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Old 07-04-2013, 07:19 AM   #15
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We have never bothered to track our expenses, though imagine we would be on the higher side of what most of you have posted. Though we rarely eat out, we do have higher gas costs as we are usually blasting somewhere to spend a precious two weeks or less at.

I imagine that once I retire, our costs will drop a lot, as we will not be driving quite so much on a daily average. I would imagine that fuel costs could really up the daily average if doing lots of driving.

Do you all count items purchased, not related to your trip, like artwork, clothes and other stuff like that? If so, I think my wife's expenses there would surpass all our other daily ones.

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WAIT! I did treat myself to KFC on the way over- that's another ten bucks....
KFC is a punishment, not a treat.....just sayin'.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #16
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Jim,

We count everything we buy while traveling.

One interesting full timing change has been buying less. We now recognize we don't 'need' so much. We pretty much have stopped buying things. Clothes fall into the same class. We dont carry a lot and generally need more practical things that seem to last a good while.

Being on the road has changed us and particularly our spending habits. Interestingly we hardly ever do movies any more. I'm sure if I think about it more fully there are many other activities that have been dropped from our lives. Most of the other things we buy are gifts for others.

We do drive less when full timing. Our rule of thumb is that for every 100 miles we're towing we're driving about exploring for 100 miles. Pften, like in Newfoundland, we get no better mileage driving about than we do when towing. When towing we're frequently on the beter roads, when driving about in NL we were typicallyon poor secondary roads or worse.

I maintain that fulltiming is an opportunity to change who you are, what you do and mostly for the better.
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Norm, makes sense what you say regarding full time vs holidaying. Less rush resulting in less spending of money.

We do mostly boondocking these days, and obviously have little expense there compared to road travel while on holidays. In the future when going on extended trips, costs will be monitored much more closely.

Another factor is that we often travel with friends, and often their added needs can affect our costs somewhat too. With some their style and interests are similar, so no real change in costs, but with one set of friends their (previous) 23' motorhome required being connected to the grid, thus stays in more expensive campgrounds, plus they loved to eat out a lot. We have changed them some, showing them the simpler life, and pressed them to be more self sufficient, so they went and bought a new 25' motorhome with solar, propane water heater, and other things that allow them to boondock. Though, I could buy 5 of my trailers for the cost of their unit.
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Jim,

Eating out is something we do, not for the every day meals like breakfast, but generally for lunch, sometimes for dinner. Since we're usually out during the day, we either bring a light lunch or look for a unique place for lunch.

We rarely go to the more expensive places to eat, a change from pre-retirement, rather looking for the more unique local places. Also since we're usually off the beaten path, the food places are usually less expensive.

We generally don't travel with other people, not that we don't like people but rather because we are slow paced and like being able to decided when we stop and move.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #19
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You know if you are considering full timing there are places where you might want to winter which have monthly rates. I know I've seen a number of places where you might pay between $250 and $300 a month. That would average from $8.33 to $10 per day. Now depending on where you would be you might have an electricity usage cost added. But that's not always the case.

Boondocking certainly would be cost effective however you need to give thought to that so you are prepared with food, water, garbage and of course sewage disposal.

I see fulltiming as a leasurely long term exploration of our great country. To me that means breaking up the country into small sections to explore each year. That way you stay in one spot for as long as you want. So staying in one spot or another for lengthly stays keeps gas costs down.

Check out RVSueandcrew.com. Under the header she has tabs, one which is her expenses and income. She has detailed them by month from the start which is going on 1 1/2 maybe two years. She winters in the desert boondocking and has been traveling north each year in the spring/summer.

That wouldn't be my preference as I'm not a desert person. I'd be wintering in Oregon SP's, County parks, BLM's or Corps of Engineering campgrounds while west of the Rockies. So my camping expenses would be from the high end of about $750 monthly to the low end of maybe 1/2 to 3/4 quarters of that. Still a lot cheaper than household expenses on a monthly basis when you add up utilities, insurance etc.
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RV Sue's blog is an excellent resource since she really breaks down her expenses. A lot of people have different ideas of "needs" versus "desires" and bring them into the full-timing lifestyles. I would not be discouraged by the high numbers given for monthly expenses. If you track your budget at home, you can easily come in really close with estimates on what it will cost full-timing by studying the budgets of others online and RV Sue is the best that I have seen. Seriously, I am frugal and some of the totals just blew me away and yes, we have traveled and full-timed in the past. If you have the desire, you will find a way to afford it. Explore the options.
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