Tips for Saving Money while Camping in an RV

Posted on October 19, 2017

Like most people who own motorhomes, you'd probably spend every waking minute traveling in yours if you could. Unfortunately, paying for full hookup campsites adds up fast. In fact, you may find yourself holding off on traveling in your RV due to concerns about cost. With a little creativity, however, it's possible to camp in a motorhome without spending a fortune. Below, we share five great tips for saving money while camping in a toy hauler or other types of RVs.

  1. Skip Full Hookup when Possible

You can't beat the convenience of a full hookup campsite. However, many campgrounds charge considerably more for it. If you will be traveling a lot in your class A motorhome, there's no law that says that you must always stay at a full hookup site. Plan your trip in a way that allows you to stay in more basic sites from time to time. The savings will really add up over the course of a trip.

  1. Plan Longer Stays

Oftentimes, motorhome parks offer weekly and monthly rates that give you a pretty good discount off of the regular daily rate. It may be worth it to stay put longer in order to save some money. Not all campgrounds offer this, so check beforehand if at all possible. Also, you often need reservations for extended stays, so it pays to plan ahead a little.

  1. Join a Club

A great way to save on traveling by gas or diesel RV is by joining a membership park or savings club. For a reasonable annual fee, a savings club will give you discounts on campsites around the country. Most clubs like these charge around $50 per year, so you'll get a good return on your investment if you camp more than three or four times per year. Membership parks provide similar perks, but the downside is that you must plan your trip around specific campground locations.

  1. Volunteer or Work at the Campground

Another option to consider while traveling by gas RV, RUV or another type of motorhome is to inquire about discounts in exchange for volunteering or working at the park. Many parks like these are family-run affairs, and they are often looking for a helping hand. It never hurts to ask, and it could help you save a little money while exploring the country in your class C motorhome.

  1. Get Serious About Boondocking

One of the most frugal ways to travel by RV is by camping on free public land, which is known as boondocking. This increasingly popular practice is great in that you can avoid campsite fees entirely. The downside, which is pretty major, is that you don't have access to any amenities. You can mitigate this a bit by investing in a few pieces of technology to make you more comfortable.

Whether you own a class A toy hauler, an RUV or another type of RV, you don't have to resign yourself to paying full price at campgrounds. Put the above tips to work to free up a lot of extra cash during your adventures. That way, you'll be able to get out there even more often.


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