RV Travel On One Tank of Gas
We’re not suggesting camping out right outside the house, but think about going to places not too far away that you’ve always meant to check out.
You’ll be surprised at how many new and interesting destinations are just one tank of gas away. A lot of territory can be covered in just a few hundred miles, and you’re bound to discover exciting locations you never knew existed so close to home.
Put Your RV On A Diet And Get Better Gas-Mileage
It’s a simple fact that the less your RV weighs, the more mileage you’ll get on the road. Look around for places in your rig where you can institute a “less is more” policy.
For example, you don’t have to set out with a full, fresh water tank for your RV excursion. Take what you need for the first day’s travel, plus a small reserve, and fill up once you’ve reached your day’s destination.
Forget that bulky, economy-sized can of coffee: empty a smaller amount into an airtight plastic container that you can refill later. (One place not to cut back, though, is tire inflation: riding on fully inflated tires is a sure way to increase your gas mileage.)
Tip: When buying food staples, consider dehydrated items like soup and dried fruit, and transfer cereal and pasta from bulky boxes into heavy-duty plastic bags – not only do they take up less space, you can reuse them once they’re empty!
Plastic not Paper Dinnerware – A More Economical Approach Overall
Sure, the eat-and-toss approach of paper plates and cups is the easy way to go – and might even seem economical when you buy in bulk. But lightweight, inexpensive plastic dishes are easy to find, and while they might not last forever, they’ll certainly see you through the duration of a long-distance RV excursion.
Choosing plastic over a big stack of paper goods is also another way to save on weight, especially when you’re starting out on your RV trip.
Drive Less, Stay More – Save on Gas AND Get Campsite Discounts
When creating your RV travel itinerary, consider making fewer stops and spending more time at each destination. This will save on fuel and campsites costs as most of them offer discounts for lengthier stays.
By driving less and staying more, you’ll receive an additional benefit: It’s much more relaxing to know that once you’ve turned off the ignition you’re settling in for a while. Also, by spending more time in one place, you’ll be able to do some more in-depth exploring of the area.
Tip: Look online at the local newspaper for the area you’ll be visiting. Check for listings of events that you might not hear about otherwise … and don’t forget to look in the classifieds for yard sales and flea markets, too!
Stop and Shop – At Local Discount or Dollar Stores
When you need to refill on groceries avoid supermarkets and convenience stores where prices are at a premium. Instead, look for local discount and dollar stores and roadside fruit and vegetable stands — depending on the season. You might not save much money there, but there’s nothing better than freshly picked produce.
Keep an eye open for discount outlets in the area. And stop at flea markets and yard sales where you might find a one-of-a-kind treasure. Not only do these unconventional choices offer the opportunity to find unusual items, it’s a great way to get to know the local neighborhoods and people.
A Few More Budget-Friendly RV Travel Tips
- Make use of the cheaper parks, like state parks
- Join the Good Sam Club for 10% discount at their parks
- Subscribe to RV magazines for great ideas on RV travel
- Save money and cook all your meals in the RV; don’t eat out. You can even make dishes ahead and store in your RV’s refrigerator
- Ask for senior discounts everywhere you go
- If members of AAA, see if any campgrounds give discounts. Look at a “Trailer Life Campground Directory” at your local library to compare camping fees.
Any time you are planning a trip there can be a lot to cover. Sometimes it can even seem a little overwhelming. Did I pack enough food for everybody? Did I bring everything we’ll need when we get there? The mental check-list goes on and on making sure everyone has what they need. An important part of the family not to be left out though are our pets. Taking them on vacation with you can be some of the most memorable times you’ll have together. Today we’ll talk about making sure they’re taken care of too.
1. Bring Something for Each One
Pets are similar to people in so many ways. One of the many is that feeling of being unique. The book your son brought and loves may not be as enjoyable to your daughter. Animals can be the same way. I know in our house Moka the cute Bulldog has her own toys. And while I don’t mind sharing, she definitely does. That’s why when we bring the whole gang we make sure to pack their favorite toys too.
2. BACON! Or at Least Treats
It’s important to show our four legged friends love. Especially if they’ve been good. Moka has the sharpest bark I may have ever heard. Anytime I’m in an enclosed space with her for any length of time and she’s been a good girl, she gets a treat. She can’t help it, she’s just excited for the trip. At the same time she knows that I’m good for some beggin strips if she can calm her little self. Thankfully her greed for those things usually wins out. The important thing is to reward them for good behavior.
3. A Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet
Going on a trip is a perfect time to make sure your pet is current on all of the shots and vaccines they need. Also keep in mind where you’re going. A wooded area can be full of fleas and ticks and other parasites which can carry harmful diseases. Fortunately there are no shortage of products that can be applied to make sure that’s never a worry.
The most important thing is to be safe, have fun and take lots of pictures!
Here are 3 great go-to recipes you can enjoy camping or at home:
1. Breakfast in a Bag
Cook Method: Stove Top
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Diced cooked ham
- Crumbled pieces of cooked bacon
- Chopped onion
- Sliced black olives
- Sliced mushrooms
- Grated pepper jack cheese
- 2-3 eggs
- 1 boilable resealable bag
Crack eggs into resealabe bag and break them by shaking the bag. Next add in all of your ingredients into the bag with the eggs. Then open the bag just enough to squeeze out all of the extra air. Set this aside while you boil a pot of water. Now all you have to do is add the bag into the boiling water and let it cook until the eggs are done. Salsa also goes great with this.
2. Breakfast Pouch
Cook Method: Campfire or on a grill
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Temp: Low fire or medium on grill
- Sausage links
- Shredded cheese such as cheddar or pepper jack
- Frozen hash browns or diced potatoes
- 1-2 Eggs
- Diced tomatoes and chives
- Aluminum foil
First use your aluminum foil to create a packet. It’s going to contain all of the ingredients so make sure it’s decent size. Next add in your sausage links I usually cut mine up. Then add in a handful of hash browns or diced potatoes, 1-2 eggs, tomatoes and chives and seal it up so no steam can escape during the cooking process. Let it cook either on a low campfire or on a grill for 15-20 minutes. Next open your packet and sprinkle cheese over top. Seal back up for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Egg and Chorizo Burritos
Cook Method: Stove Top
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 roll of charizo
- 6-12 eggs
- 6 to 12 tortillas
Remove outer coating from the chorizo. Cook over medium heat until done. Next add in desired amount of eggs. When you add your eggs in make sure you coat the chorizo so it mixes in perfectly. Then grill up your tortillas until they have a nice color. There you have it! I like to add a bit of Sriracha to mine to give it an extra kick.