Lower your cost of living in an RV

Living in an RV at a campsite saves money compared to the cost of living in a house. Regular living bills such as water, gas, and electric may no longer be there, but there are always other items that need to be taken care of.

Try growing items that are small and easy to travel with. Herbs, peppers, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables can fit into planting pots that are small enough to fit in your kitchen sink when you travel. When you arrive at your camping destination, you can put them back outside in the sunlight.

The resorts where people settle may charge for electricity. To help cut back on this during summer months, put sun shields in your windows. If you don’t have any, they are easy to make. Find extra cardboard and wrap it in aluminum foil. This will help reflect the sunlight and heat away from your RV. You will be able to turn the thermostat up in your RV during the day, and also not have to risk the unit freezing over.

Save on expenses by staying long-term instead of traveling from resort to resort. You’ll save money in gas, which seems to increase all the time. Also, flat rates are cheaper than nightly rates and you’ll save a lot of effort from all that packing and unpacking.

Many campgrounds and resorts are beginning to offer volunteer programs for long-term campers. With programs such as these, campers who volunteer their time are typically honored with discounts on their stays, and some are paid for their help. If you plan on settling in at a park long-term, check with the resort managers and see what offers they may have.

Also, there are the camping associations across the country that can save you a lot of money. There is the typical initiation fee, and the annual dues, but these can save you money in the long run when travelling daily, and when settling for long periods of time. Check out some of the popular ones such as Coast to Coast, Good Sam, Resorts of Distinction, or Adventure Outdoor Resorts.

There are all sorts of small ways that money can be saved when living in an RV, whether it is a few pennies here and there or larger bills in the long run, there’s always something you can save on.

How have you cut the costs of traveling and camping?

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