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Top 5 ways to save money while you’re on the road

Budget-friendly tips to make your next RV holiday more affordable.

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Save your pennies where you can, so you can get the most out of your RV trip. — Photo courtesy Robert Riberia

Planning for an RV trip can be extensive - and expensive! Between groceries, fuel, campground reservation fees and unforeseen costs, it can be pricey to schedule an adventure.

Here are a few basic tips for saving money on your next RV trip:

1. Join an RV club 

Clubs such as the Good Sam Club, Escapees RV Club or the Explorer RV Club offer discounts on campground fees that could save you a bundle. Comparison shop to see which ones offer the best rates and are best suited to your travel needs.

2. Shop around before settling on a campground

Not all parks or campgrounds are created equal. Some have higher fees than others, often due to additional hookups and amenities. If you don't mind roughing it a little, you can often find a modest site for a lesser cost than a deluxe spot with water and electricity.

3. Stay longer in one place

Booking a longer stay can sometimes be cheaper per day than booking one night or a weekend. Several campgrounds offer package deals and special rates for those who add an extra night or two to their visit.

4. Choose public over private campgrounds

Municipal campgrounds and other public spots are often considerably less expensive than private campgrounds. Some are even free during less busy times.

5. Volunteer or take up a part-time job on site

Campground visitors often earn a little money on the side (or a discount on their camping fees) by working at the facility part-time. Retired RVers and those living full-time in their unit find this to be a convenient and enjoyable way to reduce their costs.


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