- See all my annual expense sheets here
- Other budget related posts are here
- My Annual Expense Spreadsheet is here
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|
|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|
|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|
|Non RV expense – food, medical, “just living”** TOTAL||$1727.28|
|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
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