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Old 09-13-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Wondering what the cost to operate a 2002 Winnebago Journey 36FT with a diesel engine would be per year on the road. We know fuel will be the biggest item, we are going full time and will stay a month or two out west then go somewhere else for a couple of months. We have to return to Ohio every 6mos for medical reasons. We are both retired and will have a limited budget.
Any thoughts will be helpful, My husband can't do the heavy work anymore but, will be doing most maintenance.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Sounds like you've got some adventures ahead of you.

You're right that fuel will certainly be a big expense. Full timers insurance can probably be had for around $1000 if you shop around. Tires should have around $400/year in the budget and maybe $500/year for other maintenance if DH can do much of it himself. Campground expenses can be minimized by taking advantage of monthly rates. They vary widely but anywhere from $300/mo on up.

All of this assumes that your coach is paid for, or you need to add that to the mix.

I'm sure you'll get responses from folks with more detailed understanding of these costs but these are off the top of my head from my experience.

Best of luck to you both.

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I too would be interested in the responses you get. Right now in CA diesel is about a four and a half bucks a gallon. Oil change and lube about two hundred. RV parks 20 bucks and up depending on quality and location . Go to Quartzsite and boondock free. Eat out expensive eat in a little less. Your set expenses such as insurance and the like remain the same.

This is a tough question but I envy you and wish it was me.

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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You will find in operating a diesel the cost will be equal too or a little less than the same unit powered by gas.
The big difference will be if major repairs are needed then look out.
The mind set seems to be if one has a diesel everyone wants top dollar
if you need their services.



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Wondering what the cost to operate a 2002 Winnebago Journey 36FT with a diesel engine would be per year on the road. We know fuel will be the biggest item, we are going full time and will stay a month or two out west then go somewhere else for a couple of months. We have to return to Ohio every 6mos for medical reasons. We are both retired and will have a limited budget.
Any thoughts will be helpful, My husband can't do the heavy work anymore but, will be doing most maintenance.
Thank You
Judy
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I've found a rough rule of thumb to be $1 to $2 per mile. That's operating expenses, not counting your fixed expenses.

If you're actually traveling, RV Parks will run about $30 per night.

Of course, monthly rates and blacktop parking can reduce that some.

JMHO.

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Old 09-14-2012, 05:08 AM   #6
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Thank all of you very much for your responces. I am sure we will meet some of you somewhere and, we are looking forward to it.
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