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RV travel has proven to be one of the most economical forms of travel. You save a great deal of money not having to buy airline tickets, rent cars, stay in hotels or depend on restaurants to feed the gang. However, even with the savings you realize, RV ownership can be costly if you don't practice a little RV budgeting. There are several ways to save money as an RVer; it just takes an awareness and some effort.

Here are some ideas of how you can remain frugal and enjoy RVing at the same time:

Buy Used: To become an RV owner, you must purchase an RV. There is no need to go to the dealer and pick the fanciest, brand new coach you can find. There is a great deal of wisdom in purchasing a used RV from a dealer like Cruise America. All of our used motorhomes are meticulously maintained and kept in pristine condition. When we get new inventory, we sell some of the used models to make room. You save a substantial amount of money on the purchase price, the insurance and the taxes by buying a used RV. Also, you can skip the depreciation that occurs when you drive a new unit off the lot. Lastly, there are no "new RV bugs" to work out. Remember that you will most likely not live in your RV. If you are like the majority of RV owners, you will not spend more than a few weeks a year in the coach.

Shop for Insurance: It is prudent for an RV owner to get quotes from several insurance agents so you find the best deal for the most coverage. Remember that all insurance companies are NOT created equal. Check to see if your homeowner's policy would cover any loss while you are camping. Investigate the reliability of the company when it comes to paying claims.

Learn to Maintain: It is a good idea to learn how to do the minor maintenance and repair items on your RV. The owner's manual is a great resource to learn how to do several tasks that you might otherwise pay someone to do for you. There are easy-to-read RV repair and maintenance manuals available for purchase. They will guide you through step-by-step directions for the easier repair items. This can save you a bundle!

Check Different Campgrounds: It is not necessary to stay in the most fancy, most luxurious campgrounds. There are guides available for purchase that list the prices of different RV parks, which vary widely. You can actually find nice camp spots for as little as $15 per night. There are some parks that charge you on a "per service" basis. Only pay for the services and hookups you are going to use. You may not need telephone, Wi-Fi or cable connections.

Select your Activities Carefully: There are so many things to see and do in our nation that cost no money. As an example, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida offers free parking and free admission. Also, you can take advantage of intriguing factory tours and wine or food tastings that cost nothing to participate in. Museums, flea markets and farmers markets are great fun, and cost little or nothing to enjoy.

These are just a few suggestions of how you can save money while enjoying the RV lifestyle. It really can be a pretty affordable pastime, and the benefits of the RV lifestyle are priceless.

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