The cost of RVing is still a bargain when compared to paying for air travel vacations. In a recent study that looked at the cost of RV vacations, the Recreational Vehicle Industry of America revealed that:
“RV travel is 23 to 59% less expensive than other types of vacations, for a family of four that owns an RV. For an “empty-nester” couple traveling by RV, savings were 11 to 46%. “
By learning how to save money on RV vacations you’ll have even more money left over for entertainment and fun activities with your travel mates.
1. Join a camping club.
Many camping clubs exist to help you save on campground fees. Some cost thousands of dollars to join in order to be a part of their “exclusive” membership opportunities, but that’s not exactly saving you any money, especially if you’re casual RVers.
For RVers who don’t want to stick to one particular brand of RV parks, a low-cost camping club like Boondockers Welcome will connect you with free places to camp. Passport America can save you 50% off participating campgrounds around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
You’ll find a wide variety of amenities and accommodations at each park. For peace of mind, head over to campgroundreviews.com to get fellow campers’ opinions about Passport America parks that you’re thinking of visiting.
2. Learn how to dry camp.
Dry camping is a frugal RVers preferred way to save money on camping fees. Learning how to camp without hookups takes a little bit of practice, such as: knowing how many showers you can take with your on-board water supply, and how often you’ll need to empty your tanks.
But learning how to camp off-grid without hookups can literally save you thousands of dollars in a year’s worth of camping fees. Talk to RVers in the iRV2 Boondocking Forum for dry camping tips.
3. Camp on the outskirts.
The greater distance you put between your campsite and popular family camping destinations like Yosemite National Park or the California Coast, the more you’ll save.
Consider staying at a location that’s an easy day trip distance away from your home base. You’ll find cheap RV park rates when compared to staying in the middle of the action, and it will probably be a whole lot quieter too.
The more you go RVing the more you’ll learn money-saving tips that work well for your lifestyle. If you have already discovered budgeting tips that work for you, join the discussion in our RVing on a Budget Discussion Forum topic.
Often called “The O.G. of full-time RVing,” Rene Agredano and her husband Jim Nelson hit the road in a fifth wheel trailer in 2007, after their dog Jerry lost a leg to terminal cancer. Sixteen years later they are still traveling and sharing their nomadic adventures at LiveWorkDream. As a self-employed wordsmith, Rene shares her expertise for many RV industry videos, publications such as the Escapees RV Club Magazine, and has authored numerous books, including the Essential RVing Guide to National Parks, and Income Anywhere, a guide to earning money on the road. She has been featured in global media outlets including the PBS documentary “NATURE: Why We Love Cats and Dogs,” The Guardian Sunday Edition, and the Dan Pink book Free Agent Nation.