In this economy it’s not surprising to find that nearly everyone is cutting back their spending, and unfortunately this often limits possibilities for fun events like the yearly summer RVing trip. But an inexpensive vacation does not have to mean a less enjoyable experience! In fact, there are many simple ways to make your RV road trip more cost effective without sacrificing any of the fun.
The best way to save money on your next road trip is to plan ahead. Were you looking to visit a specific–and costly–attraction? Check out some reviews online first. It may not be worth the price, and a fellow traveler might just point you in the direction of something better–and cheaper! Even more, when your route is mapped out ahead of time, you run less risk of wasting costly fuel while lost in an unfamiliar area. Once you’ve reached your destination how do you keep the whole family busy during those long summer days? Go back to basics! Entertain the whole crew with board games, paperback novels, hiking and home cooked meals. You may even be able to trade movies and books with your neighbors at the campground. This way, you’ll meet new people and everyone will share in the savings.
Check out membership discounts offered by RV Owners Clubs. While some discounts won’t cover the cost of joining, others may offer up to 50% off your stay at certain campgrounds, allowing you to re-coup that initial cost and save money all summer long. Also, make sure that your RV or trailer is up and running smoothly before you hit the road. Repairs can be costly and unexpected, and can really put a damper on your sunny vacation. Another option is to invest in a wallet-friendly RV extended warranty to avoid this potential nightmare altogether–but that’s just our two cents!