come out and run me my own highspeed internet line that I just laid on the ground between the box and my RV. Find a hotel that does weekly rates with a parking lot and they most likely let you stay with an extension cord to an outlet for your power needs and a hose to a faucet for your water needs. Than again just call a pump out company for your tank necessities. Most of my time in Washington was spent in King County out by Enumclaw, Green water and Mount Rainier. I don’t do the big cities much. Too many people, too many restrictions and everything is too expensive.

      But urban boondocking is a real thing, and if done right can be a great way to stack up some cash quickly while experiencing cheap rv living. This time last year I was urban boondocking in Chicago. Not an RV friendly city by any means, but it worked out fine. I had to deal with freezing temperatures, frozen shut locks, keys stubborn heaters and a city that barely has room for a honda civic let alone a 70 foot rig. Urban boondocking in Seattle should be a piece of cake. Just find 6-8 parking lots you can rotate through every 2-3 weeks. Hotel, hospital, health club parking lots are great one night stand options. City parks, the beach, big box stores yadda yadda. Its not ideal, but at least your not dealing with -50 degrees trying to do it. There are next to zero campground surrounding Chicago. Seattle has plenty of campgrounds surrounding its city limits. Expand your search, and while it seems absurd even if you find a $500 a month campground spot that still cheaper than $1500 studio apartment. I wish I could be more helpful, but google is your best friend in this situation.

      Wishing you luck,

      Adam

  • Adam,
    We’re currently down in EL FRIDA, AZ., area, with a 28′ 5th wheel, living off grid, & talk about rough, now man, this is really rough, our current location, is owned by, a grumpy ol’ woman. But we need 2 find something with less stress, & more open territory, for hiking & such, as i’m trying 2 support me & mentally challenged daughter, any suggestions would be deeply appreciated, ty.

    • Ernie,

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you I’ve been taking a break from the travel to plan a family RV trip. Sounds like a very unfortunate situation. Have you checked out my other cheap RV Hookups article. I included a lot of facebook groups that fellow RVers can reach out to as well as a step by step guide in my comment to Christina if I were in city/situation looking for a setup for my self. Is your 5th wheel mobile? At this time of year in AZ there are thousands of places you can go to for free. Surrounded by other RVers or in your own private plot of land. Have you ever heard of BLM land? Elfrida appears to be right next to Cornado National Forest which you can explore free camping for up to 14 days before you have to relocate. Which I know can be a real pain especially with a massive 5th wheel. At this time of year Quartzsite about 5 hours to your west would be a wonderful option. With long term free RV camping. Located next to Lake Havasu which is surrounded by free camping options. Just north of Lake Havasu plenty of RVers enjoy free camping along the Colorado River or there is a road to the east off of HWY 95 that leads out into the desert where hundreds of RVers camp for free during the winter months. Lake Havasu & Quartzsite are close enough to Las Vegas you can go catch a show, or enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer. Your also a little close to the Grand Canyon for all the hiking you desire, but Lake Havasu is also home to the famous Lake Havasu Falls Hike. Which if your in the area is an absolute must do Bucket List item.

      North of Lake Havasu there is a full resort town I want to say Kingstown, but I could be really wrong on that so do a bit of research. But there is an RV resort with a pirate theme that plenty of fellow travelers I have met over the years have nothing but wonderful things to say about. If hiking, camping and enjoying the easy life is your thing there are plenty of options. If your not tied to the El Frida area by an employer maybe go check out Moab. Plenty of hiking and outdoor activities to do there. Plus there is a road out of town (towards the waste recycling center-take left at the last gas station) that leads to hundreds of primitive free RV camping spots that are blocks if not miles away from the next space. Enjoy hiking caves, cliffs, river beds, waterfalls and so much more. Plus your within striking range to Capital Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Zion & Bryce National Park. As well as the Western Slope of Colorado and the amazing San Juan mountain range that is home to Telluride and Durango. And its the off season right now so you’d most likely have the whole place to yourself. This upcoming weekend is also Tellurides comdey festival which attracts comedians from around the globe. I’ve never been, but I will be there this weekend if you want to meet up and game plan.

      Page, AZ is also a wonderful little secret in AZ also off the Colorado River, but closer to big ticket attractions as wells as full service towns. Sounds like your a wonderful Dad. If you give me a few more details I am sure I can find you something that is right in your wheelhouse.

      Wishing you the best of luck,

      Adam O

  • Hi Adam I just finished reading some of the different things you have on your website and it is great and a wealth of information so im hoping you might be able to help me out. I lost my house about 6 months ago as I had major back surgery and haven’t been able to work since then. I had to have my L2 through L5 fused back together and I now have 2 rods and 6 screws in my back. After I lost my house with the help of family and friends I am now living in my 28 foot travel trailer with my 3 dogs. I need help in finding a place to park it and live in it hopefully with full hook ups and im willing to do whatever it takes to find a place to stay in return. I’m in Southern California and any help or information on this would be great. Thanks for taking the time to read this and keep up the great work you do for other people and RVers out there. Take care and thanks again. Jim

    • Jim,

      Sorry to hear about your situation, and I just watched a documentary on the California housing crisis. So there are a massive amount of people looking to alternative housing options to continue affording their “california dream”. I really try to help out as much as I can with inquiries like this, but I do not stay in RV parks. I don’t have a secret stash of RV park knowledge I can tap into. Google is will be your best bet, but if I were in you shoes in that situation in that part of the country. Jump over to this post of mine https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/ and scroll all the way to the bottom, and review my reply post to Christina.

      Basically it says:

      I would join every facebook group there is for the area. While waiting for that acceptance I would email every AirBnb listing that I though was acceptable for long term RV living situation. While I was waiting to hear back from I would call every campground, RV park, mobile home trail park to see what there rates are. Then I would call every motel in the area and see if they had a weekly rate that was in my budget or at least lower than the monthly rate I found from calling all the RV parks, campgrounds, and mobile home trailer parks. If I found a motel with a lower rate I would ask them if they would rent me a parking spot for my RV, and simply run an extension chord for RV hookups. Most hotels have a communal bathroom so I wouldn’t need sewer hookups, but if they didn’t you could always use a pump out service. I’ve had to do that a few times. They usually only charge about $40 to come pump out your blackwater tank. That way you don’t need full RV hookups just an extension chord. If you still haven’t found anything in your budget, but have been accepted to all the facebook groups for the area your looking for RV hookups I would make a post…..

      Offering whatever you think you can afford monthly for a parking spot. Saying you don’t need hookups. ALl you need is an electrical outlet and a faucet. (Because you can call a septic company to come pump out your holding tanks for $25-$40 so you don’t need sewer).

      Then make a post on craigslist saying the same thing. Post it in the community section and barter section. Room mate wanted & vacation rentals. Google chamber of commerce or any other public consumed website for the area your looking at that might allow you to make a post saying the same thing. Maybe there is a local garage sales postit board. Maybe there is a local community website that allows users to post stuff. Find it and make a post. There is always someone in some town that would needs extra money that would be willing to help out. Get creative. Make a flyer and go post it at the local laundrymat, church, grocery store, liquor store, bar, hardware store. Wherever. Tape it to the building. put it under windshield wipers. Buy a mailing list for the area for around $50 and mail it to everyone that lives in the area that your looking for.

      After that you can contact every vacant land owner listing on craigslist. See if they would be willing to rent out to you. Again you don’t need full hookups. Might just need to invest in a generator if you don’t already have one. Maybe they will let you dig a pit toilet and fill it with lye. I did that in Idaho. Purchased 50 feet of tubing and ran my sewer hose 50 feet away. At the end of my stay simply refilled the hole.

      If after all of that I still hadn’t found a spot. I would recon the area for big box stores like grocery stores, handyman supplies or any nation wide chain that has a large parking lot. Locate a few areas that you can bounce around from. A couple nights here. Couple nights there. Find 7-10 so you don’t repeat a stay for at least 2 weeks. Reach out to churches. Find businesses that aren’t open or operation in the afternoon and night. They tend to be the easiest.

      But be sure to check out this post
      https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/

      And get creative there is someone out there that is willing to rent to you. Talk to farmers. Just going to have to put in the leg work of googling, calling and talking to people.

      Good Luck,

      Adam

  • Hi Adam. Wondering if anyone can help me out here. I’m fairly desperately looking for cheap RV hookups for a long term spot to set up in central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. Full hookup preferred. I don’t have a toyota tacoma truck camper, but I did enjoy learning how you modified yours to make it fit your tacoma.
    The sooner the better. Dauphin or Cumberland Counties would be ideal. The situation is complicated but I bought my first RV after reading your camper buying guide would be for a semi-permanent living arrangement. Thanks for all the wonderful information you have on this site. Who would have thought you can buy RV tires off the internet. Thanks Adam Love your RV travel blog!

    • Scott,

      So glad you have found some benefit out of my RV travel blog. I wish I could personally help you out here, but I am not familiar enough with Pennsylvania to give you any insider longterm RV hookup options. I am planning on changing that this summer, but life has a funny way of wrecking even the best plans. googles going to be your best bet. Call every campground, RV resort, hotel, motel in the area. Email every airbnb listing. Reach out to the local real estate office. Get in touch with a few farmers, and do a search on facebook for local groups in the area your looking to get setup in. I am sure there is some type of garage saling facebook group or something. Here is a list of facebook “RV” groups that you could reach out to for more information.

      https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/#Facebook_Groups_for_RVers

      Happy hunting Scott.

  • seeking rv park/storages where campers are allowed to do repairs. last i visited$350/month prices in virginia doubled to like 800 /month more than my check covers i’ve been in transit backpacking with injuries i’m getting ready to schedule hospital where drs can exam operate hernia etc i’m paying$310/month i’d rather be in live in rv park for that much? Also I enjoyed reading your https://aowanders.com/live-your-dash/

    • Sounds like a tough situation, and it breaks my heart not knowing a solution off the top of my head. RV life offers a lot of freedom, but that freedom comes at the price of upgrades, repairs and maintenance. I don’t know of a place off the top of my head that fits into that price point and allows repairs on property. But if your still agile enough to do the repairs you can always stay in the National Forest or BLM or someother type of public land system. I know its not the most ideal setup boondocking with a camper in need of repairs, but in todays world you can call for a pump out that will cost less than $40 for the service. Water truck can bring you water for your tanks, and propane companies are happy to deliver. All for less than $310/month, and your surrounding settings would be much nicer than a cramped RV park or city dwelling campground. I wish I could be more helpful, but I don’t stay in campgrounds or RV parks very often and very rarely ever find myself on the East Coast. I’m a mountain loving soul who chases snowflakes from Colorado to Alasaka!

      But I’ve been in your situation and come across others who have also been in your situation. Its no fun, but its only temporary. Might take a bit more effort to go about repairs from public land and reliant on vendors to deliver supplies, but in todays world they are pretty cheap, understandable and more than willing.

      Have you reached out to any farmers in the area for private RV hookups. I’ve always had great luck with farmers and they wouldn’t mind you doing repairs on their property as long as you cleaned up after yourself. Maybe reach out to a construction crew or building developer and offer to be their on property security in exchange for an electricity. Plus most job sites have porta potties. This would take care of your camper hookups, and give you a construction site to do your camper repairs. If there is a logging company in the area reach out to them. They sometimes hire people for “fire watch” duty. Which means you just sit in the woods watching their equipment and making sure no fires happen. I did that for 4 months once for a solar panel installation company. They paid me $750/week to sit and watch Netflx in my travel trailer on the job site. There are a lot of rafting companies in the area. Maybe you can reach out to one of them and offer to be the shuttle driver in exchange for a spot to park your camper and do some repairs. The Appalaichan Trail has tons of volunteer options in regards to trail maintenance and various other tasks. Maybe the Virgina department of natural resources can hook you up with a spot or reach out to a local volunteer group and see if there is something you can work out with them. The possiblities are endless, but all depends on your situation. Wish there was more I could offer.

      Good luck & happy travels,

      Adam

  • I am looking for things to do near Harpers Ferry National Park. Tomorrow I am visiting the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center, John Brown’s Fort where the slave revolt of 1859 took place and the Civil War Muesum here in Harpers Ferry. I’m also looking for a cheap RV space to rent for my RV around the Harper’s Ferry river location. I’ve contacted the KOA Harpers Ferry Campground and a couple of Harpers Ferry RV parks, but some of them are still closed for the winter, and the KOA in Harpers Ferry is far too expensive. Got any advice Adam? Love your RV Travel Blog!

    • Jason,

      Thanks for reaching out, and reading my RV travel blog. I am assuming you have already contacted the RiverRides Harpers Ferry Campground Adventure Park? They offer white water rafting, tubing, zipline, aerial adventure park and looks to be the only Harpers Ferry Campground in the area. According to their websites Full RV hookup sites start at $69/night. If your going to stay for more than 10 nights you might as well do their monthly rate at $650, but thats way more than I would ever pay for an RV site. Especially when it says right on their own website that you should consider bringing ear plugs for a good nights rest because they are near tracks that see trains run 24/7! Yikes!!

      I’ve never been to this area specifically, but doing a quick 30 minute google search all up and down the Potomac River there are plenty of free campgrounds you can stay at overnight through the National Park Service or the Canal Trust Organization. Here is one example of the Canal Trust Organization free campsite in the Harpers Ferry Area. Opequon Junction Campsite I am sure all of these campgrounds will be rustic boondocking style campgrounds with no running water or electricity, but can’t beat the FREE price tag. Actually I just found this on their website Water is turned off from November 15 to April 15 each year. So there is running water at all their hiker/biker campgrounds along the canal. Zooming in on the map link I provided below shows over 35 primitive campgrounds along the Potomac River Canal that do have running water, and are free to stay at overnight. Probably has something to do with being so close to the Appalachian Trail

      If you need a dumpstation

      Beckley
      Beckley Travel Plaza, 500 Vankirk Dr, Beckley WV 25801 / 304-256-6695. Free. I-64/I-77 Exit 45.
      Harpers Ferry
      KOA, 343 Campground Rd, Harpers Ferry WV 25425 / 304-535-6895. $20 or less.
      New Martinsville
      Public dump station on the corner of Main St and Harlan Dr near the public park/boat launch. Free.
      Williamstown
      Welcome Center, 1325 Highland Ave, Williamstown WV 26187 / 304-375-2700. Free. I-77 Exit 185.

      Here is a list of over 20 campgrounds & RV parks in the Harpers Ferry area complete with contact information and websites Harpers Ferry RV Campgrounds

      As for things to do in Harpers Ferry looks like there is a ton of civil war history attractions. From historic battlefields like Gettysburg to historic architecture like the Seneca Stone Cutting Mill. Close by is the Gambrill & Gathland State Park. Killiansburg Cave Campsite will allow you to spend the day doing some cave exploration, or visit nearby Shepherdstown for a bite to eat. You’ve got a full line up of things to do in Harpers Ferry! Enjoy.

      Happy Travels,

      Adam

  • Hiya! Great article! Im actually moving up to the Ogden/Logan UT area next month with my Tiny House Trailer, and have been trying to find a place to park it. I’ll be in the area for a year. Do you have any suggestions for the area like the place you stayed at? Thanks!

    • Hey Alex,

      The place I stayed at was called the Wasatch View Estates, but that was back in 2010 or 2012. I did just look on google maps and appears my space is still available. There are a couple other rv parks in the area that I considered but they (if i remember right) were around $400/month. There is also a number of free boondocking options too. Up the blvd to powder mountain theres a great place right off the winding stream, and a ton of places around the reservoir but again no hookups.

      Here is my write up of highlights in Ogden. Ogden has so much potential, its a ski resort thats been forgotten about. You can always camp at the ski resort for free too, especially in the summer. You’ll have the whole place to yourself!

      If you haven’t read this yet heres an article on how to fund free boondocking options.

      Its been awhile since ive been to Ogden, but it only took me a few hours to find multiple options for my camper. When you get to town theres a truck stop and multiple hotels you could post up in with your camper while you get orientated and recon the area.

      I didnt have to use my bag of tricks. Just opened google and startn calling rv parks. I want to say there was one trailhead on the skyline trail that allowed overnight camping and had full rv hookups for free up to 9 days, but im having a hard time locating it on Google maps. Ive saved too many locations, but if i find it ill post it here for you.

      Good luck let me know if you have any other questions.

      Happy travels,
      Adam

  • We are 2 seniors that live in a 27 foot camper with a dog. our pull behind camper is old so it is hard to find a place to park it and we don’t have a car or any way to pull it so we have to pay someone to towv and we live on social security we pay $900 a month for a spot to park it live in Colorado

    • Barbara,

      Sounds like a tough situation. My mother is living off of social security as well so I have some sympathy for you. Its not entirely clear if your asking for advice from your post, but if you are the first thing I would do is call around to mobile home parks near you. They generally don’t have an “age” rule when it comes to campers, and they are all set up for RV hook ups. I would be willing to bet you could find a mobile home park near you that cut your cost in half if not more. After finding a spot I would make a post on craigslist looking for someone with a truck. You should be able to find someone off of craigslist to move your camper for a $100 or less. I would also be willing to bet if you went to your local church the pastor their might be able to find someone who would help you move your camper for free. People are genuinely nice and would love to help out, but if you don’t ask they won’t know you need any help. Let me know if you need any more help.

      Happy travels,

      Adam

  • Hi! What a wonderful blog! So happy I came across this. I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before.
    I recently relocated to Phoenix area from Little Rock, Arkansas and moved into a 5th wheel for the first time. Whew! It’s been a big adjustment. My biggest issue right now is finding a long-term spot. I happened to get lucky when I first moved in January and was able to get a spot in Black Canyon City RV park due to a cancellation. However, I’m working in Scottsdale. I don’t mind a drive, but Black Canyon is pushing it. Most RV parks these days seem to be booking up a year in advance. Eagle Point RV in Fountain Hills has openings this summer but told me they are booked beginning this December, and I need something I can stay at for at least the next year. I’d prefer a park of some sort so I can enjoy the amenities of a washer/dryer on site and a pool for my first summer in Phoenix metro.
    Do most neighborhoods in the Phoenix area have community pools? In Arkansas and Louisiana it’s hard to find a neighborhood pool.
    Any help or advice you have for this area would be amazing.
    I’m a PA and my fiance is a PT, we have two well-behaved large breed dogs and we have moved here to work in the Honor Health system. Info in case you happen to know homeowners here with hookups.

    • Ashley,

      Thank you for visiting my RV travel blog. I wish I could be of great help to you, but I tend to stick to more rural areas. Big cities tend to have a lot of rules and protocols that aren’t compatible with my lifestyle. I could definitely point in the right direction if you were looking in the Lake Havasu area or gateway towns around the Grand Canyon, but downtown Phoenix is animal I have yet to tame. With the influx of snowbirds every winter its no surprise the RV parks your contacting are on a wait list. They can be very choosy and expensive because the demand is extremely high. But from my little experience in the Phoenix area there are a massive amount of RV parks to choose from. Most will be in the $500-$700 a month range. Which is absurd in my opinion, but I did stay at one park in Mesa Arizona that only charged $400 if I remember right. You can read about my experience here at Tiffany RV park. I was not a fan at all, but I do remember finding about a half dozen RV parks in that area that were pretty reasonable. Just have to start dialing those numbers.

      As for private RV hookups in Arizona you won’t find any in the Phoenix area, or if you do they will come with a laundry list of stipulations and high price tag. You can find numerous private RV hookups the farther away from the city you get, and even find super cheap RV lots on vacant land out in the desert. Not my cup of tea, but to each their own. You can even buy a 10 acre lot in the middle of nowhere for less than $5,000. With a good solar setup this might be an option, but I wouldn’t think it would be the most convenient setup. I wish I could be more help, but I haven’t spent much time in Phoenix,and have no desire too. While your looking though you can stay for free at the local casinos. The best one with the biggest parking lot is the poker room in Mesa. There is even an abonded road on the backside of the casino that leads to a perfect boondocking location on the backside of the golf course. No hookups, but no neighbors or anyone to bother you either. I stayed there for 5 weeks with no instances. One thing Phoenix has is plenty of desert and if your willing to boondock, which I imagine is not ideal in a large 5th wheel, you can get by for pretty cheap. If your willing to undertake all the inconveniences that go along with urban boondocking.

      Good luck. Wish I could have been more help.

      Adam

  • I have a private fenced gravel lot in a residential area near Asheville,NC. Full RV hook up. Fire pit. No shower. Laundry mat nearby. A few days to a few weeks would be best per Stay – not long term since I have a zoning limit. As a renter how can I get this out there? Where best to post it? What should I look for to avoid any bad situations? Any advise is welcome from private renters and lot users. Thanks so much.

    • Thanks for reaching out DD. Sounds like a wonderful RV destination. Especially in the beautiful Asheveill area. Love that area!

      The best way to promote this as a nightly rental would be to make your own website, and I can help you with that if need be. If I were in your shoes this is what I would do. Create a google my business listing for your propety. Name it something relatable to campgrounds (DD’s Campground or Appalachain’s Secret Campground). Something along those lines. This way google will do the heavy lifting for you by including your 1 spot campground among the search results for ppl looking for nightly rv hook up rentals or even just a place to camp whent traveling in your area. Be sure to include pictures, make up business hours with a phone number. SO that your personal phone or house phone isn’t public or become overburdened with phone calls. Get a free Google Voice number. https://voice.google.com Its completely free. Includes unlimited voicemail, texts and can call out anhywhere in the US for free. You can make and recieve calls via your computer, and this can be your “campgrounds” business phone. To complete the GMB (google my business) listing you need to validate it. To do this after you create your new GMB listing you have to find it in the search results and click on it. Scroll towards the bottom and click claim this business. Google will send you postcard with a pin number on it. Once you recieve it you need to login to your google my business account and verify your the valid owner of this business. And whallla you are now the proud owner of a 1 site campground in the Asheville area that can be found by RVers, campers and travelers. You can make this as automated or manual as you want it, but you will want to connect your new webpage to your Google my business listing. Create an online booking system complete with a payment portal. You can use paypal or stripe. Stripe has lower fees, but is slightly more complicated than installing paypal. But both are pretty easy. Again I can help you with all of this if need be.

      On your site all you really need is a home page (describing your site), rates page (including seasonal operation hours) and a contact page. To help really drive business you should utilize a review discount and/or bounce back promotion for all bookings. A bounce back promotion is when you give a discount for people who book again with you. This is widely used in the restaurant industry. Bring in your lunch receipt at dinner get 10% off or vice versa. A review discount works pretty much the same. Leave a review and get 10% off. Works wonderful if you incoporate it at the time of check out. And the more reviews you get the more google shows your listing first when people are searching for RV hook ups in your area. I’ve helped a auto repairshop in Minnesota incorporate both of these into their checkout system. They now have a 5 out of 5 star review on 4 different social media platforms, and a 91% repeat business model. Again if you need help doing this I can help you or do it for you if need be.

      Another option that targets the traffic your looking for and will do all the promotion for you is airbnb and you can use this link to sign up. http://www.airbnb.com/r/aoverby1 Airbnb will do all the screening, payment collection and booking for you. All you have to do is create a profile along with some details about your site. Pretty simple. You can also advertise on local facebook groups in the Asheville area or even the RV facebook groups which you can find on this page of mine. https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/#How_To_Use_Facebook_To_Find_Cheap_RV_Hookups or you can use these sites thats sole purpose is to help people like you with private rv hook ups find renters https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/#Connecting_RVers_With_Cheap_Private_RV_Hookups

      There are a few other places you can post to generate awareness too. Like craigslist, trover, couchsurfing or even pinterest. But I think you will find the most success with what I have suggested above.

      As far as what to look for. I would use your own common sense. At first you might want to manually accept all bookings/reservations after talking with potential travelers to vet them. But most people that are looking for a campsite are travelers on a family vacation or road trip. They are looking for a safe secure place to leave their rig while they explore the area. I don’t think you have to worry too much about riff raff. But you could always put a stipulation on the age of a rig and/or a hefty deposit. By only accepting newer rigs and requiring a deposit this will also help narrow down the customer base into responsible and stable visitors. There are plenty of protocols you could implement to ensure you get the right type of visitor for your private RV hookups. If you’d like I would be more than happy to jump on a call with you to help you figure all of this out. You can email me at [email protected] to get that setup if you’d like.

      Thanks DD. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

      Warm Regards,

      Adam

  • Hi, I’m looking for a place to park my camper for the next year with water, electricity, sewer, and wifi hookup near the Raleigh/Durham North Carolina area. Thought you might be able to help find the best place! Thanks for all your help!

    • Brittany,

      Thanks for visiting my RV travel blog. I have stayed at a number of places in Asheville & the Outer Banks, but never anywhere near Raleigh. What methods have you tried so far?

      Adam

  • I am currently finding myself along with my Lu Lu (old English Bulldog) which is a story in itself but I was hoping I could get some tips on how to find a secluded piece of land to rent for tent camping the remainder of the summer with my dog around lincolnton NC. I’ve been on a friends lil piece of land for little over a month and I love it but I gotta go.

    • Thanks for stopping by my RV travel blog Michelle. I wish I could give you a friends phone number, but without google I would have no idea where Lincolnton NC is located. If I were in your position the first thing I would do is hop over to this article of mine also focused towards finding cheap RV hookups or you can just use this link https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/

      But on that page about 3/4 down you will find links to about a dozen facebook groups. Join them and make a post asking exactly what you posted here. After that I would call a local real estate agent see if they have any clients or parcels that would fit the bill. From there I would find the local garage sale facebook group for your area and make the same post you made here. You can also check craigslist real estate section and email land owners directly. Hop on zillow or realtor and see if there is anything for sale in that area that would fit the bill. Then email the agent or land owner and see if they would rent it out to you for the next few months. Plenty of options just gotta put in the time consuming “leg work”.

      Best of luck to you,

      Adam

  • Hello!
    This was a great read, I was wondering if you know of any cheap rv living locations in the Bay Area(California)? I’m looking for cheap RV hookups but a long term RV stay. Im currently at thousand trails but I have to move my rig every 2-3 weeks. I’m new to this so any RV life tips would help! (:

    • London,

      Thanks for swinging by RV travel blog. I’ve heard great things about the thousand trails membership program, but I’m not personally familiar with the protocols. I’ve also had a numerous people reach out to me from the Bay area asking a fairly similar question. After watching a documentary on the housing crisis in that area. Combined with California’a wild fires, popularity of vanlife, Asian investments and a host of other variables cheap rv living inventory in the bay area is rather scarce. The closest cheap RV hookups I personally know of in that area of the world is in South Lake Tahoe area. I don’t usually stay in the big cities so I don’t have a lot of contacts in that area, but have you checked out my other post on finding cheap RV hookups. It goes into greater detail on how I actually find my private RV hookups whether in the big city or the small mountain towns I so love. You can find it by following this link https://aowanders.com/6-amazing-resources-to-find-cheap-rv-hookups/.

      And you can find all my RV tips on this page
      https://aowanders.com/category/start-here/rv-life/

      Where I am always adding new articles. But since you are looking for city options check out my Free urban boondocking article. or how I used my urban boondocking list to live out of my 30 foot travel trailer and save up $27,000 in 3 months. There might be some concepts in that article that will help train your eye for options surrounding your courent campground that you could stay at from time to time.

      If you had a more specific question on “rv tips” I would be happy to try and answer them.

      Safe travels my friend,

      Adam

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