Want a quick snapshot of our RV Lifestyle? Curious about how many miles we drove, our expenses and the places we stayed? Here, we hare a visual snapshot summary in this fun infographic “A Year of Full-time RV Living” based on our experience during our first full calendar year of living full-time in our RV in 2015. While this data can vary widely depending on how and where you like to stay, how far you travel and how reliable (or costly) your RV is to maintain – we hope this infographic will give you a bit of a feel for of OUR RV Lifestyle, travels and expenses. Enjoy!
Our course, one of the big questions we get is “what mileage do you get?” and the way we view mileage and fuels costs is by combining our driving across both the RV and MINI. Individually, the RV gets on average 7 mpg as long as we stay under speeds of 60 mph. After that, the RV sucks the fuel down like crazy and we’re in no hurry, so we just stick to driving in the sweet spot of 55-60mph. The MINI gets around 28mpg on average and as you can see, we do around two thirds of our actual driving miles in the MINI as that’s what we go out exploring in.
Of course, the cheap fuel prices of the last 12-18 months have been fantastic for people like us who like to drive a lot, and fuel is a variable expense. If you want to spend less on gas, you simply stay longer in one location and don’t drive so far to the next one! But while gas prices are cheap, we’re taking advantage of the opportunity to see as much of the country as we can!
We’re really more glampers than campers but we aren’t afraid to spend the night in a Walmart parking lot to break up a cross-country drive or hang out in the middle of the desert for a stint of dry camping either! However, we prefer to mostly stay in campgrounds with hookups and as you can see, we stay within the Thousand Trails (TT) network as much as possible to keep our campground costs down. We don’t stay in TT exclusively – we enjoy staying at higher end places in popular locations (like Niagara Falls) as well, but the way we see it, our cheap (free) TT stays help to offset the more expensive campground rates, which brings our average nightly fee down substantially to just $15 over the course of a year.
We recently shared the details of what it has cost to keep our RV running and taken care of in our blog post 2 years of RV repairs and service costs. We haven’t included expenses such as eating out, entertainment and groceries in this infographic as that’s such an individual thing, depending on what, how much and where you eat!
We also haven’t included our RV payment as again, that will vary widely depending on the rig you choose and whether you pay for it outright or have a payment on it. But our RV payment is substantially lower than what our mortgage, HOA and utilities cost back when we had a stick and brick home.
We hope this snapshot gives you a good sense of the kinds of expenses to consider and just how affordable the full-time RV lifestyle can be – if you plan according to your preferred travel style and budget 🙂
How about you?
- What is your preferred style of RV camping?
- How many miles do you travel?
- How do these costs compare to what you spend – or expect to spend?