Camping Discounts For Veterans And Disabled Service Members

One hundred years ago, the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. A year later on the first Armistice Day, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the American People which in part said,

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

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Thank you, veterans. All photos via iRV2 Forums

Since that first address in 1919, America and other countries have remembered those who have served in the armed forces via Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, and since 1954, Veterans Day. RVers owe the freedom we enjoy today to those that fought to keep America free.

In some ways, we also owe it to Veterans for the rise of the RV industry as it was G.I.s returning from World War II looking for time away with their family that drove the growth of trailers and truck camper manufacturers in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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I am thankful for those that have served this great country and I hope those of you reading this are too. Many of the fifty states that comprise the United States also wish to thank vets and/or disabled vets by offering them special camping rates to state-operated campgrounds.

By clicking here you can view an alphabetical listing of all fifty states to see what discounts, if any, are offered to veterans or the disabled and what the requirements are to receive the discount.

Are you an RVer who served in the armed forces? Please share what branch you served in and where you served. Thank you for your heroism, service, and sacrifice.

RVing in the home of the brave and land of the free, one of the best adventures in RVing!

See also: New RVs Donated To Tents For Troops



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Campsites And RVs For Military Members Through Tents For Troops

Thor Industries and six of their subsidiaries—including Dutchmen, CrossRoads, and Keystone—recently donated nine brand new RVs to the non-profit Tents For Troops.  They are all fully furnished and available for active military members and their families to use for up to a week.

The nationwide program connects active service members with free tent and RV sites across the U.S.  The non-profit was founded by Charlie Curry, developer of Toutle River RV Resort in Washington State.  He began offering free nights to military families at his own park about nine years ago and his organization has since expanded to over 300 parks across 49 states.

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Jim Larson and his family were the first military family to enjoy the donated Sportsmen RV at the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Thor)

Bob Martin, the President and CEO of Thor Industries, said in a press release:

“This is just a small token of gratitude we can give to those who dedicate their lives to courageously serving our country. This donation represents much more than giving RVs. We hope they provide these families time away from their demanding duties to relax, connect and spend quality time with each other. The outdoors have an innate healing power, and we are honored to provide this retreat.”

The new donated units are part of their RV loaner program and set up on full hookup RV sites at participating campgrounds. They require a $100 deposit, $65 of which is returned to the guests as long as the RV is left clean. The campground keeps the remaining non-refundable $35 for utilities.

The new RVs include:

Tents For Troops also works with 300+ campgrounds across the country to provide service members with free tent and RV sites for at least two nights.  You can find participating locations on their website here and read more about the campgrounds on RV Park Reviews.

The program is exclusively for active military members (including the National Guard and Reserve) who are camping with immediate family and is not currently offered for retired veterans.  Reservations are always required as well as a military I.D. at check-in. For more information on the non-profit, visit tentsfortroops.org.



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