Keeping the Budget Low on an RV Trip

Many people often conjure up the image of RVing and camping as the “budget” vacation. It seems simple, so obviously it should be cheap, right? Wrong! Without the right amount of planning and forward thinking, camping in your RV can be just as expensive as any night on the town in a hotel you can think of. However, there are many ways that you can cut the costs without cutting the luxury. We have compiled a few awesome tips for keeping the balance sheet in the black, while still enjoying an RV trip to the max!

 

Food and Meals

Slow cookers are the way to go. Put in some ingredients in the morning and have a feast for dinner! This concept is easy to lose sight of on the road because you think it would be so much more enjoyable to just eat out or grab something on the way to your next campsite. However, this is a slippery slope that can lead to spending hundreds on food when you only need a little seed money for awesome slow cooker meals and store-bought snacks. It will open up a huge portion of your budget if you don’t have to siphon so much money into the food section.

 

Entertainment

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Savings are key on the RV path!

Some people just can’t go too long without their TV. So, they bring their satellites along with them, extending the set-up and tear-down process just to be able to watch something right now. However, if you stock up on DVDs and MP4s, you can make viewing awesome entertainment on the road so much cheaper. Or, if you have the ability to take your Wi-Fi with you, programs like Netflix and Hulu allow you to stay up with your favorite media at a fraction of the cost that satellite brings. Or, you can go back to the roots and bring along books and games to fill the hours.

 

DIY

When it comes to maintenance and repairs, the price tags can get very steep, very fast. That is why it is always a good idea to educate yourself on the current best practices of fixing everyday issues in an RV. Sure, there will be some big things that will require the touch of a master serviceman; but, there are also many ways that you can fix some of the simpler issues yourself. Check Youtube or an RV forum for tips on how to fix a problem before taking your RV to a shop. Or, find someone at your campground with a similar RV and ask for their advice. Who knows, you might just run into a real RV dynamo!

 

Saving a few bucks here and there might not seem like a big deal, but all those dollars and cents really can add up over time. That is why you need to make sure you keep those dollar signs in your eyes when paying up on the trip.

 

Do you have any tips for how to stay lean and mean on the RV trail? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

 

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