Who woulda ‘thunk it ?? Not me that’s for sure !! I didn’t think I’d make it to Clarenville !!!
The first (mis) adventure was not 40 minutes from home when I heard this crashing and banging on the roof. Naturally it was windy and raining but regardless I had to climb up on the roof to find that two (of the four) bolts that hold the vent cover had come off.
Up and down the ladder several times getting the right tools to remove it completely – with the rain pouring down – the wind rocking the rig – the traffic flying by further rocking the rig.
Yup, That’s how this wonderful lifestyle of fulltime RV’ing started. And there’s been many (mis) adventures since !!
In a recent e-mail, BARBARA said it best – "If we knew what we didn't know when we started this" – Well I for one likely would have just crawled back in bed !! LOL
So here’s the stats for the last three years:
I have spent a total of $20,583.13 – I only keep track of the RV gas – not the bike gas. That is an average of $571.75 per month. So I’m not unhappy with that number, however, my goal is to get it to an average of $500.00 per month.
I have spent a total of $9,741.39. That is an average of $270.59. Under the ‘Campground Fees’ category I include any costs associated with water/dump while I’m boondocking AND the cost of my Solar. Naturally I’m very pleased with that number.
These are the two main costs of living in an RV fulltime. I equate them to rent/mortgage payments; property taxes; house repairs etc. etc.
I wanted the total of these two main expenses to not exceed $1,000 per month and as you can see at an average of $842.34 I’m way under. So while my average monthly gas expense is a little higher than I’d like, it is offset by the lower ‘Campground Fee’s’ number.
I have spent a total of $1,577.62 in propane. This is an average of $43.82 per month. Can’t beat that.
I have spent a total of $480.48 in laundry costs. That is an average of $13.35 per month.
Naturally there are other costs – Internet access being just one. However, whether you’re on the road or not you would have these costs so I don’t keep track of those seperately.
It recently occurred to me that I should be keeping track also of my repairs/maintenance costs to the rig which I have not being doing seperately. I do have all these records and will now add that category to my spreadsheet.
For me, each year gets a little harder as existing medical problems get a little worse and new medical problems raise their ugly heads. But there are people out there full timing with far worse situations than I’m in so I’m not complaining.
And I wouldn’t trade it for anything right now. Soon enough I won’t be able to do this so while I can I’m loving it.
The experiences you have – the people you meet = PRICELESS !!
BRING ON YEAR FOUR !!