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RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

Travel Trailer ~ I think we're closely aligned on what my budget was trying to establish. We own a trailer and that will not change based on whether it's in the driveway or on the road. We have satellite TV and wireless phones which will also remain whether we camp or not. Those items go in the Fixed Expenses category since they are not dependent upon travel. Camping fees, Fuel and Admission fees are directly attributable to travel. We have resources available for whatever we choose to do and for most unforeseen costs that may crop up. The budget was not for deciding whether we could afford to go, it was merely my anal retentive, spreadsheet based personality trying to get an idea of whether my estimates were in the ballpark. Thanks to all who have shared their opinions especially those with reasoned explanations. As you said, everyone does it differently. Thanx, Jim
quasi 05/29/16 11:37am Full-time RVing
RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

Some clarifications are in order. First is that we want to figure everything on the high side as a measure for comfort. If we don't need $1000 for maintenance (and I doubt we will) then that money stays in the kitty. We have a heat pump and an electric heater to offset propane consumption. Our trailer is 38 feet long so fuel consumption is based on current data. We have been told that during your first few months in a long term or full time trip you tend to do a lot more running around and tend to spend more on doing "things" until you settle down. I don't know if we'll be want to go down the Colorado River in a raft but I want to have the option. Thanx, Jim
quasi 05/26/16 08:04am Full-time RVing
Realistic Budget 2.0

After getting some really good feedback, I've modified my original budget to include Maintenance costs, increase fuel expenses and eliminate expenses we would have regardless of whether we were camping. Am I getting closer? "5200 mile trip.January 1st through April 30th." $1,000.00 Maint $3,600.00 Camp Fees $2,000.00 Fuel $100.00 Propane $2,000.00 Admission $800.00 Restaurant $500.00 Hobbies $10,000.00 Total
quasi 05/24/16 11:16pm Full-time RVing
RE: Realistic Budget?

Thanks to all who've offered some realistic, constructive criticism of our budget. We plan on a couple of weeks in February in Puerto Penasco but we have no clue on the route we'll take to get there. For this first outing, I'm telling people that our plans are etched in Jell-o. We're going to use the flip-flop method for route planning. If It's too cold for flip-flops, go south and west. Thanx, Jim
quasi 05/23/16 10:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Realistic Budget?

We plan on doing some occasional boondocking and taking advantage of weekly rates whenever feasible. The lodging figure is 120 nights at $30 per night. Is that an unreasonable estimate? We've also tried to estimate everything at the high end. With money, I think it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. If we find we've overestimated, we'll add another month or two.
quasi 05/23/16 08:21pm Full-time RVing
Realistic Budget?

We're planning our first long-term trip out west and trying to come up with a realistic budget. We know, as newbies, we're going to spend more than average seeing sights and running around too much. For you full-timers and long-timers, does this budget look reasonable? January - April Trip $3,600.00 Camp Fees $1,457.00 Fuel $2,000.00 Admission $3,200.00 Hlth.Ins. $400.00 Wireless 440.00 Dish $200.00 Grooming $2,400.00 Food $800.00 Restaurant $400.00 Hobbies $ 15,397.00 Total 5200 mile trip. January 1st through April 30th.
quasi 05/23/16 06:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: Quick electrical question : transfer switch vs charger

One thing I noticed the OP said he had was a microwave/convection oven. I'm pretty sure you'll want to check the power requirements on that since the convection oven uses pretty massive amounts of energy. I'm not sure if the batteries/inverter will be feasible there. It may be generator only. Jim
quasi 02/13/16 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: Quick electrical question : transfer switch vs charger

If you plan to run the generator to charge the battery bank, I agree with the previous posters, spend a little more for your converter and get a decent 4 stage system. It will easily pay for itself in reduced fuel consumption during recharge cycles and will let you get a lot more life out of the batteries. They can be had from Amazon for under $200. Jim
quasi 02/12/16 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Custom built 5th wheel

I apologize for the Trolls. They're pretty thick on this forum and seem to have nothing better to do than snipe, kibbutz and generally give the place a negative atmosphere. Please continue to ask your questions and try to feel sorry for them as this is all they have for entertainment. P.S. Get off my lawn !
quasi 02/07/16 01:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Custom built 5th wheel

Has your friend considered a travel trailer. The bedroom ceiling height would be consistent throughout.The queen or king bed in the bedroom could be replaced. Jim
quasi 02/06/16 01:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Battery question

Good question Fulltimer50. The short answer is yes, the procedure for testing a deep cycle (RV) lead acid battery is the same as for a starting battery. For the long answer and the definitive way to properly test a lead acid battery,check out www.pacificpowerbatteries.com, scroll down and click on battery school then deep cycle batteries. (For some reason, I can't paste the link in this response.) There's more to testing a battery properly than clamping a load tester and reading a go/no-go gauge. (Release the Trolls . . . ) Jim
quasi 02/06/16 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Running 2 a/c's

When you say you have a 5000 watt generator, does that mean it supplies 5000 watts continuously or does it provide 5000 watts surge current. Hard to believe but sometimes manufacturers will use little tricks like that to sell products. And remember, you could win up to 5 bazillion dollars just for test driving that Polly Razzmatazz motorhome . . .;)
quasi 02/06/16 09:29am General RVing Issues
Collision repair?

Does the Fairfield, Ohio service dept do body work? Jim
quasi 02/06/16 09:19am Camping World Service and Installation
RE: RV Battery question

In order to charge a battery to a nominal 12.6 volts, the charger will supply well over 13 volts. With only the battery's internal loss, they may retain the higher voltage for a time. My concern would be why the voltage dropped off initially and why the charger allowed the charging to continue beyond the normal set point.
quasi 02/05/16 03:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cleaning my grill - Help!

I'm with SCH . . . almost. I'd turn the grill up to high and let it heat for 1/2 hour after it gets up to temperature. Then, while the grill grate is screaming hot, wire brush it. By brushing while hot, you'll remove the sanitized contamination and not contaminate the wire brush. If you brush before heating, you'll keep re-contaminating every time you brush. Jim
quasi 02/04/16 05:31pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Annual Budgets?

TT Thanks for the info. We'll likely travel much the same way and my budget numbers look similar. I'm assuming a 15% increase in our current food budget to compensate for smaller stores and less ability to stock up on sale items. I also have a pretty good sized line item called Entertainment. I've been told that your first year on the road, you'll tend to spend a lot on local attractions, excursions and buying "stuff" you really don't need. This is discretionary and can be adjusted as the need arises. I think the only thing I'm waiting on now is the calendar . . . Thanx, Jim
quasi 02/04/16 09:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Take it or leave it?

How do you like the combo unit? I've seen some combination appliances that end up not doing either thing particularly well.
quasi 01/31/16 12:38pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Annual Budgets?

Thanks to all for the input. Becky ~ Congrats on your lifestyle choice. We've considered workamping but I'm not sure how many seasons we have left. We'll likely keep our home base and travel 6-9 months a year for as long as we can. Thanx, Jim
quasi 01/31/16 10:48am Full-time RVing
RE: Take it or leave it?

Katuna, you sound like my kind of cook. Most of the equipment I want to take isn't a uni-tasker (nod to Alton Brown) and the few that are may be replaced with multi-taskers. I'm looking at the Cuisinart Griddler. Anyone use one of these and care to comment? Thanx, Jim
quasi 01/31/16 10:14am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Take it or leave it?

Thanks for the replies. (I've posted a "Thank-you" in the Camp Cooks forum as well.) Jim
quasi 01/31/16 08:46am Full-time RVing
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