Ahhh, the full time rv budget. We love having few bills now and we’ve done a fair job, given the obstacles we’ve faced, of keeping things on the cheap. The loss and hardships that have taken place in the past few years kept us from the ability to go super frugal, like being a camp host, boondocking, etc. because we couldn’t choose our location or commit to being able to stay in one place long. But we found creative ways to live cheaply, even advertised needing a place to park on craigslist, resulting in 5 private, wooded acres to ourself! Yep, not now.
But even with our hands tied behind our back and being stuck in a very expensive state with few rv parks around (Illinois), we’ve done okay. Then, we didn’t. Enter the joys of the rv parks that charge electric separately – when you HAVE to stay through the winter, when your motorhome is NOT meant for frigid temperatures and when there is no other rv park around that is open for miles and miles. Yep, that’s us.
The full time rv living budget just cannot survive when you have zero options. That’s why, whenever it is possible, you have to plan ahead. In our situation, we just had to be in the area…there were no options. We are, however, hopefully heading home to Glacier Park Montana in May…much more affordable and much more beauty, I might add!
We’ve stayed at rv parks before where they charged electricity separately, but when the weather is ok, we barely use any electric – so it isn’t expensive at all. But we’ve had two space heaters running around the clock, and we’ve STILL been cold..and they charge 12 cents KWH. Ugh. Our bill? $180 PLUS monthly rent of $350. In Montana, the rv site we stayed at, mountains all around, was $275/month WITH all utilities! Yeah, we cannot afford Illinois much longer. Honestly, we could have stayed in a warm cozy motel and hibernated like bears this winter for the same price, coming out during the spring thaw!
But we always learn what not to do by suffering through painful lessons, one at a time! We now know how much it costs to have to run a/c or heaters around the clock – will not get ourselves into this position again. We are going back north to visit family again this Friday (driveway living for awhile), to ride out the rest of the winter and recover from the punch to the rv budget…so stay tuned!
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