Found Our Summer Employment

Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
April 2013

Full Time RVing – Cheaper RVing?

Spring Traveling and Fees

April – Found Out Where We Will Be This Summer! 

Laura & Sasha Sweaty Hike at Valley of Fire State Park

Laura & Sasha Sweaty Hike at Valley of Fire State Park

Living in a state of fluidity as we do not know what this year will bring. We know we will be in Lake Mead for one more winter season. Laura searches for jobs in the National Park Service AND US Forest Service, and we bought Workamper News just in case we cannot find anything from the federal government.

The turn-around that ultimately will change our lives. Working for the US Forest Service during the summer!

April 2013 – Where are we – Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then traveling, then Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington State!

Expenses: For the Month of April: Serious Mileage on the Truck 




Expenses for April 2013

  • Food, Food and Household: $157.87
  •         , Provisions: $466.00
  •         , Out to Eat: $445.74
  • Household, Laundry: $0
  •                  , Propane: $12.54
  •                  , Tools: $173.23
  •                  , Motel: $145.32
  • 5th Wheel, Maintenance: $48.26
  • Transportation, Diesel: $1,434.52
  •                        , Gasoline: $40.89
  •                        , Truck, Maintenance: $49.95
  • Communication, Cell Phone: $34.22
  •                          , InReach: $11.41
  •                          , Internet: $59.99
  • Health, Both Insurance: $117.72
  • Recreation, Fun Stuff: $89.07
  •                  , Camping Gear: $19.05
  • Taxes/Fees: Fees: $11.49
  •                    : Federal Taxes: $128.00

Total Expenses = $3,445.22

Traveling can be expensive!

April is here – Well as you can see, it was about average for us. Sigh. Maybe someday we will get down to the $1000 for a month, but I just can not see it happening anytime soon. Maybe we can prove ourselves wrong in the next couple of months…

Food: We spent a bunch on food – as you can see, lots on eating out, almost every day is at least one time that day. Kind of what you expect, but still, it is in your face when you look at the totals. Over a thousand dollars for food – whether it is for eating now or later, is still a heck of a bunch of money.

Household: Propane, Tools, Motels: Propane great – we actually had to use it a bit for boondocking, the tools were mostly the dremel tool – that Sasha uses to file down his bad toenails. The Podiatrist told him to get a dremel tool to cut his toenails. OK, I know – gross subject and all, but that is the deal. Plus we got a couple of Amp fuses in case of blow out. Need them just in case.

Motels: We stayed at Choice Inn & Suites motel just outside of Vancouver, Washington. It was a great place for high internet speeds that we crave, uploading FTP files (that is how you get these webpages!) and watching the occasional shows via connecting our MacBook Pro laptop to the flat panel Philips 32″ TV. We watched a Big Bang Theory, Amazing Race (two episodes), and a Bones episode. Anyway, the Choice Inn has a good breakfast, easy on and off the highway, granite countertops in the bath, a refrigerator and microwave in the room and the noise level is not that bad. We plan on coming back for another weekend some time in the future.

5th Wheel: Maintenance: We had to get some batteries and fuses, and then EVEN though we are not in the 5th Wheel for the season, we got some sheets for our twin beds in the apartment. I need to sleep on sheets when I am in a bed, can not continually use a sleeping bag. I just can not roll with that. And we got a bath towel for the house.

Back and Forth We Go!

Transportation: The high cost of traveling is shown right here. Over one thousand dollars for traveling Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico (back and forth we go), Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.

We also got gasoline for the generator and gassing up the scooter or motorcycle.

Truck maintenance: Truck Wash of $15 and fill up for CO2 gas (compressed air) for the tires of the truck, trailer, and motorcycles.

Just Regular Expenses

Communication: Communication: Thankfully not too much here, just the regular expenses of InReach, Cell Phones, and Internet.

Health: Thankful here too, just our normal expenses of health insurance and we have been healthy. I have taken up doing Yoga again – every time I do it, I think of my Mom, showing me a few of the different movements. And I am back to doing “stirring the pot” and sit-ups and push-ups. Only 10 push-ups so far, but hopefully will get better.

Recreation: We spent more here than we have in a while, mostly for the America the Beautiful pass which we got when we went to Canyonlands. We figured that was money well spent.

I also got a new notebook and some color pencils to try to sketch. I am not an artist, but I love to color – it is the kid in me, so maybe doing something like that can be relaxing. I will be playing around with it and will post the good shots when I get a chance.

Camping gear: we got a couple of expensive bandanas. They may or may not work. We shall try them out again and hope for the best. But we got them at Canyonlands, so if they don’t work, we gave some money to them. I guess I could almost think of it as a donation.

Taxes/Fees: We did not get a federal tax refund, instead we had to pay a little extra. But I think that is much better than giving the government tax free or interest free loans.

I also needed to fax information to Mount St. Helens folks for getting paid and stating who I was was true, you know, that sort of stuff. So the first faxes were more expensive than the second group of faxing. Sasha was able to use the fax machine at Day’s Inn when we were Boondocking at their parking lot. So Thanks Day’s Inn!

Have you ever had a drastic change in plans? Did it lead you somewhere good in the end? 




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