With everything changing in the world today, more and more individuals are hitting the road and pursuing recreational vehicle (RV) life. Whether you're looking to explore your local hotspots, are planning an extended road trip, explore beyond Canada during retirement, or want to learn more about the costs associated with the RV lifestyle, we want to help break down the costs of hitting the road full-time.
RV Park Reservations
The expense of RV park reservations can add up, especially if you are only staying a few days. RV campsites in Canada cost anywhere from $40-$75/night, depending on location, size, and access to electricity and sewage.1 People who stay in one place for a longer period of time could save money by joining an RV club.2 Make sure you've budgeted for these expenses before you hit the road.
Part of the allure of RV life is being more remote and not always connected to technology, but there will be times when you need internet access on the road. Because you're always travelling, you'll need cellular data or a hotspot to get online, especially in remote areas. Most full-time RVers invest in mobile hotspots, upgraded data plans, and signal-boosting devices.
Even if you stop at a campground with an internet connection, the connection might not always be stable. It's good to have a backup internet and data option, especially in case of emergencies.
You will have to pay for gas when travelling around the country in an RV shouldn't come as a surprise. How few kilometres per litre RVs get might come as a surprise. That, coupled with increasing gas prices, makes gas a significant expense for RVers. In addition, some popular destinations charge a premium for their fuel because they might be the only option in the area. Higher gas prices are becoming more common in more isolated areas.3 While the secluded scenery might be beautiful, the ever-rising numbers on the gas board aren't.
RV maintenance and repair can be one of the highest costs of the RV lifestyle. It's challenging to determine how much RV maintenance will cost you while on the road because it depends on the age of your vehicle, how well it's maintained, where you're going, and how long you'll be on the road. Repairs are often an unexpected expense, but you can plan for them by having an emergency savings fund in case your RV breaks down.
There's something magical about hitting the road in a van or RV and not knowing what kinds of adventures you'll have, but with this freedom comes some expenses. Planning for these expenses will help save you stress on the road.
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