2015 – End of Year Expense Report

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Here’s our 2015 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 three months volunteering at a state park campground. For the purpose of this report, I’ve estimated the value of these months at $325 each. 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.

During 2015, in addition to our three months of volunteering, we spent a two months paying monthly rates. The rest of the time we were traveling, moving an average of once a week.

2015 was a good year for us. Not only did we enjoy our travels, our finances benefited from the much lower fuel prices and a break from the needed repairs of the past couple of years.

2015  Monthly Expense Averages
Camping fees (Value of volunteering + out of pocket + annual memberships*) $407.95
Cell/Internet/TV $200.50
Diesel (the lower fuel prices made a big difference compared to previous years) $181.64
Gas (note: we only had the car with us about 5 months but this is a 12 month ave.) $21.37
Misc $31.20
RV Maintenance and upgrades $131.13
Vehicle Maintenance (finally, a year without big repairs) $36.32
Registrations/Vehicle Insurance (pro-rated to monthly) $172.02
Propane $5.57
Mail Service $9.58
TOTAL $1197.28
Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”**                                    TOTAL $1796.60
MONTHLY GRAND TOTAL AVERAGE
$2993.88

*Note 1: Like Thousand Trails, Good Sams, etc. – prorated to monthly cost -but NOT including original buy in costs, if any

**Note 2: 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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2015 – Adventure Map

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1. San Jacinto Battlefield/Battleship Texas State Historic Park, La Porte, TX (review)
2. Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, Willis, TX (review)
3. Airport Park Corps of Engineers, Waco, TX (review)
4. Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails (review)
5. Lake Tawakoni Thousand Trails (review)
6. Rocky Point Campground CoE, Queen City, TX (review)
7. Maumelle Park, AR CoE (reviewsightseeing review)
8. Turkey Creek RV Village, Hollister (Branson), MO (reviewsightseeing review)
9. Crow’s Creek Campground, Smithville, MO (review)
10. Cherry Glen CoE Campground, Ankany, IA (reviewsightseeing review)
11. Beeds Lake State Park, Hampton, IA (review)
12. Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington, MN (reviewsightseeing review)
13. Crystal Lake Campground, Strum WS (reviewsightseeing review)
14. Castle Rock Campground, Friendship, WI (reviewsightseeing review)
15. Holtwood Campground – Oconto, WI (reviewsightseeing review)
16. Gladstone Bay Campground – Gladstone, MI (reviewsightseeing review)
17. Jack Pine Lodge and Campground, Manistique, MI (reviewsightseeing review)
18. Tiki RV Park & Campground – St. Ignace, MI (reviewsightseeing review)
19. Finn Road Campground – Essexville, MI (reviewsightseeing review)
20. St Clair, MI Thousand Trails (reviewsightseeing review)
21. Ottawa Metro Park, Lima, OH (review)
22. Wilmington, OH Thousand Trails (review)
23. Indian Lake Thousand Trails, Batesville, IN (reviewsightseeing review)
24. Madison, IN City Campground (reviewsightseeing review)
25. Bailey’s Point Campground – Glasgow, KY (reviewsightseeing review)
26. Natchez Trace Thousand Trails, Hohenwald, TN (review)
27. Tombigbee State Park, Tupelo, MS (review)
28. LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Jackson, MS (review)
29. Natchez, MS State Park (review)
30. Twin Dikes Park, CoE, Jasper, TX (review)
31. Lake Conroe Thousand Trails – Willis, TX

2015 – Reflections on our 2015 Adventure

We enjoyed our 2015 Adventure very much! It took us to the northern Midwest with an emphasis on Wisconsin and Michigan and included some great stops along the way, both coming and going.

In 2015 we decided to try out volunteering at the San Jacinto Monument Texas State Historical park in the Houston, TX area. We spent the first months of the year there, helping out at both the Monument and on the Battleship Texas which is on the same property. In return for volunteering 25 hours a week we were given “free parking” there. We enjoyed the experience enough that we signed up for another stay in the new year. For us, this is a great win: it is interesting and fun, close to family and many friends, and a real money saver. We also enjoyed being part of the community of volunteers and staff. That’s not to say there are no negatives, but overall, it’s a positive experience.

As you can see we had a good 2015 Adventure and, yes, we’re already working on the 2016 Adventure. We plan to head for the Rocky Mountains – Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and then across to the Black Hills of South Dakota!