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Tips for RV Camping on a Budget

Learn 10 ways to save money and stay on a budget on your next RV road  trip!

RV Fuel Costs

To reduce RV fuel costs, travel closer to home and use apps to find the best fuel prices on your route. 


TRavel locally

When gas prices are around $4, every 100 miles driven in an RV means at least $30 in extra costs. Local campgrounds mean a cheap RVing vacation.


Fuel Apps

All RVers should use apps, such as GasBuddy, to find the best gas or diesel prices on their route. Open the app the morning of your trip and scout out the best rates before leaving home.


Don't Speed

For every 5 miles per hour you drive over 50 miles per hour, they estimate you will pay an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.

FRee RV Camping

Instead of paying $50 per night to stay at an RV resort, utilize these free RV campsites!

One of the most common ways to camp for free is boondocking on public land. Boondocking is simply dry camping on undeveloped land.


Another way to save money on camping fees is to join RV discount and membership clubs. Our two favorite RV clubs for savings are Thousand Trails and Boondockers Welcome.

RV CLubs

Some casinos  offer free campsites.  They may also offer free perks from their club such as free spins on the slot machine!


State park RV campgrounds aren't free, but they are super affordable compared to private RV parks, especially in popular destinations like Florida!

State Parks

Other Tips

Here are some more tips to keep your RV trip on budget.  Keep watching!

Labor fees for RV maintenance are over $100 per hour.  At this rate, many RV owners are paying thousands of dollars for someone else to perform simple maintenance tasks!


For many people, traveling means dining out. However, RV travelers have the benefits of traveling with indoor kitchens and outdoor grills.


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