The Cost of Full Time RVing – Our Total Expenses for a Life of Travel and Adventure



A minimalist approach to full time RVing has kept our expenses incredibly low. Here’s how much it costs us to full time RV and travel the country! Check out the blog post on our website for more details! https://www.fateunbound.com/cost-to-full-time-rv/

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There are tons of people that dream of becoming full time RVers but financial unknowns hold them back. Hopefully by sharing our expenses and how much it costs us to full time RV it will inspire others to chase their dreams too! RV living lends itself to a minimalist lifestyle which makes life on the road affordable!

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34 thoughts on “The Cost of Full Time RVing – Our Total Expenses for a Life of Travel and Adventure

  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    The biggest fear, is what would you do as a job, there arent that many jobs you can do while travelling.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Just in a nut shell my wife and I can live cheeper than you guys

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Great video. How much does health insurance cost you a month? And where do you get it from full timing and not having full time job?

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Budgeting can be a bear! It's good to see young individuals facing the challenge of full time RVing and accomplishing it through planning and sacrifice of unessential(s) and still having enough extra to maintain the needs of 3-pets. My wife and I, in our 70's, can appreciate your endeavors. Good luck and may God continue to bless you in the coming years!

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    i think its awesome what your doing ,seeing this great vast country and experiencing life ,but what do you do for your vehicle tag registration and insurance ,also what about health insurance . Good luck on your life together and have a wonderful life

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    I love you guys and all of your very informative videos. This video was a great one too, but if you went by monthly figures and computed yearly yourself. $93 a month to eat out = $1,116 a yr. $28m web costs = $336yr. $110m software etc = $1320yr. Thanks for sharing your knowledge & experiences with us newbies. You are saving me from many mistakes that I would have not for seen. Please keep em coming. Thanks

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    I think you neglected to mention the hotspot you were given through your job. That's quite an expense, depending on the requirements. Should be included, I think, in costs.

    Also, I find it a huge risk to take only catastrophic insurance. I wasn't very old when I was doing field research in a remote location and fell, breaking my leg, and tearing a tendon in my foot. I was healthy, but also not covered by worker's comp due to the nature of the project. Had I not had outside coverage, that would have cost me unbelievable amounts of money! I had to have surgery and was unable to walk for 12 weeks, and then only barely walking after another 5 months with therapy. Tendons are bastards. You're hiking, traveling, and in the wilderness near wild animals. Diseases, illness, and falls, can happen in an instant. I wouldn't be happy with that risk, and I think others should know you're taking it.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    $30/night for full hookups would be a massive deal. The closest State Park to us, in New Hampshire, is $45/night for no hookups and no dump station.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    My wife and I did what you are doing for a big chunk of 45 years. It was a wonderful life and we don't regret a minute of it. We never full timed. We usually spend 6 months to a year traveling and them back to our home in Oregon. We just locked it up while away. We too were able to afford it because of Public Lands. We loved staying in very remote areas. We had all our RVs set up for extended stays. We however always towed (last 25 years) a pickup truck with an ATV in the back. Before that we towed a trailer with off road motorcycles. Once we found a great spot, we used our ATV or off road motorcycles to explore everything within 25 miles. I love photography and my wife is a rock hound. We could easily stay anyplace for a couple of weeks without moving. If it hadn't been for our 640 million acres of western Public Lands, we would have had to really shorten our trips. We love wide open spaces and not RVing in big cities. Three years ago we ended they wonderful lifestyle and are now staying home in the NW. Everyday, we say to each other,that we're sure glad we did it when we were relatively young. We started with our first MH at 24. Things we could do just 10-20 years ago are no longer possible. More rules and more regulations as more and more pressure is put on our Public Lands. A majority of Americans don't even know what Public Lands are. I've known for years that there is one particular political party that is working very hard to eliminate our Public Lands. They either want to sell it off outright to the richest of the rich or turn our Federally controlled lands over to each individual state to manage. If that happens, every time the state budget needs money, (every year) they'll just sell of to the highest bidder some of these precious lands. In the future, all these great places will be fenced with barbed wire with NO TRESPASSING – PRIVATE LAND signs everywhere. There were a bunch of articles about this issue just recently. Here is a link to just one recent story: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5wynb/the-new-guy-in-charge-of-public-lands-thinks-we-should-sell-it-all. We enjoy your videos and keep up the good work! We are subscribers and always give you a thumbs up! If you hate the orange haired buffoon in the WH AND you are ever in NW Oregon, we have acreage near I-5. We have RV pads with hookups for our RV friends. It a beautiful setting in Oregon's wine country and 30 minutes to Portland. You would be very welcome to stay for a couple of days if you ever get to this area. It would be fun talking about boonbocking in the west!

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Great video and great information!! Thank you for this. Can I ask if your food and non-food grocery cost is so high because of where you shop, the areas you're in? Or is that typical for you? Just trying to determine our expenses when we start. Currently I spend about $120 to $150 a month on all food and non-food shopping for our family of 2 humans and 2 cats. lol. Thanks!!

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    This was so great! Thank you so much! My wife and I have been RVing for almost 6 years now, and we were looking at FT when we retire soon. We had no idea that we could do this (stay for free). We are firm believers in "Live like no one else… So you can Live like no one else!". – P.S. The Park Host system at most state parks will let you stay for free from 1 – 3 months. Just an FYI.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Where do you get your fresh water and where do you empty tanks on the cheap?

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Informative. Thanks. BUT you didn't address health insurance! Do you have it? What is the cost? Also, what is the cost of RV insurance and what does it cover?

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    You don’t mention health insurance. Kinda risky to be exposed to health care expenses.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    You guys are just soooo great. I like watching your information go videos so much, so would be more than happy to offer host your website for free. Let me know what you think. I wish I would have millions. The first thing I would do is to buy you the Dream Fifth wheel you liked.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    You guys have mentioned in other videos that you have zero debt and don't use credit cards. Are you Dave Ramsey followers by any chance?

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Love following your channel, the expense video was enlightening! But I didn't hear you discuss costs for medical Insurance etc???

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Just found your channel. Enjoy your videos for sure. I live in a stick built rental in NE TN. My yearly budget is similar to yours. I spend roughly 20k – 22k / year. I like trying to budget different lifestyles to see if I can cut costs, for example, the RV lifestyle. So your budget is 19,200 / year. However, I found the biggest expense when I evaluate the total RV costs, is the upfront costs of the truck / trailer. I figure at least 20-25k for a decent 8-cylinder 4×4 pickup, and at least, 15k for a used camp trailer, bringing the total to 40k, which comes to a loose estimate of 670/month, for a 5-year period of RVing. Does this seems like a good estimate for a good used camp trailer?

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    What kind of mileage does your 2004 Duramax get pulling? I have a similarly sized travel trailer that I pull with a 4wd, 5.4 liter gas F150 crew cab. I have seen as low as 4 mpg! That is rare, thankfully. Usually see around 7 to 8 mpg. About 15 empty. Considering the change to diesel, which is why I ask.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    My biggest question will be if all the different links and your videos provide you enough financially to support this type of life or you guys do some extra work on road? I really enjoy your videos and you guys look so honest and good people. All the best in your journey. I love the fact you guys have the great company of your animals. May God bless you all with a long travel life free of any issues.

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  • May 23, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    Full Time RV?? Many states will not allow you to register your vehicles or obtain insurance unless you are RESIDENT in the state of issuance. Proof of residency is usually a water/utility bill or property tax receipts.

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