5 Tips for Planning the Ultimate RV Trip on a Budget
RV trips are the classic American vacation. People plan trips to drive along Historic Route 66. Or they want to visit and check off all 50 states on their travel list.
But sometimes an RV trip can be expensive. The expenses could be why you haven’t taken the dive and driven across America. What if there were ways you could save on your RV trip? Take the time to read this post and see 5 RV trip ideas that won’t break the bank.
How to Take an RV Trip on a Budget
Making memories doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. These tips will get you ready for your all American vacation.
1. Choose Your Location
There’s a reason people don’t always choose certain states to stop in. Taking your vacation along the stretches of the United States that cost the less is one way to save money.
Chances are, if it’s a cheap state to live in, it’ll also be cheap to visit.
2. Go in the Off Season
Know when the best times to vacation are. Taking a vacation during the tourist off-season will save you a lot more than you’d think. Prices tend to peak during the summer and spring, then taper off during fall and winter.
If your kids have started school, it might not be as easy to take off on an adventure. But if that isn’t an issue, take advantage of the slowness of the season.
3. Stock Up on Groceries
Buying groceries for a long vacation may seem like a lot of money at first. But if you could see the difference in the bill versus eating out every night, you’d be on board.
If your RV has a kitchen, use it. Going to a restaurant too many times can make your bill higher than you can afford.
4. Plan Ahead
RV road trips have an air of spontaneous decisions about them. It’s the feel of the open road paired with quick decisions. But that spontaneous mindset can put you back quite a few dollars.
Planning your trip, especially your stops and fuel spots, can help save money. You can still have unplanned moments about your trip. But be wise. If you don’t call ahead, you could miss out on camping spots that are within your budget.
5. Develop Some Skills
Like anything else, you can’t expect an RV not to have some trouble. Whether you rent or own an RV, it’s still a vehicle. And vehicles need maintenance.
Invest a little bit of time to learning how to fix minor problems. You could save yourself several hundred dollars in repair fees. Of course, it’s also good to know when to bring in an expert.
More RV and Camping
Life might be a journey, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Taking your family on an RV trip shouldn’t break the bank. If you plan on RV traveling often, consider a campground membership for extra savings.
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