You’ve seen it before, people living out of their RV (like us!) or the #vanlife. It looks awesome but what does it really cost to live this way?
Here’s are some basic costs related to the RV/Travel Trailer living based on our experience so far. There are many ways to reduce these cost which I will go over slightly as we go. Essentially, there are the main expenses and the ‘fluff’ which is your day-to-day expenses.
1. When we are stationary:
$400-$700 a month includes Water, Electricity, Sewer Hookups.
This depends on the amenities and location of the campground or RV Park. (It could be a lot pricier/cheaper too!)
Cheaper Alternative: Boondocking (no hookups) on free BLM land= FREE!
$150 a month
For running errands and weekly exploring trips
About $20-40 a month
Depending on your location you may run your AC more or less
Cheaper Alternative: Go Solar!! Be self-sufficient!
Less $10 a month
If you don’t use propane to heat your house, the cost of propane just for cooking/water heating is pretty minimal.
Free! Typically included in your Campground/RV park stay.
If you’re boondocking; there are many dump station across the country. Price range between $0-15 per dump.
2. When we’re on the move.
Typically only 2-5 days between location for us
Around $15-100+ per night at campgrounds
Getting a RV membership could save you up to 50% per night.
Cheaper Alternative: Free On BLM land/Dry camp (No hookups)
Depends on mileage covered and type of vehicle.
Free a campground with electricity hookup
Alternative: No Electricity hookup on BLM land or free with Solar Panels!
Less than $10 a month
Always Free as we typically dump our tanks before leaving the park and when arriving to our new park.
Other Cost to Keep in Mind
Maintenance is huge if you want to avoid big costly repairs.
Varies Per person/car
Car insurance and RV insurance are a must!
$200 a month
Varies per location
Phone & Internet bill
$120 a month
Varies per person
$25 per month at laundromat (around 3 loads a week)
Laundromat typically on site at RV parks
$50 per month for Adobe Creative Cloud Membership
Varies per location
$10-20 a month
Many budget gym offers nationwide access which includes showers if ever needed.
Clothes, tools, entrance fees, parking fees, activity fees …
These numbers are solely based on what we have experienced thus far. We choose to remain at one location for many months at a time, while not being as exciting, it allows me to work on-site for a local company. Once I land a remote job, we will take this show on the road and we’ll explore a whole lot more!
As you’ve noticed, there are cost savings opportunities so this can be done for even cheaper. This lifestyle is exciting and addictive. You’ll want to explore more everyday. Got questions? We have answers! Don’t hesitate to ask, we’d love to help. 🙂