Costs of Full-Time RV Living
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 “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 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.
*Note – Includes all expenses incurred except for health insurance which we wish the details to remain private. 2017 YTD expenses reflect July-December 2017 .
Campground Fees – Expenses include a city park in the Minneapolis area, a week at a county park in WI during a warm spell and our annual Harvest Host membership.
Communication – Verizon phone plan shared with family, unlimited data plan with AT&T and UPS mail box.
Entertainment – Expenses this month included our Netflix family plan, parking to access bicycle trails, museum entrance, a river boat ride and race track entrance.
Food – We enjoyed several grill outs with friends and family so majority of food purchases were related to those. Much of our food consumption was food that we gleaned from our house pantry.
Gas -Car/RV – This month took us from Green Bay, WI to Wausau, WI to Minneapolis, MN and back as we spent time with friends and family.
General – Purchases included parts to expand our rooftop solar, an induction plate and frying pan, Thermacell bug zapper, and storage items from Ikea and Walmart.
Laundry – No expenses as we used family laundry facilities.
License/Insurance – Full-time RV and tow vehicle insurance and licensing.
Utilities – One propane tank fill.