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4 Ways to Keep RV Costs Down

Choosing to live on the road in an RV has so many advantages. Unfortunately, saving money is not one of them.

There is no way to sugarcoat it: operating an RV can be expensive. Even if you own your vehicle outright, you still have to pay for ongoing maintenance costs, parking, utilities, and so much more.

Fortunately, there are ways in which you can enjoy living and traveling in an RV without completely breaking the bank.

From kitting your RV out in style on a budget to saving money on gas to spending less on RV parks, keep reading to discover the top four ways that you can keep your RV costs down.

Keep improvement costs low

Living on the road in an RV is not the same as simply taking a trip in one. You will want to make your vehicle feel as homely and comfortable as possible. That is why you will want to ensure that it is both functional and fabulous.

Thankfully, this can be done without spending an absolute fortune. Ensuring that you maximize your available space is crucial if you want to avoid feeling cramped in your RV, and this can be done with just a little bit of DIY and some Home Depot coupons.

Ways to make your RV more habitable include:

  • Focus on good lighting
  • Utilize clever storage solutions
  • Hang well-placed mirrors
  • Keep it clean and uncluttered at all times

Save on gas

Whether you have been RVing for years or you are completely new to this way of life, you will more than likely be aware of the high cost of fuel for this type of traveling. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can cut back on gas, such as:

  • Driving slowly
  • Making sure your tires are fully inflated
  • Not bringing anything that you don't need
  • Choosing routes with fewer stop lights
  • Avoiding driving in strong winds

It can also be a good idea to compare gas prices online before you fill up to ensure that you are not paying over the odds for your gas.

Choose your RV parks wisely

Although you cannot choose to limit your travel to the offseason when you are living on the road, there are other ways in which you can save money when staying at RV parks. Arguably the best tip is to always stay for at least a week, or a month if you can. Staying for only one night is the most expensive way to book an RV park and offers little in the way of recuperation.

Other ways in which you can save money on RV parks include:

  • Choose parks with fewer amenities
  • Stay at state parks and public campgrounds
  • Ask for a discount
  • Look for parks that will take work-trade instead of payment
  • Learn how to dry camp

Keep on top of maintenance

You do not want to have to pay for costly repairs on your vehicle because you ignored a routine maintenance task for too long. By making sure you care for your RV in the short term, you will save money in the long run.

Maintenance tasks to carry out regularly include:

  • Regular oil changes
  • Replacing old, worn-out tires
  • Maintaining windshield wipers
  • Replace filters
  • Inspect your brakes
  • Check and service your generator