Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
Full Time RVing – The Expensive Year
Fall Family Fun
November – Family Vacation
If all goes according to the plan, we will volunteer in the winter (which will only be a couple of months: January, February, and most of March) and work/volunteer for six months at a National Park. After that, we are not sure, somewhat thinking of going back east for the fall. We shall see!
November 2012 – Where are we – Staying with Family – going back and forth from Williamsburg to Fairfax, VA with a Quick jaunt down to Orlando, FL.
Expenses: For the Month of November: How expensive can it be, to stay with Family?
Expenses for November 2012
- Food, Food and Household: $33.03
- , Out to Eat: $202.46
- 5th Wheel: Rent/Storage: $122.40
- Transportation, Diesel: $0
- , Gasoline: $253.46
- , Motorcycle, Maintenance: $10.95
- , Tolls/Parking: $4.80
- Communication, Cell Phone (L): $47.81
- , InReach: $11.41
- , Hosting: $41.94
- , Internet: $0
- , Skype: $10.00
- , Software: $79.98
- Health, Laura: $58.86
- , Sasha: $58.86
- , Doctor: $60.00
- , Other (S): $15.00
- Recreation, Fun Stuff: $12.50
- , Charity: $15.00
- Fees/Memberships, eBay: $13.71
- , ANPR: $85.00
Total Expenses = $1,137.17
Nice When Family Help Out
So Not too bad, but that was because the family was treating us to food and a place to stay.
We Stayed With Family
Food: Very low in the overall price tag. We hardly bought any food as we went with the family to buy stuff and then they did not allow us to pay. Nice but we want to help out. I guess the best way to help is by being there with the family. That is truly the best.
We went out to eat more with family (my side) or with friends. Thankfully, when we saw my friends up in New Jersey, we ate over at my friend’s house (Darlene – who I have known forever it seems). And so it was nice to see old friends. Did not cost us anything more than getting up there to visit. Of course, this was the week before Hurricane Sandy hit…So it was an exciting and scary time for us.
5th Wheel: Storage of the 5th Wheel in Nevada but not the storage of the truck as we had pre-paid for that storage. It was storage for two months. Good storage where they had a guard on duty at night, dogs, lasers, and a gate. The RV is on pavement which is also good but you usually do not have to worry about mud in the desert, at least not in the towns.
Transportation: Costs are low for this even though we are traveling between families as well as visiting friends. Most of the gas money was filling up my parent’s car when we headed down to Florida and back. We paid for tolls, do not like them even though they are a necessity for states like New Jersey. We bought some more parts for the Motorcycle but Sasha will have to work on it when we get back to Nevada.
Communication: We turned off the internet for a month but will turn it back on in December. It is nice to be able to do that with Milleicom (I really have to find out how to spell that company name!) We figured we did not need it when we were with the family.
I went on a monthly plan for my cell phone as we were having trouble with paying for it every other month. We would get more minutes as well that way. Still had a few problems but they would ultimately be fixed by next year in January.
We re-upped with Skype, had not used it for a while and we would lose minutes if we did not re-up. That is OK because we showed my parents how to use it again. And it was a great way to talk to family when there is high speed internet.
More software bought for Delorne mapping system. More maps, more updates and better programs.
Hosting – I pay for a six month plan. It will probably change as we get more folks to the website, but for now, it works and paying less than $100 a year is pretty good. We have had this website for 7 years, so not too bad on price increases.
Health: Health insurance is the same old same old. Does not cover much but does work for us. However, my last visit to a doctor was not covered, so I spent $60. It was money well spent, to get myself healthy.
Recreation: We gave to charity this month. There were a couple of websites that we use frequently and they need money as they do not have ads. We have ads so we do not need to ask for charity. We typically get around $100 a year because people click on the ads, that is why this site is free. If you find the information useful, clicking on a few ads would help us out, insuring that this site stays free.
Fun Stuff – we went for some wine tasting with Sasha’s Parents and we also rented balls and racquets for playing tennis in Florida. (By the way – we were terrible but it was something fun to do.)
Fees/Membership: The health insurance that we get through Association of National Park Rangers means that we have a membership of the association. That is good for two people for a year. Who knows what next year will bring with the Affordable Care Act, we might have to pay more per month, but we will wait to find out until then.
We also had eBay fees again, as we are selling more stuff. That is the way the business goes, and we just have to deal with that fact.
Present Day Laura: The Affordable Health Care Act actually helps us save more money in the long run, and we get better coverage, not just the scare coverage.