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How to Cut Costs When Traveling in an RV

How to Cut Costs When Traveling in an RV

Some people are hesitant to buy an RV or use it as much as they should because they worry about the cost. There’s no denying that an RV is an investment. From the moment you purchase it to the care and maintenance, being an RVer is a commitment.

But, you don’t buy a rig just to let it sit in your driveway or off in storage somewhere.

If you want to spend more time in your RV doing some traveling, you can still stay within your budget and save money along the way.

There are a few tips and tricks that can help you cut costs without cutting back on your experience. Once you have a few of those “tricks” under your belt, you’ll start to come up with some creative ones of your own.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few tips that can get you started to cut the costs of your RV travel.

Start Traveling After Labor Day

We’re currently nearing the end of summer, so you might think your camping days are over for a while. That doesn’t have to be true.

Camping during the off season is actually a great way to save some money and experience something new, all at once. Many campgrounds offer discounts during the cooler seasons to attract more people. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the cost of air conditioning. You might even find that gas prices are lower and you get to your destination faster since there’s less traffic.

There are so many benefits to camping in cooler weather, from unique outdoor activities to not having to deal with so many crowds. Saving a bit of money on top of that is just an extra perk.

Fuel Up Wisely

We’ve talked about ways to cut costs on fuel before, but it’s worth repeating if you’re worried about spending a lot on your RV travels. It seems like gas prices are rising regularly, and you might not be able to keep up.

One of the easiest ways to stay ahead is to download an app like GasBuddy. It will let you know the pricing of all gas stations within a specific mile range. Even going a few miles out of your way for a significant savings at the pump can make a big difference. Think about the fact that the average RV has a 150-gallon tank. So, even just a small difference in price can make a big difference to your wallet.

Learn Basic Maintenance

It’s easy to find car mechanics almost anywhere across the country. If you’re on a road trip and your car breaks down, it can probably get fixed within a matter of hours. If you’re in an RV and something happens, that’s a different story.

Not all car mechanics are equipped to work on RVs. Finding a qualified mechanic when you’re traveling can be tricky. Even if you can, you should probably expect to pay quite a bit to get your rig repaired.

You don’t have to be a licensed mechanics to learn a few basic maintenance tips. The more you can DIY on your RV, the less you’ll have to depend on an expensive mechanic when something “simple” happens. Watch videos, join forums, and educate yourself on a few basic maintenance actions you can take if something ever happens.

As you can see, you don’t have to cut corners to cut costs. Keep these money-saving tips in mind before your next road trip, and don’t be afraid to get creative in coming up with a few more of your own. 

Aug 25th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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