If the idea of traveling in a traditional-sized motorhome makes you hesitate because of the loan payments involved in an RV purchase along with the cost of gas, more affordable options are available. The Seattle Times provides these tips that involve thinking outside the box.

A minivan conversion may be an appealing alternative, as the mileage is significantly better and the maneuverability is much easier than that of standard motorhomes. The conversion can be done through hiring a contractor or by doing the job yourself.

Another choice may be to rent a compact-sized camper van from JUCY Rentals. Off-season rates begin at $35 per day, while peak-season rates average close to $100 per day. A TV, sink, stove and small fridge are included.

Thinking creatively about your location can pay off as well. The publication reports on a couple who park their RV on a farm in exchange for a certain number of chores.

Become a member of a discount membership organization. It is worth the membership price if you travel full-time, since they can save you as much as 50 percent on RV sites at campgrounds across the country.

Plan to stay a longer length of time. Weekly rates are cheaper than nightly ones, and monthly rates provide even more savings.

Check our Access Camping website often for tips.