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One Month of Full Time RVing: How Much Does It REALLY Cost?

One Month of Full Time RVing: How Much Does It REALLY Cost?

Properly, we wrapped up our first month on the street full-time RVing. Its been some time since we up to date the weblog, as not solely have we been busy overcoming new challenges that dwelling in an RV presents, however we’ve coated over three,000 miles since we left Florida in Might.

I assumed I’d do a one month replace to share the place we’ve been, what we’ve been as much as and the way a lot we’ve spent. Its a superb refresher for us too, as one month goes by so quick and its straightforward to overlook what’s occurred. I used to be additionally actually curious to see what we’ve spent thus far. I do these expense studies occasionally (like in Europe right here and right here and New Zealand right here) as we all the time like to match the fee of dwelling in several cities and totally different life. I’ve to say, I used to be fairly shocked once I noticed the numbers. We each felt like we’ve been swiping that card so much these days, and positive sufficient, the numbers proved that to be true.

I’ll cowl just a little about our adventures over the previous month earlier than diving into the enjoyable (or not so enjoyable) stuff. That is what our route to date has seemed like.

Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA

vogel state park, blairsville, ga

vogel state park, blairsville, ga

We have been anxious to flee the Florida warmth, so we beelined it to the mountains for three nights in North, Georgia. Vogel State Park is a spot I visited once I was youthful however by no means camped there. We love the world and we have been excited to get again to the mountains, to do some climbing, see some waterfalls and simply take in the recent air. Sadly, we had a bit of a piece disaster and ended up spending extra time working than something, however that’s simply half of this way of life. No less than we had a reasonably superior workplace whereas we labored.

Forest Lake Thousand Trails, Winston-Salem, NC

wise man brewing, winston-salem

wise man brewing, winston-salem

foothills brewery, winston-salem

After we left Georgia, we have been supposed to go to Asheville, NC (one of my favourite cities within the US). Sadly, the rain had moved over the complete east coast and it was dumping buckets for days. We additionally couldn’t discover an obtainable campground close to Asheville, so we determined to make use of our Thousand Trails tenting move (extra about Thousand Trails on this video) and headed to the Forest Lake RV Resort close to Winston-Salem for five nights. As a result of of the rain and our work disaster, we figured it was a great (free) place to buckle down and get some work carried out. We did handle to get away in the future and discover Winston-Salem. My brother and his girlfriend met us from Raleigh and we spent the day bar-hopping with them (per the standard!). Take a look at our video from GA & NC right here →

Bull Run Regional Park, Fairfax, VA

We continued north to Fairfax, VA to satisfy up with some of Charlie’s household and buddies. We stayed in Bull Run for three nights, which was an honest campground and a great location, regardless of some unhelpful employees. We had a pleasant time catching up with household and associates and visiting Charlie’s previous stomping grounds.

Beaver Creek State Park & Cleveland, Ohio

cleveland tour, ohio

west side market, cleveland

cleveland tour, ohio

It was formally time to start out heading west. It was the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend once we left Virginia and we knew discovering a spot to camp final minute can be troublesome. A couple of weeks prior, I did a search of any campgrounds out there inside a 6 hour drive which led me to Beaver Creek State Park in Ohio. I knew nothing about it, besides that it was within the westerly course and never too removed from my good friend, Karen, in Cleveland. I snagged the final spot and I’m glad we did. We had an superior time exploring Cleveland and catching up with my pal. The park itself was fairly cool, too! Take a look at our Cleveland vlog right here →

Findley State Park, Wellington, Ohio

shawshank redemption prison, mansfield ohio

shawshank redemption prison, mansfield ohio

shawshank redemption prison, mansfield ohio

We noticed our buddies, Residence on the Freeway, posting footage of their current go to to the Ohio State Reformatory which was the first filming location of The Shawshank Redemption. Being Charlie’s favourite film of all time, he insisted we add it to our itinerary. It was virtually on our route anyhow, so we made the cease at Findley State Park, which was lower than an hour drive away from the jail. It was truly actually cool to tour the jail, and we loved the combination of seeing the totally different filming places and the ghost tales which have taken place there. See our Shawshank jail tour right here →

Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana & Chicago

the bean, millennium park

Chicago Riverwalk


Indiana was a brand new state to go to for the each of us and we have been pleasantly stunned. To be trustworthy, I by no means actually knew what to anticipate of Indiana and I undoubtedly didn’t have lovely seashores in thoughts. Indiana Dunes was a very cool park and we loved a stupendous day on the coast of Lake Michigan. The subsequent day, we took the South Shore Line practice into Chicago and spent the day exploring the town. The station was lower than a mile from the park, and it was simply over an hour experience into the town. It was the right solution to see the town with out having to drive in visitors, fear about parking, and so forth. Though it was tremendous windy (go determine) and chilly the primary half of the day, the solar lastly got here out within the afternoon and we loved an attractive afternoon in Millennium Park catching up with an previous good friend of Charlie’s.

Milwaukee, WI

bloody mary, sobelmans, milwaukee
One of the best half of a USA street journey is attending to see so many family and friends alongside the best way. We headed to Milwaukee, the place Charlie’s household hosted an enormous feast for us. It felt like Thanksgiving, and it was superior to satisfy a lot of his household I had by no means met earlier than. Charlie loved seeing faces he hasn’t seen in many years and catching up. We additionally received to satisfy up with our associates, Adam and Hannah @ Getting Stamped, who gave us the VIP tour of Milwaukee (bloody mary’s and beer). Oh, and I lastly tried frozen custard for the primary time and it was superb. I’m utterly addicted.

Boondocking within the Badlands

boondocking in badlands

badlands national park

badlands national park

boondocking in badlands

We have been ecstatic to get west of the Mississippi River, lastly. We determined to guide all of it the best way to the Badlands, the place we scoped out an superior boondocking website on a cliff. It turned out to be simply as epic as the photographs confirmed. The one drawback was the wind was craaaaazy. We didn’t get a lot sleep because it truthfully felt just like the trailer was simply going to tumble over the cliff. Even nonetheless, the Badlands have been unimaginable and we fell in love with South Dakota.

Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore

mount rushmore

deadwood, south dakota

custer state park

Mount Rushmore was all the time one of these issues I figured I might do if I used to be within the space, however I used to be by no means that excited to see it. I undoubtedly didn’t plan on going out of my approach for it. Nevertheless, since we have been shut we knew we needed to pay it a go to. It truly ended up being far more spectacular than we thought and we have been glad we had the prospect to view it. We have been much more impressed with the Black Hills generally. There was a lot extra to do and see within the space than simply Mount Rushmore. We liked visiting Custer State Park, driving the Needles Freeway, visiting the previous western city of Deadwood and extra. We have been solely capable of get a campground for two nights (Oreville Campground), so we determined to maneuver on. However South Dakota undoubtedly stole our hearts.

Sheridan, WY and Bighorn Nationwide Forest

bighorn national forest

bighorn national forest moose

bighorn national forest

bighorn national forest

We ended our first month in Sheridan, WY. After a busy first month, we would have liked somewhat break from the street and a spot to compensate for work, laundry, purchasing and regular individuals stuff. Seems, we picked a reasonably cool little spot. Sheridan is a quaint city, with an enthralling little downtown space. I’m fairly positive you will get anyplace on the town in about 5 minutes, until you get caught ready for the practice of course. Sheridan has a Walmart so we might replenish on requirements, and many of cute, espresso outlets to relax out and get some work executed. It can also be only a brief drive to the Bighorn Nationwide Forest, which is one of the good locations we visited. The mountains are beautiful and the wildlife is plentiful. We lastly noticed our first moose! To be trustworthy, we didn’t actually need to depart that pretty little city nevertheless it was time to go to Yellowstone.

Bills for 1 Month Full Time RVing

And that’s the place the primary month ends. I made a decision to do a abstract of our bills over the previous month and I’ve to say, I used to be utterly blown away. And never in a great way. I noticed how essential it’s to trace your bills since you is perhaps actually stunned to see the place your cash goes and the way a lot you’re truly spending. I broke the whole lot down into classes.

Fuel 1095.79 Groceries 1023.99 Eating Out 495.11 Campgrounds 749.57 Espresso/Beer Runs 93.57 Insurance coverage (Auto, Well being) 714.eight Cell/Web 225 Tolls 80.02 Entrance/Parking Charges 115.25 Misc 129.86 Complete 4722.96

Almost $5,000 in a single month?!

I feel the groceries stunned us probably the most! It appears loopy that we’re spending over $1,000 per 30 days for 2 individuals. That being stated, we’ve been cooking virtually each meal and specializing in a more healthy way of life and, lets be actual, wholesome meals isn’t low cost. Fuel was additionally tremendous costly, however we’ve coated quite a bit of floor this previous month. Hopefully we might be spending extra time at locations going ahead and that may come down a bit.

Most of our “dining out” was spent once we have been going out with buddies, consuming properly and consuming lots. That also needs to (hopefully!) go down a bit this subsequent month.

Our cell telephones and Verizon scorching spot are requirements for engaged on the street and we undoubtedly get our moneys value. Tolls have been primarily from driving in Ohio and Indiana the place the roads have been the completely worst we’ve ever seen. This type of boggles are minds that we needed to pay to drive on crappy roads, however what are you able to do?

Then there’s the insurance coverage. *sigh*

Medical insurance and truck/trailer insurance coverage are one thing that undoubtedly drives us mad however we will’t actually do a lot about, besides depart the nation once more. And don’t get Charlie began on that!

For sure, some of these bills are to be anticipated when dwelling on the street and masking as a lot floor as we now have. We’ll undoubtedly be watching our spending a bit of extra intently this month. It might be fascinating to see how we do!

Month two begins in Yellowstone, which is the place I’m at present scripting this submit. In the event you made it this far, I’m very impressed! I actually didn’t anticipate this publish to be so lengthy, and its loopy to see on paper all of the locations we’ve been and issues we’ve seen prior to now month. It’s undoubtedly been an unimaginable journey thus far, however its simply starting. If you wish to sustain with us on the street, remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel for weekly vlogs or comply with us on instagram.