How to Budget Your RV Vacation

Whether you’re headed to Burning Man, following the Lakers during their entire season, or visiting family in another part of the country, a recreational vehicle (RV) is a great choice. When you are planning your vacation, you often find that the things that are beyond your control are the most frustrating and most expensive parts of the trip. For example, you can’t really choose airline prices. You can decide when you’re flying and you can shop around to all those different travel sites, but at the end of the day, the airline sets the prices. The same is true for hotels. Furthermore, the prices for airlines and hotels tend to go up during peak travel months. Even the price of gas goes up during peak travel times such as the summer and late December. Your best solution is to increase the amount of control you have over your trip.

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Rent a Mini RV

When you are trying to keep the price of your trip down, you should start with your choice of vehicle. Instead of flying or driving your car, you can rent an RV. Small RV rentals enable you to control many more dimensions of your vacation. When budgeting for your vacation, the RV itself is likely to be the most expensive part of your budget. You will need to set aside some money for that; however, if you rent a mini‑RV, you can save a lot of money compared to a full-sized RV. Mini‑RVs are RVs that are based on minivan bodies. They’re not much bigger than a minivan, but they still have accommodations for cooking, sleeping, and eating. Because they’re based on minivans, they’re much easier to drive. In addition, they’re great for your budget because mini‑RVs don’t consume nearly as much gas as traditional large RVs.

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Gas Prices

The next item in your budget should be money for gas. You’ll need to set aside a good amount of money if you plan to drive very far. Luckily, this is a fairly dependable part of your budget. All you need to do is figure out how many miles you plan to drive during your trip; this can be a rough estimate. Then, you need to look up the fuel efficiency of the mini‑RV you intend to rent. Divide the total miles of your trip by the miles per gallon of the mini‑RV to get the number of gallons of gas you’ll need on your trip. Obviously, that will be a rough estimate. However, you can then just multiply that number by the average price of gas in your area and your destination area. That will give you a close estimate of the money you’ll need for gas.

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Emergency Money

You should also keep some cash in reserve for unforeseen expenses. These are things like blown hoses, flat tires, and other mechanical problems. Any big mechanical problem will be repaired by the agency that rented you the RV; however, you can likely handle smaller problems yourself.

That’s the basis for a good vacation budget. If you budget well, you’ll find that it is much cheaper than you expected.