Trip Budgeting

Studies have shown RVing is the most affordable way to vacation. This should come as no surprise since RVs provide transportation, lodging and meals in one package.  You control most costs and seldom find hidden surprises.  We’ve outlined some general items to consider when planning your budget for your RV trips.

Fuel

The amount you spend on gasoline is one of the major costs for your RV vacation. Mileage differs from one type of RV to another.  Many RV companies don’t publish their MPG, if you can’t find numbers online use these general numbers as a guide:

40’ class A: 6-8 MPG
30’ class A: 9-11 MPG
25’ class C: 11-13 MPG
Class B: 12-15 MPG
Towable:  Depends on Tow Vehicle

A good calculation for estimating fuel cost is Miles x Fuel Cost ÷ MPG = cost in fuel

Camping

Rates vary by campground.  Their location, proximity to attractions, and amenities can influence the rates you pay.  Here is a rough estimate of what you might be looking at for daily rates:

$15-$20 County parks, private parks in a nature setting
$30-$45 State parks, national parks, or private parks near major cities
$50-$100 Luxury resorts on the beach or near major attractions

Food

A great way to save on food costs is to cook-in most nights and reserve only a couple meals out each week. Cooking is a great way to save money and eat healthier. A good rule of thumb for food budgeting is $25 per person per week.

Misc

Every budget needs wiggle room.  To account for those miscellaneous expenses take your budget and add another 30%.

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