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Old 05-11-2015, 08:31 PM   #1
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True cost to full time RV?

Has any one put the numbers to the real cost of FT?
Looking for something that I might be missing in my spreadsheet.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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This couple has a good blog and Nina did a story on the cost of full timing not long ago.

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How much do you have..lol..people spend as little as $1200 to as high as $7500 or more a month
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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For sure you will never spend more than you have. Also some people insist on spending all that they have. Whatever you have will be enough, we have friends on both ends of the spectrum & they are all happy with the lifestyle.
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Has any one put the numbers to the real cost of FT?
Looking for something that I might be missing in my spreadsheet.
The Big Question is how much time do you want sitting and how much time traveling. If you plan on a lot of road time, best plan on more $$$ to keep the rig in road worthy shape. If you plan on parking somewhere south in the winter and north in the summer, well, it won't cost as much. On the road, Fuel, Oil changes, Tires, break downs, Filters every time you turn around. Just a lil help on deciding for ya!
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There is a lot of variability due to the age and what type of rig you own. Maintenance can vary widely, not to mention if you have things that break. A new rig will have many things covered by your warranty. Used you will either need to pay as you go when things break or buy an extended service plan. If you are handy you will save a lot of money.

For instance just an oil change in our rig will cost many hundreds of dollars to have done. With a smaller gas rig things like this are much less expensive. It is interesting to watch 54 qts of oil go into our engine for an oil change.

Eating out or eating in is also a huge variable that can be controlled by your lifestyle. Since we started fulltiming we have spend much less on spontaneous "useless purchased" that we would buy when living in a house. Living in a moho just does not allow for more stuff. That is a really good thing.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:33 PM   #7
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How much do you have..lol..people spend as little as $1200 to as high as $7500 or more a month
That's less than our budget but I'm planing on spending it ALL! No use saving it since we can't spend it after we die!
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Eating out or eating in is also a huge variable that can be controlled by your lifestyle. Since we started fulltiming we have spend much less on spontaneous "useless purchased" that we would buy when living in a house. Living in a moho just does not allow for more stuff. That is a really good thing.

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The DW loves to buy stuff. I keep asking her "will it fit in the motorhome"! She says no and buys it anyway! Man are we going to have a bunch of garage sales!
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As long as my savings account continues to grow, I'm happy. Some months surprise us,.on how much we have spent, and others just the opposite. Staying put does keep the rent down, but on the other hand it gives you time to contemplate what new gear, or whatever that you just can't live without. I think if you decide how much you want to stash away in savings a month, and then have fun with the rest for us is a good plan. Probably won't work for everybody though. just my $0.02
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All I can add is that for our 5yrs. of fulltiming we're spending between $30K & $35K per year. And we do pretty much whatever we want to do. I'm sure some spend less, and others more.
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02rld x2 We have been "fulltiming" for 7+ years. The more you travel, the more you spend. It's not for everyone; but it's sure a good life.
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Mr D,

I know how you feel. We have solved the problem with "stuff" but my wife still loves to buy clothes. She at least tries to get rid of something if she buys something.

It is not easy to change a lifetime of habits!!

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