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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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 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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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 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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Shop Smart

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The Internet is amazing. With it you can read product reviews, compare prices and find the best resources for just about anything for RVs. And by keeping written records of your RV (Tip #5) you also know what you’ll need in upcoming travel seasons. Here are my recommendations to travel more and spend less as you do your homework and…

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Multitask Travel

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Owning your own RV is an opportunity to travel for a variety of reasons including pleasure, business, and education. As you plan your next road trip, consider multitask travel. Make a tax-deductible stop at a client’s on the way to your family vacation. Stop along the way for learning opportunities. Here are my suggestions for multitask travel: RVing for Pleasure…

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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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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 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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