July 2019 found us starting the month in northern Vermont, traveling through New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and ending the month in western Connecticut. It was a very travel intensive month with the RV as we overnighted in sixteen different locations across six states while driving a total of 1,248 miles.
Our initial plan for the month didn’t include several locations that we visited but by remaining flexible and grasping opportunities as they arose, we were able to add greatly to the excitement and enjoyment of full-time travel. With this flexibility we were able to visit with wonderful new friends in Massachusetts, spend several days boondocking on Cape Cod and relax during much-needed downtime at a casino in Connecticut.
Our total expenses for the month of July came in at $2,090.99, raising our total expenditure for 2019 to $12,251 or $1,750 per month. We do anticipate our monthly expenses to remain high throughout the summer as we complete a loop of the New England states and then make our way back to the midwest in September. Given the amount of wonderful experiences we have had traveling this summer the higher expenses are well-justified to us.
Our campground expenses for July remained at zero like they have for all of 2019 as we utilized overnight parking at Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome sites, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, a casino and stayed with friends. While overnighting at business sites we do patronize them which in turn increases other category expenses such as food and entertainment. During July at Harvest Hosts sites we purchased items including maple syrup, ice cream, pizza, apple slushes, produce, Cog Railway tickets, etc. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at a Cracker Barrel and shopped at Walmart stores while staying there. We’re not big gamblers but did also patronize the casino by purchasing items at a few of their venues.
During July we also replaced several items such as mattress pads, sandals, vacuum cleaner, and electronic devices including a Roku, Fire TV Stick as either they wore out or an upgrade was in order. We also had to replace a tire on the Kia Soul as it developed puncture holes deeming it not repairable. That was a frustrating fix as the tire was only a few weeks old.
Follow along below for a complete breakdown of all the expenses we incurred during July. Click on the Monthly Travels header for weekly posts to see all the fun things we experienced and wonderful places we stayed.
September 22-30, 2019 — The last week of September and the official start of the fall season is upon us. With this change in seasons
September 15-21, 2019 — During the third week of September we spent time in our former home area of central Wisconsin. We visited with friends
September 8-14, 2019 — Clouds and rain were on the agenda for this second week of September in Wisconsin. During this time we spent three
September 1-7, 2019 — Hello again September. We’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the month. Love the fall colors and cooler temperatures but hate
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.
Detailed Expense Breakdown
Campground Fees – $0
No campground expenses were incurred this month. Overnight stays included one night at a Cracker Barrel, three nights at Walmart, four nights at the home of friends, six nights at Harvest Hosts locations, seven nights at a casino and ten nights at four different Boondockers Welcome host locations.
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 – $285
Expenses include entrance to Rock of Ages Granite Quarry ($12.72), train tickets at Mount Washington Cog Railway ($149.00), whale watching boat trip tickets ($102.00), parking fees and monthly Netflix and Hulu subscription fees.
Food – $448
Includes all food and alcohol expenses for the month. $102.37 was spent on meals and beverages eaten out and $345.71 for food and beverages prepared and consumed in the RV.
Gas (Car) – $93
Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 1,202. Fuel prices ranged from $2.50 – 2.69 a gallon.
Gas (RV) – $321
Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,248. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator. Fuel prices ranged from $2.50 – 2.67 a gallon.
General – $357
Purchases included a haircut, sandals, batteries, vacuum cleaner, mattress pads, Kindle Paperwhite, replacement Fire TV Stick and Roku along with miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Laundry – $23
Expenses included two trips to laundromats this month. The first one at Eden Laundry, Ellsworth, Maine. Washers were $4.00 and dryers $0.25 for five minutes for a total of $9.75. The second visit was at Laundry for Less, Norwich, Connecticut. Washers were $3.75 and dryers $0.25 for five minutes for a total of $12.75.
License/Insurance – $113
Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Medical/Dental – $139
Expense includes our monthly health insurance premium.
RV/Auto – $108
Expense included a replacement tire and mounting fees after developing an unrepairable flat on the Kia Soul.
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 – $23
Expense includes one propane fill in Ellsworth, Maine. Propane cost was $3.49 +tax per gallon.
2019 By Month
2018 By Month
- 2019 YTD – $12,251
- 2018 – $22,038
- Last Six Months of 2017 – $9,054
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