Taking your RV all around the country to see various attractions is the whole point behind having an RV in the first place, but sometimes all that travel can get a little bit expensive. If you are going to be able to take full advantage of the RV that you have purchased, you will want to mix in some more affordable stops along with the bigger trips that you take. Finding convenient places to stay that are both affordable and fun is a key skill for an RV owner to acquire.
Start Close to Home
Places close to home that you can take your RV are going to be less expensive simply because you don’t have to spend as much money in gas to get to your destination. Even if the nightly rate at the campground or RV park is the same as it is elsewhere, you can save a few dollars (or more) in gas by not driving as far. This approach also has the benefit of requiring you to spend less time on the road and more time actually at your destination enjoying your vacation. Take a look at a map and try to locate any possible RV destinations within 90 minutes of your house to see what kind of local options might be available.
Stay Just Off the Beaten Path
When you are planning a trip to a major attraction – a National Park, for example – consider RV parks that are just slightly off the beaten path and a short distance away from the attraction itself. This plan works great for those with a separate vehicle along for the trip, either a car being pulled by a Motorhome, or a truck that is pulling your trailer or fifth wheel. When you have this additional vehicle available to you, it becomes possible to stay 10 or 15 miles away from your ultimate destination to save money on nightly fees at the campground or park. It will only then require you to make a short drive each day in to your destination, and you should be able to save money at the same time. Also, this approach has the additional benefit of helping to avoid some of the crowds that might exist if you were to stay right in the middle of the action.
Try Visiting Prime Destinations in Non-Prime Parts of the Year
Most RV parks and campgrounds have rates that fluctuate throughout the year based on the weather and popularity of the area during certain months. If you are able to take your trip during a time of year that isn’t as popular with the rest of the travelers, this could lead to serious savings. Of course, you will need to be prepared for weather that might be less-than-ideal, but that sacrifice could be worth it when you realize how much you can save and how many fewer people will be around. To take advantage of this plan, you will need to do some brief research on your destination and learn more about the tourist patterns in the area.
Ask for a Discount
Sometimes to save money, all you need to do is ask. It probably won’t be very effective to just call up an RV park and ask for a lower rate, but you could negotiate with them if you have a specific reason for wanting a discount. Often, the length of your stay is reason enough to get a price break. When you are planning a trip of a couple weeks or more, let them know how long you plan on visiting and ask if the per-night rate can be lowered in exchange for your long stay. Also, comparison shopping is another good tactic when try to land a great deal. After checking the prices of multiple RV parks in a certain area, call one of them and ask if they will beat the price of the competition to earn your business. It never hurts to ask, and you might find nice savings as a result.
Traveling in an RV has many advantages, and most RV parks and campgrounds have very reasonable rates for a nightly stay. However, you can still try to save yourself a little more money by using some of the tactics above to find even better rates. After all, any money you save on your current trip is money that can be put to use taking your next vacation.