RV Lifestyle

Our Monthly Expenses


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We prepare a formal income and expense budget about 3 months before the beginning of each year.  We try to live within our budgeted expenses, but life sometimes happens no matter how much you plan.  Regardless of our budget, if something special comes up we may decide to do it anyway.  After all, we may not have the same opportunity again.

These are our Average Monthly Expenses for the last 10 years.  We were not living in our RV while our youngest son was in High School, but the monthly expenses are still accurate.  I am not suggesting that these should be your expenses, they are just posted here to give you a rough idea of what to expect or to to compare to.  Not included here are our Medical Expenses, Gifts, Personal Care, Miscellaneous and Taxes.

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Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year

.

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

RV Space Rent

449

444

432

412

422

483

573

424

487

571

RV Fuel and Propane

189

161

167

163

187

147

333

357

307

432

RV Insurance

35

32

34

32

40

35

46

39

38

38

RV Repair/Mtce.

236

133

272

638

197

471

393

619

187

213

RV Supplies

10

8

9

3

9

1

4

11

0

27

RV DMV (License)

19

20

20

19

18

21

17

11

13

11

Toad Fuel

96

95

81

104

108

73

119

80

110

129

Toad Insurance

36

22

28

22

23

45

24

20

22

24

Toad Repair/Mtce.

21

4

18

119

23

34

34

14

24

69

Toad DMV (License)

18

15

10

10

10

11

11

11

11

11

Groceries

385

392

365

368

432

481

472

473

502

535

Eat Out

305

301

262

265

273

266

266

263

251

304

Entertainment

308

343

180

193

352

240

441

367

304

310

Telephone

75

76

102

89

91

68

170

216

242

237

Clothing

117

79

67

74

66

85

100

18

77

98

Total Monthly

2,299

2,124

2,047

2,510

2,250

2,462

3,002

2,921

2,572

3,007

Ending Odometer

NA

NA

NA

155,316

160,007

165,330

176,875

185,162

192,964

203,209

Miles Driven

NA

NA

NA

NA

4,691

5,323

11,545

8,287

7,802

10,245

Nights Paid

NA

NA

NA

NA

221

262

288

228

252

314

Nights Free

NA

NA

NA

NA

144

103

77

137

113

51

Avg. Cost/Pd. Night

NA

NA

NA

NA

23

22

24

22

23

22

I am sure that our average cost of RV repairs and maintenance seems high.  However, our RV is now over 25 years old and the cost includes not only normal repairs and maintenance but many upgrades such as a Heart Inverter and six AGM batteries, a solar system with 3 panels and controller, several new appliances, a new TV, a new wood floor, 2 pass-thru Joey Beds, a Motosat satellite internet system, 2 roof vents with Fantastic Fans, an auxiliary braking system, a tow bar system,  and much more.  We realize that our cost of repairs and improvements could be much lower with a newer RV, but we like our Bus and we enjoy living on the earnings from the money it would cost us to purchase a good newer model RV. 
Entertainment is a category that will vary widely among RVers.  Some will think that we spend an exorbitant amount and others will think that we are piker's.  Our entertainment category includes our Motosat ISP fee, our Direct TV monthly fee, movie theaters and DVD rentals, live theater and performances, all admissions to museums or attractions, all costs of our bicycles, and other miscellaneous fun stuff.  We also charge HOP expenses that are not for camping to this category.

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