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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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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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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RV Solar Basics

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Many RV campers are “going solar” — adding solar power to their recreational vehicles. Is it smart? Is it frugal? Should you consider solar power for your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth-wheel trailer, or other camping unit? The answer depends on how and where you camp. Let’s take a closer look at RV solar power. RV Solar Basics The sun, our sun, has…

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RV Pet Travel Tips

Pets can make RV travel more fun — or more dangerous. Whether you travel with a dog, cat, hamster, ferret, fish, or a combination of pets, you want to make sure they are safe, that you and your passengers are safe, and everyone enjoys the trip. Here are some road-proven tips for RV pet travel. RV Pets In the U.S.,…

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What does “Frugal RV” mean?

What does "Frugal RV" mean anyway?

Everyone comes up with a different image when I mention “frugal RV”. Some think of a young couple in a converted utility van boondocking in the woods. Others picture a large motorhome in a Walmart parking lot. Still others envision a camper adding solar power to a fifth-wheel trailer. Technically, all are truly frugal RVers — reducing the cost of…

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Simplify Camping

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Once you’ve identified your favorite reasons for travel, look at ways to simplify camping so you get the most enjoyment from your camping budget. That’s what FrugalRV.com is all about: travel more and spend less. Here are my tips on how to simplify camping to make RVing easier and more enjoyable at lower costs. Size Your RV Remember that complexity…

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RV Laundry Tips

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Campers get dirty! Hiking, biking, off-roading, outdoor cooking, living on the road…they all add up to dirty laundry. How can you reduce the laundry load as you enjoy the dirty out-of-doors? How can you do laundry on the road? Here are my RV Laundry Tips. Reduce RV Laundry The first step to reducing RV laundry chores is to reduce the…

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Your Camping Budget

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The first of my 10 Frugal RV Tips is: Remember why you travel. That makes sense, but it is quite easy to forget as we start thinking about all the options and opportunities we RVers have. Larger trailers, more powerful tow rigs, the latest electronics, a towed vehicle — they all vie for our interest and our wallets. But do…

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Casino Camping

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RV camping can be expensive, especially campground fees. Give your Frugal RV Budget a break and take advantage of the hospitality of gaming casinos throughout the U.S. and Canada that offer free or reduced-rate overnight camping. Here’s what you need to know about casino camping. Casino Basics There are nearly 1,000 commercial and native-American casinos in the United States. Canada…

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RV Electrical Systems

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RV electrical systems power your camping. How does electricity do that? Let’s take a closer look at where electricity comes from, how it does its work, and what to do when it doesn’t work. Basics of Electricity Electricity is simply the movement of electrons, those little components of atoms, the basic building structure of the universe. This movement produces power…

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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 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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