For all but the most hardcore, boondocking can get grimy and tiresome relatively fast. But for shorter trips, you should consider going without amenities to save some cash for when it counts. "Make use of campgrounds with limited hookups for short stays to save money," Sinclair said. "There are tons of campgrounds out there, like state parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds, which only have electric or electric and water. While you are limited by your water holding tanks, they easily allow you to save money on short stays. Indeed, knowing it was 90-plus degrees out and we didn't want to boondock, we found a fairground in Nebraska with just electric hookups. We could run our AC to get cool but only needed the site for one night. Cost? $7."
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