June 2019 found us starting the month in central Wisconsin and ending in northern Vermont. We reached the New England area via a route through Canada with border crossings from Michigan to Ontario at Sault Ste Marie and from Quebec to New York at Lake Champlain.
Before heading out on our summer trip to the New England states, we spent the first two weeks of June in Wisconsin at the homes of friends and family. While there we completed routine maintenance on both the RV and Kia Soul and also installed upgrades such as new tires for the car and suspension modifications on the front of the RV.
Also during the time in Wisconsin, Dave spent a week in western Ontario, Canada fishing with our son and his extended family. It was a great opportunity to enjoy quality father/son time that couldn’t be passed up.
Our total expenses for the month of June came in at $2,769 which is significantly higher than our average spending amount. Three areas – entertainment, food, and RV/Auto – made up the bulk of additional spending. The $800 cost of Dave’s fishing trip (food, transportation, fishing license, boat expenses, etc.) to Canada is listed under entertainment. Typically we eat out very little but this month we enjoyed several meals out with family and friends that increased our food expense. The RV/Auto category expense was due to the suspension upgrades in the RV.
Gasoline costs were elevated this month as anticipated due to more miles traveled and purchasing fuel in Canada where it is significantly higher. This higher trend will continue for the next few months as we travel from New England to Canada and then back to the midwest by early fall.
Our campground expenses remained at zero for the month as they have for all of 2019. We plan for this trend to continue by utilizing a variety of free stay resources including the Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome programs. So far this summer we haven’t had to utilize the generator a great deal for air conditioning but that may change as the heat of summer hits over the next two months. We also may resort to finding a campground with electricity if we find ourselves in an area with soaring temperatures.
Even with our June expenses topping the chart for highest month this year, our overall average is still only $1,693 per month or annualized at just over $20,000. Considering the tremendous amount of places we have the pleasure of traveling to in a year, we feel this is a steal. Follow along below for a comprehensive breakdown of our monthly spending.
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
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 – $831
Expenses include a $13.00 toll to cross the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge that connects the United States and Canada, monthly fees for Netflix and Hulu plans and $800 for lodging, food, fishing license, transportation, boat, etc. for Dave’s Canada fishing trip.
Food – $464
Includes all food and alcohol expenses for the month. $153.11 was spent on meals and beverages eaten out and $310.40 for food and beverages prepared and consumed in the RV.
Gas (Car) – $65
Total miles driven in the Kia Soul for the month was 958. Fuel prices ranged from $2.54 – 2.75 a gallon.
Gas (RV) – $374
Total miles driven in the Thor Vegas RV was 1,199. Fuel is also used to operate the on-board generator. Fuel prices ranged from $2.54 – $2.89 a gallon in the United States and $3.40 – 3.46 a gallon in Canada.
General – $193
Purchases included a hair cut, summer clothes, an Echo Dot, gifts for friends and family and miscellaneous household items such as toiletries, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Laundry – $0
No laundry costs were incurred this month as we utilized the facilities at the home of family members.
License/Insurance – $113
Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Medical/Dental – $139
Expense includes our monthly health insurance premium.
RV/Auto – $392
Expense included sumo springs and a heavy duty Hellwig sway bar for a front end suspension upgrade for the RV. Costs for replacement tires for the Kia Soul installed at the beginning of June are reflected in the previous month’s expenses.
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 – $17
Expense includes one propane fill at Cenex in Green Bay, WI. Propane cost was $2.29 +tax per gallon.
2019 By Month
2018 By Month
- 2019 YTD – $10.160
- 2018 YTD – $22,038
- Last Six Months of 2017 – $9,054
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