Saving RV Trips
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Libraries offer many free audio books via download. Tag sales are a goldmine of inexpensive books on CD. If your older RV still has a CD player, load up!
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Free National Park Days
Save this list! The National Park Service has released the dates of free entry next year to national parks. They are
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20
National Junior Ranger Day, April 18
National Park Service Birthday, August 25
National Public Lands day, September 26
Veterans Day, November 11
Avoid Cancellation Fees
Campgrounds are trying to keep up with the growing demand for campsites, but it’s more important than ever to have reservations. That almost always means providing a credit card number. The two costliest hidden snags in the system are (1) transaction fees, which are charged by some campground reservations systems in addition to camping fees, and (2) cancellation fees.
If you cancel after the deadline or don’t show up at all your credit card is charged. Transaction fees are usually not refunded even if you cancel on time.
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Camping discounts at state parks vary state by state but usually apply to active, retired or disabled military, seniors over a certain age such as 62 or 65 and state residents.
Senior discounts may be found at commercial campgrounds (it pays to ask) but it’s more likely that you can get a weekly, monthly or seasonal discount (that may require payment in advance.) National park discounts are available nationwide.
Stocking Stuffer Gift
Make gift giving easier when you’re on the go on camping trips at the busiest time of the year. Amazon offers this adorable “piggy” bank for under $20 showing a tent camping scene. The banks are durable, attractive ceramic with custom designs for camping and almost any other theme on your gift list, and who doesn’t love a piggy bank for loose change? Amazon will wrap and send for you.
Fits all sizes, all genders, all ages.
Get a Free Test Run
Campsite sales, time shares and memberships are usually offered by high-pressure sales people, often with enticements such as a few free nights or some cheesy gift. (I was offered a 9-piece set of cheap canvas “luggage”) Give RV camping six months to a year before committing to long-term contracts.take the freebie but leave without signing so you can read the contract with your eyes wide open.
Bring in Professionals Where Needed
DIY talents can save a lot of money but so can a professional intervention, especially jobs that come with a guarantee (such as a roof resurfacing) or access to the best materials and applications (such as window film). I bring in a professional cleaner once a year or so for the carpet and upholstery.
My friends' big RV has granite counter tops, real leather upholstery and hardwood flooring. They have them professionally maintained every few years.