Preparing for Fall Travel

Finances of Living in a Fifth Wheel Toyhauler
August 2012

Full Time RVing – The Expensive Year

Summer Transportation 

August – Preparing for Fall Travel

Laura and Sasha Hiking and Outside Enjoying Life

Laura and Sasha Hiking and Outside Enjoying Life

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!

August 2012 – Where are we – We are in Grand Canyon National Park in AZ.

Expenses: For the Month of August: At Grand Canyon – how expensive can it be? Oh my…

Expenses for August 2012

  • Food, Food and Household: $283.78
  •         , Farmer’s Market: $65.67
  •         , Out to Eat: $259.53
  • Clothing, Laura: $5.99
  • Household, Laundry: $15.00
  •                  , Electricity: $73.98
  •                  , Rent: $145.00
  •                  , Storage (prepay): $66.20
  • 5th Wheel, Motels: $147.17
  •                 , Maintenance: $32.06
  • Transportation, Diesel: $413.82
  •                        , Gasoline: $12.69
  •                        , Truck, Maintenance: $33.59
  •                        ,          , Upgrades: $55.61
  • Communication, InReach: $11.35
  •                          , Postage: $5.60
  •                          , Internet: $59.99
  •                          , Hard & Software: $149.50
  • Health, Insurance Both: $117.72
  •            , Meds: $15.18
  • Recreation, Books/Maps: $2.25
  •                  , Charity: $40.00

Total Expenses = $2,012.28

Where Does the Money Go?  

OK, August has come and gone, might as well explain why we do what we do…And while it was not a cheap month, it was not too bad a month either. It would be interesting to see a month that is not over $1000 but that would be pretty amazing I guess…

Farmer’s Markets Don’t Always Itemize

Food: So I separated out the food this month with the Farmers Market separate from the rest of the food. The reason? It is fresh food of fruits and veggies. Not only that, but they do not give a real receipt except to say, item at 2.99 – which means I have no idea which item is which. You need to know your prices – if something is a good price, you scoop it up. And so that is what I have done.

But we still seem to have some high prices. But then I realize that even though it is just the two of us, we are still buying things from the marketplace at the Grand Canyon, where the prices are higher. We also got a frying pan. Now I realize it is more of a household thing, but really, we are cooking up FOOD with it, so why not keep it in the food stuff?

And yes, we went out to eat a bit – probably because we did a couple of long weekends away from the rig. But almost a hundred dollar tab was for the El Tovar Restaurant when we went out with the gang. And that was with sharing a salad and an entree together. But there was also desert and drinks. But it was a nice time so the money spent was well worth the enjoyment of the night.

Waiting For the Good Deal

Clothing: So I have been looking for a pair of blue jeans for a while now. The ones I got before (back in March 2012) were ok, and a little cheaper, but they were short and elastic band all around, like a senior citizen’s pair of pants. I never wore them after the first day or two. Did not like them, did not feel comfortable in them.

I had been searching since March. As you can see in our pictures, I am a tall woman, with a little bit (HAHA) of meat on me. It makes finding a pair of jeans harder. And then I like them a certain way. I just wanted NORMAL jeans. What passes for normal now is anyone’s guess – bootcut, skinny, relaxed fit, no rise, low rise, hip huggers, uggh….I just wanted jeans that came to my waist and went down past my ankles. So

I finally found them. Perfect jeans that look almost brand new! No rips anywhere, and nothing too fancy on the hems or pockets. For $5.99 and no sales tax, I’d say I did pretty good. I just had to wait six months to find them.

5th Wheel: – Household: So laundry is around the same every month, electricity looks like it went up, rent stays the same each month (but will be pro-rated next month as we are not going to be at the Grand Canyon for the full month.(HAHAHAHA that did not happen for some reason!)

The extra is the storage, we have to pre-pay for the spot in Kingman for our rig. We plan to have it there for a couple of months so that it is safe and secure and we do not have to bring it back east and waste diesel. We will get better gas mileage and camp out as we head back east. At least that is the plan 🙂

Motels: We had two weekends of moteling it up. The first was in the beginning of the month because we had a doctor’s appointment for Sasha’s toe in the morning. As we do not get up very early, we figured that we needed to get a room overnight so that we could be there on time in the morning.

The second trip and motel room was down to Prescott as we were looking for a Suzuki Samuri (like a Jeep only smaller). Sasha had thought that it would be great to get one of these so that it could be a commuter vehicle for rainy days and a great 4×4 vehicle for camping trips. See we are already planning for next year and all the places to go with a smaller rig that we just can not get to with the truck.

Maintenance: We got more caulk for the rig, as we have had so much rain this season and we want to make sure no water gets into the garage portion of the RV. Plus we got some extra hooks that Sasha also put up for hats and other things to hang.

Carbons for All The Vehicles

Transportation: This month we spent money on diesel and a little on gasoline for the motorcycle. We got carbon dioxide for the next six months; this is compressed air that is used for filling up the truck or other vehicles filling up the tires. But mostly for the truck as it needs higher air in the tires.

We also got some upgrades for the truck that well, we HOPE to get a Jeep or some type of towable vehicle either in September or when we go back to Vegas. So we bought them ahead of time in the hopes of getting something later.

We Like Our Internet Fast

Communication: Internet and InReach are old news and two integral parts of our lives, even if we do not use the InReach that much anymore. We will have to see if we can put it on hold for a while when we are not using it.

The hardware and software – software first: we got a software called Impression for $16. This is so that we could have watermarks of our name or website on our picures. So Sasha has been learning new software. Then, because we have been noticing a drop off in the internet for a while, we decided to try to use an amplifier to increase the internet speed. So we tried it out, and no go. Not any faster than it was before. Who knows, maybe we will have better speeds at Lake Mead.

And we sold Sasha’s motorcycle pegs to someone, and spent $5.60 on postage.

Sasha’s Poor Toe

Health: Same old same old, except that for Sasha’s toe, we got some bandages, gauze and tape.

Charity for a Good Cause

Recreation: I got some books when I got the jeans, fun books that can be read fast and are fiction. And then my sister is doing a Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, with some serious mileage, 26.6 miles on the first day, and 13.3 on the second. So I was the first to give her money and then I told all my friends about it too. Very good cause, and you can go to her site to give money too if you like.

Present Day Laura: My Sister Walked 39.9 miles in two days for charity. How many miles can you do in a day?  

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