Are RV trips fun?
But are RV trips cheap?
Sure, driving in an RV is going to be cheaper than flying and staying in hotel rooms, but that doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. As we’ll soon see, there are several different costs that you will need to budget for before you leave.
Here are the five main things that you’ll need to pay for on your Dallas RV trip:
1 – Reservation Fee + Security Deposit
When you go to rent an RV, you’ll want to make reservations through phone or email beforehand so you get the one you want, and you’ll most likely need to pay a small reservation fee.
You’ll also need to pay a security deposit when you go to sign papers as well, but if you return the RV in good condition, the security deposit will be refunded to you.
2 – Daily Rental Fee
Obviously in order to rent an RV, you’re going to need to pay a daily fee. According to Outdoorsy, the average nightly cost to rent an RV in the Dallas area is $190.05, so don’t expect to pay any more than that.
3 – Fuel
Fuel is a significant cost on any RV trip. It’s no secret that RV’s and motorhomes are not the most fuel efficient vehicles on the planet. Depending on the RV that you rent, you’ll be lucky to get twelve miles to the gallon, and ten miles or under is more realistic.
One technique you can use to ensure you always get the cheapest fuel prices as possible is to use fuel apps that show you all of the gas stations in the area and their respective prices. Even a station that’s selling fuel for a couple cents less can equate to major savings.
4 – Parking Fees
You’ll also need to pay nightly fees to stay at an RV park or campground, the cost of which can vary anywhere from $15 to $50 a night depending on the one you go to.
As a general rule of thumb, the more amenities and luxuries an RV park has (water and electric hookups, Wi-Fi, basketball/volleyball court, beach access, allowing pets, etc.) the more money you’ll have to pay.
5 – Food
Last but not least is food. The cost of food can add up very quickly when you eat out a lot, so if saving money is a big deal to you, you’ll be much better served by preparing your own meals and purchasing your own ingredients.
It’s always going to be cheaper to make your own burgers with your own purchased ingredients versus buying them at a restaurant, for instance).
Embarking On Your Dallas RV Trip
Before you leave on any RV trip, you’ll need to make sure that you can afford each of the things that we have just covered.