RV travel is an appealing way to hit the road on your next trip. Not only does it offer convenience and flexibility, but the low costs offer peace of mind for the budget traveller. Some advance planning is required and that also provides a chance to tailor the trip to exactly what you want to see and do.
There are many ways that you can save money for your next RV road trip. First and foremost, decide on your budget. This way you can really start to analyse where you can and can’t cut down the price tag. Find out what steps you can take to save money and maximize fun for the whole family.
Rent an RV – RVing on a budget is made so much easier with the option of renting. You can pick your RV based on price, style or practicality. This will save you a tonne of money upfront and works out cheaper than renting out rooms in every single city. It also makes for a much better experience.
Make sure that you rent from a trustworthy, reputable company. You don’t want your trip ruined by an unmaintained RV. Many RVs will also come with all necessities included, so you only have to pack your clothes. Another benefit; the RV dealers will probably have a lot of travel tips and tricks up their sleeves.
Pack all your food – Just one takeaway there, one restaurant here and breakfast out again…it all adds up. Before you know it, you’ve spent hundreds on fast food, that you could have been making in your kitchen. So many backpackers and travellers would be envious of your ample kitchen. Make the most of it. Pack everything from snacks, canned and dried food to all the items you need for your favorite meal. A lot of veteran RVers have started taking slow cookers on their travels. This way they can explore whilst their food cooks, have some for leftovers and make the minimal amount of mess. Genius.
Save gas and take it slow – Why are you rushing through those amazing locations? Why not slow down, take everything in and save yourself a bit of money at the same time. 55mph is the recommended speed for saving gas and you have the benefit of viewing some spectacular scenery and wildlife, not just speeding by. The same also applies to those who refuse to use a GPS. If you get lost, think about all that gas you wasted, when you could have just invested in a useful GPS.
Plan everything ahead – RV life doesn’t have to be spontaneous to be exciting. If you’re looking to save money, you’ll have to budget a little bit. Prior planning will allow you to find the cheapest possible camping grounds, search for deals, avoid roads that don’t take RVs, find the best routes and time everything at the cheapest season.
Just take the time to dive into a bit of research, especially if you’re on a tight budget. You won’t regret it.
These are all simple steps that you can take, just a couple weeks in advance. The plan ahead type of RVers save so much more money than the just go road trippers. You never know, you might find yourself in a situation where how much you save shocks you.