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Old 10-12-2007, 07:19 PM   #1
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What do you do that makes you the cheapest RV'er on the forum?

How about this:

Recycle old peanut butter and mayonaise jars and use them for unbreakable canisters in the RV. You can put just about anything in them from corn meal to small spare parts like fuses and screws.

Use large Gatorade (or other) jugs to freeze water in. Put them in your coolers to keep cold stuff you don't want floating around, like fruit and meats. When the ice melts, you've got clean water. Cheaper and neater that bagged ice. The square-ish jugs are most space and cooling efficient.

Why replace dingy marker and brake light lenses when a trip through the dishwasher and a light once over with ordinary auto buffing compound will make them look brand new.

Now...beat that! Who's cheaper than me?

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Well, a Bbq cover can be transformed into a pair of very nice tandem wheel covers with scissors, a grommet kit and some bungee cords. $14.oo to go around the whole trailer. And they're good looking too.

But I mentioned my best cheap trick somewhere else - using Spic & Span powder to clean the rubber roof. Just treat it like a floor and sponge mop the sucker. Best of all, it's what Alpha recommends so it's cheap and smart..
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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Don't know if it's really cheap but.....

I run a dual bypass oil filtration system on my truck with 100% synthetic oil. I haven't changed my oil in about 65k miles. I change the filters every 10k and 20k. Every 20k I sample the oil to make sure it's still good to go. My truck holds 4 gallons of oil and over the years I figure I've saved a bit on oil changes.
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certainly economical!!
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:44 PM   #5
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We cook outside using electric appliances. Apart for the fact that we enjoy cooking out under the awning, we're using their electricity instead of our gas. We also switch the water heater to electricity for the same reason and have never had a problem with having insufficient hot water.
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Old 10-13-2007, 04:59 PM   #6
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Cheap and relaxing

We met a fellow this summer who has had his motorhome for 2 years and has never turned on the furnace. He bought a unit with an electric fire place and he uses it to heat the unit on the cold nights. It is not only cheaper than propane since it is the campground's power but it is pretty too.
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:51 PM   #7
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mason jars
we use em with our food saver vacum sealer. hold everything and can be re-used forever.

we buy gatorade the powder if its less $$ or the buy the big gallon jugs and then pour it up into small quart and pint bottles.

gladware re-sealebe containers last a long time

i like the spic and span idea
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:03 PM   #8
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To solve the eternal problem of droopy sewer lines and avoid the silly prices at RV stores for this kind of thing : http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...37030&src=SRQB or this : http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...=6313&src=SRQB

use vinyl eavestrough.

I use two pieces about 3' long, with a series of 1/4" holes drilled in each along their length When you set up on a site, nest the two pieces together, adjust to the right length for your needs, and fasten them together with a couple of bolts and wing nuts through those holes you drilled. Two more holes in one end to run reusable zip ties around your sewer outlet and you're set to go. Nice and rigid and with a great slope for good drainage.

In my case now, with two separate black water tanks and set up permanently, I doubled up my Eavestrough requirements and run a length from each drain to the Y and from the Y to the campground drain. For appearance sake, I painted them black.
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:20 PM   #9
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Stuff Collection

In one corner of the basement we are collecting surplus "stuff" that will go in the trailer when we get it. When Sweet Wifes mom passed away last year we wound up with lots of duplicate household "stuff" for the bath and kitchen. The not-quite-as-nice-as-the-other goes in the RV pile.

When the arrival of the trailer is much nearer, we'll start hitting the yard sales.

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Old 10-13-2007, 08:49 PM   #10
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slunky

we splurged and got one of these.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:05 AM   #11
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Not go camping very often. This saves a whole
bunch of money in camp fees. However it is not
the perfered method. I really like to camp, but
funds have been tight this year.

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Old 10-14-2007, 09:13 AM   #12
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In response to "peanut butter jars". If you heat up an
ice pick and put it through the plastic lid to make a
small hole you can put a regular size straw through the
lid and it makes great drink containers for kids that are spill proof.

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Old 10-15-2007, 04:46 PM   #13
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Camp at any Rest Stop to the final destination, n/c and you can use their restrooms if you dare
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:48 AM   #14
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Go on a trip with family, and they usually buy the fuel, food, fishing supplies, ATV fuel, entertainment ect, and we provide the RV..Cook with micro instead of stove, saves propane @ 2.49 a gallon. that or over the campfire with the Dutch oven.
Hunt for RV/Camping supplies at yard sales or flea markets.
Fix almost everything myself. (truck/RV/ATV related)

FUll time camping in 2007: 143 days & counting......
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:02 PM   #15
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We burn the neighbour's dog poo from our lawn in the campfire, good heat and really not noticeable sitting upwind.

Joking. But we do bring our own firewood from home for our campfires. A fellow camper goes to a neighbourhood cabinet making place and gets hardwood nubs and pieces for free by the boxfull... they are great for campfires too... great coals for marshmellows, etc.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:07 PM   #16
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We split the 2-ply TP in half. That way we have 2 rolls.


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Old 10-17-2007, 07:13 PM   #17
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I havent gave any money to help with the forum. That count?
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:59 PM   #18
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I havent gave any money to help with the forum. That count?
Now THATs cheap!!!
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:44 AM   #19
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How about an extension cord? You know run it over to your neighbors trailer who IS paying for electricity.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:26 AM   #20
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Cheap camping

We camp overnite at Wally World. When we eat supper, most have a Mc Donalds, and the dollar value menu! Use their rest rooms, too.
That's pretty cheap!!
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