The Truth About How Much It Cost To Live & Travel Full-Time In An RV!

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I'm Not Lost I'm RVing · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

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Imperial RVing · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thanks for sharing the truth, so many tell you to just get out there and do it. When in reality it's not that easy, as we found out the hard way.

Ian Williams · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thank you madam, that was well put together

Rv Tips and Trips · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

We travel fulltime and do both boondocking and rv parks. We avg under 300 month camping fees and avg under 600 month on gas.

captlynhall · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thank you for a realistic RV expense video. I own my rig outright as well as my tow car. Thank goodness for that. I can tell you, the biggest recurring expense I incur is my health insurance. I am on Medicare. Some people have the mistaken idea that Medicare is free. WRONG! Part A is. However, Part B (doctors and labs) and Part D ( RX's) is not. Then when you add on the supplement insurance so you don't get slam dunked when you need to use your Medicare you had better budget for this. I currently pay $419.27 per month for all of the above. Many mistake the cost because Part B is taken out of their Social Security checks before they get them. It doesn't matter. If you were paid the full Social Security amount coming to you, then paid for the part B it is the same. It is your medical insurance cost.

I figured off the top of my head that I would need $3,000 per month to live on. That is with boondocking when I can and not taking into consideration any major repairs or upgrades. I have provided a cushion to take care of those things. Your video presents a most realistic approach to the real costs. Thank you.

jim293 · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Very good video. Makes one think that is for sure.

Johnny Lightning · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

You dear lady are a rock star for making this video. As a financial professional (my wife calls me a Certified Pain in the A**) you have covered this very well in an easy to understand manner. Thanks for the heads up on Bob's channel I'll go check it out. I've done some research on what other folks are spending but Bob's look so the the most comprehensive one I've seen, I'll find out in a few minutes. Thanks a million for doing this is should be required reading (OK viewing) for anyone thinking about going full time.

Joe M · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Family of three and it seems it's $100 to just go out for dinner.

Macky Bailey · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great video! Like you we are full timers since December 2018. Cost of full timing is much higher than ever expected. Also like you we watched the same channels before going full time. Thank you for posting a realistic picture of full time RVing cost.

Dave Duncan · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Very helpful and informative video. Glad you revisited the topic. I find it interesting that your actual costs are about double your initial budget. That's probably a good rule of thumb, but you have provided an excellent checklist of things here to help others start out with a more realistic financial picture of full-timing costs.

Lori Shoaf · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Hello and new subscriber here. 🙂 For a while, it was the trend to show the glamorous side of rving. Drivin and Vibin were the first rv people we watched on YouTube, and it seemed so cheap! They are good people, and probably frugal. So it is refreshing to see you and some others we watch show the real side of rving. My husband and I will be fulltime rving next year when he retires, and we are preparing now. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to travel and see sights you might not be able to see in your bricks and sticks, but it definitely takes some work and dedication to crunch numbers and travel with those numbers. Thank you again!

mike Thomas · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great video, very informative.

Christine Ryan · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

You are a rock star! Seriously I want to thank you for doing the work of comparing the many people who share their expenses with us. I applaud you two for living on $3,000 a month. Your best comment could be, “you are who you are.” Your personality doesn’t change when you full-time RV. We have met Bob and Pearl of Next Exit and they are wonderful people and could use more encouragement to continue offering his monthly expenses. He sometimes isn’t sure people want to see it. Thank you SO MUCH for your video. You have done a great service. ❤️

Michael Curtis · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

This was one of the most realistic cost per month I have seen so far thank you very much

Adrian Nurse · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Hello! We don't live fulltime, but we do have a big class A Monaco like Bob. Recently we were out and I noticed the front driver side tire going bad. Fortunately a few exits up there was a RV park, a tire dealer and a truck shop that could do a front end alignment. The RV park was $50. Two new front tires were $1,600 and the front end alignment was $98. Like you said have a buffer fund for the unexpected expenses. Loved your video. 🙂

Janie Peavey · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thank you for sharing this information with us… I really thought $2000 was the “high end”… boy was I wrong lol

ouRVision nomadic living · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great Video Stacy!!! I too enjoy Bob's honest look at what it costs to full time RV.

james stein · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

very complete, an eye opener, a good guide for my questions. Thank You

Jason Feilen · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thank you for going over all this. We are planning for going full time in a couple years when I retire from LE. I love the other channels and their budgets but it is frustrating when they leave out variable costs because you don't get a real picture. You also listed out so many other things to consider that I never thought of. I will be referring back to this video over and over to help create a spreadsheet and budget before we set out. Thanks again and maybe we'll run into you on the road someday!

Living Light RV · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

I appreciate your research and thoughts on this subject. I think that, just like sticks and bricks life, there are RV nomads who make choices that keep their monthly budget at the low end and others who make choices that can put their expenses at a much higher level. We are definitely on the very low end because that's how we have to live according to our income. This means we don't pay for subscriptions like Netflix, YT music, we don't do paid excursions, we forfeit going out for dinner, have a Thousand Trails membership and an onboard washing machine, and are careful about travel distances. This lifestyle CAN be done very frugally but it will look very different than those who have bigger budgets to work with. Again, thank you for all the work you put into this video and your perspective.

It's About Time Now · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great video! Well done.

Christina Pittsley · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great info/food for thought Thanks! I appreciate your honesty

William Parks II · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thanks, well put together video, we are aspiring fulltimers and this helps to put togther some real numbers. Really wish more full timers would post monthy recaps so us aspiring RVers could pull the trigger ith more confidence.

Dan Piel · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Excellent information and great video. Very realistic. Thanks.

F&T · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

I appreciate what you have done here and I agree with you regarding bills that are kept out of a budget. I would like to see everything included. After all it has to be paid at some point in time. We are looking to retire and get on the road for at least 6-7 months a year. Thanks for the information. Cheers!!!

BOB PEG · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

If you are a full-time RVer, I urge you to check your insurance policy right now and read the fine print. Are you really covered? If not, call your insurance agent and change your policy. And if you operate a business from your RV (even if it’s just earning part-time income from YouTube videos), be sure you are covered, too (you may need a more expensive business policy).

CampingwiththeKellys · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Great video guys, we are closer to 2500-3000 average now 👍

Casey Y · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Really great video! Very informative

Jack Youngblood · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thanks for being honest.

Norm K. · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Good information, Linescrew1 also has good budget videos on his channel! We just moved to Washington from Arizona and are stick's and bricks for now!

Beto Beto · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Awesome video! Thanks for being honest and truthful. Shows you care about others, it’s seems to be rare

Kyle Pifer · July 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

Thank you for your hard work 😓. It shouldn’t be that hard but everything is hard now a days no matter what kind of life you live🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️