- See all my annual expense sheets here
- Other budget related posts are here
- Compare Years on this Annual Expense Spreadsheet
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.
We didn’t do any volunteering this year, so our campsite expenses are what we actually spent (with memberships prorated and included). One mitigating factor here is that we spent about four months paying a monthly rate. The rest of the time we enjoyed our touring lifestyle, moving an average of every 9-10 days.
I want you to know that our 2019 RV Maintenance and upgrades expenses aren’t as accurately reported as has been done in the past. In January we bought a 2005 Safari Cheetah motorhome. We sold our 5th wheel and pickup, and then bought a small car to tow. I’ve never included capital expenditures in these reports. This year as we moved into the motorhome we had many “moving in expenses” that I lumped into the cost of the RV; they aren’t reflected in this report. Beyond that, as we began traveling, we had a mixture of RV expenses…some were part of getting set up for travel. Others were related to problems that developed as part of living the RV lifestyle. I’ve tried to separate out the “we’re just getting the new rig ready for travel” from the “stuff happens” kind of expenses. I’m considering the “getting ready” costs as part of buying the rig. The other costs are included, but the figures are more ball park numbers and not as exact as they have been in other years’ reports.
And, sorry to say the higher medical costs from the previous year continued into this year, driving up our “just living” numbers. Aside from that our expenses have been fairly level compared to other years.
As you consider this expense report please remember that we aren’t trying to get by as cheaply as possible. We just try to live within our means. With the motorhome purchase and setup this year, we stretched things to (and honestly beyond) the limit! There’s a lot of minimalist information on the internet – if that is your goal, this information won’t help you very much. In other words, this isn’t a competition to see who can spend the least.
|2019 Monthly Expense Averages|
|Camping fees (Out of pocket + pro-rated annual memberships*)||$408.36|
|Diesel (pickup sold early in the year, the rest was fuel for only the motorhome)||$175.58|
|Gas (note that we now tow a small, very fuel efficient car for a daily driver)||$39.43|
|RV Maintenance and upgrades (see the explanation above)
|Vehicle Maintenance (Mostly on the pickup prior to it’s sale in the early spring)
|Registrations/Vehicle Insurance (prorated to monthly and adjusted to reflect vehicle purchases and sales)||$217.50|
|Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”** TOTAL||$2275.80|
|MONTHLY GRAND TOTAL AVERAGE
*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 – or capital expenses like buying a car and getting it set up to tow four down
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