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This is part two of our three-part series about how to plan and pay for a life of full-time RVing. Part I | Part III
One of the most popular questions full-time RVing dreamers ask is: how much does it cost to live on the road full-time?
Unfortunately there isn’t one perfect answer. Costs for full-time RVing fluctuate wildly depending on a RVer’s personal spending habits – from eating and partying, to the type of rig, to where someone prefers to call home. While many full-time RVers cook at home every night, others prefer to eat out more often. Some enjoy exploring free roadside attractions, while others enjoy more lavish entertainment.
When considering how much it costs to live in your RV, remember; what may seem like a life of excess to one person can be a spartan existence to another.
About the only thing that we can say for sure is that, in general, it costs us less to live in an RV than a stick house. For example, even with all of our traveling, our fuel costs are similar to those who make a long commute to the office every day. That’s because we generally don’t do a lot of driving once we settle down into an area for a few weeks, or an entire season. While on some days you’ll find us covering a few hundred miles, sometimes we won’t drive anywhere for weeks at a time.
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Posted by Rene in Full-Timing Tips, Live, Making Money, Spending Money, Work, tags: income, lifestyle, money, Must Read, planning, RV lifestyle, spending
This is the first in our three-part series about how to plan and pay for a life of full-time RVing. Part II | Part III
Many people dream about full-time RVing before reaching retirement age, but getting on the road to freedom doesn’t happen accidentally. A little research, introspection, number crunching and goal setting will go a long way toward fulfilling your RV lifestyle goal.
As Dave Ramsey says, “the difference between a dream and a goal is a plan,” so with this series of blog posts we’ll share the steps we took to plan our escape from our old conventional life. Proper planning has helped us stay on the road without going broke, and we’re confident our tips can work for you too.
Where To Begin?
The best way to start planning is to brainstorm about your dreams and hopes for this adventure. Pondering these areas can help you determine your reasons for full-timing.
Whether you’re going solo or taking the family along, it’s more fun and effective if you brainstorm on a “dream board” or giant Post-It notes and leave it up where you can see your dreams every day.
To facilitate planning together as a couple or family, have everyone jot down their goals, desires, likes, dislikes, fears and expectations. Cut out everybody’s individual ideas, and paste them up on the wall, dividing them into categorizes that describe the various concepts relating to your new nomadic lifestyle.
As you examine your findings, focus on common trends – or differences – which will help identify important issues to address when considering the lifestyle; like where you will travel, and how you’ll do it (i.e.; trailer, bus, camper, etc.).
By comparing similarities and differences about your desires, dislikes, skills, and expectations about work and leisure; you’ll get on the same page about what your new lifestyle might be like.
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As July draws to a close I can’t help but feel a sense of relief. I know I should be Living in the Now because when you’re getting paid to work in a place this beautiful, with awesome bosses and mostly great customers, it’s just ungrateful to complain about the circumstances. Things could be a lot worse.
Yet each day when I awake at 4:45 am, I can’t help but feel the weight of my other self-imposed business obligations getting put on the back burner.
Although we have a generous amount of freedom to grab some time off at this workamping job, I’m still stressing out more and more knowing that when summer is over I’ll need a few months of solitude just to catch up on things like bookeeping and a growing list of drawing board projects for Tripawds and Team Agreda.
I knew things would be like this going into this gig. Last year was rough as I juggled everything, but this year is worse, especially as my own jewelry business grows.
Maintaining a 40+ hour a week summer gig and our own variety of income streams is more challenging than ever. This is one reason why you haven’t heard from Jim a whole lot this summer.
I’m the first to admit I’m not being as upbeat as I should be, or as nice to Jim as he deserves. He’s put up with a lot of crap from me lately.
As the saying goes, I’m trying not to should all over myself. We’ll be headed back to Jerry’s Acres in just 41 days. But who’s counting?
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As previously reported, we haven’t left Lake City once since we got here in Mid-May. Shopping locally for food has been relatively easy but acquiring some of our other favorite treats and commonly consumed household items has been more challenging.
For example, we learned that liquid products shipped here from sea level may not survive the increase in altitude (we are at about 8,300′ above sea level). This box that once held RV toilet holding tank chemicals is a good example.
I ordered our favorite Camco TST RV Holding Tank Chemical from Amazon. Unfortunately, the seal on this container didn’t survive the rise in atmospheric pressure and burst while the box was in transit. The women who run the Lake City post office were not happy when green liquid leaked all over everyone’s mail. I hung my head in shame for the next few post office trips, since they knew it was my crap chemicals that made a big mess.
With this liquid postal system disaster in mind, when we ordered our favorite Hendrick’s Gin from Vino Cheapo in Florida, we were skeptical that it could survive. Desperate for quality gin that can’t be found here, we bit the bullet and went for it.
And like the fine quality gin that it is, so is the container in which it’s bottled. The Hendrick’s bottle only let out one small droplet, but the entire bottle of gin survived.
Lesson learned: yes, you can get everything you want over the Internet. But if it ships to high altitude locations, you’re probably going to pay a big price, one way or another.
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Over the last six years this blog has documented our own personal experiences while living, working and dreaming on the road. From the moment we pitched our Northern California lifestyle to potential business buyers, to documenting our annual workamping gigs, we write about the personal, the technical and other things that directly affect our life as a full-time RVing couple.
With over five years of full-timing experience under our belts, last fall I felt confident enough to pitch RV Life Magazine an idea for a column about living and working on the road.
RV Life liked it enough to kindly allow me my first official, regular column in their 30 year-old West Coast publication called “On the Road For Good.”
Recently I began writing a weekly blog for RV Life, called The Fulltiming Nomad. Every Sunday I’m covering more technical topics that aspiring, new and veteran RVers will find useful. From “blue duties and pink duties” to making friends wherever you go, I’m utilizing this blog to dive into the nitty gritty aspects of converting from a stationary life to a mobile one.
We’ll use this space to continue writing about the more personal aspects of our full-timing life, but if you’re looking for more “How To Full-Time RV” tips, I hope you’ll follow along with me every Sunday at The Fulltiming Nomad.
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