Frugal RV Articles

Who camps in RVs?

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As you sit near your RV rig in the morning with your first cup of coffee or tea, have you ever wondered who camps in RVs? So does your camping neighbor! Recently, I joined a conversation among RVers sharing their stories: who they are, what they do, how they arrived, and where they are camping next. The answers were inspiring.…

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RV Converters and Inverters

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Your RV electrical system powers your camping. The source may be 110-volt AC or 12-volt DC. What if you want to have both, changing 110V to 12V or 12V to 110V? Then you need an electrical rv converter or inverter. Here are the basics of how converters and inverters help you enjoy the outdoors with the comforts of home. RV…

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RV Generator Basics

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Campers have used electrical generators to visit the woods for decades. What is an RV generator, how does it work, and what can you do if it doesn’t work? These are a few of the questions to cover in RV Generator Basics. RV Generator Types RV generators have a simple job: convert combustion power into electrical power. RV generators are…

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RV Propane Basics

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RV propane systems make camping in your travel trailer, fifth-wheel trailer, tent trailer, motorhome, or camper easier and more convenient. Used safely, propane can heat air, heat water, heat food, and even cool food. Here’s an overview of your RV’s propane system, how it works, and how to maintain it. RV Propane Propane is a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) compressed…

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RV Refrigerator Tips

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Having a refrigerator in your recreational vehicle can make “camping” easier — or frustrating. Here’s how to make sure your RV refrigerator (RV fridge) runs optimally to keep food cold and fresh. Here are my road-proven RV refrigerator tips: Know Your RV Fridge RV refrigerators operate differently that the one in your house — which is one reason why RV…

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RV Log

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RV repairs can be expensive, taking money away from your travel budget. Frugal RVers know that keeping simple maintenance records can reduce the need for repairs and reduce the costs of travel. Here are my tips for RV maintnenance for safety and economy. RV Maintenance Log Every RVer should have a Frugal RV Notebook or RV Log. It’s a blank…

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RV Water Saving Tips

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Water is vital to life — including as we camp. The average American directly and indirectly uses about 64,000 gallons a year — 175 gallons a day — of water. Due to the size of holding tanks and other limitations, RVers must learn to reduce water needs while camping. Here are my RV water saving tips. RV Water Needs First, make sure you…

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RV Roadside Assistance

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Roadside emergencies can ruin a vacation. Should you purchase RV roadside assistance insurance or self-insure? If buying insurance, which one? Here are my tips on selecting the best RV roadside assistance plan to fit your travel needs. Roadside Services Even the newest vehicles can break down anywhere. Older vehicles, especially RVs that have seen many years but not many miles,…

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RV Weight Basics

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Recreational vehicle weight and capacity are important to know for driving and towing safety. How much does your rig weigh? How much can it carry? What happens if it is overweight? How can you reduce rig weight? Let’s look closer at RV weight basics. RV Weight Capacity First question is: What is your RV rig? Obviously, the weight and capacity…

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How to Dry Camp

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Recently, we downsized our RV rig from a one-ton pickup pulling a 27′ fifth wheel to a 20′ camper-van. Why? Many reasons but the major one was simplicity. We now can take roads and campsites that we couldn’t consider before.  Our new (to us) rig fits in the same parking spot that our pickup once used, yet it has all…

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Join RV Groups

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We RVers typically don’t like to admit it, but some campers are smarter than we are – at least on some topics. The aim of the frugal RVer is to learn something useful from more experienced campers, travel rig owners, and RV groups. Here are my tips on how to get useful answers to common RV problems. Ask Good Questions…

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Motorhome Basics

Motorhomes are popular recreational vehicles making up about 15% of all RVs sold. They are built in a wide variety of configurations, lengths, and styles to satisfy the needs and wants of RV campers. If you’re new to RV travel, here’s what you need to know about Motorhome Basics. Motorhome 101 A motorhome is simply a motorized vehicle with living…

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RV Tire Basics

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Safe and dependable tires are critical to enjoying RV camping. RV Tire Basics includes how to read tire markings and how to maintain tires for travel trailers, motorhomes, and other recreational vehicles. Let’s get started. RV Tire Markings Think of your vehicle tires as air containers. Sealed inside is pressurized air that makes the tires firm but not rigid. Tires…

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Discount Camping

Are discount camping clubs for real? Can you save money on campground fees using them? How much? Frugal RVers often ask these questions. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of discount camping clubs. Discount Camping There are lots of ways to save on camping fees. Many frugal RVers boondock or dry camp on BLM or Corps…

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RV Maintenance

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RV maintenance is always begging for attention. And much of it is legitimate stuff that needs to be done to be safe and avoid repairs. But some of it really isn’t critical – at least not yet. Determining what is necessary maintenance and what is not can be an expensive difference. Here are my suggestions for practical RV maintenance. Learn…

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RV Water Systems

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RV water systems supply fresh water and store waste water when camping. As water is a necessity for life, knowing how RV water systems work — and how to maintain them — is vital to enjoying your frugal camping adventures. Here’s what Frugal RVers discover about RV water systems: RV Fresh Water Recreational vehicles typically have two sources of potable…

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RV Navigation Basics

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One of the primary pleasures of recreational vehicle travel is finding new places. That, of course, requires traveling new-to-you roads. How can you safely navigate your RV? How can you know what’s beyond the next bend in the road? How can you get from here to there? Let’s take a closer look at RV Navigation Basics. RV Navigation Maps Maps…

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Manage Your RV Wants

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In my prior Frugal RV tip, I covered how to Simplify Camping. Camping, after all, is intended to be a simpler life event than living at home with all those electronic gadgets and conveniences. It is a time to cut the cord — or at least to cut back to only those things you really need to recreate.  This article…

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