What you can do with one tank of gas

By now, RVers are now painfully familiar with the fact that it can cost them more than $100 just to fill up a tank of gas. While one of the great things about RVing is going wherever you please, it can also make sense to plan out some short trips that don't use a lot of gas. After all, it's not as if driving is the best part of owning an RV – it's ultimately about where you go.

BudgetTravel is dedicated to finding some of the most affordable vacations around the country, and the website recently put together a list of what it calls "one-tank trips." Using major cities as the starting point, the group came up with some great vacations that can be had all on one tank of gas. Not only does this cut down on gas, but it also gives you less time behind the wheel and more time having fun. Even if you don't live in one of these cities, chances are you might be close by on your travels across the country.

Start in the most popular city: New York. The group here recommends taking a drive to Long Beach Island, which is about 100 miles away. This barrier island is located just off the Jersey Shore, but there's more to this area than orange-colored stereotypes. Nearly 20 miles of beach is a good way to start, but if you grow tired of sand and surf, Fantasy Island is a fun vintage amusement park that has offered up entertainment for years.

On the opposite coast, try visiting Joshua Tree National Park. This natural wonderland is a short drive from the city of Los Angeles, and its just about as starkingly contrast to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as possible. The 800,000 acre nature reserve features plenty of spots to park the RV and perhaps go for a hike, or just sit back and take in the beautiful desert and mountain scenery.

If you're down south, the news source recommends Lake Rabun in Georgia as a nice jaunt for Atlanta residents. There's plenty of beautiful natural scenery here as well, and it's a good place to camp out or head out on the water in a boat.

Another southern option is Tyler, Texas, which is less than 100 miles from Dallas. This town has a bit of everything: antebellum-era mansions, rowdy dance halls, delicious barbecue and even a sprawling winery.