2017 – End of Year Expense Report

Here’s our 2017 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 volunteering and receiving a campsite at no charge. 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 2017, in addition to our 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.

2017 was a good year for us, but we had some extra expenses including replacing a windshield, buying new tires for both camper and pickup, and a couple of bigger pickup repairs.  These costs are included in the figures below.  We did one major RV upgrade.  However, since it was completely discretionary I’m not including it in these figures.

Because our travel was very limited in 2016 I can’t compare this year’s figures to last year, however, these numbers track pretty well with other years, although they are drifting upwards, primarily, I think, due to inflation rather than any big changes in our lifestyle.

I have to brag just a bit here.  At the beginning of the year I did an estimated budget.  To my surprise, my end of the year figures are within $30 for the entire year!  I’d say that was mostly luck and not skill at budgeting!

2017  Monthly Expense Averages
Camping fees (Value of volunteering + out of pocket + pro-rated annual memberships*) $478.06
Cell/Internet/TV $226.15
Diesel (During the months in which we have a car the truck doesn’t get driven much) $204.35
Gas (note: we only had the car with us about 5 months but this is a 12 month ave.) $23.89
Misc $38.50
RV Maintenance and upgrades $149.81
Vehicle Maintenance (had a couple of big repairs on the truck) $257.75
Registrations/Vehicle Insurance (pro-rated to monthly) $178.48
Propane $1.81
Mail Service $12.08
TOTAL $1570.88
Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”**                                    TOTAL $1727.28

*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

PS: If you find this information helpful, please leave a short comment so I’ll know it is worth the effort needed to provide it. Thanks.

8 thoughts on “2017 – End of Year Expense Report

  1. Do you do much traveling or exploring? I noticed the diesel is just over $200 a month. Also, do you do much boondocking or most parks?

    1. Judy, we do a lot of sightseeing. However, since our moves are generally 150 miles or less, our sightseeing miles aren’t as many as they are for others. We do no boondocking at all. Roughing it for us means I have trouble getting a decent satellite TV signal! HA

  2. You did a great breakdown anaylsis on costs. I’m a single Rv’er and this kind of information is so helpful. I live on a monthly income and with a Dog. I sure would not have it any other way.

  3. Yes, your information is greatly appreciated. Not planning to FT but doing planning for hkaf-timi g when we retire in 5 years. Thank you.

  4. My, how times have changed! We full timed from ‘88-‘95 and couldn’t spend $900 a month, including Disneyworld tickets. Of course, we spent about 270 nights a year in Thousand Trails so my “rent and utilities” was $160 a YEAR. As retired military we had no medical insurance need and we’re not fond of eating out often. I pulled a large 5th wheel and the little wife followed me with the car to every state in the contiguous 48. That sounds worse than it was, we generally moved every two weeks and then generally not more than 150-200 miles. It was great! Absolutely couldn’t do that nowadays.

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