Unique Ways to Save Money When RVing

Most RV owners have discovered numerous ways to save money when they travel, but there are a few they may not have considered that, while subtle, can be yet another avenue for cutting costs. 

There are many great ways to save when you RV

People who learn the best ways to
  • plan travel routes,
  • buy fuel,
  • camp,
  • vacation where things cost less,
  • dine and
  • time their vacations
are the same ones who pay much less for their vacations and spend more time having them!

Plan Travel Routes Carefully

Most RVers don't "get" that you can save money traveling from one destination to another simply by taking the time to plan routes that cost less.

This would be a trip that allows you to go from point A to point B using the shortest, best, least expensive and most efficient route.

You do this by using trip planners that estimate mileage for you so that you can compare options, but you need to pay attention to more than mileage.

For example, a shorter route might be slower due to traffic patterns, weather, construction, mountains and other things that might slow you down, which means that gasoline might cost more and there might be more wear and tear on you and your vehicles.

Also, shorter routes may include toll roads. These may or not be money savers depending on how many gas dollars they might save.

It takes some time to come up with the right plan, but once you do, the savings can be huge.

For example:
  • If I am getting 8 miles per gallon and want to drive from Tampa, Florida to Louisville, Kentucky, I can choose routes that take me 878 miles, 912 Miles or 1088 miles. At two dollars per gallon, the first one will cost $220 for gas, the second $228 and the third $272.
  • The difference in dollar between the first and third routes is $52, but if I return home using the same route, I've saved $104. Yet, I've ended up in the same spots!
I've also saved myself many hours of driving and have reduced the wear and tear on my equipment.

Find Ways to Reduce Fuel Costs

There are many methods people can use to reduce their costs for fuel or gasoline in addition to careful route planning.

One is to route trips through states that have lower gas taxes so that you can benefit from the reduced prices.

Internet sites such as gasbuddy.com  keep track of gasoline prices nationwide and update the information regularly, so it's a good idea to use them when traveling.  Doing so can save you hundreds of dollars every time you travel.

Another money saving technique is to top of your tank in more expensive states and fill up where prices are lower.

You can also save simply paying attention to gas station prices and buying from those that charge less.

Camp on the Cheap

There are a number of methods you can use to greatly reduce what you pay to camp. You would be amazed to learn how easy this is to do and how much fun you can have doing it.
  • Most campgrounds in Biloxi, MS charge upwards of $35 per night to camp, but my husband and I always stay just across the bridge at a National Seashore campground for $11 per night.
  • Over 30 day period we save $720 and get to stay in a beautiful park with a marina, hiking trails and beautiful woods. Since we are less than five minutes away from beaches, casinos, hospitals and shopping, why would we want to stay anyplace else?
We are able to get this price because it is a government campground where we can use our discount camping card.

Finding deals like this is easier than you think, but they do require that you do some research when planning your vacations.

One of the best ways to do this is to invest in the book I show below. Don Wright has done all of your research for you, and if you use this book every time you travel, you will be able to save hundreds of dollars, just as we have done over our many years of RVing.

Amazingly, many of the parks discussed have full hookups and are well located. My husband and I never travel or make our plans without it.

(click link to buy)

Vacation Where Things Cost Less

There are many places you can visit where things cost less.

Travelers who stay near big cities will always pay more for everything than those who content themselves with camping in or near smaller towns.

Most are beautiful, serene and clean, offer lower camping costs and offer many activities big cities cannot match.

Littlefield, TX, for example, has a nice, free, full hookup campground that was donated to the town by Waylon Jennings to thank them for helping him with his career.

By staying at Waylon Jennings Park you get to meet people who knew him and hear all of the interesting stories about him.

Situations like this create great travel memories and cost absolutely nothing! Try finding them in big cities!

Dine for Less

Eating in restaurants is the second biggest expense for people on vacations, but you can reduce those costs by

cooking and eating most of your own meals in your coach,
eating breakfast or lunch in restaurants (instead of dinner) or
taking advantage of dining specials.

Many restaurants have certain days or times of the week when you can enjoy some of the meals they serve while paying less for them.

For example, every Thursday one place in Florida gives away free BBQ wings, and on Wednesdays, another gives away free pie!

You can also choose to "double down" on certain deals if you eat a late lunch in place of your dinner.

For example, a local Gulfport, MS casino runs its mid week buffet lunch until 3:30. The price doubles after that, but the food is mostly the same.
So, a couple who is seated before the meal service changes can save as much as $25 and virtually eat the same food!

What makes finding such deals possible is research. If you want to cut costs but still enjoy some of the luxuries, you have to find out where the deals are and how they work!

Time Your Vacations

The most interesting thing about taking RV trips is that the longer you stay put in one spot, the less you pay!

This is because campgrounds give significant discounts to people who are willing to stay in their parks for a week or longer. Staying in one spot for a month can actually cut your camping costs in half.

I just spoke to a park owner of a park in Hermosa, SD who charges $28 per night plus tax but was willing to give me a site for one month for $15 per night. I found out about this great price reduction simply by calling and asking what he would do for us if we decided to stay at his park!

FYI: Hermosa is a very small town that sits 17 miles outside of Rapid City and is located at the entrance to Custer State Park!

You can also save a small fortune by traveling off season because things will cost much less.

Once the main rush of tourists have left town, vendors drop their prices for just about everything, and off season RVers benefit big time!

You Don't Have to Spend a Fortune to RV

I can honestly tell you that it really feels good to come home from an RV trip knowing that I had a great time and spent relatively little money to do so.

It does take some time to do the research and set things up, but the payoff is huge.

Campground owners and tourist venues want you to think you have to spend a fortune to travel, but this simply is not true.

Many good deals are out there just waiting for you if you are willing to use the easy and unique money saving techniques I've shared with you here.