Tips for RV’ing on a budget

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      Lindy
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          Starting the planning phase of my Spring trip and realized costs can really add up! The price of fuel, campground costs, etc. And I’m sure there’s a lot I’m missing. WHat are your best tips to RV on a budget and save some money?

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          Tory Jon
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              Careful planning is one of the best ways to save money on your trip.

              • Research your route, taking into account any tolls, distance, fuel prices, etc. RV route planning apps can help find the most cost-effective route that is RV friendly.
              • Scheduling your RV trip during off-peak travel times can lead to substantial savings.
              • Research affordable campgrounds. Invest in campground memberships or discount programs, such as Good Sam’s Club or Passport America, if they make sense (only you can decide that).
              • Create a budget. Estimate fuel, campground fees, food, etc, and try to stick to that budget. We have tools on this website to help estimate these expenses.
              • Alternate between free boondocking nights and paid campground stays. Use the paid campground stays to empty tanks, fill up with water, etc.
              • Food is another huge expense. Plan and make your own meals instead of eating out.

               

               

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              Lawrence Smith
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                  The Gas buddy app alone can save you hundreds of dollars

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                  IA_Camper
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                      +1 for alternating boondocking nights with campground stays. If you can do it. But it’s not hard. Campendium and freecampsites.net can help you find free camping spots. Staying over night at a Walmart or Cabelas between destinations saves money too. It adds up quick on long trips.

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