2014 – End of Year Expenses Report

Here’s our 2014 end of year Expense sheet…

I’m listing the camping related expenses as line item monthly averages. Then, I total everything else up and give just a general dollar figure. If you are researching fulltime RVing you already know what you pay for food, health insurance, etc. (or even if you don’t, my figures for such things won’t have any real world connection to what you spend on them). Also, by combining the non-RVing expenses I feel I’m better able to maintain our privacy.

During the year we spent four months paying monthly campground rates and, of course, our fuel costs those months is considerably lower.  The rest of the year was spent on the road as we traveled to the Pacific Northwest from and back to our winter quarters of Texas – one of the great trips of our lives.  Also, we own a small car that doesn’t travel with us.  We have it 4-6 months a year.  That lowers our diesel use and adds a gasoline line to our expense sheet.

Summary: These expenses are surprisingly in line with our 2013 expenses and with my estimated budget.  During 2014 we spent a lot of time at Thousand Trails, this, no doubt, kept out of pocket camping costs lower.  However, we balanced that away by towing the 5th wheel so many miles, over 6300, not to mention our “sightseeing/living” miles of about the same amount.   Also, due to the fact that our travel camping expense was often at the much lower Thousand Trails rate, we actually spent more paying monthly rates than we did when we were in travel mode!  Finally, note that we have no “free parking” that is associated with workamping.  That will likely change in 2015, as we have some assignments already lined up.

2014  Monthly Expense Averages
*Out of pocket Camping  $321.86 + **Camping Memberships $77.11 $398.97
Cell/Internet/TV $202.87
Diesel (lots of fuel during travel months, very little otherwise) $414.19
Gas (note: we only had the car with us about 5 months but this is a 12 month ave.) $24.63
Misc $48.68
RV Maintenance and upgrades $110.81
Vehicle Maintenance*** $197.81
Registrations/Vehicle Insurance (pro-rated to monthly) $168.27
Propane $6.20
Mail Service $8.75
TOTAL $1581.18
Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”****                                    TOTAL $1794.50

*Note 1: Includes 3 1/2 months of monthly stays, the rest much more mobile

**Note 2: Like Thousand Trails, Good Sams, etc. – prorated to monthly cost -but NOT including original buy in costs, if any

***Note 3: Last year’s high Vehicle Maintenance costs continue – some repairs, some maintenance (like flushing the radiator and servicing out the transmission), plus one more serious non-warranty repair

****Note 4: These expenses include items like: Groceries & Dining Out, Clothing, Hair, Medical & Dental Expenses, Charity, Health Insurance, and Entertainment – but not Income Tax and a few other expenses

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4 thoughts on “2014 – End of Year Expenses Report

  1. How cool that you post this info for others so they’ll have some idea of what it costs to live this lifestyle! Your overall, average expenses are close to ours, although we’d never spend $200/mo on cell/TV/internet — surviving just fine with simple Trac Phones and the TV and wifi available where we stay. We travel a longer period of the year, so that’s likely where the $200 balances out.

    For someone anticipating full-time (or long-term) RVing, I’d suggest that they might estimate higher restaurant expenses. The irony of this lifestyle is that although we always have our own kitchen with us, we find it hard to resist trying new places — and we’ve found some great restaurants along the way. So we spend much more on restaurant outings than we used to. But we buy fewer clothes because we live more casually…. Things do balance out, don’t they!

  2. We have belonged to TT for years. It’s a reasonable investment if you use it. We typically try to stay 1-3 weeks at a park and then can move directly to another park. Need to stay at least 20days or so to break even on yearly maintenance fee. After that you’re recovering your investment. Some parks are great (Orlando, Yosemite, Idyllwild for ex.). Most located on west and east coasts and sunshine states. Also stay at Elks RV parks, and of course Escapees.

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