Savvy RV travelers lower their site fees by using these tips for making RV park reservations.
- Join RV membership organizations. RV parks offer discounts to members of various organizations, such as Good Sam RV Club (headquartered in metro Denver) and Escapees. A typical discount is 10 percent. Review the benefits they offer for your specific RV travel plans and preferences. Then select one or more whose benefits for you exceed the cost of annual membership.
- Be aware of other possible discounts. Many RV parks also offer discounts to other organizations and to U.S. veterans and military personnel. Examples include AAA and AARP. Currently, some RV parks offer veterans discounts of 15% or more.
- Always ask the RV park if they offer a discount for your membership group. Do this before you pay. Do not assume that they will ask you.
- Ask what specials the RV park is currently offering. A typical example is Third Night Free on holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, or 15% off on special occasion weekends, such as Father’s Day. Typically, a membership discount and a special offer cannot be combined. Before you make your reservation, compare your options to see which one gives you the greater savings.
- Travel in low season. RV site fees can be 25% lower or more during low season. Rates vary based on the location’s popularity with travelers at specific times of year. While the high season in one destination may be summer, in another it may be autumn. To get the best rates at the your destination of choice, find out when low season rates apply before you leave.
- Stay longer. RV parks typically offer the seventh night free for week-long stays.
Follow these tips and you will have extra dollars available to explore your destination, enjoy the local cuisine or buy a memento.
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