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Posted: 10/06/19 11:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To the OP: Do you want that with or without depreciation? I had a poster here argue that if you never plan to sell your rig then there is no depreciation.

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$2500/month is a reasonable number but way too much variability to give you an idea if that will work for you without telling us how you want to travel.
- A DP is one of the more expensive options.
- How many miles do you want to cover per week/month?
- Do you do maintenance yourself or hire it all out?
- Do you stay for a week/month at a park or only a night or two or boondock for free?
- How much will you spend on tourist attractions?
- How often will you eat out?
- Hobbies that cost money?
- Will you be keeping the house and associated items?

What we did was took our household budget and modified it to reflect our estimate of what we thought our costs will be. That came out pretty close.

A few thoughts:
- It's full time not a vacation, you don't have to put in 2000miles per week. We shoot for 100-150miles per day 2-3 times per week with occasional week/month stationary.
- We've done the boat thing also. You don't need to cross oceans to take incredible trips. Google the Great Loop. It comes with it's own challenges but no need to cross oceans on a 40' boat.


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You are asking for the impossible. Costs are going to vary hugely depending on lifestyle. I am sure some couples living in a van conversion spend more than others in a Class A.

Here is where I would start. First consider "fixed" costs; e.g., RV insurance and payment if any, healthcare insurance, food, personal items, mail service, etc. We also had a $200/mo charge since we had a lot of items in storage.

Next look at direct travel related expenses: e.g, fuel, maintenance, tires, tolls. Again, this will vary all over the place depending on the number of miles you drive. We traveled a lot so this was a major item for us, around $1500/month.

The next big variable I would look at is the costs of camping. We had solar panels and rarely needed a generator. We almost never stayed in RV parks or expensive campgrounds with hook ups. Most of our stays were in National Parks with a senior pass or on BLM or equivalent campgrounds. We averaged $7/night. We also spent almost nothing on generator gas, maybe $5/month. We camped in warm locations so a $20 propane refill would last for a month or two.

We also expected to spend a significant amount on entertainment, entry fees, eating out, etc. That turned out to be insignificant with a senior pass giving free admission.

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md80max wrote:


My question is related to the annual cost of living full time in a class A diesel pusher. Now I recognize there are many variables and highly subjective. Just looking for what the realities are of the annual cost of living full time in an RV.

Check out this Escapees poll.


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Posted: 10/07/19 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look up Next Exit and Dan & Jen Nevada on YouTube. They both have periodic videos on their costs to full time.


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Thanks for all the replies, really appreciate it!

You all gave me what I was looking for.

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