Month: August 2014

Top Ten: Things I would do different when choosing an RV for full timing.

We searched for our RV for months. We had a “must have” list,  (you can read about the search for our RV here.) Now 7 months into full-time traveling in our toy hauler, there are a few things I would do differently, if I could do it all over again. Choose an RV with separate living and kitchen areas rather than the floor plan with the kitchen island right in the middle. Get the RV with recliners. Double check the placement of the washer and dryer hookups, making sure I can actually use them where they are, preferably in their own closet. Be sure a third ac unit can be installed in the garage and get it in writing, not just take the salesman’s word for it. Customize all the cabinets you want before you hit the road. Don’t take your husbands word that the cabinets are fine the way they are. 😉 REAL storage space under the bed. Windows that open in the master and loft areas… Fresh air (and emergency escape) is a good thing. Storage, storage and more storage. Master bed with nightstands in the front with closets in the in slide. Buy and register in a sales-tax free...

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Fulltime RV Budget

When we were getting ready to hit the road, I did a ton of research trying to figure out how much this life was going to cost us, and could not find very much information. Lets face it, no one likes to talk about money. But I’m gonna suck it up and share a little info about our budget as a full-time, traveling family. Fulltime RV life is very similar to S&B in that everyones budget is different. There are those making over $100,000 a year who live paycheck to paycheck and those making $30,000 who do a great job of managing their money and make it work. For us, our budget items are similar to what they were before though many of the payments are substantially less. This has to do with the fact that we had a large mortgage plus utilities and cost of living in NorCal is on the pricey side. Food/Household item: $1,600 month Our grocery/eating out bill is about the same as it was before. Some places it is a little more, and others less but that really depends on the cost of food in the area we are visiting. Food in California, Yuma and Las Vegas was pricey, Utah and northern Arizona it was cheap. Our family of 5 (keep in mind we have no “littles”) averages about $300 a week in groceries and household items...

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