August 2018 found us traveling from Bismarck, North Dakota through Montana and Idaho to Burbank, Washington. We spent time in two National Parks – Teddy Roosevelt and Glacier – along with visiting a myriad of other locations while traveling more miles than we ever have in a month.
Even with the additional miles and increased fuel prices our total expenses for the month were only slightly above our average expenditure of $1,500. We do expect this increase to continue over the next two months as we make our way south to Arizona where we will spend the winter.
August 22-31, 2018 –Another week, another new state. That seems to be a common theme as of late while we travel in the northwest. This
August 15-21, 2018 — After leaving smoky Glacier National Park we headed south and west through Montana into the northern panhandle of Idaho. Unfortunately the
August 1-7, 2018 – This week took us 910 miles across two great states from Fargo, North Dakota to Shelby, Montana. We’ve not traveled across
Monthly Expense Breakdown
Below is a breakdown of our monthly expenses along with an explanation of what is included in each category. 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.
*Note – Includes all expenses incurred except for health insurance which we wish the details to remain private.
Detailed Expense Breakdown
Campground Fees – $69
Expenses include three nights at Hood Park COE in Burbank, Washington, four nights at Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and one night at Glacier National Par in Montana. The remaining nights were all free stays including six spent at the homes of friends, seven at Boondockers Welcome sites, eight at casinos, one at a Shopko Hometown store and one at a Harvest Hosts location.
Communication – $127
Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box are included in this category.
Entertainment – $179
Expenses include entrance fees to the Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota, entrance to the Miracle of America Museum in Polson, Montana, a boat trip in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, a gondola ride in Spokane, Washington and our monthly Netflix plan.
Food – $316
Includes all food, alcohol and restaurant expenses. $32.55 was spent on food purchased out such as huckleberry bear claws from the Polebridge Merchantile in Polebridge, Montana and lunch at Wisconsinburger in Spokane, Washington. The remaining $283.42 was spent at grocery stores for food prepared in the RV.
Gas (Car) – $108
Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 1,280.
Gas (RV) – $553
Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,559. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator.
General – $124
Expenses include a larger portable fan, clothing and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Laundry – $10
One visit to the laundromat this month. Washers were $2.25-2.50 and dryers were $0.25 for eight minutes.
License/Insurance – $108
Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Medical/Dental – $0
No medical/dental expenses were incurred this month.
RV/Auto – $32
Expenses this month included a car wash, tire pressure monitor batteries, blind spot mirrors for the car and auto weatherstripping to pad the back side of the RV hood and stop it from rattling (annoying!!).
Utilities – $38
Two propane fills in August. Propane was $2.89 a gallon in North Dakota and $3.49 a gallon in Washington. Propane is used for the cook stove, water heater and furnace.
2018 By Month
- Last Six Months of 2017 – $9,054
- 2018 YTD – $12,043
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