How to Find a Long-Term RV Park

Finding a monthly RV site at your favorite destination is harder than you might think

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When you start RVing, you might feel overwhelmed. The first trip you and your family plan will be tedious, time-consuming, and downright frustrating. If you’re looking to travel somewhere new, finding the best parking isn’t the easiest task. If you fall in love with the place you visit, such as a campground or national park, and want to secure a monthly RV site rental, that can be even harder.

Depending on how often you travel, who comes with you, and what type of places you like to stay, investing in a monthly site rental at a long-term RV park might be the most affordable option.

Let’s look at what long-term RV parks are, how to find one, and why you should consider investing in one if you frequent the same destinations throughout the year.

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What Are Long-Term RV Parks?

At a long-term RV park (or campground with long-term availability), you can park your RV or trailer at a guaranteed spot as if renting a room in a hotel. RV sites come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and with different amenities depending on the RV park or campground.

Monthly RV site rentals usually need you to commit to a contract or lease, anywhere from three to 12 months in duration or longer, and require you to pre-pay ahead of time. This ensures that the RV park or campground gets its dues and you don’t have to worry about someone snatching up the best parking spot in the park or campground.

The RV sites vary in price depending on everything from the location in the park itself to what’s included with the rent, such as hook-ups, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Depending on where in the country you travel, you may find long-term RV parks to be more expensive closer to tourist destinations and national parks than those in less busy destinations.

Weigh the pros and cons of what the monthly site rental offers in amenities versus what your motorhome or trailer does. If you can go without some luxuries at the site because your RV provides them, you’ll save even more money in the long-term on rentals with fewer amenities.

Read our expert guide to renting an RV park or campground site for help getting started.

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Finding a Long-Term RV Site

Long-term RV sites aren’t difficult to find. Most RV parks (as well as campgrounds and national parks) across the country offer them. If they’re not advertised on a website or when you visit, ask when you arrive or give them a call.

You’d be surprised at how many of these places want to rent a site monthly as opposed to dealing with last-minute arrivals and weekend travelers. They want people who commit to rentals, and if you’re one of those RVers, you’ll see the difference in everything you do when you travel to a destination to park.

Some RV parks only rent spots long-term, such as luxury RV resorts. These parks often offer more accommodations for travelers than campgrounds and national parks. They can also be harder to get into because most spots will be taken for years, if not decades, and there can be a long waitlist.

If you want a specific RV park or campground, consider waitlisting yourself. You can find something to tide you over in the meantime, and when the spot you want is available, you can jump on it before someone else snatches it up.

Are Long-Term RV Parks Worth the Price Tag?

One of the most significant benefits of RVing is the costs you save over time when vacationing with your family. RV travel is one of the most popular ways to get away from it all. As more consumers invest in RVing, more campgrounds and RV parks are going to scramble to find ways to accommodate them.

Long-term RV parks are worth the fees for those traveling enough to make it worthwhile. If you travel once a month, a monthly RV site rental isn’t for you.

If you’re traveling to the same destinations throughout the year, look at how much your current park fees are compared to renting a site each month ahead of time. While you may have to travel a little bit further to get to and from the monthly RV site rental, it may turn out to be the wiser investment budget-wise for your family.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I find a long-term RV park?

    A lot of campgrounds, national parks, and RV parks allow travelers to stay long-term; check the website first to see if monthly rates are available. If you don't see any mention of it, either call or ask when you arrive at your destination.

  • How much is normally charged at RV parks for long-term stay?

    The cost will depend on a number of factors, including location and amenities like hook-ups and Wi-Fi. Rates generally cost anywhere from $500 to $1,200 a month, although a regular, full hook-up RV site near Yellowstone National Park can cost you upwards of $1,570 a month.

  • Is it possible to live in an RV park for years?

    Yes, it is possible to live in an RV park year-round, although many sites cap your stay at six months at a time.