The west is riddled with old abandoned towns and lots of history. You might not even know there was town there. Sometimes it’s just little pieces of a bygone era.
I gathered together some great ideas on saving money while you’re on vacation or traveling around in your RV. It’s always nice to have a little extra cash on hand.
#1. Camping on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land is often cheaper and a nice alternative to regular camping facilities. Some camp sites are primitive so it’s a good idea to check ahead of time to see what amenities are available. They are often in very scenic areas and would provide a unique experience. http://mayoddsandends.com/BLM
#2. Getting a National Park Pass can allow you access for 1 years worth of visits. It’s inexpensive and worth the money if you’ll be traveling around. http://mayoddsandends.com/National Park Service
#3. Golden Age Passport (if you’re 62yrs or older). This allows for reduced fees at a lot of campgrounds. There is a one time fee of $10. There is a lifetime pass if you’re disabled.They also have a Volunteer pass (special requirements 250 hours of service). http://mayoddsandends.com/Passport
#4. Farmer’s Markets often have great deals on locally grown produce. Plus you’re helping the local economy! A win-win situation. Watch for those road side stands!
#5. Walmart has an open door policy for any RVs to park in their parking lot! You can save a lot by stopping there on your way to your final destination. It’s also easy to get those forgotten items, or just to stock up.
#6. If you can afford to, use solar. It’ll pay for itself in a short amount of time. Industries have made a lot of improvements on the quality and function of solar panels. Other campers would also appreciate the lack of noise pollution.
#7. Fishing license. If you like fish you can save a lot on meals by catching your own. It’s also a great pastime while you’re camping. A lot of lakes are stocked making fishing a lot of fun. Often children can fish for free! A good time to learn how to fly fish or to just try something different.
#8. Yearly pass. Some states like New Mexico offer a yearly pass for campers. If you’re planning to camp for more than a couple of weeks, it’ll pay for itself in fees. You pay only for extras (like electricity).
#9. Join an RV club. A lot of clubs offer discounts and services. AAA has camp ground listings and tour books. They also have RV towing. http://mayoddsandends.com/AAA
Most of all just have fun! Do you have any money saving ideas? I’d like to hear them.
The first thing you need to decide is the type of RV you’re going to use. There are 3 basic types: motor homes, 5th wheel and a tow behind. Each type has pros and cons.
Destinations may sound simple enough to decide but you also have to factor in the time it takes to get to your ultimate destination and where you’ll stop on the way. Be aware that it takes longer when you’re towing or driving a large vehicle. AAA has maps, tour books, RV towing and RV camps information.
Hook-ups: not all campsites offer hook-ups, they may only have water. Some have electricity which is an extra cost. Some places may even have phone hook-ups.
Tank dumps: If you’re camping for a couple of weeks at one place be aware that you’ll likely need to dump your tanks. That means driving your rig to the tank dump. I recommend you get a rumble tank. A rumble tank can hold 20-30 gallons of waste and you can pull or tow it behind your vehicle. It makes emptying your tanks easy!
Prefer to use the public facilities instead.Be sure to bring soap, towels and shower clogs. Be prepared to opt out of using them, some places are just too unsuitable!
Camping off the grid can be a lot of fun! Oh the places you can go! But most RVs use electric for the refrigerator and the batteries only last so long. So you still need some kind of source for your power. Generators can supply all the power you need. But you need a place to put it. Be aware of noise pollution too! Most other campers don’t want to hear it running! Solar is an excellent resource for extra power but rainy, cloudy days may leave you short.
Campsites can vary quite a bit from place to place. Factors to consider is ease of parking and how level the site is. Also check to make sure low hanging branches and other objects are not scraping the vents and the top of the trailer.
Things to consider: places to pick up medications. Most pharmacies chains don’t have a problem for refills but renewing meds can sometimes be a problem.
Any port in a storm, some parks close when unexpected storms come through. Walmart is very accommodating, allowing RVs to park in the parking lot. A good time to stock up on supplies too!
Traveling with pets can be quite a challenge. You have a lot of things to consider. A collar and name tag are the best but not all pets will keep a collar on. A lost pet can turn fun into a nightmare. We traveled across the states with 3 cats, none of them wore a collar. We had a lightweight fence to erect around the trailer for them. For short stops we used leashes. Most cats are difficult to walk with a harness and leash.
It can be high anxiety for a lot of pets. Feliway is an excellent product to use for cats. Adaptil for dogs. They’ll need extra reassurance usually when you’re least able to give it. Trying to keep routines will help and also be aware that stress can cause indigestion and constipation. Keep the poop bags handy!
Wildlife can be a hazard, not only big animals like bears and cougars. A snake or scorpion can easily cause harm to your pet. Bats are carriers of a lot of diseases (like rabies) and sometimes a pet can be tempted to catch one. Also be aware other campers may have pets too and they may not get along with your pet!
Emergencies can happen when you least expect it. Keep your pet records handy. A LOST pet can cause a lot of worry. It took us 3 days to find our one cat that always thought he was smart getting out of the fenced area. Most camp areas have bulletin boards and some have managers and they can be a life saver!
If you travel with exotic pets check state laws it may be illegal to have one in that state. A happy healthy pet makes for a happy camper! Enjoy and happy traveling!