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Costs of Full-Time RVing – April 2018

The overall costs of living and traveling in an RV can vary greatly depending on where you are, the activities you are doing, repair costs, your personal spending habits, etc. The variability is essentially the same regardless of your chosen housing arrangement. We track our spending via the free app “PERSONAL CAPITAL” and publicly share it to help others estimate their potential expenses for life on the road.

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Our expenses are posted by month and year. They include all of our costs for two adults except for health insurance as it is such a varied expense depending on your job status, age, location, income, etc. Our cost of this insurance has no relevance to anyone else so we are choosing to leave it out of the spreadsheet.

You can check our previous monthly costs here.

Campground Fees 193.00 407.00
Communication 126.75 523.12
Entertainment 34.76 246.72
Food 277.58 1378.02
Gas – Car 61.52 221.13
Gas – RV 97.06 408.66
General 42.32 573.94
Laundry 4.00 51.04
License/Insurance 105.75 423.00
Medical/Dental 0.00 203.97
RV/Auto 9.14 629.12
Utilities 25.39 112.27
Total Expenses 977.27 5177.99

*Note – Includes all expenses incurred except for health insurance which we wish the details to remain private.

Campground Fees – Expenses included 17 days at Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds in Tishomingo, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee.  The remaining days of the month were spent at free sites including Jeff Busby and Meriwether Lewis National Park Service campgrounds and street parking at the home of a family member. 

Communication – Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box. Our AT&T bill increased $0.53 this month do to a raise in the “convenience fee”. 

Entertainment – Expenses included our Netflix family plan and entrance fees to Dismals Canyon. Much of our entertainment this month was free activities such as doing tours at Nissan and Toyota automotive factories, Tiffin Motorhomes, and Oliver Travel Trailers, exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway and hiking many trails

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Food – Includes all food, alcohol and restaurant expenses. No meals were eaten out this month keeping our overall food costs low. 

Gas -Car – Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 848.

Gas -RV – Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 379. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator. 

General – Expenses included a new can opener and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries and paper products.

Laundry – We did two loads of laundry at an Army Corps of Engineers campground. Washers and dryers were $1.00 each. Two additional loads were done at a family member’s home. 

License/Insurance – Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.

Medical/Dental – No expenses this month.

RV/Auto – Purchases included new batteries for our Kia Soul remote key fobs. 

Utilities –  One refill of the on-board propane tank on the RV and also a refill of the 20 lb tank used for the grill and propane fire-pit. Tanks were filled at the Tractor Supply in Hohenwald, Tennessee @ $2.79 per gallon.

Be sure to read our weekly travel posts to see all the fun things we did!