Many of us RVers have to closely monitor income versus expenses as we turn from a stressful work schedule to a part-time or fulltime RV Lifestyle. I congratulate those of you who have managed to amass enough wealth that money concerns do not enter into your everyday decisions. But many of us retired early to take up RVing or Workamping, worked in careers that did not offer income commensurate with Wall Street Bankers, and were too busy raising a family to squirrel away enough nuts to foresee what campgrounds, fuel, and food would cost 5, 10, or 20 years ahead.
Without a crystal ball, we can only guess whether we will be financially comfortable after we have added enough years that we cannot return to the workplace. As RVers though, we have several advantages that enable us to adjust our lifestyle to fit both financial bad times and financial good times.
One of these advantages is boondocking, having both the equipment and skills to live comfortably “off the grid” if the situation dictates. With full service campgrounds now charging upwards of $35 a night, and some state parks–once low-priced camping options–now charging $20 to $25 a night, free boondock camping represents a substantial savings.
If you have never boondocked, or think that boondocking would be an unacceptable lowering of your RV Lifestyle, consider that there are hundreds of thousands of RVers that found boondocking to be not a downgrade, but an upgrade to their lifestyle. Once you have mastered camping without hookups–like installing solar panels to provide your electricity, carrying extra water supplies, and practicing water conservation–you may find that you no longer NEED to stay in crowded and noisy campgrounds just because you thought you needed the hookups.
Learning other ways to save money on the road and while boondocking, such as buying locally grown food direct from the farmer, finding U-Pick orchards, and locating hundreds of free sources of un-advertised entertainment, scenic, and historic site possibilities in all the new areas you travel in, will not only positively affect your budget but will also make your RV Lifestyle even more enjoyable.