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2016 – End of the Year Expense Report

doing-the-budgetEvery year since we became fulltime RVers I’ve posted an expense sheet, but 2016 wasn’t a typical year. As I’ve written in previous entries to this blog we took an unexpected break from traveling to serve as interim pastor. That assignment lasted six months. Add to that around five months (January-March and then November-December) volunteering at San Jacinto Battlefield/Battleship Texas and there’s not much of the year left!

Our campground costs this year, as you can guess, have no connection to what anyone else would pay. Also, our F350 pickup has been mostly parked. We have a small car that doesn’t travel with us when we are on the road, but this year we ran the wheels off of it. In other words, our camping and travel costs in 2016 wouldn’t be of much help to anyone.

Basically, our expenditures are just living costs and don’t have anything to do with fulltiming. Because of that I’m not publishing an expense sheet for 2016.

A few months ago I did a blog entry on Second Wave Expenses. This was a terrific year for us to take on several replacements and do some upgrades. We also had a couple of major unwelcome expenses: a new air conditioner for the 5th wheel and a major repair on the car. These two items amounted to several thousand dollars. The fact that we weren’t traveling enabled us to absorb these biggies.

And, as I said, we had some other, more voluntary, expenses. They included stuff like:
• A new backup sewer hose
• Two-Way Radios
• Wilson WeBoost and antenna to replace our worn out Wilson Sleek
• Replaced all incandescents with LED Lights
• Two new Recliners
• Heated Mattress Pad (nice on winter nights)

All said and done, even with the major repairs plus all the voluntary purchases we came out on the positive side of the spreadsheet. Had we traveled as planned, I think we would have been about on budget but maybe a bit behind on the year.

Our plans are to return to touring in the early spring and to make our 2017 Adventure a good one. Stay tuned!

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

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.

2014 – End of Year Expenses Report

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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
MONTHLY GRAND TOTAL AVERAGE
$3,375.68

*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

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.

2013 Fulltime RVing Expense Wrap Up

doing-the-budgetWe began our fulltime RV adventure in May, 2013 and to keep an eye on expenses I’ve kept detailed records of expenditures.  I’m sharing our camping related costs as a resource for others who are planning a future in this lifestyle.

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.

Due to the fact that we were only fulltime from May to December of this year, my monthly averages aren’t for 12 months.  In most cases it shouldn’t matter much.  For instance, our monthly cell/internet/TV cost is very consistent month by month and it doesn’t matter much whether I average 7 or 12 months.  In a few instances that isn’t the case.  We spend less on campground fees when we’re traveling and staying in membership campgrounds than when we’re parked by the month and we spend more on diesel when we’re traveling than when we’re sitting.  For such items I’ve tried to adjust the numbers to give you a 12 month average rather than a 7 month one.  I think the numbers I’m giving you are reasonably accurate.

2013 Monthly Averages
Camping (monthly averages for 7 months + annual camping memberships divided by 12) $339.92
Cell/Internet/TV $161.48
Diesel (lots of fuel during travel months, very little otherwise) $319.00
Gas (note: we only have the car with us about 5 mo. but this is a 12 month ave.) $60.00
Tolls, etc. $14.08
Misc $174.78
RV Maintenance $69.41
Vehicle Maintenance (yes, it was a very expensive year)* $249.21
Registrations/Vehicle Insurance $155.81
Propane $7.89
Mail Service $18.33
 TOTAL $1565.91
Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”**                                               TOTAL $1,796.85
MONTHLY GRAND TOTAL AVERAGE
$3,466.76

*Note 1: We had an expensive year doing Vehicle Maintenance including replacing tires on camper/pickup/car AND batteries for all three vehicles (5 new batteries in all).  There was an unexpected brake job, a new camper charger/inverter and other unexpected costs.  The result?  Almost $400 a month average in maintenance and repairs!  Ouch!

**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.