Costs of Full-Time RVing – September 2018

September 2018 found us traveling from Burbank, Washington through Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming and ending in Payson, Utah. We toured Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, viewed waterfalls, explored museums, went sightseeing in the mountains along with making several new friends from Boondockers Welcome stays. 

Even with over 42 percent of our September spending going toward gasoline for the car and RV we still were under our average spending for the month at $1,355. Fuel prices were high this month with a range from $2.97 to $3.21 a gallon and with traveling almost 2500 miles between the two vehicles we burned a considerable amount of fuel. This high travel mileage will slow down over the next few months as we make our way to Arizona for the winter. 

monthly travels

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.

Sign up for a FREE Personal Capital account, link your first account and receive a FREE $20 Amazon Gift Card. Members typically see their reward within 24-48 hours. Click here for more details.


*Offer valid only for new customers who link a qualified
investment account. This is a referral link.

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

Detailed Expense Breakdown

Campground Fees – $86 

Expenses include two nights at Hood Park COE ($13/night) in Burbank, WA and four nights at Gros Ventre Campground ($15/night) in Grand Teton National Park. The remaining nights were free stays with one night at a casino, three nights at Harvest Hosts locations, seven nights at Walmart and thirteen nights at Boondockers Welcome host sites. 

Harvest Hosts is a network of wineries, farms and attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight. Since starting our journey we have enjoyed the hospitality of many of these locations.  Receive a 10% discount by using Off Our Rocker RV as a referral and we also are rewarded as an affiliate.

Every referral helps support this blog. For more details click here.

Communication – $127 

Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box are included in this category.

Entertainment – $43 

Expenses include entrance fees to Shoshone Falls ($3), the Museum of Clean ($12), the Potato Museum ($8), Three Island State Park ($5) and our monthly Netflix plan. 


Food – $318 

Includes all food, alcohol and restaurant expenses. $13.72 was spent on food purchased out and $304.74 was spent at grocery stores for food prepared in the RV. 


Gas (Car) – $123 

Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 1,282. Fuel prices ranged from $2.97 to $3.21 a gallon. 


Gas (RV) – $448 

Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,190. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator. 


General – $43

Purchases included AA and AAA batteries (remotes, flashlights, computer mouse, etc.) and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. 


Boondockers Welcome is a membership that allows free overnight RV parking on private property. Locals invite travelers to spend the night, share their stories, and save money for the real adventure.

Once a host has accepted your request to stay and you have all the necessary driving directions, you will be able to arrive at their location knowing you have a safe, legal, free place to stop for the night. Please respect your hosts’ privacy; some may be extremely friendly and invite you in for a drink, some may be busy and just have time to point you to your spot for the night. Do not overstay your welcome, most hosts only expect guests to stay for 1-3 nights. Be thankful, polite and respectful of their property.

Off Our Rocker RV is rewarded with an affiliation bonus for each referral.

Every referral helps support this blog. For more details click here.

Laundry – $10

One visit to the laundromat this month. Washers were $2.00-2.75 and dryers were $0.25 for eight minutes.


License/Insurance – $108

Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing. 


Medical/Dental – $

Expense included over the counter allergy medication not covered by insurance. 


RV/Auto – $13 

Expenses this month included a car wash and several packages of stainless steel screws to replace rusting ones holding the covers of the tail lights and front marker lights on the RV. 

With a larger heating surface, fold-down handle, swivel-out fuel connection, and an easy-start four-position control, Mr. Heater sets the new standard for portable radiant heating comfort. With its low-oxygen shut-off and tip-over safety shut-off systems, this heater provides safe, reliable heat anytime, anywhere.

Every purchase helps support this blog.

Utilities – $28 

Expense includes a two pack of one pound propane tanks for the Buddy heater ($6.61) and a propane fill at the Love’s in Springville, Utah. 6.7 gallons at $2.99/gallon.  Propane is used for the cook stove, water heater and furnace. 

Expense Breakdown

2018 By Month

Annual Expenses


Let us know what you think of the new expense post layout. Interested in seeing more or looking for something else? Leave a comment below or send us an email.


Want to get the latest posts from Off Our Rocker RV? Make sure to subscribe on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or by email (in the form below).

Thank you for hanging out at Off Our Rocker RV.

Please take a moment to comment, share and like our post using the buttons below. Don’t miss is a single thing! Subscribe today to stay in the loop.

Interested in supporting our site? Become an OORRV Patron or simply use our Amazon Affiliate link. Same great prices but we get a small referral bonus. 

8 thoughts on “Costs of Full-Time RVing – September 2018”

    1. Our cell phone bill is low as we share a Verizon plan with four others (6 total) and one of our group receives a substantial plan discount as a benefit with their employer. We would like to go to an unlimited data plan (currently share 24gb) but we would lose the monthly discount making everyone’s portion of the bill rise substantially.

  1. Thanks for sharing your breakdowns every month. You guys do a great job of minimizing expenses. So many people say that they can’t travel full-time in their RV for less than what they spend at home. Makes me wonder what they’re spending all of their money on. We’ll be spending significantly less than living in S&Bs.

    1. We find full-time RV travel costs to be significantly less than what our former house expenses were. Neither of us are born shoppers and we have limited storage in our 25 foot home so that helps the budget. Boondocking and not eating out also make a huge impact on our costs.

    1. As stated in the blog post our monthly health insurance premium costs are not included as discussions of this nature inevitably turn political. We have an ACA plan and premium costs are based on age, income, location and choice of plan. Our choices for 2018 ranged from zero dollars a month for a bronze plan to $1000+ a month for a platinum plan.

      1. I apologize I have not yet read your Blog to search for the answer to these questions. I just happened to open this post on monthly expenses. With regard to your ACA plan, to be treated “in network” what city/state are you are restricted to? Have you used your plan for treatment since going on the road? Just curious how convenient your network is for treatment….

        1. Our ACA plan is based out of central Wisconsin where we are originally from. We schedule annual exams during the summer when we know we will be in the area anyway while visiting friends and family. Emergency care is covered out of network but luckily we haven’t had a need to use it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.