A Free VS an Expensive Campsite? Is the COST Worth IT???

A Free VS an Expensive Campsite? Is the COST Worth IT???

Whether you camp in a small camper or a motorhome when it comes to selecting a campground you have cost choices! Cheap vs expensive camping. Will you experience as much joy RV camping at a free or cheaper campground that costs a fraction of the cost of a luxury RV resort or RV park?

There are pros and cons to each type of campsite, so in this free vs expensive camping video, we show you a side-by-side comparison so you can compare the differences and learn the advantages and disadvantages to discover the best campsites for you.

RV resorts and premium camping campgrounds have a variety of amenities that some might argue make camping more enjoyable and easier. It’s more like glamping. But if you prefer being closer to nature this type of campsite might not be worth the cost and could be a disadvantage for you.

Many free camping spots such as at a campground, boondocking, or dispersed camping spots offer you a remote setting but finding a free campsite can be challenging because you can’t make a reservation ahead of time. You might not have a pool or a nearby restaurant but you will have fewer camping neighbors and quiet peaceful campfires.

We all have our vision of our best campsites. Which one is yours more like? The free campsite or the premium campsite? I’m really curious to hear which one you’d prefer to camp at! Let me know in the comment section!

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  1. RobertM on September 1, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    FREE! No way I would pay $120 for a campsite. Actually, I avoid campgrounds as much as possible. I’m a boondocker through and through! And living in Nevada, being a boondocker is very easy.

  2. ggsmith48906 on September 1, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    One thing you didn’t compare is the time and effort needed to reserve one of those fancy campsites. Here in Michigan one has to log in before 8am exactly 6 months in advance and compete with thousands of others all trying to get the same campsite at the same time. At 8:01am the campground is already booked. Boom. It’s as bad as calling into a radio station for a prize! None of that hassle when driving way out to a free campground. And if one boondocks it’s even better.

  3. Deanne Walding on September 1, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    I’m love that free campsite, but I am not sure I could handle the first come first serve aspect of it. The premium was much too premium for me, so I like my state park reservation systems.

  4. Joan Harper on September 1, 2023 at 8:08 pm


  5. Maureen on September 1, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Free. But it’s not the money, it’s the setting. I’m nature all the way.

  6. Barb on September 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    I like to be with nature but am uncomfortable with first come first served.

  7. Peter Kettelkamp on September 1, 2023 at 8:17 pm


  8. Ann-Marie Patton on September 1, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Think it depends for us. If we want more off grid and nature, I’d go with free; if we want more upscale amenities, it’d be expensive. ❤

  9. Johanna Beatty on September 1, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Free is awesome!! Love the privacy & back to nature!
    But, sometimes hubby has to work, so then we need at least an electric hookup, but still prefer to find a state park or federal site, Forest service or Army Corps of Eng. & also need somewhere with internet.

  10. Sharon Davis on September 1, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    There’s a time and place for both but…when I think of “camping” I picture nature and open space so would have to go for “free”. Staying in an upscale campground is more “traveling” as opposed to “camping”. There’s a time and place for both.

  11. Robert Doyen on September 1, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    We are more almost free. Most of ours have electricity. We did pay $105.00 for a campsite but that was in Yellowstone with full hookup’s. Thanks From Wisconsin

  12. Rose Rocker on September 1, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Premium for this girl. I personally love KOA resorts , and that’s where we usually reserve for upcoming trips. Full hook ups is a must . ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  13. Joyce Johnson on September 1, 2023 at 8:31 pm


  14. Andrea Smith on September 1, 2023 at 8:32 pm


  15. Buddy Hall on September 1, 2023 at 8:32 pm


  16. Linda Birkes-Lance on September 1, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    I’m on Team Free.

  17. Joyce Moses on September 1, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Free – when we are staying approximately three or four days. Premium – if we plan to stay longer than four days.

  18. Patriot 4God on September 1, 2023 at 8:34 pm


  19. Linda McNeely on September 1, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    definately the free site is the one I would love!

  20. Diane Rivard on September 1, 2023 at 8:39 pm


  21. Cathy Mullooly on September 1, 2023 at 8:39 pm


  22. Todd Stoddard on September 1, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Definitely free! 😊

  23. Crafty Traveler on September 1, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    I like both for different reasons.

  24. Kim Murphy on September 1, 2023 at 8:51 pm


  25. Karol Ruttan on September 1, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Free, more space, fewer people.

  26. Randi's Adventures on September 1, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    I’m really curious to hear which campground you’d prefer to camp at!

  27. Damy 331 on September 1, 2023 at 8:57 pm


  28. miriam kenrick on September 1, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Free, because that is camping. The premium is a parking lot . At $120 a night I wouldn’t be able to afford to explore.

  29. Nancy Ulloa on September 1, 2023 at 8:58 pm


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