We have officially passed our first week mark back in the RV. Yay for RVs! Yay for the open road! Yay for the prep & packing ceasing! Our campground and boondocking stays have been interesting this week, and I wanted to share with you how it all panned out. We stayed in four different states, and our campground cost for the week was…$87.00.
That is less than our average by far, and for those looking to save money RVing, I wanted to share how we did it. We are also going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages, so that you can learn what will work for you. Let’s jump right in…
Night #1 in the RV – Cabela’s in Columbus, OH
This was not by choice. We wanted to stay in a campground, especially for our first night, to really be able to clean out our pipes. But, alas, it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and we could not find a single place to take us wanderers in.
Disadvantages: It was hot! No hookups & No A/C. The spots were full, but they have a side parking lot that we could use.
Advantages: No set-up/tear-down. It was a new, beautiful Cabela’s & shopping area. Cost = $0
If you are ever looking for an overnight in Columbus, I recommend the Cabela’s. There were a bunch of restaurants there too.
Nights #2 & #3 in the RV – Driveway Parking in Indianapolis, IN
This was a first for us, and it worked out great. Some RV friends invited us for the Indy 500, and their neighbor was willing to have us in his driveway for the weekend. They blessed us big time.
Disadvantage: No sewer. Getting in to a neighborhood & driveway can be tricky, but this one was pretty easy.
Advantages: We were able to spend a lot of time with our friends. We did have water and electric hookups. It is so nice to have locals to guide you, we forget how much we are trying to figure out on our own all the time. Plus, we got to go to the Indy 500 (check out our Indy 500 video)! Thanks to our friends! I am sure finding a campground nearby would have been difficult, so having access to events is another advantage for driveway parking. Cost = $0
Nights #4 & #5 in the RV – Campground near Vandalia, IL
In Illinois, we made it to our first actual campground. This allowed us to really flush out our pipes, and get our RV cleaned up after several nights of winging it.
Disadvantages: No internet. Our cell service was also bad.
Advantages: Full hookups. Cost = $62 (that includes both nights)
Night #6 in the RV – Town Park in Ste. Genevieve, MO
They are in the early stages of making this park available to RVers, and we lucked out with being able to stay there for a night. Hopefully, in the future, it will be available; because it was a lovely setting. Plus, it was so nice to be able to walk to everything we wanted to see. When you are spending a lot of time on the road, it is nice to have a stop where you don’t have to jump back in to the truck to see the sights. We were within a few blocks of the Welcome Center, the major historic home sites and plenty of restaurants and shops. The ease made an enjoyable experience even better.
Disadvantages: No water or sewer, just electric. No internet.
Advantages: With the electric, we did have A/C. Cost: $25
That is how we managed only $87 in campground costs for our first week on the road. I think our first week shows a variety of options which you can pick from when choosing your own stays. RVing really can make long-term travel affordable.
We want to travel and see things, and we know certain costs are involved. But, it sure is nice to be able to have an under budget week, especially starting out.
Not sure how to create a RVer budget? Check out our article on How to Budget for RV Living!