Want To Go RV Camping For Less?
One of the greatest things about owning an RV is the ability to see the country without breaking the bank. That 6-week road trip you’ve been dreaming of? It is financially feasible once you have your own little home on wheels. Campsites cost less than hotel rooms, and the ability to cook in your own kitchen will save you a pretty penny on the cost of food.
However, despite all of this, camping does come with a few costs which you will want to keep down as much as possible. For instance, although the fee for a campsite is much lower than the price of a hotel room, those pesky campground fees can add up quickly if you are camping for weeks at a time. Here are some RV camping for less tips and tricks that will help you save on campground fees so you can camp for less.
If you don’t mind staying put for a month, you may be able to get a nice price cut at your campground of choice. If you choose to go this route, call around and ask for monthly rates. Often, you will be able to find a place to stay for $400–$500 a month, which comes out to be only $13–$17 a night.
Stay in State Parks or National Parks
Nine times out of ten, the local state park will offer cheaper rates than the privately owned parks in the area. You may have to do some digging to find these parks, and sometimes it means camping without electric or water hookups, but they are out there, they almost always have showers and restrooms, and they are a great way to save a buck when money is tight.
Get a Membership
If you plan on hitting the road often or for a long period of time, and especially if you plan to live in your RV full-time, you may want to consider investing in a camping membership or two. The two memberships that will save you the most money are Thousand Trails and Coast to Coast. Check out their websites to learn if these memberships would be right for you.
When you can find a place to do it, boondocking—or “dry camping”—is a great way to save money. When boondocking, you stay without any sort of utilities on a bit of land that isn’t necessarily designated for camping. It is important that you choose a legal place to do this, and that you use common sense and good manners so others will be allowed to camp in the space after you.
These are some of the ways to save on campground fees, but there are a variety of other ways to save money on your travels. Be willing to think outside the box and you may be surprised at the money-saving ideas you can come up with.