Costs of Full-Time RVing – August 2019

August 2019 found us starting in western Connecticut, traveling through New York and Ontario, and ending the month in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Just like July, It was an intensive traveling month with the RV as we drove 1,345 miles and overnighted at 22 different locations. In the three plus years we have been RVing this by far is the most times in a month we have moved sites. 

Moving as many times in a month as we did is not a travel method that we could or would want to sustain for long as it is both physically and mentally taxing. There definitely is an element of stress that comes with driving the RV almost daily and setting up at unfamiliar locations. We knew when planning our summer tour circling the east coast that it would be a tiring trip and we were prepared for it but by the end of the month we were ready for it to be over. Knowing our September plans involved plenty of downtime did help us keep going the last week when we were ready to call it quits.

So why did we keep going that last week? The short answer is that we planned to attend an annual event on Labor Day in Michigan and we wanted to arrive a few days early to rest up. In fact, we actually planned our entire summer travel around being back in Michigan for this event. Stay tuned for our September travel posts to find out what the event was!

Our total expenses for the month of August came in at $2,022.84, raising our total expenditures for 2019 to $14,273.93 or $1,784 per month. This is one of our higher expense months for the year but keeping in perspective the amount of miles we drove in both the RV and Kia Soul it truly is not that out of line. Also, the sights we witnessed and experiences we had during the month far outweigh the associated costs. 

Our campground expenses for August remained at zero like they have for all of 2019 as we utilized overnight parking at Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome sites, a Cracker Barrel, and four casinos. While overnighting at business sites we do patronize them which in turn increases other category expenses such as food and entertainment. During August at Harvest Hosts sites we purchased items including fruits, vegetables, ice cream, and wine. We enjoyed wonderful food at Cracker Barrel and the casinos. We’re not big gamblers but did try our luck a few times and actually came out ahead $14.80 which we in turn used to purchase items at the casinos as a way to pay them back for their generosity in allowing us to overnight park.

During August we paid three bridge tolls ($38.75), bought new shoes as we found a great sale and purchased a heavy duty rear sway bar for the RV from Hellwig that will be installed in September.  Our other expenses remained in line with previous months. 

Follow along below for a complete breakdown of all the expenses we incurred during August. Click on the Monthly Travels header for weekly posts to see all the fun things we experienced and wonderful places we stayed. 


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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.

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Detailed Expense Breakdown

Campground Fees – $0

No campground expenses were incurred this month. Overnight stays included one night at a Cracker Barrel, six nights at four different casinos, thirteen nights at six Boondockers Welcome host sites and eleven nights at ten Harvest Hosts sites. 

Communication – $181

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


Entertainment – $108

Expenses include entrance fees to the Corning Museum of Glass and Henry Ford Museum, parking at Watkins Glen State Park, bridge tolls for the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, Blue Water Bridge, and Mackinac Bridge, and monthly Netflix and Hulu subscription fees. 


Food – $364

Includes all food and alcohol expenses for the month. $46.17 was spent on meals and beverages eaten out and $317.51 for food and beverages prepared and consumed in the RV. 


Gas (Car) – $132

Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 1,369.  Fuel prices ranged from $2.40 – 2.79 a gallon.


Gas (RV) – $464

Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,345. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator. Fuel prices ranged from $2.40 – 2.79 a gallon.


General – $146

Purchases included shoes along with miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies. 


Laundry – $0

No expenses for laundry were incurred this month. 


License/Insurance – $113

Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing. 


Medical/Dental – $177

Expense includes our monthly health insurance premium and an out of pocket expense of $38.26.


RV/Auto – $301

Expense includes a Hellwig rear sway bar for the RV. 


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.

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Utilities – $37

Expense includes two propane fills. One for $24.70 at Cryoweld in Poughkeepsie, NY (7.1 gallons at $3.22 a gallon +tax) and the second at Wendt’s Propane and Oil in Sanborn, NY (5.3 gallons flat fee of $12.00).


Expense Breakdown

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