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Posted: 02/10/12 01:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Living on the road, about $500/month. Living in an RV, about $2,000/month.


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Absolutely debt free....yes

Otherwise.......tough to do.

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We are just starting out but we are planning on about $1900 a month. My 4 new tires were $700 and my License and Insurance is only $70. a month, truck and trailer have been paid off since purchased 10 years ago and we have had no debt for years other than the house which we just sold. I have an emergency fund but I do not count on using it except for an un-expected breakdown and only then if it is too expensive. I have been a mechanic for 40 years so I maintain my own vehicles which is why I can depend on them even though they are old. I think you can do it with careful planning and living within your budget as well as suggested here to travel less and camp more. I only plan on moving every 4 to 6 months and not too far then. I kind of like the lazy life so staying put is fine. Will be workcamping some also to save money. Good and if you see my old red and white dodge stop by for a cold one and a burger.


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I have talked to people who love work camping and pay nothing for camping and yet move around to follow nice weather. I also have talked to camp hosts who are on for a month at a time. I read the Casino camping posts a few years ago. They were impressive the way they used freebies and collected coupons. I was impressed that they collected shoppers and tourist flyers for two fers and other coupons. I also talked to people who had a three nights off the grid and one night in campground rule. The campground deals in New Mexico for State Parks sounds fantastic. I think you can find all kinds of ways to save money.

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Sure, we are at $2300 but that includes $300 month for vacations for what we feel is a nice lifestyle (95% of nights in a campground with services, go out to eat a couple times a week, etc...)

The only real killer would be health care.

Otherwise it's simply budgeting and learning how to live on less
- Drive short distances and stay for a while.
- Sign up for a month at a time and rates can be $10-20/night for a nice campground.
- Do your own maintenance as much as possible.
- No debt unless it's life or death.
- Get the smallest, simplest rig you can be comfortable in.


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Im thinking with the SSI disability the OP should also be eligible for Medicare and would only need the suplimentals. So health insurance wouldnt be needed.


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I would suggest looking to see if you can live on $1800 now - if the answer is yes, then yes, you could live on that while on the road. As others have stated, you'd probably have to choose between either a stick&brick OR RV - both would be cost-prohibitive, I would think. Remember - you or your wife can workamp/volunteer too to save costs/earn some cash. Here's some info on workamping.

So yes, doable. Might just take a bit more research on your part.
Good luck with your decision!


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It takes whatever you have. It's that simple. If you have $5000 per month, that's what it will cost. If you have $900 per month, that's what it will cost. We have $1400 per month, so that's what it costs us. Here is a break down of last year's budget / expense summaries:

http://rvroadtrip.us/Budget/2011.php





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Like others on here, it totally depends. Gas & camping are 2 big cost-points which you can manage by deciding how far you drive and where/how you camp. Seen budgets anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000/month.

Here's our budget break-down:
WheelingIT Costs


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truck is a 3500 dodge dually diesel and TT. health insurance will covered by long term disability from work for 3 three years. That will get me up to age 62 after that I will be able to go on SS. So that 1800 a month will be for living exspenses. Fuel,food and camp fees.
medicine I have a prescription card to help with that.
I thank everyone for there input.


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