EXPENSIVE -10 Ways To SAVE MONEY While RVing – RV Life Cost



You share our love for travel in an RV. However, you may be concerned about the expenses involved. Here are 10 ways we save money as full time RVers!

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Traveling across the United States in an RV can be expensive. Fuel, food, site fees, and attraction fees can really add up resulting in an expensive vacation or – if you’re a full time RVer like us – an expensive life!

However, RVing is only as expensive as you make it. The reason Jenni and I are able to afford the full time RV travel lifestyle is because we are very frugal and practice a very low cost way of life.

So, we decided to share 10 ways we save money while RVing to help alleviate some fears that you and other fellow RVers may have about traveling the country! Check out the video for our money saving tips!

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42 thoughts on “EXPENSIVE -10 Ways To SAVE MONEY While RVing – RV Life Cost

  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Something I recently came across (I'm new to RVing, let alone boondocking so its all new to me) is a site called BoondockersWelcome. Its basically boondocking (sometimes they have hookups installed) on peoples private land. And its free.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Where do you guys in thusa fill your propane tanks whilst on the road in an rv?

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Never heard someone make such long explanations, do you make money by the minute?

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Considering you primarily boondock, what do you for personal protection. I have never heard any RV'er talk about personal protection.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    You guys need to get yourselves a sun oven since you're always in a sunny area and generally warm. You would be able to cook anything you would cook on your stove top or in your oven for free and do it outside so you don't heat up the kitchen. I think it would be a game changer for you to be able to cook something like a whole chicken outside and then have that meat left for meals over the next couple of days for different recipes.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    For #1: Get the MoneyWise app on your phone or tablet, and put EVERY transaction in. You can categorize every entry (both expenses and income), and see charts (I like the pie chart best) of how much money went into each category. Plus you can set up a budget, so you can see how much you can still spend, or whether you've spent too much. Shell out the $4.99 for the Pro version. You'll thank me later. It's super easy and does more than the spreadsheet you mentioned.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Why not just take a dump in the woods? That’s what the animals do.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    So when are y'all coming out with a one-pot meal recipe book for RVers? It would be a hit.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    I've been staying monthly. It comes out to about $15 USD a day. Nightly rates are outrageous now and climbing.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Never done the BLM or national parks. I'm always scared and never sure what resources are reliable. Rv Parks are getting worse. Too small of a space. FREE Camping is always the best!

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Regular maintenance is a good idea since rigs aren't cheap and RV shops take a lot of time and money. I used the rubber seal on the slides. Nice to know you should use on the other seals like the window and compartment doors.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Like the Chili idea. I'm a vegetarian, so life is cheaper! Cleaning up after cooking is not fun. I hate filling up the tanks and having to empty after cooking.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    If your vehicle uses diesel, there are huge savings from the same fuel programs used by truckers. We have saved as much as $1 per gallon. I sometimes compare what we pay with GasBuddy, and the fuel program is always cheaper IF there is a participating truck stop on your route. DM us on Facebook for specifics (there is a $25 referral credit when an existing RVer refers another, after 100 gallons).

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Thanks ! I'd never heard of the America The Beautiful passes. Appreciate all the tips & really need to stop the takeaways!

    You folks stay safe & well.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    You made us hungry too! Just made breakfast burritos! Thanks for the inspiration and great money saving tips!

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    Also senior pass for the over >62 is a life time pass for the holder, vehicle inside of with 4 additional people in the car for free – but people do need to understand it’s only for day use/enter an email fee – camping and attractions cost extra, though with senior pass you can still get some discounts if you ask about them.
    remember that if u have to stay out of NPS etc., the cost of the pass could still pay for itself depending how may times you enter a NP, NF, BLM, but can use as entrance pass – then look at how many theories Federal lands, and can save even if just go in for a few hours. RVing.Charlie.Brown

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    I like the way you integrated the ad into the content. It was for a product that was related to the content of the days topic, it showed the use on your trailer and then you moved on. Normally I fast forward through all ads but not this one. Thanks.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    When I get started, my plan for finding great campsites is from a website called fateunbound.com. They have the best campsite reviews I have seen. I love those guys. Hmmm, you guys. Thank you Jenni, you are the best.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    We have used quicken for over 20 years, makes tracking expenses automatic, eating out should be for special occasions only, $1 per serving, what the heck are you putting in you body, haha, we do our own maintenance, love the scenery in the background, thanks for the effort to film outside, I know it can be a pain fighting sun and wind,

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    How did you get started and you're young so not retired, what do you do for income?

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    I would love to know how you are eating, with meat, for only $2 per person. Can you share?

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    People, please watch the video, getting the details behind the list brings it to life, I only post summaries like this so you don't have to write it down!
    1. Track your expenses. If you don't know what you are wasting money on, how can you reduce it?
    2. Cook in your RV
    3. Build collection of low cost recipes (Doesn't always have to be peanut butter and jelly: chili, breakfast burritos and others are tasty and cheap, just need to look). One pot recipes also help with cleanup. Google is your friend: low cost meals,
    4. Perform routine maintenance is less costly than unexpected breakages (Anode rod on HW heater, repack bearings on wheel axles, recondition seals…)
    5. Free dump and water. Use rvdumpsites.net Also fairgrounds/country parks/some gas stations if you are getting gas/Utah has Maverick gas stations
    6. Free camping, National Forests, BLM, Boon docking…freecampsites.net and campendium (watch for link they posted for more details on this). If you are full timing, the cost to modify your RV so you can do this will pay for itself
    7. Weekly & Monthly RV rates
    8. Stay in sites longer to reduce fuel costs and wear and tear due to travel (Fuel is #2 expense. for them..)
    9. Use electrical cooking to save propane
    10. Free/Low cost attractions. Hiking, historical sites, get America the beautiful pass for parks, don't forget to ask for discounts if you are a senior or veteran

    Some others I do:
    a. Look at your medical coverage and use the tele-nurse option, they have more power all the time and can help diagnose things without the cost and time of an in person doctor visit
    b. Travel on off peak times of the day. You will get much better gas mileage if you aren't stuck in traffic
    c. I know I have heard some people say go to attractions in off peak times of year, BUT… I rather see it in ALL it's glory, but if you don't mind a slightly less colorful or warm or… experience, you can save money by going when it is not peak season, plus you get the benefit of fewer people
    d. Bring your own bikes/kayaks/tubes… the cost to rent these adds up quick, if you have the room to bring them, you will easily be ahead after a single season
    e. For us part timers, don't forget a LIST of things you need for every trip, most RV park shops aren't horribly priced, but why spend $5 on a bar of soap if you don't have to

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  • November 19, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    David & Jen, Love your videos they are both entertaining and informative. I use to have an RV and looking to get another and I have learned so much new stuff watching your channel, keep them coming and maybe see you on the road.

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