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.
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.
*Note – Includes all expenses incurred except for health insurance which we wish the details to remain private.
Campground Fees – $10 fee was for one night parking at Airstream in Jackson Center, Ohio. The remaining 30 nights were spent parking at Harvest Hosts locations, a casino, Cabela’s, sponsored locations and in a friend’s driveway.
Communication – Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box.
Entertainment – Expenses included our Netflix family plan, entrance fees to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana and trolley tour tickets at the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio.
Food – Includes all food, alcohol and restaurant expenses. Costs were higher than usual this month as we purchased products such as cheese and wine at Harvest Hosts locations. We also happened upon a sale on Bud Light Straw-ber-Rita at the end of the month so we stocked up. Yum!
Gas -Car – Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 837.
Gas -RV – Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,127. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator.
General – Expenses included two sets of sheets, a haircut and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries and paper products.
Laundry – No expenses this month as laundry was done at a family member’s home.
License/Insurance – Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Medical/Dental – Fees included medical supplies not covered by insurance.
RV/Auto – Purchases included a tube of Dicor needed to install a sewer vent cap and RecPro recliners to replace our uncomfortable couch. We have been discussing purchasing the recliners for the entire two years we’ve owned the RV and finally decided it would be money well spent.
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Utilities – We refilled the on-board propane tank with 7.7 gallons at no cost due to an overcharge from last fall.
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