One of the largest pieces of a person’s RV budget is usually the amount of money they spend to park their RV somewhere each night.

This makes sense, as it’s a need!

However, that doesn’t mean that you need to break your budget in order to sleep each night. There are many ways to stay affordably.

Here are my tips for saving money on RV stays.


Sign up for RV memberships

There are many different memberships that may help you save money on your nightly stays. Memberships are usually very affordable, with an RVer being able to recoup the cost after just a night or two. These include Good Sam, Passport America, Harvest Hosts, Family Motor Coach Association and Thousand Trails.


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Antelope Canyon is a part of Navajo Nation in Arizona, and has been described as one of the most photogenic places on earth. Although it’s not nearly on the scale of the Grand Canyon, it’s arguably just as beautiful and impressive in its own way. It’s a slot canyon, with walls as high as 4,000 feet, notable for the beautiful “flowing” appearance of the Navajo Sandstone, an impression created by the running rainwater that floods it annually during monsoon season. Many slot canyons are too narrow for the light to really reveal the vibrant colors of the stone, but Antelope Canyon is a very fortunate exception to the rule. The shapes and colors of the canyon, as well as the light, can create some truly stunning photographs. Antelope once roamed freely there, eliciting its name. There are really two canyons, the Upper and the Lower.


Image Courtesy of Mark Byzewski


Upper Antelope Canyon is also known by its Navajo name, Tsé bighánílíní, meaning “the place where water runs through rocks.” It’s such a photographer’s dream that photography tours are available for professionals and serious amateurs. There are camera requirements for the tour, so don’t think you can just show up with your iPhone. Guides will show you the best angles and how to capture the best light. The play of light, shadow, shape and color all come together here, so be sure to follow guide recommendations on the best time of day to visit.


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When your RV sits in storage for an extended period of time many unexpected things can occur. Batteries that were fully charged when you parked the RV are now discharged, tires that were properly inflated are now under-inflated, seams and sealants crack and separate from the surface, and insects and rodents build nests in and around the RV.



There are other concerns too, that can come from where the RV was stored, and how it was prepared for storage. If the RV was stored outside, exposed to the elements, the exterior and roof can suffer the brunt of Mother Nature’s harsh winter conditions. And, if you did not properly winterize the RV water system, there could be damage to the plumbing.


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There is something to be said about that wonderful feeling you get when you step into your clean RV before heading out on an adventure. In addition to the daily and weekly upkeep of a clean home on wheels, seasonal spring cleaning is just as important. Open up all the windows, put on your favorite music and come along with me as I take you through my step-by-step spring cleaning ritual. If you find you have an easier way to go about cleaning certain items, I’d sure to love hear!

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Americans love to memorialize their history with impressive monuments. Sometimes we preserve an artifact, build a statue, or even carve an entire mountain out of a sense of national pride and sentimentality. Regardless of its form, many of our most impressive monuments and memorials have become icons in their own right. Here are just a few that deserve a place on everyone’s bucket list!


Bunker Hill Monument


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The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first major battle of the American Revolution. 1,200 American troops rallied to prevent British soldiers from taking control of Boston Harbor. Although the colonists ultimately lost the battle, they inflicted so much damage against the better-trained and better-equipped British soldiers that they inspired hope amongst American rebels everywhere. As British General Clinton would later write in his diary, “A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America.” Although Boston locals are quick to point out that most of the fighting actually took place on the adjacent Breed’s Hill, the battle became known as “The Battle of Bunker Hill”, and so that’s where the monument stands today. A 221-foot granite obelisk stands in memory of the bloody battle. After you’ve visited, be sure to follow the Freedom Trail through Boston to see other significant sites from the American Revolution.


Mount Rushmore


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