By Bob Difley
Three of the biggest expenses for fulltime or near-fulltime RVers are fuel, campgrounds and eating out. But one of the great advantages of RVing is that you can easily change any one or all three of these expense categories to adjust to the changing economy or the fluctuation of your personal finances.
To save on the fuel expense, drive fewer miles between campgrounds, stay longer at each destination, drive 55 mph, avoid jackrabbit starts and quick stops, and keep your tires properly inflated. Go online to find the cheapest gas stations in the areas you travel. Join the Pilot Flying J RV club to get discounts on every fill up.
Save on campground expenses by staying at public campgrounds, like in the national forests, that don’t have hook-ups or better yet, by boondocking several days a month on free public lands. Stay longer at campgrounds and RV resorts where you can get a cheaper weekly rate. When on the road, spend the night free at Walmart and Cracker Barrel restaurants. Check campground fees in a campground guide or online before choosing where you will spend the night.
You are likely pressed for time like when carrying a full work schedule and therefore have time to cook. Your RV’s galley, no matter what size, is fully capable of making tasty and nutritious meals. By shopping at local farmers markets and farm stands you can enjoy the freshest and healthiest foods. Make cooking a creative event rather than something to get out of the way quickly. You will amaze yourself with how relaxing creative cooking can be — and how much money you will save over eating in restaurants.