Upgrade Your RV Excursions Using These 5 RV Travel Tips

Once you’ve experienced the RV lifestyle, it’s tough to go back to other forms of travel. 

Between the freedom of the open road, the hands-on experiences you gain along the way, and the cost savings that come with traveling in your vacation home, the RV lifestyle is the way to go! 

But just like flying, cruising, or Airbnb’ing, there are certain tips you can use to get even more out of your RV excursions. 

Whether it’s your first time in the driver’s seat or your fortieth, these travel tips will help make your next excursion the best one yet.

Tip #1: Plan Your Destination Well in Advance

Make your campground and RV park reservations well in advance of your trip, especially if you’re traveling during peak season. As demand rises, reasonably priced spaces become harder to find.

If you’re visiting a site linked to a specific park or destination, consider staying at a campground further away. While it may be easier to stay in close proximity, it’s often much less expensive to set up at a campground that’s a little farther away.

Tip #2: Rent the Right RV for Your Group

Most larger RVs operate on diesel fuel which can drive up your operating costs considerably. 

So renting the biggest RV available for only two people might not make good financial sense. 

If you’re not traveling with a large group, a smaller RV will be better on mileage and on your wallet.  

Generally, the cost for renting a smaller RV — which can be filled with regular fuel — is only $100 per night. 

Tip #3: Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials

When camping in an RV you have all the luxuries of home, including a bed, kitchen, and bathroom. 

Even better, Allstar’s rental RVs come standard with all your camping and RV necessities, including dishware, utensils, blankets, tools, spare tire, and more. 

If you’re traveling in your own RV, or borrowing one from a friend, remember that everyday items aren’t always available at campsites or surrounding stores. So be sure to bring plenty of water, food, and blankets. 

If you’re barbequing, don’t forget to bring a lighter, an extra propane tank, and cooking utensils such as spatulas, roasting sticks for campfire marshmallows, tongs, and a grill brush.

Other camping essentials include bug spray, lanterns, extra garbage bags, portable chargers, and a first aid kit.

Tip #4: Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency

When vacationing by RV, your single greatest expense will most likely be the cost of fuel. 

Maximizing your fuel economy is a great way to reduce the overall cost of your vacation.

No matter what kind of vehicle you’re operating, fuel economy is directly related to terrain and driving habits. The faster you drive, the more quickly you’ll use up gas. In terms of terrain, mountainous areas and steep grades consume fuel fast. On the other hand, if you’re driving the speed limit on a flat surface, you’ll enjoy maximum fuel economy.

The weight of your vehicle is another important factor when it comes to fuel consumption. If you’re towing a vehicle behind your RV, you can burn as much as 65-70% more fuel. This might cause you to reconsider whether your tow car is truly essential to the success of your next trip. Packing lighter always helps conserve fuel. 

Running the air conditioning also has a big impact on your RV’s fuel efficiency. If it’s only 70 degrees out, roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh air instead of running the air nonstop. If it’s hot outside, and you have multiple zone air conditioning, shut off the ones you’re not using.

Most importantly, make sure your RV is well maintained. Tuning and servicing the vehicle, especially air filter and oil changes, is of utmost importance in achieving optimal fuel economy.  

Tip #5: Track Your Expenses

While your vacation may be amazing, the arrival of the credit card bill after the trip is over can be alarming. 

To avoid this unwanted surprise, set a strict vacation budget before you leave and stick to it along the way.

Start by dividing your trip into segments such as excursions, gifts and souvenirs, food and dining, entertainment, fuel, and tolls. Then set a corresponding budget for each segment. 

The goal here is to avoid impulse spending.

Whenever possible, pre-plan and pre-pay for your excursions and activities in advance. If you allow yourself to get caught up in the moment, you could come to regret those impulse purchases when the bill arrives later. 

During your vacation, monitor your daily spending carefully. Know exactly how much cash you’re leaving home with and what credit card you’ll be using on your trip. 

Even though paperless receipts are convenient, ask for paper copies with every purchase you make. At the end of each day, count your cash and add up all your receipts. This will keep you aware of just how much you’re spending day-to-day and make it easier to stick to your budget.

Ready to Enjoy the RV Lifestyle?

The call of the open road is real. And once you notch your first RV trip on your seatbelt, you’ll be hooked. 

As with many things in life, there can be a learning curve to this form of travel. 

Allstar Coaches is here to share the experiences we’ve gained from years of traveling the country and help you get the most from your RV purchase, rental, and service. 

Contact us today to let us know how we can serve you.