1. Plan Ahead
While one of the main perks of RVing is the ability to make spontaneous decisions about your itinerary, these last-minute changes can often end up costing you a lot of money in gas and camping fees. Taking a detour to see something you hadn’t planned on seeing, while fun, should be counted as an extra expense on top of what you’ve budgeted for. The best way to alleviate budget worries is to plan your trip and expenses before you head out. This being said, you can also budget for a few spontaneous diversions as long as you take them into account in your overall travel budget!
2. Cook In Your RV/At The Campsite
Dining in to save money applies on the road just as much as it does at home. Compare the expense of one trip to the grocery store for three days’ worth of food to dining out for the same length of time. As a bonus, dining in tends to be healthier in addition to being more affordable. We have tons of easy and delicious camping recipes on our blog, check them out here!
3. Select Your Campsites Carefully
The more amenities a camping ground has, the more expensive it is. While planning your trip, look for campsites that only provide the services you’ll need. For instance, if you don’t require Wi-Fi or aren’t interested in hanging out with other RVers at a clubhouse, like some resort-style campgrounds offer, then a much cheaper site or provincial or federal park will be a better fit for you.
4. Watch Your Fuel Output
Cutting down on unplanned diversions and dining in will both allow you to cut down significantly on fuel costs. However, you can also do things like drive a little slower. This will help you to consume less fuel.
5. Get Your RV Checked Before-Hand
Getting a professional to inspect your RV before leaving is both important and a huge money saver. This is because finding potential issues and fixing them before leaving will minimize the risk of your RV breaking down on the road and thereby requiring costly emergency repairs. Even so, it’s a good idea to budget for repairs along the way, just in case. Especially for longer trips!