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People across the country (and around the world) have found new creative ways to go on vacation in the past 13 months – the most popular being State road trips or weekend trips just a few hours away from home. Short road trips were our way of still vacationing during the worst of the pandemic, but we could consider taking longer ones if we had the means. Enter: RV rental.

And they could be cheaper than you think. If you’re into camping or an extended road trip, here is information on how to plan an upcoming RV vacation on a budget.

How to find the right motorhome

If you want to get into the world of RV ownership, cough up for a small price of between $ 20,915 pullable motorhome to $ 49,999 for the big Class A diesels (those big buses). Obviously, it would mean facing someone else monthly invoice When you can’t pay that high price upfront, plus maintenance, storage, and other maintenance costs. But instead of investing in an entire RV, there are locations where you can rent an RV for just one trip.

Sites like Outdoors and RVshare You can rent an RV like an Airbnb. Basically, you choose your location and travel dates and they’ll show you the RV owners in your area and their rental costs.

I searched New York City on Outdoorsy and found everything from a van equipped for $ 89 one night at a Class A Winnebago for $ 273. I found comparable prices on RVshare when I searched different locations. Once you’ve found the right one for your needs, send the owner a message through the website and the motorhome will either be picked up, delivered, or you can schedule a meeting point with the owner before you begin a tour of the motorhome and get started Your trip.

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How to find a campsite

Whether you are making multiple layovers or ending up in one place, you need to find places to park your RV. The organization Roam freely is a nonprofit that provides campers and vacationers with information about cheap camping, and it’s a good place to start.

You can search websites across the country, using search filters that include detailed cellular service, price range, campsite type, private or public, and then more detailed information like altitude, road difficulty and overcrowding. Green dots indicate state parks, while orange dots indicate campsites.

You can create a catering trip that jumps from point to point depending on the price range, or set it up in one place. Just make sure you make an appointment in advance as campsites can fill up quickly you are closer to your travel dates The more they tend to charge.

Go boondocking to save on camping fees

Camping blog compendium defines “boondocking” as “dry camping”, which essentially means setting up your motorhome without water, sewer or electricity. If your RV has a generator or other amenities, you’re done. Otherwise, you will have to make a plan for the things you will need. Boondocking is considered legal as long as it is performed on public properties that are managed by companies such as The United States Forest Service or the US fish and wildlife service. There is also “distributed camping,” which refers to setting up camp outside of designated campsites.

Apps like Free Roam and Compendium can help you find a good boondocking area to set up camp for, and for as long as you are follow the rulesBoondocking is actually promoted by land service officers. Even better, you can park your motorhome for free.