Ways to Save
For the real adventurous and or/ penny pinchers, consider boondocking. Instead of staying at a RV resort, maybe opt for a free stay on public property. This can be done legally, but some research on nearby boondocking locations will need to be done. Consider parking in a secluded spot in the desert, the forest, beach, mountains..etc
Instead of buying all meals at the RV resort restaurant, consider dining out for breakfast and lunch. Items on those two menus are typically cheaper than the dinner menu. Bring along your favorite snacks and beverages. And, after a fun and relaxing day, spend time together in the RV kitchen, cooking a nice meal with easy cleanup afterward.
To help get better gas mileage, try to take only necessities with you. Don’t short yourself on extras, like a full freshwater tank if you plan to boondock. But, keep in mind water can weigh down and hurt the gas mileage. It’s recommended to travel with a water tank lever that is between empty and a quarter-full, if you will be staying at an RV resort with water hookups.
Along with creating a load that will be gas mileage-friendly, plan the route before you leave. Use a site such as GasBuddy that displays real-time gas prices at stations along your route. This will help you purchase the cheapest gas around.
Propane can be another costly need, but there are some tips to help conserve a full tank. Take advantage of the full hookups at the resort and use that for water heating, cooking and temperature control. Another way to reduce your propane usage is to visit the resort showers.
Consider investing in a Good Sam membership. Prices start out at $29 per year and include 10% discounts on the more than 2000 Good Sam Parks and Campgrounds nationwide. Save five cents off each gallon of gas and eight cents off each gallon of diesel at select Flying J locations. Other discounts include 15% on propane purchased from Camping World and Gander RV retail locations, as well as a Good Sam Campground and Coupon guide that advertises saving over 60 percent. Also at Camping World and Gander RV locations, the membership grants free RV and boat dump stations.
So, just like creating-and sticking to-a monthly household budget, factoring in some of these tips can help keep you on target of your RV trip budget. Tightening the belt for a bit might be difficult, but by making a few small changes here and there, you and your traveling companions can have a fun outing that might not break the bank after all.