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A wealth of resources for RVers is available on the Internet, but who has the time to search through them all? This page provides links to some of the best frugal, RV-travel-related web sites I've found -- resources for RVers as well as tent campers and backpackers. These are sites that we refer to ourselves, so I think you'll appreciate them too.

RV Dump Locations - Search by state or province across many countries. These two visitor-generated web sites list RV dump stations in several countries. Some are free but, where a fee is charged, it is listed.
Sanidumps
Or, search by route and mile marker (mainly USA Interstates) at:
RV Dumps


Find the cheapest fuel price along your route, know whether it's cheaper across the state line, if diesel is available, and what other services are offered at each station. Covers Canada and U.S.A. Use the web site or download the free mobile app!
Gas Buddy


A listing of over 21,000 public (federal, state, county, municipal) campgrounds across the country. POI lists can be filtered to suit your needs: sort by amenities, RV sites, price, seasonal restrictions, GPS coordinates, driving directions, etc.
The Ultimate US Public Campground Project


A comprehensive listing with links to coverage maps of the various North American cell phone providers and virtual network operators (companies without a network that run on other local networks).
Coverage Map Finder


Don't automatically pay the posted fees for public land access. They may be illegally imposed. This wonderful group's actions have spread from its Colorado roots and won significant victories eliminating unfair and illegal fee demonstration programs across the country.
Western Slope No-Fee Coalition


A data base created by the users, this web site lists free overnight camping and parking locations across Canada and USA. The main focus is public lands but some retail parking lots and rest areas are also listed.
Free Campsites


Other Frugal Travel (Without an RV)
The Affordable Travel Club
AirBnB
Couch Surfing
Home Exchanges
Home Away - Vacation Rentals


Everything you need to know about Solar for RVs. From experience, Bob is the most trusted source on the web. Better even than most of the "experts" who sell and install it. He explains it all in simple enough language that even I can undestand!
HandyBob Solar


Hundreds of great "how to" articles, tips, and advice for all aspects of RVing written by Ron and Sandy Jones, full time RVers who travel extensively themselves.
About RVing


Traveling with pets? Find pet-friendly campgrounds worldwide and know whether you'll be charged an additional pet-fee.
Bring Fido


Volunteer Opportunities for RVers - Park free while you do good.
Habitat for Humanity - RV Care-A-Vaners

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NOMADS - Global Ministries


A resource for RVers - uniquely created, maintained, and updated not by any one individual but by a whole community of RVers. Far more than a forum, although that's a part of it too. You'll find lots of great info here and you can contribute your own unique discoveries and ideas.
Do It Yourself RV


Your destination for day trips, weekend getaways, and cross-country adventures.
My Scenic Drives


Free "How To" Videos
Thirty excellent free videos provide tips for buying, driving, insuring, and maintaining your RV plus many other aspects of the RV lifestyle. RV industry expert Mark Polk is the producer & host of America's most highly regarded series of
DVDs, videos, books, and e-books


A comprehensive site for all topics, links, news, and editorials relating to RVing:
RV Basics.


Canada to US Border Crossing - Official List of Prohibited Items
The official USA Homeland Security web site is the place to check for updated lists of what you are and aren't allowed to carry as you cross the border.


Free attractions and free things to do in all 50 United States and over 1,500 Cities, are listed in a data base. Listings include free museums, parks, concerts, parades, festivals, and zoos.
Free-Attractions


National Forest Campgrounds Guide
Forest Camping
A well-organized reference guide, providing data designed to help you select a National Forest campground that meets your requirements. Excellent information, gathered by a couple who personally visited every campground listed on the web site.



Work Camping Jobs
Earn income while traveling. Place and answer free online ads for work camping positions across the country. I'm always amazed at the number and variety of jobs listed.
Workaway
Work for food and accommodation. Experience cultures and communities around the world.


Road Trip Journey
You may have driven right by Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska or The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine, Florida and you didn't even know it. You can find these and many other unique and bizarre attractions or contribute your own finds to keep the site growing.


Not your stereoptypical RVers,
NuRVers
is a community website for young and active RVers, many of whom work while on the road full time.


The Thrift Shopper
Find a thrift store no matter where you're traveling. Search for thrift stores in the national thrift store directory, join an online thrifting community, and learn more about thrift shopping!


Geocahing
The ultimate frugal adventure activity that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. A treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. Chances are there are "treasures" hidden somewhere along almost all the trails you hike. Geocahing is free to join and the best thing ever to entice kids (of all ages) to take up trail-hiking.


The RV Forum
and IRV2
These active forums are two of the best places on the web for RV-related questions, opinions, and friendly discussions.


Driving into Mexico can be intimidating these last few years. Traveling as a group is considered much safer; however, organized caravans are very costly! Why join an expensive caravan? Instead, meet up with like-minded RVers and make your own arrangements for group travel. Connect with each other here:
Mexico Road Trips
Terri and Mike Church, authors of the difinitive guides for RV travel in Mexico, provide a similar service at
Mexico Travel Buddy Search


A free data base listing Wi-fi hot spots around the world (updated regularly).
Wi-Fi-FreeSpot Directory


World Of Waterfalls
A self-proclaimed "waterfalling addict," Johnny guides you to the world's most beautiful waterfalls.


Geeks On Tour
provides computer training, tips, and solutions for travelers. The geeks, Jim and Chris Guld, are computer support professionals and on the road full-time in their RV.


Women On The Road
Advice and resources for women who love to travel on their own.


Cheap RV Living
Various accounts from people who have converted a van or built their own camper to live cheaply on the road.


Wish your RV could travel across the ocean? See more of the world by RV without paying to rent an RV. Much like a home exchange, this RV exchange program connects you with motorhome owners in other countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and many European countries:
RV Motorhome Exchange


Buying something online? Ready to pay and you are asked if you have a promotional code. Now you're frustrated because you realize you could be saving money if you had one. Downloadable codes and coupons (for USA) can be found here:
Promotional Codes for USA
In Canada find coupons, freebees and promotional deals at:
Smart Canuks


Camping Road Trip
A web-based mini travel guide that lists campgrounds, attractions, tips, and articles for your roadtrip/camping adventures.


Cancelhelp.com
A resource site for consumers looking to cancel a service or membership. Also a good idea to check this out before signing up for your cell phone or gym membership, etc.


Tips for spending less yet living well - both on the road and in a bricks and mortar location.
Squawkfox
Where frugal living is sexy, delicious, and fun.


Here's a website that will ensure you don't miss a single stop along the scenic route you're driving.
RV Itinerary Guides
The Itineraries list what you'll find, mile by mile, along many popular tourist routes in The USA, Canada, and Mexico.


RV Boondocking - The Goodlife
This website is just plain fun to read, providing sage boondocking advice with a sense of humor. After years on the road, this RVer discusses the benefits of downsizing to a smaller rig.


Is there boondocking in Europe? A guide to your European RV adventures. Tips for motorhome rentals, travel options, campgrounds, expenses, destinations and trip planning. What you need to know for RV travel in Europe.

RVCampingEurope.com


Affordable Small Camper Vans For Rent
A rental option for those who don't want or need a big RV. Based in California, you can rent a completely equipped camping van for little more than it would cost to rent a car. Unlike the big RV rental companies, you're allowed to drive a Lost Campers Van on gravel roads to access the free campsites listed in the Frugal Shunpiker's Guides.


House Sitting Opportunities
Perfect for full-time RVers who want a break from traveling. Home owners' listings are free but sitters pay a $50.00 (Canadian) annual fee.


More to come...

More links to resources for RVers, particularly those of interest to frugal travelers, will be added as I discover them.


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