Taking an RV road trip is a great way to spend quality time with your family and forge great memories.
As Outdoorsy.com points out, there are lots of things for you to do on RV trips to make it fun for the whole family.
But as with any vacation, one factor that you must take into consideration with traveling in an RV is the cost of it. RV trips are not exactly cheap, but fortunately, there are techniques you can use to save on costs.
Here are the top strategies to save money on your family’s RV trip:
Set A Budget
Easily the most important money saving tip to follow is to simply set a budget. A budget is a fixed amount of money that you are willing or able to spend on something (in this case your RV trip).
What you need to do is to add up the expenses you expect to incur for the trip (the cost of the RV, gasoline, food, staying at an RV park, etc.) and then make sure you are able to afford those expenses. Once you determine you can, you then need to decide how much more money you are willing to spend on things you don’t need (eating at restaurants, activities that cost money, etc.)
Track How Much You Spend On Your Trip
Setting a budget is one thing, but making sure you don’t spend beyond your budget is something else entirely. If you spend more money than you can afford, then the whole point of setting the budget in the first place is wasted.
This is why it is vitally important to track your spending throughout your trip. If you don’t track your spending it can be very easy to spend more than you can afford, but actually seeing the numbers on a tracking sheet will serve as a good visual cue for when you’re approaching your limit.
Only Choose One Destination
The more destinations you have, the more driving you have to do, right? And the more you drive your RV, the more you spend in gas money.
Gasoline will easily be one of the biggest expenses of an RV road trip (other than the cost of buying or renting the RV itself), but fortunately, you can minimize how much gasoline you have to buy as much as possible by simply minimizing the number of destinations you have to travel to.
You can further lower the amount of gasoline you need by choosing a destination that’s not too far from your home rather than traveling across the entire country.
Don’t Eat Out
The cost of eating out at multiple restaurants will add up pretty quickly, but you can save money by bringing your own pre-made meals instead. In fact, if you’re going on a camping trip in your RV, there are plenty of recipes that you can cook over the campfire without need to use a stove or oven or anything.
Saving Money On Your RV Trip
Overall these will be the best four strategies for you to use if you are serious about saving money on your next RV trip.