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Old 04-12-2015, 12:44 PM   #1
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Estimating camping cost with travel trailer

I am trying to estimate my cost while traveling in my travel trailer. excluding entrance fees and cost of attractions in general. I have not used my trailer yet but will soon and in three years will be on the road half time across country. in the meantime I will start out at state and various other campgrounds just to get use to hauling the trailer and living in it.
I have estimated and included all my home expenses since it is paid off and I will keep it, pay for taxes, insurance lawn maintenance.

I also estimated diesel fuel and maintenance for the Chevrolet Duramax pulling trailer weight about 5-7,000 lbs. I included groceries, vehicle insurance, trailer is too old to insure, Have looked at the state campground average price in Florida which is about $21 dollars a night and some places have cheaper for weekly rates.

With all this in mind I estimate my cost about $2,300 month.
my question to those of you who are pulling a travel trailer half the year, and maintaining a home to come back too, is this a fair estimate of what I will have to spend.
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I also have been playing around with the cost to full time. I have a house, but will sell it when we full time. For now this is a rough monthly estimate of what I have come up with for our situation, but reserve the right to change my mind. It comes to $3,113/month. I'm in no way implying that you would have these costs, but there may be something in my list you want to account for (or something you have that I don't). Best of luck to you and enjoy!

Truck & TT Ins $100
Electric $100
Direct TV $100
Park Fees $500
Life Insurance $373
Internet & Phones $300
Medical Insurance $400
Misc Insurances $140
Groceries $600
Gas $300
Misc Stuff $200
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:25 PM   #3
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Truck & TT Ins $100 $100
Electric $100 $120
Direct TV $100 Dish $70
Park Fees $500 $1000
Life Insurance $373 $0
Internet & Phones $300 $180
Medical Insurance $400 $0 but High Deductible
Misc Insurances $140 $55
Groceries $600 $600
Gas $300 $460 diesel
Misc Stuff $200 $200

My total $2785

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Old 04-13-2015, 06:28 AM   #4
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Your cost to stay in a camp ground I think is low. I have stayed in State Parks. Some are $33 / night (Maryland Rocky Gap) and some are $25 (Pennsylvania Blue Knob). Out of state campers will pay a few $$ more.

RV resorts will be $35 to $50/ night.
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Old 04-13-2015, 07:23 AM   #5
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Nice, here in japan the average per night is 5000 yen so that about $46 at the current conversion rates thats why I boon dock as much as I can.
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If you camp a lot, it pays to get all the "season passes" that are relevant for your locations. One of the best is the federal inter-agency pass. $80 for the year, but half off at all federal lands to camp, and no entrance fee, so that includes all National Parks, Forrest service, etc. For me, a lot of camping is at Army Corp lands as they maintain our local lakes.
You will pay $15 per night instead of $30 so you get that $80 back in a hurry.
Also, any state parks passes are usually a good deal too.

As far as cost to camp, it really depends a lot on how far you tow:
One of my favorite campgrounds is only about 10 miles from home.
Then again, we hit 7 National parks last summer and towed 5300 miles.

The difference in cost was fuel and all the knick-knacks the DW buys LOL.
Everything else is pretty much the same. And I don't count food, as we eat when we are at home, too.
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You need to figure the number of nights you will use a state park pass versus the initial cost. Example: a pass cost $200. You save $10/night. You will need to stay 20 nights in that state to break even. After that you start saving money.
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Good grief... what pass costs $200??
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Good grief... what pass costs $200??
Wow. I agree. Idaho is $10 per rig and you can get it when you renew your license plates if you live here. It is attached to our license plate number. If you are out of state, it is $40 for an annual pass. They can be purchased through state parks or online.

And then if you are the required age, the national pass is $10 lifetime.
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The way I do it is, I keep track of all the money I spend on trips, that way I know how much I spent. What I am going to spend in the future does not matter cuz I haven't spent it yet.
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These are cut and paste from various state park web sites. Some are for day use pass waiver and some are for camping discounts.

Purchase a California State Parks $195 California Explorer



Annual Parks Pass - $70 per vehicle. Our Annual Pass can now be purchased at any time of year and is valid for a full 12 months of use.

Montana
A pass costs $35 / vehicle


Out-of-State Resident
$225
New Mexico
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Wisconsin park pass for resident for one calendar year 25.00 second vehicle 1/2 price

Non Resident 35.00 yearly and 17.50 second vehicle
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/admission.html
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:51 AM   #13
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I went back with the info you all supplied and found ultimatecampgorunds dot com has a ton info on campsites including military like militarycampgrounds dot us shows. the cost is from free and up above $60 a night at least the ones I looked at. I pick up the medicare cost at 65 but continue with Tricare as secondary. I also have to figure in the federal taxes I may have to pay for social security and retirement pay. I don't want to get off on a tangent about the taxes retirees have to pay in this country so still figuring other costs and this thread has helped a lot.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:44 AM   #14
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these are my current monthly expenses and what I estimate after I retire and go on the road part time:

Monthly Expense
Average while working After I retire,
Medicare costs $0.00 $260.00
house tax/insurance $100.00 $100.00
phones $180.00 $100.00
car insurance $138.85 $138.85
House electric $200.00 $100.00
Health Insurance $50.00 $0.00
Life insurance $250.00 $250.00
u-verse cable $50.00 $50.00
Luxury $200.00 $200.00
groceries $200.00 $400.00
truck fuel oil/month $200.00 $200.00
Park Fees $0.00 $500.00
truck $510.00 $0.00 car payment $520.00 $0.00
TOTAL Monthly Now TOTAL Retired & Camping
$2,598.85 $2,298.85
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