We love the RV lifestyle at Nohr’s RV Center. We also understand that getting the most enjoyment out of your trip often means stretching your travel dollars as far as they will go. We have selected some RV travel topics with the most savings potential, along with tips on how to maximize the savings.
Trip Planning Saves MoneyPlanning the route you take can prevent backtracking or out of the way driving. You can save even more by researching your destinations and local options before you hit the road. Look for free RV campsites, areas with ample free entertainment and adventure, and aim for spending more time in places with a lower cost of living. You will often save money by avoiding major population centers, but we have some tips on saving money in those as well.
Save Money with Off-Season TravelsSome locations are going to be more expensive than others. But if you plan your visits to the more expensive places for that area’s “off-season”, you can trim anywhere from 10 to 40 percent off the cost of going there. The downside is that the weather may not be ideal, but the upside is the potential for a lot of savings. It may not be feasible to hit Glacier National Park during the winter, but it is well within reason to enjoy subtropical locations during their less-crowded seasons.
Dining Options and Money SavingsA large portion of your RV expenses goes towards the meals you eat. If your RV has a kitchen, preparing your own meals can reduce the cost of eating by about 50 percent. It is tempting to dine out while on vacation, but every restaurant meal is money that could have been better spent on other things. Since most home-cooked meals have leftovers, your lunches may not always have a price tag at all.
Fuel Price Shopping for SavingsA well-tuned RV will get better fuel mileage than one with dirty filters and misfiring spark plugs. But even the most efficient RV is going to be expensive to fuel up, and some larger RVs have tanks which hold up to 150 gallons while only getting 6 to 8 miles to the gallon. To reduce your fuel costs, use your smartphone to shop around before you pull up to the pumps. Easy to use apps like Gas Buddy have the potential to reduce your fuel costs by hundreds of dollars over the course of a single vacation.
Keeping your RV in excellent operating condition is the best way to save money while RVing. Those repairs will cost a lot more if they begin with your RV being towed to a service center. We recommend bringing your RV to Nohr’s RV Center and having everything checked out by our qualified technicians before you hit the road.