Motorcycles Bought

The Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler!
February 2010

Traveling WITH New Rig

Winter Traveling Times

February – New Decade In a New RV! 

Us and Colorado River @ Lake Mead

Us and Colorado River @ Lake Mead

February – Volunteering in Las Vegas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area means gambling and checking out casinos on the strip.

If all goes according to plan, we will volunteer in the winter (which ended up being only a couple of months: January and February) and work/volunteer for six months at a National Park. Then head to Texas for some driver licenses and then back East for a couple of months. Then hopefully back to Nevada in the month of December. That is the hope anyway.

February 2010: In Nevada, at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and close to Las Vegas. How much money did we waste on Gambling? It was an expensive month, but there is a reason for it.

Well, this was an expensive month only because we had a couple of major purchases, but we also sold Sasha’s Motorcycle.  Anyway, check it out, and see the explanations below.

Expenses: For the Month of February, even though a short month, gearing up for remote living.




Expenses for February 2010

  • Food, Food and Household: $180.71
  •         , Provisions: $279.84
  •         , Out to Eat: $192.53
  • Transportation, Diesel: $183.00
  •                        , Gas: $36.30
  •                        , Stuff: $422.25
  • Utilities, Propane: $0
  •             , Campgrounds/Motels: $55.00
  •             , Laundry: $10.00
  • Communication, Cell Phones: $0
  •                          , Verizon: $60.07
  • Health, Insurance (L): $152.00
  •           , Insurance (S): $181.46
  • Recreation, Fun Stuff: $30.50
  •                  , Gambling: $10.00
  • Charges/Fees, Costco Fee: $50.00
  •                        , Fingerprinting: $22.00
  • One-Time Expenses, Bought Dual Sport Motorcycle: $3,100.00
  •                                  , Bought Scooter: $2,702.97

Total Expenses = $7,658.62
Without One Time Expenses = $1,855.65

Reasoning for Two Bikes

Well, as you can see, we spent a bit this month but most of it was on the two bikes. I got a scooter to take me back and forth to work, not necessarily here at Lake Mead but at the next park we were going to. We figured that it did not make sense to use the truck for that. And we were not sure if a bicycle would work where we were going to be, but it probably would have. Anyway, we got the scooter for me and we sold Sasha’s motorcycle, and got him a dual sport motorcycle. This way he can go on pavement and dirt roads. Both the scooter and the motorcycle have license plates (well, will in a month, we have to get them).

Remote Living Here We Come! 

We also spent a bit of money on provisions. Found out that Canyonlands National Park wants me to start work March 16th! It is for the Needles District, which means no cell phone, no internet, and no grocery stores for at least 100 miles. SO the more provisions we have, the better it is.

When we went to get Sasha’s motorcycle, we stopped at Winco and got provisions like you would not believe. We went during the midnight hour, found everything that we could want, and then stayed in a motel that evening.

Fun Entertainment

We did go to the movies this month and again went to Avatar 3D IMAX. But we felt that the IMAX version was not as impressive, but seeing the movie again was great. We also spent a bit more in going out to eat this month, we checked out the Super Bowl at one of the casinos, Sunset Station (that is also where the movie theatre was too) and got $1 beers and hot dogs.

We did more gambling, but it was not as much, we were sort of sick of that.

Fees to Get a Job

Instead, once I found out about Canyonlands, they sent me a packet of paperwork that I had to fill out. Part of it was to get fingerprinted yet again. We went first to Boulder City, who stated that they could do it, but their machines, after trying several times to make it work, did not! So had to go into Las Vegas, Metro Unit (they actually have an office set up JUST for fingerprinting!) So that is where I went.

When we went to Costco to get some provisions, I had to re-up the Costco membership. But it was worth it, got lots of oatmeal and olive oil, plus other stuff.

Anyway, I got the offer in February, and I stopped working at Lake Mead in March, so check out that month’s page. I will have stuff up probably in the next couple of weeks, as soon as we get back into internet service again.

***Present Day Laura, It looks like we are churning through different types of vehicles to get something we like. True, but ultimately we will find something.***

Beginning of a new year with a new gig and rig. We thought we would be here a little while but found out something great was going to happen….




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